James Child Drury, Jr. was born on the 18th April 1934, in Manhattan, New York City USA, and is a retired actor, who is perhaps still best known for his appearance in the role of the main character in the 90-minute Western TV series “The Virginian” (1962-1971), which was aired on the NBC channel. He also appeared in other film and TV titles, including “Forbidden Planet” (1956), “Ride The High Country” (1962), among others. His career in the acting world was active from 1955 to 2005.
Have you ever wondered how rich James Drury is, as of mid- 2016? According to authoritative sources, it is estimated that the total size of James’ net worth is as high as $1.5 million, with the main source of this amount of money being his successful involvement in the entertainment industry as a professional actor.
James Drury Net Worth $1.5 Million
James Drury was raised in New York City by his father, James Drury, Sr. who was a professor at New York University. Some of his childhood he also spent in Oregon on a family ranch.
As early as 1955 his career began, with roles in such films as “The Tender Trap” with Frank Sinatra and Debbie Reynolds, and the following year in the cult film “Forbidden Planet”, with Walter Pidgeon, Leslie Nielsen and Anne Francis.
During the 1950s, he appeared in numerous TV series in brief roles, including “Playhouse 90” (1958), “Man Without a Gun” (1958), “The Texan” (1958), “Steve Canyon” (1959), “Men Into Space” (1959), and many others, all of which added to his net worth, but also helped him build his name as an actor.
In 1962, his career took a turn for the better when he was selected for the role of The Virginian in the TV series of the same name. The show aired until 1971, and had 243 episodes of 90 minutes. Thanks to the popularity of the show, James` career was considerably boosted, but he also stayed focused on other ventures, and while the show lasted he appeared in such films as “Ride The High Country” (1962), “The Young Warriors” (1967), and “Breakout” (1970), which also added to his net worth.
After the show ended, he found engagement in the TV series “Firehouse” (1974), as Captain Spike Ryerson. He then took a break from acting, and returned in the mid-1980s with a role in “The All American Cowboy” (1985). Six years later, he featured in another western film “The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw”, with Kenny Rogers, Reba McEntire and Rick Rossovich in lead roles. In 1993, he appeared as Captain Tom Price in several episodes of the highly popular western TV series “Walker, Texas Ranger” with Chuck Norris. He retired in 2005, but before that made an appearance in film “Hell To Pay”, directed by Chris McIntyre, which also added a substantial amount to his net worth.
Thanks to his talents, James received several prestigious awards, including the Golden Boot Award in 1995, and Bronze Wrangler given by the Western Heritage Awards, for his work on TV series “The Virginian.
When it comes to speak about his personal life, James Drury has been married to Carl Ann Head since 1979. Previously, he was married twice, firstly to Cristall Othoneos (Orton) from 1957 to 1964, with whom he has two sons, and then to Phyllis Mitchell (1968-1979). One of his two sons is Timothy Drury, known in the media as a musician and member of the band Whitesnake. James lives with his third wife in Houston, Texas. In free time, he still enjoys riding horses.
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