This March marks the 10th High Chaparral Reunion in Tucson, Arizona, where fans will gather to meet the cowboy celebrities from the 1960s television show. This year fans also celebrate the show’s return to television on the INSP Channel.
The festivities are scheduled for March 22-24, 2013 and may be the final opportunity for people to personally meet the performers that were propelled to stardom, by the popularity of the show. Ticket sales make this event possible for fans to greet the cast, crew and production staff. The following stars of The High Chaparral are scheduled to attend.
Henry Darrow rocketed to international stardom in The High Chaparral as the iconic Latino lover, Manolito Montoya. Henry is the first Puerto Rican actor to star in a television series, play the roles of Zorro and Don Alejandro, win an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in the television drama Santa Barbara, and originate the role of Martinez in Ray Bradbury’s stage adaptation of The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit. Henry and co-author Jan Pippins have included these experiences along with many others in their joint book, Lightning in the Bottle. The book will be available for purchase during the reunion and the authors will be delighted to autograph copies at a special session at the Casino del Sol Resort.
Don Collier has an eclectic career from movies and television, to commercials, spokesman, and personal appearances among others. His work is international work is well known and widely admired. Don's portrayal of ranch foreman Sam Butler in The High Chaparral, still stands as one of his greatest roles to his legions of fans. He was United States Marshal Will Foreman in Outlaws, shopkeeper William Tompkins in The Young Riders, and host of the educational television program, The Desert Speaks.
Rudy Ramos has been an actor for six decades and got his start with an appearance on the 1969 television show, Ironside. Several months later he was cast as a series regular on The High Chaparral and played the part of Wind, the volatile half-breed Indian boy. Since that time, he has appeared in numerous guest star roles on episodic television, made for television movies, feature films and on stage.
The High Chaparral was conceived by Bonanza creator, David Dortort and shot on location at Old Tucson Studios. Plots were focused in the 1870s Arizona Territory at the cattle ranch operated by the Cannon and Montoya families. There were family conflicts, the historical Apache wars, plus the American struggle to survive against rustlers and Comancheros set in the harsh desert environment. Acclaimed for its gritty realism, The High Chaparral was one of the first prime time westerns to feature Latino characters in positive starring roles.
Kent McCray produced a long list of television classics, including but not limited to Bonanza, The High Chaparral, Young Riders, Little House on the Prairie, and Bob Hope’s USO shows. Susan Sukman McCray worked on many of the same shows with Kent, in addition to becoming Casting Director for Michael Landon Productions. Susan cast Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Hawaii 5-0, and a host of television movies. Today she is a radio personality on KUNK and KSAV.
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Tickets are still available for the reunion.