James Drury Poster


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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 18 April 1934New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameJames Child Drury
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

James Drury was born on April 18, 1934 in New York City, New York, USA as James Child Drury. He is an actor, known for The Virginian (1962), Forbidden Planet (1956) and Ride the High Country (1962). He has been married to Carl Ann Head since July 30, 1979. He was previously married to Phyllis Mitchell and Cristall Othoneos (Orton).

Spouse (3)

Carl Ann Head (30 July 1979 - present)
Phyllis Mitchell (27 April 1968 - 30 January 1979) (divorced)
Cristall Othoneos (Orton) (7 February 1957 - 23 November 1964) (divorced) (2 children)

Trade Mark (2)

His Virginian character.
Smoky, gravelly voice.

Trivia (22)

Following bit parts in films in the late '50s, he became a "second lead" for Disney until winning the title role of The Virginian (1962).
Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1991.
Father of Timothy Drury, musician.
In 1971 appeared in Finland for four appearances in different Mid-Summer's festivals. At the time he was very popular there after having been in the TV series The Virginian (1962). He was told that kind of reception he got in Finland was like Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra got in USA.
Trained as a classical actor at New York University from Shakespeare to Shaw, Jim eventually relocated to California.
Recorded a series of novels by acclaimed western author Kirby Jonas, for a books-on-tape company called Books in Motion.
Settled in Houston in the mid-1970s and has been in and out of the oil and natural gas business since.
Son Timothy is a keyboardist, guitarist and vocalist who has played with The Eagles and is now with the British group Whitesnake.
In 1997 and 2003, he was a guest at the Western Film Fair in Charlotte, North Carolina. At the 2003 show, he was reunited with "Virginian" cast members Gary Clarke, Randy Boone, and Roberta Shore.
The son of a New York University professor of marketing, he was born in New York City but later grew up on a ranch in Oregon where he developed an affinity for horses and the outdoor life.
Best known by the public for his starring role as the title character in The Virginian (1962).
He was a guest at the 2012 Memphis Film Festival's "A Gathering of Guns 4: A TV Western Reunion" at the Whispering Woods Hotel and Conference Center in Olive Branch, Mississippi.
Guest starred on the first three episodes of Walker, Texas Ranger (1993).
His idols when he was very young were Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea and Jane Wyman.
Met Robert Horton and Robert Fuller when the three were under contract at MGM in 1954.
Despite staying on The Virginian (1962) for the entire run, it was impossible for both Drury and Doug McClure to appear in all 249 episodes, because it was a 90 minute show.
Since 1976, Drury has resided in Houston, Texas.
Has been riding horses since birth.
Met James Best on an episode of The Virginian (1962), where the two became best friends.
Went to college with Bernie Kopell.
Despite not being friends with Julie London, he was a fan of her show, Emergency! (1972), which featured Drury's best friends, Robert Fuller and Bobby Troup.

Personal Quotes (7)

[referring to his title role on The Virginian (1962)] Nobody knows the name of my character. Not even me.
One comes to mind, right off the bat, I was a brand new contract player at MGM, in 1954, and I was 20-years-old, and the studio undertook to make a property called: Raintree County (1957), with Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor. And I wanted the Montgomery Clift role much, and I told everybody about it that I wanted to play. I read the book, and I thought it was a wonderful role and I wanted to play. Obviously, nobody listened to me, Montgomery Clift played the role, and did a great job, but I always regretted that I didn't get a chance at that, because I like the property, the property gave me goosebumps when I read it, and I wanted to participate putting it on film. It was not to be and I had no regrets about it. I was very disappointed at the time that I couldn't make any head wave, but that's the way life is.
Owen Wister designed the character in 1902 when he came out with the novel, without a name. So you automatically assumed 'The Virginian' has some secrets of these pasts, he rather not divulged, and there's an aura actor who plays the part, carries with him as he comes through the door.
[on the death of Doug McClure] He was very instrumental in the success of the show and probably the best friend I ever had, and we lost him. He died too young, he was only 59, but you think about him everyday.
[When asked if he knew of Julie London personally, through his best friend Robert Fuller] No, I had known Bobby Troup, her husband very well, we've done several shows together. But I never, really knew Julie, except just to meet her. Bobby [of course] became their very lifelong friends with her, and so forth, but I never spent any time on the road with her, but I think Bobby Fuller did. Bobby Troup and I did Perry Mason (1957) and we did several other shows before he ever started Emergency! (1972). It was a family affair, an 'Emergency!,' except for Fuller, and he didn't really want to do a modern show, he wanted to do another Western, but Jack Webb talked him into it or insisted that he do it, and he was very happy, [of course] because it was a great success and he had a wonderful time with Julie London and with Bobby Troup.
[on giving out acting advice] I think it's more of a question than listening to the other actors, because if you listen, they want to find out what you're going to do. By no means, trying to upstage anyone or anything like that, just listening to what they're saying and the eyes will come because of the anticipation, it's what you're going to respond.
[Of Robert Fuller]: He's really a magnificent, gifted actor and a fine professional, and he was able to work with these people, very effectively in all those different series that he did, and I had nothing, but admiration for, he's one of my best friends, so, it's nice that we're still in contact and quite often.

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