In the world of filmmaking, James Drury is not a name to disregard or overlook. The American actor ruled the industry in the 60s with his very remarkable on-screen exploits. He is a veteran in the industry and has impressive records of great achievements in his active days. Dury is best known for his role in the 60s/70s TV series The Virginian which was aired on NBC. Many questions have been asked about the whereabouts of the actor who has closed the curtains on his career. But before we get to that, let us find out more interesting facts about him.
James Drury Bio, Age
He was born on April 18, 1934, in New York to parents; James Child Drury his father, and Beatrice Crawford Drury, his mother. James Dury spent a greater part of his childhood in New York. Always inclined to arts, he opted to study drama at New York University. James started his career at a very young age, at the age of 12, he appeared on Life with Father. He was first signed with MGM and later on 20th Century Fox. The latter deal saw the New Yorker star in Love Me Tender (1956). He also starred in the movie Bernardine in 1957.
The talented actor went on to appear in lots of TV series including Richard Diamond, Private Detective, Black Saddle, Death Valley Days, The Rebel and many others. In the early 60s, he made various secondary appearances for Walt Disney. James Drury went on to star in the Western film Ride the High Country. Afterward, he landed a leading role on the popular The Virginian series. Drury starred as the ranch foreman in the notable series which ran from 1962 to 1971. He also reprised his role in The Men from Shiloh, a sequel to The Virginian.
Drury greeted the 90s with a remarkable performance in the first episodes of the series Walker, Texas Ranger. The Virginian made a return to the screens in 2000 but as a TV movie. James as the lead character in the series made a cameo appearance in the movie. He is known for so many TV series of different genres and was remarkable for his roles. He also appeared in films as well and pulled a lot of crowd with his performance.
James Drury starred in The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw alongside Doug McClure who also starred in the Virginian. For a job well done over the years, James got inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City in 1991.
His Net Worth
Drury is no longer seen in movies or television series as the actor has retired from the business. This is why his assets are no longer publicly known. Some sources have estimated James Drury’s net worth in recent times to be above $1 million. But only the actor himself can make an assertion on this. Towards the end of his movie career, Drury got involved in oil and gas business, although not much is known about his proceeds from the business.
Personal Life – Spouse, Children
James Drury had quite an interesting personal life during his active days. He was married three times and is living with his third wife Carl Ann Head. Drury and Ann got married in 1979 and have been together since then. Before Carl Ann was Phylis Mitchell whom he married in 1968. The marriage lasted for 11 years after which the couple got divorced.
The actor was married first to Cristall Othones in 1957. They had two children together – before they divorced in 1964. James’ son Timothy Drury whom he had with Cristall is a popular instrumentalist; a keyboardist, guitarist, and vocalist and has worked with different stars in the music industry.
One of Drury’s distinctive features in his active days is his height. The actor is 1.8m tall (6ft 1in) and had the looks to go with his height. He may not have the exact height in his old age but the actor surely passes for a tall man anytime.
Is He Dead or Still Alive?
James Drury became an Octogenarian in the time of the millennials when younger took over the market. His silence has raised many questions about his whereabouts and present endeavors. For those who do not know, James Drury is still alive only that he no longer features in movies. The retired actor now focuses on his personal businesses of which oil and gas is included.