James Drury 1934-2020

It is with great sadness that I report James Drury passed away of natural causes this morning, April 6. His memory lives on in his immortal role as The Virginian. A memorial service has yet to be announced. Rest in Peace Jim.


Author: PGreen

Published work in U.S.A. for McFarland & Co. Inc. : A History of Television’s The Virginian 1962-1971 (2006, 2009 Softcover edition) Pete Duel : A Biography (2007, 2009 Large Print edition; Kindle edition) Encyclopedia of Weird Westerns (2009) Jennifer Jones : Life and Films (2011)

12 thoughts on “James Drury 1934-2020”

  1. I am very sad to hear about the passing of James Drury. Not only did I enjoy his character on The Virginian, but I have seen him starring on old TV westerns like Gunsmoke, and Wagon Train.
    His character on The Virginian was strong, and when he spoke you knew he meant what he was saying. My favorite episode was The Mountain of the Sun, which I heard was one of his favorites. Rest In Peace.

  2. This a great sadness that we have lost an icon in James Drury. My deepest condolence to his family. Rest In Peace James Drury, you now are beside our creator.

  3. My heart sank when I saw the news a few hours ago, and it came out of nowhere. I just recently finished watching The Virginian in its entirety, uncut, including The Men From Shiloh, and I’ve been watching some of the reunion event footage in which Mr. Drury participated. He seemed really healthy and strong, as well as elated to be there. It’s heartbreaking to know that very few people from TV’s golden age are still with us. Having lost Judge Garth (Lee Cobb), the other Shiloh Ranch owners, Trampas (Doug McClure), and now The Virginian himself, only Steve Hill (Gary Clarke), Emmett Ryker (Clu Gulager), Belden (L.Q. Jones), and the younger cast members of The Virginian (Roberta Shore, Randy Boone, Diane Roter, Tim Matheson, et al.) remain. But for how much longer? 😔 I hope James made peace with Christ before he “rode off into the sunset.” Very sad news.

  4. Thank you, Mr. Green, for sharing this about Mr. Drury, I know he is happy, and reunited with his wife, I was about to send him a birthday happy. We are on our third year of watching the Virginian on Starz. Happiness and peace to all who know him and will continue to enjoy his gift through his great personality, Tom and Nadine Gregg

  5. Today I am sure my 87 year old mum, is one of thousands,having to self isolatie because of coronavirus. Three months of self isolating for an elderly person the most terrible and terrifying thought. Thankfully my mum is not not lonely because she has the company of ” Trampus, Steve and James Drury playing the Virginian…..

    James Drury, ( The Virginian) R.I.P.

  6. I will long remember the calm voice of James Drury as the Virginian. May he Rest in Peace. I send his family NY heartfelt condolences.

  7. Thank you Mr Green for letting everyone know about this. I am so saddened to say the least. I have all of the Virginian episodes as well as Shiloh with most of them signed by the cast. I first had a personal Visit with him at the 100th anniversary of Gene Autry in Oklahoma. Wonderful show and I’m surprised that he even remembered me at numerous other shows like the Memphis film festival, but he did. I will miss him a great deal.
    I pray he knew and accepted Jesus before he left us. We never had the opportunity to talk about that. RIP my dear friend🌹

  8. Hi Paul, I couldn’t find a place to start a new topicl , but I thought you would like to know John Saxon who contributed to your Virgioian book has also sadly passed.

    Rest in peace :- James Drury & John Sax9n.

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