If you ever come across people discussing a successful professional actor who ventured into the oil and gas business, it’s most likely that James Drury is the subject of the discussion. Famously known as the “True Virginian”, following his outstanding title role in America’s first 90-minute Western Television series, “The Virginian”, which aired on NBC for almost a decade starting in 1962, the talented actor had a great spell in the film industry up until his retirement from professional acting. This got him inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City in the United States of America. Read on as we find out more about the American born actor and businessman.
James Drury Bio & Age
Born James Child Drury on April 18, 1934, in New York City, he is the only known child of Beatrice Crawford Drury and James Child Drury Sr. Despite being born in New York, Drury spent part of his growing up years in his family’s ranch in Oregon, James’ mum and his maternal grandfather ran the ranch. He and his family moved there when he was just 6 weeks old. This goes a long way to explain his love for horses and outdoor life.
His family shuttled between New York City and Oregon frequently during his childhood days. He enrolled at the New York University where his father, James Sr, was a marketing professor to study drama. He completed his degree at the prestigious University of California after taking extra courses. It is said that James Drury began his acting career at a tender age of eight, going on to make his professional debut at the age of 12, as he acted in a road company’s production of Life with Father.
He later went on to sign a film contract with Metro-Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) in 1954 and appeared in bit parts in films. Afterward, he went to 20th Century Fox making appearances in “Love Me Tender” in 1956 and in “Bernardine” the year after that. He has been a part of other TV series like “The Rebel”, “Death Valley Days”, “Private Detective”, and “Richard Diamond”. That’s not all, the man played various roles in Walt Disney productions and later played Billy Hammond in the 1962 Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah, “Ride the High Country”.
What followed next was his big break as The Virginian on NBC’s American Western television series, The Virginian. Portraying the ranch foreman in the series earned James Drury a lot of attention which gave his career a fine boost.
What Is His Net Worth?
The American born actor has an estimated net worth of over $1 million. The source of his wealth is mainly attributed to his acting career which spanned decades and other business ventures. Drury went into the oil and gas business in Houston Texas almost at the end of his acting career, but the returns from this venture remain unknown and do not form a part of the estimated net worth.
James Drury’s Spouse/Wife and Children
As usual with other celebrities in the entertainment industry, Drury’s personal life has come under scrutiny following his many relationships and failed marriages. The celebrated actor has been in several relationships most of which weren’t made public while some came under public view. He has been married three times; his first marriage which produced his only known 2 children was with Cristall Orton on February 7th, 1957, the marriage lasted for only 7 years.
A few years down the line in 1968, he tied the nuptial knot with Phyllis Jacqueline Mitchel, the marriage ended on January 30th, 1979, lasting over 10 years.
Child married Mary Ann the same year he ended his marriage to Phyllis. The marriage happened on July 30th, 1979 and they have been together ever since. One of his children with his first wife, Timothy Drury, is a known instrumentalist and he has featured alongside top acts. Nothing is known about his other child.
His Height and Other Body Measurements
James Drury has a distinctive height measuring about 6 ft 1 inch which is equivalent to 1.83 m. The tall actor may not be as fit as he was due to old age but he still looks agile a little. The actor’s weight, as well as other body measurements, are not known.