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JAMES DRURY BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
 
James Drury was born on April 18th, 1934 in New York City, New York with the birth name James Child Drury.  His father was a New York University professor of marketing.  Drury spent most of his later childhood being raised on a ranch in Oregon.
 
After completing High School he trained as a classical actor at New York University and soon decided to relocate to Los Angeles, California and try his luck at a career in the industry.
 
He began acting in the early 60's with small parts on a number of films for Walt Disney, but soon was cast in the western "Ride the High Country" (1962) and his career began to take off.  He was soon cast in the television series "The Virginian" which aired for a total of nine seasons from 1962 through 1971 and is by far his most well known role.  This role was later reprised in the year 2000 as a television movie and he had a cameo role.
 
Along with earning stardom from this series, Drury did appear on a number of other films and television shows such as "The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw", "Gunsmoke" (1955-1961), "Wagon Train" (1960-1962), "The Red Skelton Hour" (1971) and his last appearance was in 2005 on the film "Hell to Pay". 
 
He has been married three times, first to Cristall Orton from 1957 through 1964, he then married Phyllis Mitchell in 1968 and they were together through 1979.  He is currently married to Carl Ann and has one son, Tim Drury, who became a member of the band "The Eagles" and later joined the British rock group, "Whitesnake".  
 
In 1991 he was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.  Along with having a career as an actor, Drury was also involved in the oil and natural gas business in Texas. 

 
Filmography

2005 Hell to Pay
2000 The Virginian 
1995-1996 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues 
1994 Maverick
1993-1994 The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.
1993 Walker, Texas Ranger
1991 The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw
1985 All American Cowboy
1983 The Fall Guy 
1974 Firehouse 
1971-1972 Alias Smith and Jones
1971 The Devil and Miss Sarah
1971 Ironside 
1962-1971 The Virginian
1971 The Red Skelton Hour
1970 Breakout
1968 It Takes a Thief
1967 The Young Warriors 
1962 Ride the High Country 
1960-1962 Wagon Train 
1962 The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor 
1962 Third of a Man 
1961 Perry Mason
1959-1961 Rawhide
1961 Stagecoach West
1958-1961 The Rifleman
1961 Michael Shayne
1960-1961 The Loretta Young Show
1955-1961 Gunsmoke
1960 The Rebel
1960 Ten Who Dared 
1960 Pollyanna
1960 Bourbon Street Beat 
1960 Lock Up 
1960 Toby Tyler, or Ten Weeks with a Circus 
1960 Men Into Space
1959 Death Valley Days
1959 Cheyenne
1959 Steve Canyon
1959 Black Saddle 
1959 Lawman
1959 Richard Diamond, Private Detective 
1959 Trackdown
1959 Have Gun - Will Travel
1959 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color
1958-1959 Zane Grey Theater
1959 Good Day for a Hanging
1958 Bronco
1958 The Texan
1958 Bitter Heritage 
1958 Decision
1958 The Walter Winchell File
1958 Broken Arrow
1958 Playhouse 90
1958 Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1958 Flight
1957 Bernardine 
1956 Love Me Tender
1956 The Last Wagon
1956 Forbidden Planet 
1956 The 20th Century-Fox Hour 
1956 Diane
1955 The Tender Trap
1955 Cameo Theatre 
1955 Love Me or Leave Me 
1955 Blackboard Jungle





Matinee Classics - The Virginian starring James Drury, Doug McClure, Lee J. Cobb, John McIntyre, Roberta Shore and Gary Clarke
Matinee Classics - Ride the High Country starring Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, Mariette Hartley, Ron Starr, Edgar Buchanan, R.G. Armstrong, Jenie Jackson, James Drury, L.Q. Jones, John Anderson, John Davis Chandler and Warren Oates
Matinee Classics - Forbidden Planet starring Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielson, Warren Stevens, Jack Kelly, Richard Anderson, Earl Holliman, George Wallace, Bob Dix, Jimmy Thompson, James Drury and Robby the Robot


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