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The High Chaparral: Recollections from an Iconic Western Series

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The High Chaparral was a beloved Western TV series created by David Dortort (also of Bonanza fame), featuring an ensemble cast who brought Cannon family’s adventures in Arizona Territory in the 1870s to life.

The High Chaparral: The Complete Guide to the Characters, Episodes, and Locations

The High Chaparral
The High Chaparral

These stars from The High Chaparral can still be seen today and more importantly what their lives look like after they finished filming The High Chaparral.

1. Leif Erickson as John Cannon: The High Chaparral

Leif Erickson
Leif Erickson

Leif Erickson played John Cannon, patriarch of the Cannon family and owner of The High Chaparral ranch. A tough yet honorable individual, John faced many challenges such as hostile Apaches, Mexican bandits and rival ranchers while also trying to adjust to his new marriage with Victoria Montoya – an attractive Mexican woman much younger than himself.

Leif Erickson was an established actor who had appeared in many movies and TV shows prior to The High Chaparral. Additionally, he held down roles as both singer and bandleader during his early career. Following its conclusion in 1986 at age 74, Erickson continued acting roles until his passing away at his residence.

2. Linda Cristal as Victoria Montoya Cannon

Linda Cristal
Linda Cristal

Linda Cristal played Victoria Montoya Cannon, John Cannon’s second wife and the daughter of Don Sebastian Montoya a powerful Mexican rancher. Victoria was an elegant woman with deep loyalty who tried her best to bridge any divides between herself and Manolito while coping with harsh realities of frontier living.

Linda Cristal was an Argentine actress best known for her roles on The High Chaparral and winning two Golden Globe Awards for her portrayal of Victoria. Since its end, Linda Cristal had taken some other acting roles but mostly retired from acting; she died aged 89 years in 2020.

3. Cameron Mitchell as Buck Cannon: The High Chaparral

Cameron Mitchell
Cameron Mitchell

Cameron Mitchell played Buck Cannon, John’s younger brother and right-hand man. Buck was an enthusiastic, daredevil cowboy with an appetite for adventure and his own brand of lawlessness who frequently found himself in trouble due to impulsive decisions. Additionally, he often flirted with women he met.

Cameron Mitchell was an American actor best known for appearing in The High Chaparral television show and movie, Broadway performances and World War II service. Even after its end he continued acting until his death at age 75 in 1994.

4. Mark Slade plays Billy Blue Cannon

Mark Slade
Mark Slade

Mark Slade plays Billy Blue Cannon, son of John Cannon and Anna-Lee (later Anna Lee) Cannon who were killed by Apaches in Episode 1. Billy is portrayed as being young, eager cowboy eager to prove himself to both his father John Cannon and uncle Buck while also developing romantic feelings towards Manuela (Victoria’s niece).

Mark Slade was an American actor best known for appearing on The High Chaparral television series and movies. Additionally, he was an artist and writer; after its cancellation he went back to painting and writing as much as acting roles allowed.

5. Henry Darrow as Manolito Montoya: The High Chaparral

Henry Darrow
Henry Darrow

Henry Darrow played Manolito Montoya, brother to Victoria Montoya Cannon and son of Don Sebastian Montoya. This charismatic, charming, yet rebellious individual often clashed with his father over lifestyle choices; becoming close with Buck Cannon whom he would help in many situations.

Henry Darrow was an American actor best known for his lead role on The High Chaparral (1980-1987). One of the first Latino actors ever featured as a leading protagonist of a Western television series. Subsequent to its conclusion in 2021 at age 87, Darrow continued acting until his passing away at 87 years of age.

FAQ: The Ultimate Guide To Your Questions

Q: When did The High Chaparral make its first debut?

A: The High Chaparral was broadcast by NBC from September 10, 1967 until March 12, 1971 and featured four seasons with 98 episodes each season.

Q: Who created The High Chaparral?

A: David Dortort was responsible for creating The High Chaparral for NBC. Additionally, he created Bonanza.

Q: What does The High Chaparral signify?

A: John Cannon owns and lives at High Chaparral Ranch. Additionally, its name refers to an evergreen shrub found growing in desert environments.

Q: Where was The High Chaparral filmed?

A: Filming of The High Chaparral was conducted primarily at Old Tucson Studios in Arizona. Some scenes were also shot at Paramount Ranch in California and Mexico.

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