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James Drury

Highest Rated:   98% Forbidden Planet (1956)
Lowest Rated:   50% Love Me Tender (1956)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Virginian
  • Rider
2000
No Score Yet The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw
  • Jim
1991
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
83% Pollyanna
  • George Dodds
1960
No Score Yet Toby Tyler
  • Jim Weaver
1960
No Score Yet Good Day for a Hanging
  • Paul Ridgely
1959
50% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Marshal Law: Texas
2013-2014
  • Reality cast member
  • 2014
  • 2013

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