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Victor Jory

Highest Rated:   100% The Miracle Worker (1962)
Lowest Rated:   0% Valley of the Kings (1954)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Man Who Turned To Stone
  • Actor
2013
78% Maryam
  • Jamie
2002
50% 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 Greatest Heroes of the Bible: Daniel and Nebachadnezzar
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Tower of Babel
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet The Story of Esther
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell
  • Shaman
1978
No Score Yet The Man Who Talks with Whales
  • Actor
1976
82% Papillon
  • Indian Chief
1973
No Score Yet Frasier, the Sensuous Lion
  • Frasier
1973
No Score Yet Flap
  • Wounded Bear Mr. Smith
1970
No Score Yet MacKenna's Gold
  • Narrator
1969
No Score Yet Jigsaw
  • Dr. Edward Arkroyd
1968
No Score Yet Ride the Wind
  • Actor
1966
70% Cheyenne Autumn
  • Tall Tree
1964
100% The Miracle Worker
  • Capt. Keller
1962
60% 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
No Score Yet Catwomen 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
  • Actor
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
93% 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 Hell-Ship Morgan
  • Jim
1936
89% 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 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

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