Henry Darrow: Lightning in the Bottle

Henry Darrow: Lightning in the Bottle


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Henry Darrow (born Enrique Tomás Delgado) catapulted to international stardom in 1967 as sexy, complex "Manolito Montoya" in the western The High Chaparral. He was the first actor of Puerto Rican heritage to star in a television series. "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 Darrow put his career on the line to open doors for other Hispanics. He has continued to break ground for over fifty years as a working actor and was recently featured on the PBS series Pioneers of Television. LIGHTNING IN THE BOTTLE is the must-read portrait of this inspirational, fiercely determined, endearing and enduring Emmy-winning performer.

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ISBN-13: 9781593936884
Publisher: BearManor Media
Publication date: 02/21/2012
Pages: 392
Sales rank: 286,150
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

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Henry Darrow: Lightning in the Bottle 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Henry Darrow: Lightning in the Bottle by Jan Pippins and Henry Darrow Delgado is a biographical novel that gives an insight into the life of a talented actor. Henry Darrow (born Enrique Tomás Delgado) was the first Puerto Rican to star in a television series in America, opening the doors to other Latino actors. His portrayal of Zorro was remarkable and he was the first Latino to win a Daytime Emmy for Best Supporting Actor. He was also awarded the prestigious ALMA award from the National Council of La Raza in 2012. This book is dedicated to all his fans who supported him throughout his career. Apart from speaking about the actor's life, the book also shares some details about the television industry and the current Latino actors in Hollywood. The book speaks about the charisma and personality of the actor and it includes a lot of interesting stories about him. The author speaks about his life, mistakes, and struggles with honesty and without being biased. The author does not hesitate to share those moments, too, which might make him less popular with readers. Fans of Henry Darrow can see themselves living through his moments in life while reading the book. It is not only an insightful book but also a courageous one. The topic of ethnic identity is also discussed. The book has captured the  personality of the actor very well and his immense stage presence and vitality shines through the writing. The honesty in the details make it an appealing story.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite Henry Darrow was originally born as Enrique Tomas Delgado in New York City. His parents were Puerto Rican immigrants that settled in New York.  This biography tells the story of Henry's life, his name change, and his passion for acting. He studied acting in school, even getting a scholarship to earn his college degree in acting. He worked numerous jobs, only to be told he was too ethnic for one part and not ethnic enough for the next. Jan Pippins pulls no punches in the telling of Henry's story, and the double standards and stereotypes that he had to deal with as a Puerto Rican. The overriding factor in his success was that he was a brilliant actor. He became an icon for many minority groups and was a trailblazer. Henry Darrow: Lighting In A Bottle takes you into the life of Henry, his upbringing and schooling, his career and marriage, his acting successes and failures. It is well written and gives a true to life view of how things were in the era when Henry made his mark on the world. He could be called the acting world's Jackie Robinson. His biggest break came when he was cast to play in a TV series called The High Chaparral. This show followed on the success of Bonanza, but in a different way. There is one whole section of the book that is dedicated to the time he was shooting this show. Not only giving insight into him, but others of the time as well, Jan Pippins does a remarkable job of bringing to life the story of a man who blazed a new trail for minority actors, and became a legend in the doing. This is a great read for anyone who needs encouragement to do something they don't think they can do.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite Enrique Tomás Delgado, better known as Henry Darrow, is a Puerto Rican-American actor best remembered for his role as Manolito Montoya in the 1960s television series The High Chaparral. He also played Don Alejandro de la Vega in the popular 1990s television series Zorro, the first Latino to portray the iconic role. He is the first Latino to win a Daytime Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in the TV soap opera Santa Barbara in 1990. In 2012, he received the prestigious ALMA award for Lifetime Achievement from the National Council of La Raza (NCLR). Co-authored by Jan Pippins and with an introduction by Luis I. Reyes, Henry Darrow: Lightning in the Bottle is a fascinating biography of this talented actor who was greatly instrumental in helping Latino actors land non-stereotyped parts. First of all, I am absolutely delighted to find a biography of the famous “Manolito Montoya.” Henry Darrow may not be familiar to some of today’s generation, but to those who have known him since High Chaparral (1967 to 1971), an American Western-themed television series which also starred Leif Erickson and Cameron Mitchell, he was and still is a prolific Puerto Rican-American actor. Henry Darrow: Lightning in the Bottle is a nostalgic and gripping look at Hollywood in the '60s. Darrow is a perfect subject as someone who presents Latino actors as forces to be reckoned with. The writing of this biography leans more towards a journalistic style which resonates with honesty, wittiness, and even Darrow’s struggles in the entertainment industry. Inspiring and an absolute joy to read, I highly recommend this to all my fellow readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“Stay. Learn to love me.” ~ Manolito Montoya Like millions of others, I grew up with “The High Chaparral” & adored rascally, impetuous, Manolito Montoya, with his infectious smile. The show fuelled my love for horses &, some years later, I realised my dream, by acquiring my first horse; a ‘buckskin’, in cowboy-terms, followed by a chestnut Arab, reminiscent, for me, of Manolito’s wonderful “Macadoo”. Six months ago, childhood memories were re-awoken when the TCM TV channel showed re-runs of series 1 & 2 of “The High Chaparral”, leading me to research Henry Darrow online. I’m so glad I did as, not only did I find fellow fans on Facebook, but it opened up the route, via this marvelous book, to gain an insight into the life of one of my favourite actors. Being a huge Sci-Fi & Fantasy fan, biographies are not my normal choice, but I interrupted an absorbing, currently popular tome of fantasy, to read, “Lightning in the Bottle”, & didn’t stop, once begun, sometimes reading into the small hours. Henry’s journey, from the pre-Manolito days & beyond, was quite a rollercoaster, in both his private, & professional, lives. The account portrays a man without ego, who ‘put his neck on the line’ for the Hispanic community; then an ethnic minority, which was not viewed sympathetically in the film industry, resulting in often derogatory type-casting. He had to rise above criticism from the very people for whom he was making a stand, when he changed his name to a more European-sounding one, in order to be considered for roles. Supported, in particular, by his Mum, who came across to me as his primary driving force, the story unfolds, depicting his tenacity & spirit, as he pursues the career of which he dreamed. I hadn’t realised that Henry had been in so many TV shows, film & theatre productions, in the decades following “High Chaparral”. Whilst there is so much more to this gentleman than his work with that series, reading between the lines, the essence, & strength, of Manolito lies at the heart of Henry & they are inseparable. This must be what carried him through the highs & lows of life. The pages are ruthlessly honest about some of the low periods & choices Henry made, yet they are recounted with neither regret, nor excuses, for decisions taken, & paths chosen. He risks criticism, & judgment, for some of this material & it takes guts to bare one’s soul to the world. It’s clear that Henry has a way with people of all ages, & backgrounds, resulting in his being held in high regard, not just by ‘die-hard’ fans, but also people in the industry, whose lives have been touched by this “Hispanic Hurricane”. For me, Henry will always be Manolito Montoya & I’m so glad that his charisma shone through, dazzling the show’s creators, leaving them no choice but to deviate from their original idea of how the young Montoya should be portrayed, so that we saw the complex, loveable, charming, intertwined personas of Henry & Mano. My autographed copy (signed with personal messages from both Henry, & Jan) will always remain a treasured possession. It contains many quotes from numerous, diverse sources but, for me, the one at the beginning, spoken by Manolito & taken from the 1967 “High Chaparral” episode, “A Joyful Noise”, encapsulates the spirit of the man & book. I invite you all the buy his biography & comply with his request.
SylviaNC More than 1 year ago
An engaging and candid account of the life and career of Henry Darrow, as well as an enlightening look at the Hollywood scene from a Latino perspective. It is refreshingly honest without becoming a lurid tell-all, and Ms. Pippins effectively captures Mr. Darrow's warm, playful personality. He is truly a remarkable man, both on paper and in person. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Henry Darrow’s story, told lovingly, and in great detail by author Jan Pippins, starts on the streets of New York. It follows a young Puerto Rican kid, Henry Delgado full of fears and ambitions, to the Pasadena Playhouse in California and then on to Hollywood. The story follows Darrow to an Arizona movie set, through family and other loves in his life, through his name change (from Delgado to Darrow) and his interaction with so many actors and actresses. The story reads like an “A” list of television stars of the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s. The tale is rich, not only with Darrow’s trials and triumphs, but gives an up-close and personal look at the Hollywood television and movie business of those times, and what it was like to be a Latino actor during that period. I walked away from this book with a greater appreciation of Henry Darrow, the man and actor, and a better understanding of the world of TV and movies in the 60’s – 80’s. I would recommend this book to any student of acting, and anyone interested in the classic TV westerns of American television. If a reader of this book is not already a fan of Henry Darrow’s, they will be by the time they reach the last page. This story rates a “Six-Gun Salute!”
donamaria More than 1 year ago
A very good read, not only for fans of Henry Darrow and westerns, but also for those interested in an honest and entertaining look at the inner workings of Hollywood. Once I started reading, I found it hard to put down. I kept wanting to go on to the next chapter and see what happened next.
Sue_Thurman More than 1 year ago
Author Jan Pippins does a masterful job of weaving a brilliant tapestry with the colorful threads of Henry Darrow's life in, "Lightning in the Bottle." This story transports the reader to colorful Puerto Rico where as a child, Henry took his little brother to the movies after school. Henry sat in the dark, watching actor Charles Starret as"The Durango Kid." He loved that cowboy and after many struggles, he also became a Western icon, as Manolito Montoya in "The High Chaparral." "Lightning in the Bottle," shows the perserverance it took for a Latino actor to make it in Hollywood and Henry was the trailblazer. Henry was branded as a sexy, handsome, cowboy actor with a contagious laugh and winning grin, however Henry has become much, much more in his many roles. Zorro was a swashbuckling hero and Henry gives his heart and soul to every character he portrays. Like Zorro, Henry is often in the right place to help others that need his time and knowledge. Thanks to Henry and Jan for collaborating to share his life. An honest look at the entertainment industry through the eyes of a most incredible, charming actor. Wonderful read.
Rgennut More than 1 year ago
When I was a young college student, I didn't have much time for TV, but I made an exception for High Chaparral, an exceptional Western which ran from 1967-1971. I was fascinated by the wonderful, sexy, complex character, Manolito, played by the equally wonderful and sexy Henry Darrow. I followed Henry's career through High Chaparral, Zorro, Santa Barbara and many, many more TV and movie appearances because I found him to be an amazing artist. When Latinos were often confined to roles of comic characters or villains, Henry was playing a lead in a major TV show. He was a pioneer and champion of young latino actors. This book tells of his marvelous career and his growth as an artist as well as documenting his sometimes troubled personal life. His growth as a father and husband are well documented by the talented Jan Pippins, an author I hope we hear more from. For a really good, 'page turner' biography, you can't go wrong here. An excellent read and highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful book about a wonderful actor!
dreemcp More than 1 year ago
I like biographies. I like to know what events shape a person's character, what drives them to become who they are, and their role in the context of the time in which they live. If you are interested in the history of tv westerns, especially High Chaparral, this is a good read. This book tells the interesting, never dull life of Henry Darrow (Manolito from High Chaparral), growing up Puerto Rican, the obstacles he overcame breaking into acting at a time there were few roles for Hispanics, his personal growth as a husband and father in a time when attitudes regarding race and gender were evolving. You'll love him for his determination, his faults and his charm. You'll like the book because it's well written, well documented and never boring.