Winner of the LuckyCinda Global Book Award Grand Prize for Non-Fiction
Wild West News chose “Henry Darrow: Lightning in the Bottle” as 2012 Book of the Year!
Third Annual Beverly Hills International Book Awards - winner in two categories: Arts & Entertainment, Biography-General
Paris Book Festival - Runner Up, Biography/Autobiography
2014 Readers' Favorite International Book Gold Medal for Biography/Autobiography
Henry Darrow (born Enrique Tomás Delgado) catapulted to international stardom as sexy complex “Manolito Montoya” in the television Western series The High Chaparral (1967-1971) with Leif Erickson and Cameron Mitchell.
He was the first actor of Puerto Rican heritage to star in a television series. Born in New York, but raised in Puerto Rico as a teen, Henry grew up in Tucson, and then he headed to California after receiving an acting scholarship during college.
He didn't have instant success in the entertainment industry. From humble beginnings in an unaccredited role in Curse of the Undead (1959) to Wagon Train (1959), General Hospital (1963), and The Outer Limits (1963), among dozens of others, to more prominent roles on Bonanza, Mission: Impossible, and Gunsmoke, he was chosen for the breakthrough role in The High Chaparral. His opportunity finally arrived in a flash.
“Henry survived and had a career when if you were Latino, you couldn’t be just good, you had to be beyond great and that’s Henry,” says noted writer/entertainer Rick Najera. At the height of his fame,
Henry put his career on the line to open doors for other Latinos. He has continued to break ground for over fifty years as a working actor, and he was recently featured on the PBS series Pioneers of Television.
Lightning in the Bottle is the must-read inspirational portrait of the fiercely determined, endearing, and enduring Emmy Award-winning performer. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Ricardo Montalbán Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 ALMA (American Latino Media Arts) Awards, Darrow achieved numerous milestones in his career that paved the way for future actors.
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... Darrow and Pippins skillfully intersperse the historical context with thoughtful analyses and often-lighthearted vignettes regarding various gigs and circumstances...the subject of ethnic identity is treated with focused consideration...An entertaining, well-organized account...
Linda Cristal once said, "When Henry Darrow came onto the set, it was like the sun came up." You too will get that feeling reading of Henry's life.
ON SCREEN & BEYOND
Whether you're a fan of "The High Chaparral", "Zorro", "Santa Barbara"....or just looking for an interesting story, it's in this book. Check it out!
Film buffs will enjoy this revealing biography about a phenomenal man, his profession and how events in America during the second half of the twentieth century affected careers, network television and present day Latino actors in Hollywood.
L to R in photo: Lauren Levian (Mrs. Henry Darrow), author Jan Pippins, actor Henry Darrow at the Memphis Film Festival, 2014. Photo courtesy of Debra Cox.
Winston-Salem Western Film Fair 2015. L-R seated: Lauren Levian (Mrs. Henry Darrow), Henry Darrow
standing: Jan Pippins, Mike Pippins