Henry's Science Fiction Roles
"To go where no man has gone before" -- a line from the introduction to Star Trek, familiar to fans around the world. According to Smithsonian Magazine, as a concept -- and as four separate series -- Star Trek is the longest-running TV drama to date. It began with the original in 1966, eventually leading to Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1987, Deep Space Nine in 1993, and Voyager -- still in production -- in 1995. Henry has appeared in two of the four series, for a total of three episodes.
His first role was that of the Vulcan, Admiral Savar, in a two-hour episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation entitled "Conspiracy". It was a complete departure from his role as the laughing Manolito in more ways than one. Not only was the timeframe light years away from the Old West, but the character was also an exact opposite in personality. Or perhaps that should be lack of personality! As Star Trek fans know well, Vulcans are famous for their unemotional logic. Henry's own good-natured personality led to make-up repairs and stern reminders from the director that "Vulcans never smile"! He still has the pointy ears that he wore for the part.
His second role was on Voyager, portraying Kolopak, the father of Chakotay. He appeared in two episodes: "Tattoo" and "Basics, Part I". Both episodes gave fans a glimpse into Chakotay's past -- and provided an explanation about where his distinctive forehead tattoo originated.
Henry's science fiction roles haven't been limited to Star Trek. He has had guest roles on numerous sci-fi/fantasy series: Babylon-5, The Bionic Woman, The Incredible Hulk, Knight Rider, Night Gallery, Night Man, The Six Million Dollar Man, two episodes of Time Trax, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and two episodes of Wonder Woman. He was also a series regular on The Invisible Man in the mid-1970's.
This page last updated: January 03, 2005 ~ Copyright © The Henry Darrow Fan Club 1999-2005