(born September 15, 1933) is a prolific Puerto Rican-American character actor
. Darrow is probably best remembered for his role as Big John Cannon's (played by Leif Erickson
) teasing brother-in-law, and Buck Cannon's (played by Cameron Mitchell
) favorite ranch hand, and best friend, Manolito Montoya, in the 1960s television series The High Chaparral
while Darrow is also remembered amongst horror fans for his role as the corrupt, renegade and vengeful Trooper Hancock in The Hitcher
. He later replaced Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
as Zorro's (played by Duncan Regehr
) father, Don Alejandro de la Vega, on the popular 1990s
TV series, Zorro
Darrow was born Enrique Tomas Delgado, Jr.
in New York City
, the first son of Gloria and Enrique Delgado Sr., who worked in the restaurant and clothing businesses. Darrow's parents emigrated from Puerto Rico
to New York in the early 1930s. At the age of eight, he played a woodcutter in a school play, experience which convinced him that his destiny was as an actor.
In 1946, when Darrow was 13, his family returned to Puerto Rico, where he discovered his roots and grew to love a country he had not known. He graduated from high school as class president before enrolling in the University of Puerto Rico
. There he studied political science
and acting, and worked as a part-time English-language interpreter. During his third year at the... Read More