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March 13th, 2014

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What Happened to the Cast of High Chaparral?



Vintage Article Reprint from the 1970s

The High Chaparral was one of NBC-TV’s top shows from 1967 until it rode off into the sunset in 1971 – and for many of those who starred in the series it was the high spot of their careers. Most are still active in show business, but none have returned to regular series TV.

Tall Leif Erickson had had a string of unspectacular roles since he began acting in 1933, but the show about rugged life in the Arizona Territory in the 1870s was his big break. For four years he starred as Big John Cannon – but when the show went off the air he went back to unspectacular roles. He has since guest starred in such movies and TV films as “Twlight’s Last Gleaming,” Wild Times’ and “Winterhawk.” Now 70, he’s “taking it easy.”

Cameron Mitchell’s career hit a bad snag after the show ended. In 1973 he formed a production company – but then went bankrupt, listing debts of $2,400,00 and a bank account of $26. Mitchell, who played Buck Cannon, has stayed in films and TV, working in such features as “Swiss Family Fobinson” and “the Klansman.” He is currently making a television special in Germany.

For Linda Cristal, who won two Emmy nominations for her portrayal of Victoria on the show, the pace has slowed very little. She guest stars frequently, has done TV series in Mexico and her native Argentina and has appeared in a number of films. “It’s been a long career and very satisfying,” she said.

Mark Slade, who played Billy Blue Cannon, has stayed very busy. “My wife and I work as a writing team and we just finished a TV movie pilot,” said Slade. “In acting, I costarred in an episode of ‘Today’s FBI.’”

Things slowed for a while for Robert Hoy, who played Joe Butler. “But I’ve made a living as a working actor, said Hoy. He has appeared in “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” “Five Card Stud” and other films, and such TV series as “Dallas,” “Magnum, P.I.” and “Quincey.”

Henry Darrow, who  played Manolito, has no complaints at all. “Im in that percentage of actors who have made a comfortable living through the years,” said Darrow. “Besides features and TV, I also teach in acting seminars and work in outdoor dramas and dinner theater.”

For Ted Markland, the role of Reno was the only steady work he’s had. He says his size has cost him a lot of parts. “I’m 6-foot-4, as tall as Leif,” he said. “Some stars won’t work with me.” Markland has appeared in the films “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Wanda Nevada.”

Frank Silvera, who played Don Sebastian Montoya, and Rudolfo Acosta, who portrayed Vaquero, have both died.  Silvera in the shows last season and Acosta in 1974.

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