James Drury

James Drury

Highest Rated: 98% Forbidden Planet (1956)

Lowest Rated: 55% Love Me Tender (1956)

Birthday: Apr 18, 1934

Birthplace: Not Available

The son of a New York University professor of marketing, American actor James Drury spent his youth dividing his time between Manhattan and Oregon, where his mother ran a ranch. At age 8, Drury made his stage debut as King Herod-- crepe beard and all--in a Christmas production at a Greenwich Village settlement house. Sidelined by polio at age 10, Drury became a voracious reader, often acting out the characters in the books. At NYU, Drury dove full-force into acting, developing his craft to such an extent that in 1954 he was signed by MGM. His film roles were of the "other guy in the room" calibre (Forbidden Planet [1956]), so Drury's contract lapsed, after which he spent time at 20th Century-Fox in support of Pat Boone (Bernardine [1957]) and Elvis Presley (Love Me Tender [1958]). In 1958, Drury was cast by Screen Gems studios in a TV pilot film based on the Owen Wister story The Virginian. It didn't sell, but in 1962 Universal optioned the rights to The Virginian, bringing Drury in along for the ride. He spent the next nine years in The Virginian, during which time Drury's reputation for recalcitrance on the set and reluctance to reveal anything of himself in interviews earned him the soubriquet "The Garbo of the Sagebrush" (a nickname bestowed by Drury's father!) James Drury wasn't seen much after The Virginian, though he did show up on the small screen as the lead in an Emergency clone titled Firehouse, which ran on the ABC network for eight months in 1974.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Virginian Rider 2000
No Score Yet The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw Jim 1991
No Score Yet Backtrack Ramrod 1969
No Score Yet The Young Warriors Sergeant Cooley 1967
No Score Yet The Meanest Men in the West Actor 1966
93% Ride the High Country Billy 1962
No Score Yet The Bull of the West Man from Virginia 1962
No Score Yet Six Gun Law Deputy Joe Monroe 1962
No Score Yet Ten Who Dared Walter Powell 1960
86% Pollyanna George Dodds 1960
No Score Yet Toby Tyler Jim Weaver 1960
No Score Yet Good Day for a Hanging Paul Ridgely 1959
55% Love Me Tender Ray Reno 1956
No Score Yet The Last Wagon Lt. Kelly 1956
98% Forbidden Planet Strong 1956
67% Love Me Or Leave Me Assistant director 1955
67% The Tender Trap Eddie 1955
No Score Yet Diane Lieutenant 1955


No Score Yet Marshal Law: Texas
Reality cast member 2014
No Score Yet Ironside
No Score Yet It Takes a Thief
Cameo 1968
No Score Yet Perry Mason
Eddie King 1961
No Score Yet Rawhide
Rance 1961
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Jerry Tom Cook 1961
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Michael Grimes 1958


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