R.I.P. Harry Darrow, my friend

Posted in Harry Darrow at 1:11 am by Fiona

My lifelong friend, Harry Darrow, has left this world:

Harry Darrow, a multi-talented artist, motion picture and television art director, died on December 30, 2007 at his home in Pelham, following a courageous battle with lung cancer.

From its inception, Mr. Darrow was the Art Director of the popular television drama series “Law and Order: Criminal Intent” and had previously worked as Art Director on the HBO’s hit show “The Sopranos,” Spike Lee’s “Bamboozeled,” and four Walt Disney feature films.

Prior to his work in film and television, Mr. Darrow co-owned the scenic shop Hudson/Half Moon Productions and was the scenic artist for numerous Broadway shows including Les Miserables, Cats, Phantom of the Opera and many others. He also did lighting design for tours by several rock and roll artists.

Mr. Darrow was born on July 20, 1950 in Dallas, TX. His theatrical career began at age 16 when he was appointed Technical Director of the Barn Theatre in Prairie Village, KS. Mr. Darrow attended Carnegie Mellon University, graduated from the University of Kansas, and did graduate work for his MFA at New York University. He lived in New York City and Pelham.

Mr. Darrow was the husband of Marcia Edelstein, father of Tess Honor Darrow, and brother of Michael Silverglat of Missoula, Montana, Susan Star Paddock of Gettysburg, PA, Roger Silverglat of McKinney, TX, and the late Philip Darrow of Verona, NJ. He was predeceased by his parents, Harry Silverglat and Susan Moseley Silverglat, of Dallas and Shawnee Mission, KS.

A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, Jan. 6 at 2:00pm at the Pelham Art Center, 155 Fifth Avenue.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Cancer Support Team, 875 Mamaroneck Avenue, Suite 204, Mamaroneck, NY 10543.


  1. Stephen Hurst said,

    January 7, 2008 at 3:01 am

    Although we lost touch with each other after graduating Shawnee Mission East High School school some 36 years ago, I remember Harry’s great enthusiasm and artistic energy on both High School play and musical set and lighting designs and also his work at the Barn (Community) Theatre in Shawnee Mission, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City. I was very sorry to hear of his premature departure, but very impressed to hear of all his artistic accomplishments during his short time with us.

    My condolences to his family and to all who will miss his friendly and outgoing character and artistic talents. Steve Hurst

  2. Amber Kirsch said,

    January 21, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    Without Harry I would have never found my way into film and television. He was generous enough to help me find my niche and even set me up with my first paying job on Criminal Intent. I will miss him tremendously and my heart goes out to his family and friends during this difficult time.

  3. vivian kraft said,

    February 25, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    It is such a shock to receive the notice of Harry’s passing. I remember all our days at KU and after in Manhattan… his sense of self… his artistic genius… his generosity … and his laughter… his committment to his friends/co-workers. My deepest sympathy to his family. Another bright light has been extinguished on the Broadway and film marquees.

  4. Jenny Green Taylor said,

    July 24, 2008 at 10:46 am

    I am shocked & saddened to receive notice by way of ancestry. com of my cousin, Harry, Philip & Aunt Susie’s deaths. As a child, I have memories of going to visit Uncle Harry & Aunt Susie & my cousins at their house in Dallas, Tx. Their grandparents Worth & Clemmie Moseley were the most loving, hand holding sweethearts. They were devoted to each other, their daughter Susie & their grandchildren. I regret that I had lost contact with my cousins. My deepest sympathy to the family. Jenny Green Taylor

  5. Cara Spores said,

    August 24, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    I did not know Mr. Harry Darrow. I am not one to watch Television but happen to love Criminal Intent when I can catch a show and noticed at the end of this particular show it was in memory of Mr. Darrow. I always find the subtle notices intriguing and wonder how often they go unnoticed by those that watch the shows regularly. I find most people do not even heed what is in front of them in the shows themselves, much less the notices at the end. I am sorry for your loss of your loved one and/or friend and I pray you have the assurance that you will one day meet again with eternal life through, Jesus Christ.

  6. E. F. Julius said,

    October 6, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    I knew Harry at Carnegie- Mellon and last saw him years ago in New York when he was still studying. I have thought of him over the years not knowing where he was. Sadly through the internet I found him too late. I remember him as a wonderful person.
    E. Francisco Julius Rome Italy

  7. Salene said,

    October 29, 2008 at 6:01 am

    Well said.

  8. Marta Hurst said,

    December 17, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    Oh my God, I was recently contacted by one of my friends from my senior year at SM East. I dug out my photo album and memories. Harry ruled Shawnee Mission East and the theater. I remember him with such gratitude over these years as a warm and real person, whom I’ve regretted losing contact with. It is with great horror I find out he is no longer with us!. I served on his lighting crew back in 1968 and it is one of the best memories of my life!

    I have posted several photos of Harry from then on my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=11467&l=f5c8e&id=1269114552 and would be thrilled to share them with old friends who would like to have something to remember from then of Harry. Please contact me if you can’t view the photos and were a friend of Harry’s. marta.hurst@gmail.com I am sure his name is still up there on the catwalks at Shawnee Mission East High School – there to forever rule the stage and lighting. What a horrible loss.

    With great respect and honor to Harry!


  9. Joseph James said,

    April 4, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    I played guitar in Philip Darrows band when we were on polydor records. When we moved to NYC I met Harry. All I could say is that I have never met such a talented & dedicated artist. He did so much to help the band in many ways including drawing the logo for the 1st album.
    I lost touch with both Philip & Harry & for years have been trying to track Philip down. Last year I found Philip but sadly he had already passed away.
    My next thought was to try to find Harry so we could talk & just today I found out he too has passed away. This is so sad to me on so many different levels.
    My prayers & condolences go out to Harry’s family. God bless him. The good DO die young–way too young.
    I would love to be able to speak to any of Harry’s or Philip’s families, friends.
    My deepest sympathy.

  10. shauna kellin said,

    January 26, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    I worked closely with Harry for years as a scenic artist.He was one of the most amazing friends I’ve ever been lucky enough to have. I miss him tremendously.

  11. Cat Joy said,

    March 9, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    I just found my old phone books from the eighties and started to look up people that I have had the pleasure to have in my life…..and then I saw Harry’s name and said….Wow! my old lighting mentor!…..I wonder what he is doing? Harry used to help me with my homework for Studio and Forum of Stage Design known as “Lesters” at his apartment on Second Avenue in NYC. I will never forget his patience with my (probably) stupid questions and how he gave of his time freely as I tried to take my practical knowledge of doing lighting at CBGBs and other live nightclubs and transfer that to the theater world.
    I wish I had found him sooner.
    My heartfelt sympathies.

  12. Amalyah Keshet said,

    July 29, 2014 at 5:32 am

    Fiona and Marta:
    I went to Shawnee Mission East with Harry; we were close friends. We worked in the Barn Theater together as well. (I have changed my name since then.) I lost track of Harry ages ago, after he moved to NYC. Until today, despite the occasional search, the Internet hadn’t revealed anything to me about what had happened to him. I am so saddened by the knowledge that he died in 2007.

    I would love to get in touch.

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