James Child Drury Jr. (April 18, 1934 – April 6, 2020) was an American actor. He is best known for having played the title role in the 90-minute weekly Western television series The Virginian, which was broadcast on NBC from 1962 to 1971.
Play trailer with sound 2:30 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.
James Child Drury was born not in the American West, but in New York, the son of Beatrice (Crawford) and James Child Drury. His father, from an Irish family, was a professor who lectured in marketing and advertising at New York University.
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Apr 06, 2020 · JAMES DRURY, the one true "Virginian" by whom all others are measured, is the star of the first 90-minute color western TV series, "The Virginian", which aired from 1962-1971. "The Virginian" is the third longest running western series in the history of television.
Jan 03, 2021 · James Drury born James Child Drury Jr. was an American actor. He was best known for his role in the 90-minute weekly Western television series The Virginian from 1962–71. He first appeared on stage at the age of 8, when he played King Herod in a children’s Christmas play.
Apr 06, 2020 · James Drury -- the star of the Western series, " The Virginian " -- has died. He was 85. The actor's assistant, Karen Lindsey, confirmed his death in a Facebook post, stating that he died of...
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Apr 06, 2020 · Actor. He is remembered for playing the title role in the TV Western series The Virginian (1962 to 1971). Born in New York City, his father was a professor at the city's University, James spent time living in both New York and on a farm in Oregon.
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April 18, 1934 to April 6, 2020 James Drury, accomplished actor on Film, Screen and Stage, passed from natural causes at his home in Houston, with family and friends by his side. James was most...
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Apr 06, 2020 · James Drury, an actor best remembered as the stolid, black-hatted title character of the long-running NBC western “The Virginian,” died on Monday at his home in Houston. He was 85. Karen Lindsey,...