Victor Jory

Victor Jory

Highest Rated: 100% The Miracle Worker (1962)

Lowest Rated: 0% Valley of the Kings (1954)

Birthday: Nov 23, 1902

Birthplace: Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada

After a rough-and-tumble adolescence, Victor Jory attended high school in California, studying acting with Gilmor Brown at the Pasadena Playhouse. Jory's subsequent tenure at the University of California lasted all of one year before he was bitten by wanderlust; he joined the coast guard, where he distinguished himself as a champion in several contact sports. Sharp-featured, muscular, and possessed of a rich theatrical voice, Jory made his New York stage bow in 1929, and one year later co-starred in the original Broadway production of Berkeley Square. Inaugurating his film career with Renegades (1930), Jory spent the next five decades in roles ranging from romantic leads to black-hearted villains. Highlights in his screen career include a sinister but strangely beautiful performance as Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935); the vicious Injun Joe in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938); white-trash carpetbagger Jonas Wilkerson in Gone With the Wind (1939); Texas patriot William Travis in Man of Conquest (1939); the hissable, crippled patriarch in The Fugitive Kind (1960); the taciturn father of Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker (1962); and the ancient South American Indian chief in Papillon (1973). In 1940, Jory starred in the Columbia serial The Shadow (1940), essaying the dual role of the mind-clouding Shadow and his alter ego Lamont Cranston (with several disguise sequences along the way). The outspoken Jory was supremely confident of his talents, remarking on several occasions that he was "damn good" -- though he was tougher than any movie critic in assessing his lesser performances. He was also more than generous with young up-and-coming actors (except for self-involved "method" performers), and was a veritable fountain of Broadway and Hollywood anecdotes, some of which were actually true. An occasional theatrical director and playwright, Jory wrote the Broadway production Five Who Were Mad. On TV, Jory starred in the popular syndicated detective series Manhunt (1959-1960) and guested on dozens of other programs. Long married to actress Jean Innes, Victor Jory was the father of Jon Jory, who for many years was artistic director of the Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Man Who Turned To Stone Actor 2013
78% Maryam Jamie 2002
43% The Mountain Men Iron Belly 1980
No Score Yet Jacob's Challenge Actor 1979
No Score Yet Sodom and Gomorrah Actor 1979
No Score Yet Tower of Babel Actor 1979
No Score Yet The Story of Esther Actor 1979
No Score Yet Greatest Heroes of the Bible: Daniel and Nebachadnezzar Actor 1979
No Score Yet Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell Shaman 1978
No Score Yet The Man Who Talks with Whales Actor 1976
80% Papillon Indian Chief 1973
No Score Yet Frasier, the Sensuous Lion Frasier 1973
No Score Yet Flap Wounded Bear Mr. Smith 1970
20% MacKenna's Gold Narrator 1969
40% A Time for Dying Judge Roy Bean 1969
No Score Yet Jigsaw Dr. Edward Arkroyd 1968
No Score Yet Ride the Wind Actor 1966
62% Cheyenne Autumn Tall Tree 1964
100% The Miracle Worker Capt. Keller 1962
54% The Fugitive Kind Jabe Torrance 1960
No Score Yet Death of a Scoundrel Leonard Wilson 1956
No Score Yet Manfish 'Professor' 1956
0% Valley of the Kings Taureg Chief 1954
33% Cat-Women of the Moon Kip Reissner 1953
100% Man from the Alamo Jess Wade 1953
No Score Yet Sabaka Ashok 1953
No Score Yet Son of Ali Baba Caliph 1952
No Score Yet Cave of Outlaws Ben Cross 1951
No Score Yet The Cariboo Trail Frank Walsh 1950
No Score Yet The Capture Father Gomez 1950
No Score Yet Fighting Man of the Plains Dave Oldham 1949
No Score Yet South of St. Louis Luke Cottrell 1949
No Score Yet Canadian Pacific Dirk Rourke 1949
43% A Woman's Secret Brook Matthews 1949
No Score Yet The Loves of Carmen Garcia 1948
No Score Yet Tubby the Tuba Narrator 1947
No Score Yet Hoppy's Holiday Actor 1947
No Score Yet The Kansan,(Wagon Wheels) Jeff Barat 1943
No Score Yet The Leather Burners Dan Slack 1943
No Score Yet Bar 20 Mark Jackson 1943
No Score Yet Colt Comrades Jebb Hardin 1943
No Score Yet Hoppy Serves a Writ Tom Jordan 1943
No Score Yet Power of the Press Oscar Trent 1943
No Score Yet Buckskin Frontier Champ Clanton 1943
No Score Yet Tombstone: The Town Too Tough to Die Ike Clanton 1942
No Score Yet Charlie Chan in Rio Alfredo Marina 1941
No Score Yet Riders of the Timberline Baptiste 1941
No Score Yet Wide Open Town Steve Fraser 1941
No Score Yet Border Vigilantes Henry Logan 1941
No Score Yet Lady with Red Hair George Clifton 1940
No Score Yet The Green Archer Spike Holland 1940
No Score Yet The Lone Wolf Meets a Lady Clay Beaudine 1940
No Score Yet The Shadow Lamont Cranston/The Shadow 1940
No Score Yet Light of Western Stars Gene Stewart 1940
No Score Yet River's End Norman Talbot 1940
No Score Yet Knights of the Range Malcolm Lascalles 1940
90% Gone With the Wind Jonas Wilkerson 1939
No Score Yet I Stole A Million Actor 1939
No Score Yet Each Dawn I Die W.J. Grayce 1939
No Score Yet Susannah of the Mounties Wolf Pelt 1939
No Score Yet Man of Conquest Travis 1939
No Score Yet Women in the Wind Doc 1939
100% Dodge City Yancy, Surrett's Henchman 1939
No Score Yet Wings of the Navy Lt. Parsons 1939
No Score Yet The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Injun Joe 1938
No Score Yet First Lady Senator Keane 1937
No Score Yet Bulldog Drummond at Bay Gregoroff 1937
No Score Yet Rangle River (Men with Whips) Dick Drake 1937
No Score Yet The King Steps Out Palfi 1936
No Score Yet Meet Nero Wolfe Claude Roberts 1936
No Score Yet Hell-Ship Morgan Jim 1936
91% A Midsummer Night's Dream Oberon 1935
No Score Yet Streamline Express Jimmy Hart 1935
No Score Yet Mills of the Gods Jim Devlin 1934
No Score Yet Madame Du Barry Duke D'Aiguillon 1934
No Score Yet He Was Her Man Nick Gardella 1934
No Score Yet My Woman John Bradley 1933
No Score Yet I Loved You Wednesday Randall Williams 1933
No Score Yet Sailor's Luck Baron Portola 1933
No Score Yet State Fair The Barker at the Hoopla Stand 1933


No Score Yet The Rockford Files
Ed La Salle 1978
No Score Yet Kung Fu
Fred 1974
No Score Yet The High Chaparral
Kelly 1968
No Score Yet Ironside
No Score Yet Bonanza
Charles Ludlow 1966
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Chief Joseph 1965
No Score Yet Rawhide
Prospector 1962


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