James Drury (I) (1934–2020)


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Laconic, dark and handsome were the essential attributes for Hollywood western leading men in the 50s and 60s. James Drury fit the bill, keeping in mind that his most famous screen persona - that of the stalwart Shiloh estate ranch foreman known only as 'the Virginian' - took a while to properly develop. In the original 30-minute pilot way back in... See full bio »

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(age 85) in Houston, Texas, USA

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The Virginian The Virginian
(1962-1971)
Forbidden Planet Crewman Strong
(1956)
(1993-1994)
Ride the High Country Billy Hammond
(1962)

Filmography

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  Billy and the Bandit (TV Movie) (post-production)
Grandpa
 2012 Tales of the Cap Gun Kid (TV Series)
Ranger Captain
- Stagecoach Outlaws (2012) ... Ranger Captain
 2005 Hell to Pay
JT Coffee
 2000 The Virginian (TV Movie)
Rider
 1995-1996 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (TV Series)
Doctor / Deacon
- Chill Ride (1996) ... Doctor
- Gunfighters (1995) ... Deacon
 1994 Maverick
Riverboat Poker Player (uncredited)
 1993-1994 The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. (TV Series)
Ethan Emerson
- Ned Zed (1994) ... Ethan Emerson
- Pilot (1993) ... Ethan Emerson
 1993 Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series)
Captain Tom Price
- A Shadow in the Night (1993) ... Captain Tom Price
- Borderline (1993) ... Captain Tom Price
- One Riot, One Ranger (1993) ... Captain Tom Price
 1985 The All American Cowboy (TV Movie)
Host / Marshal
 1983 The Fall Guy (TV Series)
The Virginian
- Happy Trails (1983) ... The Virginian
 1974 Firehouse (TV Series)
Captain Spike Ryerson
- False Alarm (1974) ... Captain Spike Ryerson
- The Watches of the Night (1974) ... Captain Spike Ryerson
- Randall's Pride (1974) ... Captain Spike Ryerson
- A Gift for Grumper (1974) ... Captain Spike Ryerson
- No Way Out (1974) ... Captain Spike Ryerson
 1972 The Bull of the West (TV Movie)
Man from Virginia
 1971-1972 Alias Smith and Jones (TV Series)
Sheriff Tankersley / Sheriff Lom Trevors
- The Long Chase (1972) ... Sheriff Tankersley
- Alias Smith and Jones (1971) ... Sheriff Lom Trevors
 1971 The Devil and Miss Sarah (TV Movie)
Gil Turner
 1971 Ironside (TV Series)
Al
- The Professionals (1971) ... Al
 1962-1971 The Virginian (TV Series)
The Virginian
- Jump-Up (1971) ... The Virginian
- Wolf Track (1971) ... The Virginian (credit only)
- The Town Killer (1971) ... The Virginian
- The Regimental Line (1971) ... The Virginian (credit only)
- Tate, Ramrod (1971) ... The Virginian
 1971 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Auctioneer
- The Auction (1971) ... Auctioneer
 1970 Breakout (TV Movie)
Joe Baker
 1969 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (TV Series)
Guest Performer
- Episode #2.23 (1969) ... Guest Performer (uncredited)
- Episode #2.20 (1969) ... Guest Performer (uncredited)
 1968 It Takes a Thief (TV Series)
Mr. Clifton, Ticket Agent
- A Thief Is a Thief (1968) ... Mr. Clifton, Ticket Agent
 1967 The Young Warriors
Sgt. Cooley
 1962 Third of a Man
Emmet
 1962 Ride the High Country
Billy Hammond
 1960-1962 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Cole Crawford / Justin Claiborne
- The Cole Crawford Story (1962) ... Cole Crawford
- The Bleymier Story (1960) ... Justin Claiborne
 1962 The Detectives (TV Series)
Adrian
- Walk a Crooked Line (1962) ... Adrian
 1961 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Eddy King
- The Case of the Missing Melody (1961) ... Eddy King
 1959-1961 Rawhide (TV Series)
Rance / Johnny Adler / Kenley
- Incident of the Boomerang (1961) ... Johnny Adler
- Incident with an Executioner (1959) ... Kenley
 1961 Stagecoach West (TV Series)
'Stace'
- Blind Man's Bluff (1961) ... 'Stace'
 1958-1961 The Rifleman (TV Series)
Spicer / Lloyd Carpenter
- Death Trap (1961) ... Spicer
- The Marshal (1958) ... Lloyd Carpenter
 1961 Michael Shayne (TV Series)
Eddie
- No Shroud for Shayne (1961) ... Eddie
 1960-1961 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
Bob Prentiss / Tony
- The Preliminaries (1961) ... Bob Prentiss
- Linda (1960) ... Tony
 1955-1961 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Tom / Johnny Red / Jerry Cass / ...
- Old Faces (1961) ... Tom
- Johnny Red (1959) ... Johnny Red
- Change of Heart (1959) ... Jerry Cass
- Reed Survives (1955) ... Booth Rider
 1960 The Yank (TV Movie)
Mathew Dorn
 1960 The Rebel (TV Series)
Paul Travers / Bert Pace
- Vindication (1960) ... Paul Travers
- Fair Game (1960) ... Bert Pace
 1960 Ten Who Dared
Walter Powell
 1960 Pollyanna
George Dodds
 1960 Bourbon Street Beat (TV Series)
Joe Darle
- Wall of Silence (1960) ... Joe Darle
 1960 Lock Up (TV Series)
Frank Crotty
- The Case of Frank Crotty (1960) ... Frank Crotty
 1960 Men Into Space (TV Series)
Maj. Nick Alborg
- Tankers in Space (1960) ... Maj. Nick Alborg
 1959 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Joe Plato
- Ten Feet of Nothing (1959) ... Joe Plato
 1959 Cheyenne (TV Series)
Bill Magruder
- The Imposter (1959) ... Bill Magruder
 1959 Steve Canyon (TV Series)
Lt. Richard Muller
- Sabotage (1959) ... Lt. Richard Muller
- The Muller Story (1959) ... Lt. Richard Muller
 1959 Black Saddle (TV Series)
Neal Adams
- Client: Neal Adams (1959) ... Neal Adams
 1959 Lawman (TV Series)
Clay / Stan Bates
- The Gang (1959) ... Clay
- The Outsider (1959) ... Stan Bates
 1959 Richard Diamond, Private Detective (TV Series)
Arthur Harding
- Murder at the Mansion (1959) ... Arthur Harding
 1959 Trackdown (TV Series)
John Ward
- Stranger in Town (1959) ... John Ward
 1959 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Tony DeVries
- Hunt the Man Down (1959) ... Tony DeVries
 1959 The Magical World of Disney (TV Series)
Deputy Joe Monroe
- Elfego Baca, Attorney at Law (1959) ... Deputy Joe Monroe
 1959 Good Day for a Hanging
Paul Ridgely
 1958-1959 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Roy Richards / Jess McHugh
- Welcome Home a Stranger (1959) ... Roy Richards
- Wire (1958) ... Jess McHugh
 1958 Bronco (TV Series)
John Smith
- Freeze-Out (1958) ... John Smith
 1958 Flight (TV Series)
 1958 The Texan (TV Series)
Johnny Kaler
- The Troubled Town (1958) ... Johnny Kaler
 1958 The Silent Service (TV Series)
Exec. Officer Charliue Masters
- The Sandshark Story (1958) ... Exec. Officer Charliue Masters
 1958 Bitter Heritage (TV Movie)
Jesse James, Jr.
 1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Jesse James
- Bitter Heritage (1958) ... Jesse James
 1958 Decision (TV Series)
The Virginian
- The Virginian (1958) ... The Virginian
 1958 The Walter Winchell File (TV Series)
Eddie Perkins
- The Dice of Fortune: File #34 (1958) ... Eddie Perkins
 1958 Man Without a Gun (TV Series)
Cort Hamish
- Aftermath (1958) ... Cort Hamish
 1958 Broken Arrow (TV Series)
Tahzay
- Power (1958) ... Tahzay
 1958 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Michael Grimes
- The Right Kind of House (1958) ... Michael Grimes
 1957 Bernardine
Lt. Langley Beaumont
 1956 Love Me Tender
Ray Reno
 1956 The Last Wagon
Lt. Kelly
 1956 Forbidden Planet
Crewman Strong
 1956 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Anton Cavrek
- In Times Like These (1956) ... Anton Cavrek
 1956 Diane
Lieutenant (uncredited)
 1955 The Tender Trap
Eddie
 1955 Cameo Theatre (TV Series)
- The Grown Ones (1955)
 1955 Love Me or Leave Me
Assistant Director (uncredited)
 1955 Blackboard Jungle
Hospital Attendant (uncredited)
Show Show Writer (1 credit)
Show Show Self (23 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (10 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

Wrote the foreword for "Back in the Saddle: Essays on Western Film and Television Actors", Gary Yoggy, ed. (McFarland, 1998). See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Article | See more »

Official Sites:

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Alternate Names:

James & Phyllis

Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I started acting at age eight. I was forced to do a play in Manhattan and was cast as King Henry in a bible play. When people began clapping at the end of the play, I realized there was nothing I wanted more than to be on the stage. See more »

Trivia:

Recorded a series of novels by acclaimed western author Kirby Jonas for a books-on-tape company called Books in Motion. See more »

Trademark:

Smoky, gravelly voice See more »

Nickname:

Jim See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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