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The High Chaparral
Genre Western
Created by David Dortort
Starring Leif Erickson
Cameron Mitchell
Mark Slade
Linda Cristal
Henry Darrow
Don Collier
Theme music composer David Rose
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 98
Original channel NBC
Original run 1967 – 1971

The High Chaparral is a Western-themed television series which aired on NBC from 1967 to 1971. The show was created by David Dortort, who had previously created the hit Bonanza for the network. The theme song was also written and conducted by Bonanza scorer David Rose.


Cast and characters

The show starred Leif Erickson as "Big" John Cannon, a rancher who lived in the Arizona Territory in the 1870s. He ran the ranch with his brother Buck (Cameron Mitchell) and son Billy Blue (Mark Slade). Billy Blue's mother Annalee (Joan Caulfield) was killed in the first episode by an Indian arrow through the window, and to ensure his future, John Cannon courted and later married Victoria (Linda Cristal), the daughter of the powerful Don Sebastián Montoya. His marriage to Victoria Montoya brought her brother Manolito (Henry Darrow) into the picture, and he also came to live with the family. Cameron Mitchell was offered the part of Buck following an airline flight to Tucson where he had sat next to the series originator and his wife.

Among the guest stars were Anthony Caruso, Roberto Contreras, Dennis Cross, John Dehner, Paul Fix, Ron Hagerthy, Ron Hayes, Myron Healey, Don Keefer, Robert Loggia, Tyler McVey, Ricardo Montalban, Ned Romero, Frank Silvera, Barry Sullivan, Dub Taylor, and Morgan Woodward.

Name of the ranch

Annalee Cannon: Isn't it beautiful, John? It should have a name.
Big John Cannon: You name it.
Annalee Cannon: What is that bush called — that green one?
Big John Cannon: Chaparral.
Annalee Cannon: That's it — Chaparral. I christen thee "The High Chaparral" — the greatest cattle ranch in the whole territory ... the whole world!


The High Chaparral was Dortort's brainchild, and he left the day-to-day running of Bonanza in the spring of 1967 so he could focus all of his energies on The High Chaparral. After the show's cancellation in 1971, Dortort did not return to Bonanza, but retired instead. When David Dortort was casting The High Chaparral in 1967, Nino Cochise asked for the part of Cochise. Nino was the grandson of the Cochise of the Apache wars. Born in 1874, Nino was 92 years old at his casting call, missing one leg, and needed to be helped into and out of the saddle; but he won the role.[1]


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