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October 17, 2023

20 Vintage Portrait Photos of James Drury in the 1950s and ’60s

Born 1934 in New York City, American actor James Drury began his professional acting career when he was 12 years old, when he performed in a road company’s production of Life with Father. He signed a film contract with MGM in 1954 and appeared in bit parts in films. After he went to 20th Century Fox, he appeared in Love Me Tender (1956) and Bernardine (1957).

Drury 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.

In 1991, Drury was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. In 1997 and 2003, he was a guest at the Western Film Fair in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Drury died from natural causes in 2020, 12 days short of his 86th birthday. Take a look at these vintage photos to see portraits of young James Drury in the 1950s and 1960s.


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