Vote for The High Chaparral as Best TV Show

The Arizona Star is running a poll for the 'Best TV Show with an Arizona connection.' The High Chaparral is ahead at the moment.

Stop by and vote before September 30th for your favorite.

Arizona Star Poll

24 Days until The High Chaparral Reunion 2011

We have 90 attending the Reunion at the Ranch in Old Tucson, October 21-23 - with more signing up almost every day.

For last minute news and updates during the Reunion watch our Facebook page at

This is truly a once in a lifetime event.

Don't miss your chance to participate. We still have a few spots open but need your registration now to guarantee your spot.

Go to to reserve your adventure at the Cannon Ranch house, and join us on The High Chaparral!


a message from Henry Darrow

A Special Message
Henry Darrow

Henry Darrow is making his plans to be at Tucson for the 2011 High Chaparral Reunion!

He sent a very special message to ALL High Chaparral fans, thanking you for your support of the show.

Here's your message from Manolito Montoya - the incomparable Henry Darrow. He's hoping to meet you in Tucson along with Don Collier, Ted Markland, Rudy Ramos, Kent and Susan McCray, Linda Cristal (via special phone conference on a Q&A panel), and many other High Chaparral cast and crew.

A message from Henry Darrow



by Ginny Shook

Don Collier, or Sam Butler as we like to think of him, has been a legend in the minds of High Chaparral fans for over 40 years. But now he is being recognized by his peers and those who know what is great in all things Western.

On Friday, September 30, 2011, Don will be presented with the Western Legends Award. The ceremony takes place in Willcox, Arizona during the Rex Allen Days festivities. Don jokes that he is getting the award because he’s the only cowboy actor whose left, but we know better. He is more than deserving to be recognized for his portrayal of cowboys, lawmen and even the occasional villain during a career of more than 60 years.

I was given the privilege of writing the introduction for Don’s award. Cowboys do not like having to sit through long presentations so I rounded up those 60 years as best as I could. It is a career to take your breath away.

“Its appropriate that Don is getting the Western Legends Award here in Willcox. Don has been a proud Arizona resident for the past 28 years. Arizona brought him his biggest claim to fame, for his role of Sam Butler, the foreman of The High Chaparral, filmed at Old Tucson Studios. Don’s career has been extensive, and from the very beginning it was obvious that this was a man meant for Westerns. Of the 200 + appearances in movies and TV, three-quarters of them have been set in the Old West. His first film was the Western Massacre River, in 1948, followed by Davey Crockett, Indian Scout and Fort Apache with John Wayne. Don later appeared in three other films with The Duke and with other Western legends such as Audie Murphy and James Arness. It’s probably his commanding, very recognizable voice that has him usually portraying a sheriff or marshal, as in his starring role in the TV series Outlaws in the early 1960s. Western fans will have seen him on every popular TV show back when Westerns ruled the airways - Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Death Valley Days, Wagon Train, The Virginian, Branded. He’s still going strong, working in movies, doing commercials and voice overs, and a weekly radio show. Don Collier is a Western Legend.”

Mi Amigo! Manolito

Fan Elizabeth from the U.K. sent a lovely magazine she found while shopping. Thanks for sharing Elizabeth!

Vintage article reprint from January 1970 Fabulous

Henry Darrow is going to do a European tour early this year, writes Jane Milstead from Hollywood, so there’s a good chance that British fans will at last get an opportunity to see the gorgeous Manolito in the flesh.

Actually, Henry has just dashed to Puerto Rico to be with his father has been very ill, but there is a definite contract of the tour all fixe dup so we’ll just have to be patient – but not for much longer by the sound of it.

His rush to his father’s side is a typical gesture, for Henry is a family man before everything. Off the set he hurries home to his wife Lucy and young children Thomas and Denise. He is a charming as he seems on screen, says Janey. “It’s hard to do him justice in a feature, for when you meet him he is such a very nice, genuine man, kind to everyone and very thoughtful.”

He does not live a very ritzy social life, preferring old and close friends to the company of celebrities. In fact in many ways his life has hardly changed since pre-Chaparral days. He lives in the same modest house, dries an ordinary car, and most enjoys an evening out dining and dancing with his wife at small Latin-style restaurants. Sometimes they join up with Mark Slade and his wife for an outing or invite them over to the house, but Mark is about the only Chaparral person he sees outside the studio.

He guards his home life jealously and Janey says that reporters find him co-operative and pleasant at the studio, but they stand no chance of going out to his home.

“Everyone you ask says what a super person he is,” she says, “and he is tremendously loyal. One of his business advisors is known in the business as being a horrible person, consistently rude to everyone, but Henry wouldn’t dream of leaving him because he feels he owes some of his early breaks to him.”

One thing which some of you may not know is that Henry sings. Janey reports that he has a great voice and has done some super Spanish songs for a night club act.

So we may yet hear the sound of Darrow in London.

Pop Press

Vintage article reprint from Jan 1970 Fabulous

Mark Slade may not make that European tour after all, at least not until later on in the year. This is because he has purchased a movie script, which he is going to produce himself. The film is called Better Days Are A'comin' and will star Mark and his very close friend Mary Watford. Leif Erickson of High Chaparral will also be in the film.

Mark has all the financial backing he needs for the film and now it is definitely only a matter of casting. About the only time Mark has for this is while Chaparral is on hiatus, the time during which he had originally planned to come to Europe. He is still trying very hard to slip over but is no longer certain that he will make it overseas in early 1970.


Henry Darrow Biography Announcement

by Jan Pippins

Henry Darrow’s long-anticipated biography, LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE, to be published by BearManor Media, will unfortunately NOT be ready as hoped in time for the High Chaparral Reunion. However, always-fascinating Henry will be at the reunion to tell stories in person and he’ll have flyers available with pre-ordering information.

Our goal is to produce a high-quality book that fans will treasure. We appreciate everyone’s interest and patience.



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Spotlight on PromoPerformance, Reunion Sponsor

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High Chaparral, Cameron Mitchell as Buck Cannon, Mark Slade as Blue Cannon, Leif Erickson as Big John Cannon

High Chaparral on the Web

The Official High Chaparral website
The High Chaparral Reunion website
The High Chaparral Newsletter
The High Chaparral Newsletter - searchable articles
El Gran Chaparral Noticias

High Chaparral Fan Fiction
High Chaparral Dutch Fan Site
Getting To Know You with Susan McCray
Linda Cristal
Don Collier
Henry Darrow
The Henry Darrow Biography, Lightning in a Bottle
Bob Hoy
Ted Markland
Susan McCray
Nightfall by Susan McCray
Rudy Ramos
Mark Slade
Out West Entertainment (by Jordan Wexler and Linda Cristal)

AUDIO interviews with The High Chaparral cast & crew