James Drury Biography – James Drury Wiki
James Drury born James Child Drury Jr. was an American actor. He was best known for his role in the 90-minute weekly Western television series The Virginian from 1962–71.
He first appeared on stage at the age of 8, when he played King Herod in a children’s Christmas play. He made his professional acting debut at the age of 12 in a touring company of ‘Life With Father’. Trained as a classical actor at New York University and credited with 12 major Shakespeare roles and 18 major Shaw roles, Jim left the theatre in New York and went to Hollywood in 1954.
He worked in such classic films as ‘Blackboard Jungle’, ‘Forbidden Planet’, ‘The Tender Trap’, ‘Love Me Tender’, ‘The Last Wagon’, ‘Pollyanna’, ‘Ride the High Country’ and many others. Jim was guest star in numerous television series like ‘Playhouse 90′, ‘Gunsmoke’, ‘Rifleman’, ‘Cheyenne’, ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents’, ‘Wagon Train’, ‘Rawhide’, ‘Death Valley Days’, before being chosen for the role of ‘The Virginian’ in 1962, according to James Drury’s biography on his official website.
After portraying ‘The Virginian’ for 9 years, he returned to the theatre across the U.S. in the ‘70s. His stage credits are diverse with not only Shakespeare and George Bernard Shaw, but also well-known classics as ‘The Odd Couple’, ‘The Rainmaker’, ‘A Thousand Clowns’, ‘Once More With Feeling’, ‘Forty Karats’, and ‘Prisoner of Second Avenue’. In 1974, he starred in television series ‘Firehouse’.
In 1991, Drury was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
Drury appeared as a special guest in numerous films and television shows like ‘Alias Smith and Jones’, ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’, ‘Kung Fu: TLC’, the film ‘The Virginian’ (2000) and ‘Hell to Pay’ (2005). Known for his distinctive voice, he has done many documentaries and audio books.
James Drury Age
James Drury was born on April 18, 1934, in New York City, New York, United States. He died on April 6, 2020. He was 85 years old.
James Drury Wife
James Drury was married three times. He married his first wife Cristall Othones on February 7, 1957. They had two children and divorced on November 23, 1964. He married his second wife Phyllis Jacqueline Mitchell on April 27, 1968, and they divorced on January 30, 1979. He married his third wife Carl Ann Head on July 30, 1979.
James Drury Children
James Drury had 2 children with his first wife Cristall Othones.
James Drury Family
James Drury was born to James Child Drury Sr. and Beatrice Crawford Drury. His father was a Professor of Marketing at New York University.
James Drury Death
James Drury died on April 6, 2020, at the age of 85. His assistant, Karen Lindsey, announced his death in a Facebook post: “It is with immense sadness that I let you all know that James Drury, our beloved Virginian and dear friend passed away this morning of natural causes, Monday, April 6, 2020. He will be missed so much. It is beyond words. Memorial service to be determined later.”
James Drury Cause of Death
James Drury died of natural causes.
James Drury Net Worth
James Drury’s net worth was estimated to be $1.5 million.