James Drury
Former actor; oil and natural gas business
James Drury
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.
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Fairfield and Drury
Beverly Guardian - over 4 years
The marriage between Elizabeth Fairfield, youngest daughter of Driffield Town Crier Brian, and Mrs Barbara Fairfield, and Mr James Drury, son of Judith and Rev Stephen Drury, formerly of East Ayton, took place on Saturday August 18 at St John the Baptist Church, East Ayton.
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America’s best and worst boards
Financial Post - over 4 years
The boards of BlackRock Inc , Merck & Co Inc and Caterpillar Inc topped a ranking of the most capable boards of directors in corporate America, while a publicly traded affiliate of activist investor Carl Icahn came in last. Companies rated as the least capable boards included several traditionally family- or founder-controlled companies, including Tyson Foods Inc, Dole Food Co Inc and D.R. Horton Inc. A study by James Drury Partners, which conducts director searches, ranked boards of the 500 largest U.S. companies by revenue, based on the number and experience of their directors. It gave the most weighting to outside directors who are CEOs at other companies, arguing they were most likely to have the experience and independence to challenge management, and less likely to be cowed by a fellow CEO. The report found the shares of better-governed companies, as measured by the number and experience of the directors on their boards, outperformed the stocks of their less capable ...
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Health Check: The UK Festival
Clash - almost 5 years
The British festival season is the most competitive on the planet. Viewed from outer space, there must be times when Britain looks like a tiny island teeming with renovated VW vans breezing from field to field. There’s more competition than ever before and – sadly – some events are struggling. A flurry of postponements and late call offs last summer led some to observe that the British love affair with the outdoor festival was over. Yet fast forward 12 months and here we are, clutching insect repellent and cheap cider, ready to do it all over again. ClashMusic sat down with UK Festival Awards coordinator James Drury to find out more. - - - The British outdoor festival - failing or thriving? James: For me there was was some media reports last year: “demise of the festival industry” and so on, which I actually found frustrating. Looking at it from my point of view, I see millions of people going to festivals every summer, new events still get launched and are succes ...
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Horse boarding continues to draw controversy in Barrington Hills - TribLocal
Google News - over 5 years
Two residents James Drury and Michael McLaughlin – who have filed a lawsuit against Oakwood Farms hoping to force them to cease operations – have claimed village officials are going easy on the facility because its owners gave three trustees political
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Scottish harvest a week behind due to rain - FarmersWeekly
Google News - over 5 years
In East Lothian, James Drury was still combining winter barley manager at Spott Estate, after more than 150mm of rain over the past seven to 10 days. "It's been a horrendous couple of weeks." The weather had also been mixed in Northern Ireland,
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Harvest roundup: Quality holding up well - FarmersWeekly
Google News - over 5 years
Harvest had been badly delayed at Spott Estate, Dunbar, East Lothian, where manager James Drury was still combining winter barley. “It's been a horrendous couple of weeks – we've had over six inches of rain in the past seven to 10 days
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Barrington Hills horse farm suit alleges political favoritism - Chicago Daily Herald
Google News - over 5 years
James Drury and Michael McLaughlin do not name any village officials as defendants in the suit, which is aimed at Benjamin and Cathleen LeCompte, owners of the horse boarding operation at Oakwood Farms. But they argue that the LeComptes donated money
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Guest information for today's show - WBIR-TV
Google News - over 5 years
Actors James Drury (The Virginian), Peter Brown (Lawman) and Robert Fuller (Wagon Train) will make scheduled apperances. The event kicks off with a special "Evening with the Stars" at 6:30 pm Friday. The event will be held at Higher Grounds on Main
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Fine month for fast draw queen - Langley AdvanceNews
Google News - over 5 years
In Wyoming, the highlight for everyone was a special dinner with actor James Drury from The Virginian TV series. With more than 100 guests attending, including some fast draw folks, the event was hosted by the rustic Virginia Hotel
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McDonald's Tops New Corporate Governance Study by JamesDruryPartners - PR Newswire (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
"Our research shows that an ideal board weight does not exist in an absolute sense," said James Drury, Chairman and CEO of JDP. "What is appropriate for one company may not be appropriate for another. However, a company's board weight ranking should
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Virginian hotel in Medicine Bow 100 years old - Casper Star-Tribune Online
Google News - over 5 years
Actor James Drury was expected to attend. Drury played the Virginian on the TV series in the 1960s and early 1970s that was loosely based on the novel by Owen Wister about a foreman of a ranch at Medicine Bow. The hotel derived its name from the novel
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'Off the Wall & Over the Edge: Movies, Music, Memories and Madness' with ... - PNW Local News
Google News - over 5 years
... Dan Blocker (“Bonanza”), Claire Bloom (“City Lights”), Lee J. Cobb (“On the Waterfront”), Jackie Cooper (“Hennessey”), James Drury (“The Virginian”), Mia Farrow (“Peyton Place”), David Hemmings (“Blowup”), Gary Lockwood (“2001: A Space Odyssey”),
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Crossroads Festival of Western Legends to be held from July 8 – 10, 2011 in ... - Mountain Xpress (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The event will feature James Drury (The Virginian), Peter Brown (Lawman) and Robert Fuller (Wagon Train) who will make scheduled appearances throughout the event. Detailed event information is available online at http://www.crossroadspartnership.com or
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Widow Nancy Buck - Publishers Lunch Deluxe (subscription)
Google News - over 5 years
Such notable authors as, Matt Braun, Stephen Lodge, Don Bendell, actors James Drury (The Virginian) and Robert Woods, and many others have endorsed his historical fiction work. His western writing is published under the pen name, "WR Benton
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Movie Days return to Montrose - Grand Junction Sentinel
Google News - over 5 years
Guests scheduled to attend include the actor who played the title role, James Drury. By William Woody MONTROSE — Curators of the Museum of the Mountain West hope the second annual Tribute to Western Movie Days will lure thousands of movie and history
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Gary Clarke: He Was a Teenage Werewolf (and a cowboy and much more - see him ... - Memphis Commercial Appeal (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Clarke was invited here to reunite with James Drury, Roberta Shore, Randy Boone and Don Quine, fellow cast members on "The Virginian," which aired from 1962 to 1971 on NBC. "We love doing these things together, because we feed off each other," Clarke
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of James Drury
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 78
    In a 2013 interview, James Drury recalled:
    More Details Hide Details "The majority of episodes were shot in eight days. When we started out, they took about ten days. They decided they couldn't afford that much time because we aired the episodes every five days (excluding weekends). To keep up with the airing schedule, we had to run multiple units--as many as four or five different episodes filming at the same time. I would ride my horse or take the studio limousine back and forth between the sets to do my two line piece in one episode, ten pages of dialogue in another episode, do a cattle drive in another episode, a wild horse drive in another, and then a gunfight and a robbery in yet another episode. I had to keep everything straight and it was absolutely no problem and a joy to do. I would do it all over again tomorrow."
  • 2003
    Age 68
    At the 2003 show, he was reunited with his Virginian co-stars Gary Clarke, Randy Boone, and Roberta Shore.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Drury was a close friend of the Houston marksman Joe Bowman, who trained numerous actors on how to use weapons. Drury is also the longtime best friend of both Robert Horton and Robert Fuller, since 1954, where the three met while under contract at MGM Studios. Together (along with Horton, until his final appearance in 2011, and 5 years before Horton died in March, 2016), they attend the annual Festival of The West in Scottsdale, Arizona, among other Western Festivals. He also was a longtime friend of James Best, an actor and acting coach eight years Drury's senior. He and Best met in 1965 on the set of The Virginian. Best died in April, 2015.
  • 1997
    Age 62
    In 1997 and 2003, he was a guest at the Western Film Fair in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1991
    Age 56
    In 1991, Drury was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1962
    Age 27
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In the same year, Drury landed the top-billed leading role of the ranch foreman on The Virginian, a lavish series which ran for nine seasons. The show was based on Owen Wister's classic novel, and the various screen versions that had been filmed since. It has been rumored that Drury was possibly cast because of a vague resemblance to Gary Cooper, who had played the part in an early film version. Director Andrew J. Fenady stated that Drury was offered the lead role in the series because of his impressive performance in an unsuccessful television pilot The Yank that was inspired by Nick Adams' The Rebel, on which Drury had guest starred twice. In the series, as in the novel, the actual name of "The Virginian" is never revealed. Drury's costars on The Virginian included Lee J. Cobb, Doug McClure, Randy Boone, Roberta Shore, Gary Clarke, Clu Gulager, Diane Roter and toward the end of the run, Tim Matheson.
  • 1961
    Age 26
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Drury played in secondary roles for Walt Disney.
  • 1960
    Age 25
    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.
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    On November 16, 1960, Drury delivered a solid performance as 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.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Bleymier also opposes the interest shown by Claiborne to his daughter, Belle, portrayed by Elen Willard. The episode is filmed mostly during heavy rains, high winds, and a cyclone.
    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.
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  • 1959
    Age 24
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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. From the start, Marshal Gib Scott, played by Russell Johnson, doubts Adams' story and questions Culhane's judgment in the matter.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details John Hoyt played Harding, Sr., with Frank Ferguson as Capt. Hoyt.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1934
    Born
    Drury was born on April 18, 1934, in New York City, where his father James, Sr., was a New York University professor of marketing.
    More Details Hide Details He grew up in both New York and Oregon. Drury contracted polio at the age of ten.
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