James Drury

Former Actor; Oil and Natural Gas Business
Born Apr 18, 1934

James Child Drury, Jr. is an American actor probably 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. With 12–14 hour workdays, the series had perhaps the most demanding production schedules in the history of network television.… Read More

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    Beverly Guardian - Aug 30, 2012
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    Financial Post - Jul 11, 2012
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    Clash - Apr 02, 2012
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    Google News - Aug 26, 2011


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of James Drury.


1934 Birth Drury was born on April 18, 1934, in New York City, where his father James, Sr., was a New York University professor of marketing. … Read More


1959 25 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1959, Drury was cast as Harding, Jr., in the episode "Murder at the Mansion" of the David Janssen CBS crime drama, Richard Diamond, Private Detective. … Read More
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.
1961 27 Years Old 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. … Read More
1962 28 Years Old 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. … Read More


1991 57 Years Old In 1991, Drury was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.


1997 63 Years Old In 1997 and 2003, he was a guest at the Western Film Fair in Charlotte, North Carolina.
2003 69 Years Old At the 2003 show, he was reunited with his Virginian co-stars Gary Clarke, Randy Boone, and Roberta Shore. … Read More
2013 79 Years Old …  In a 2013 interview, James Drury recalled: … Read More
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