Siddhesh Joshi (Editor)

James Drury

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
Years active  1955–2005
Parents  James Drury, Sr.
Height  1.83 m

Role  Actor
Name  James Drury
Children  Timothy Drury
James Drury Classic Film and TV Caf James Drury Chats with the Caf
Full Name  James Child Drury
Born  April 18, 1934 (age 81) (1934-04-18) New York City, New York, USA
Occupation  Former actor; oil and natural gas businessman
Spouse  Carl Ann Head (m. 1979), Phyllis Mitchell (m. 1968–1979), Cristall Orton (m. 1957–1964)
Movies and TV shows  The Virginian, Ride the High Country, Pollyanna, Forbidden Planet, The Last Wagon
Similar People  Doug McClure, Roberta Shore, Lee J Cobb, Randy Boone, Gary Clarke

James drury the virginian 80th birthday

James Child Drury Jr. (born April 18, 1934) is an American actor best known for his success in playing the title role in the 90-minute weekly Western television series The Virginian, broadcast on NBC from 1962–1971.


James Drury pthumblisimgcomimage5172315280fulljpg

James drury the virginian 2009 memphis film festival panel


James Drury James Drury Wikipedia the free encyclopedia

James Child Drury Jr. was born on April 18, 1934, in New York City, where his father was a New York University professor of marketing. He grew up in both New York and Oregon. Drury contracted polio at the age of ten.

James Drury wwwinspcomcontentuploads20160451e0e20f70cd9

In 1959, Drury was cast as Harding, Jr., in the episode "Murder at the Mansion" of Richard Diamond, Private Detective. On May 9, 1959, early in his career, Drury appeared as Neal Adams in the episode "Client Neal Adams" of ABC's western series Black Saddle. In the story line, Adams is an old friend of series protagonist Clay Culhane, a gunfighter-turned-lawyer played by Peter Breck. Adams has robbed a bank of $8,000 and was subsequently shot in the back by a pursuing bounty hunter, played by Charles Aidman. Adams asks Culhane for help and makes the false claim that the bounty hunter is the brother of a man whom Adams had earlier killed in self-defense.

James Drury James Drury IMDb

In 1960, Drury appeared in different roles in two episodes, "Fair Game" and "Vindication" of another ABC western series, The Rebel, starring Nick Adams as a Confederate adventurer roaming through the post-Civil War American West. On November 16, 1960, Drury played young pioneer Justin Claiborne in the episode "The Bleymier Story" of NBC's Wagon Train, broadcast just days after the death of series lead Ward Bond. Robert Horton as the scout Flint McCullough struggles to get a wagon train through a Sioux burial ground. Dan Duryea played the mentally unstable Samuel Bleymier who is obsessed by demons and superstitions.

James Drury Houstonian James Drury celebrating 50 years of The Virginian

In 1960, Drury portrayed Joe Darle in the episode "Wall of Silence" of the ABC/Warner Brothers detective series, Bourbon Street Beat, set in New Orleans and starring Andrew Duggan. He made a memorable guest appearance on the CBS drama series Perry Mason in 1961, as he played the role of musician and defendant Eddy King in "The Case of the Missing Melody," with Raymond Burr.

He appeared in secondary roles for Walt Disney. In 1962, he was cast in a substantial role as a lascivious gold prospector in the early Sam Peckinpah western Ride the High Country opposite Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea. Also, in 1962, Drury landed the top-billed leading role of the ranch foreman on The Virginian, a lavish series which ran for nine seasons.

In 1993, Drury had a guest-starring role as Captain Tom Price on the first three episodes of Walker, Texas Ranger, opposite Chuck Norris and Clarence Gilyard. Drury also had a cameo role in the 2000 TV movie of The Virginian starring Bill Pullman. The film followed Wister's novel more closely than had the television series. Drury appeared in a number of films and other television programs, including The Young Warriors and the TV cowboy reunion movie The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw with Doug McClure, who played the character Trampas during The Virginian.

In 1991, Drury was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. In 1997 and 2003, he was a guest at the Western Film Fair in Charlotte, North Carolina.


Drury was in the oil and natural gas business in Houston at the turn of the 21st century. His son, Timothy Drury, is a keyboardist, guitarist and vocalist who has played with the rock groups The Eagles and Whitesnake.

Select filmography

  • Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
  • The Tender Trap (1955)
  • Diane (1956) uncredited
  • The Last Wagon (1956)
  • Forbidden Planet (1956)
  • Love Me Tender (1956)
  • Bernardine (1957)
  • Good Day for a Hanging (1959)
  • Toby Tyler (1960) as Jim Weaver
  • Pollyanna (1960)
  • Ten Who Dared (1960)
  • Ride the High Country (1962)
  • The Young Warriors aka Eagle Warriors (1967)
  • The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw (1991)
  • Hell to Pay (2005)
  • Television series

  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents – Michael Grimes in "The Right Kind of House"
  • Steve Canyon – Twice as Lieutenant Richard Muller
  • Gunsmoke – Four times
  • The Rifleman – Twice Episode 4 "The Marshal" (1958) and Episode 109 "Death Trap" (1960)
  • The Texan - Episode "The Troubled Town" as Johnny Kaler (1958)
  • Cheyenne (TV series) – Episode "The Impostor" as Bill Magruder (1960)
  • Rawhide (TV series) – Episodes "Incident of the Night on the Town" as Rance (1961) and "Incident with an Executioner" as Kenley (1959) also "Incident of the Boomerang " Series 3 Episode 20.(Transmitted 24 March 1961)
  • The Virginian (1962–1971)
  • Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In – Twice
  • Ironside – The Professionals - 1971
  • Firehouse (TV series) (1974)
  • Walker, Texas Ranger – Three episodes as Captain Tom Price
  • The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. – Twice as Ethan Emerson
  • Alias Smith and Jones – Sheriff Lom Trevors (Pilot) / Sheriff Tankersley (episode "The Long Chase")
  • Narrator

  • River Invaders: The Scourge of Zebra Mussels - (1994) - PBS special
  • Sturgeon: Ancient Survivors of the Deep - host/narrator - (1995) - PBS special
  • A Vanishing Melody: The Call of the Piping Plover - (1997) - PBS special
  • References

    James Drury Wikipedia