“The Virginian” is 55 today. It was first broadcast on NBC September 19, 1962 where it was promoted as the first 90 minute TV Western (length before adverts approx. 74 min.). A testament to its lasting quality is the fact the show is still in syndication today.
For those who aren’t aware James Drury and his wife live in Houston, Texas. The devastating floods over the weekend have left thousands of people homeless in the area. Mr. Drury’s home is above the flood level and he and his wife are safe.
Happy birthday to James Drury – 83 today.
JAMES DRURY will be making a personal appearance at the “Cowboy Way Festival: Gene Autry Museum, Oklahoma from May 5-7, 2017. Roberta Shore and Gary Clarke will also be in attendance. Sadly the upcoming “Cowboy Up For Vets” event has been postponed this year.
James Drury was perfect casting in the role of the Virginian. A gentleman of great charm with a rugged, tough edge when required. A man who lived by a moral code in a time when lawlessness was common. A natural leader and a team player who at heart was something of a loner with a past he kept close to his chest. Through nine seasons James Drury played the Virginian with integrity and remained faithful to the character.
Many fans have been worried by news of the terrible floods and loss of life in Houston, Texas this last week. James Drury, who lives in Houston, called his personal assistant Karen Lindsay several times today. Mr. and Mrs. Drury are fine. Their home has not been affected by the storms in Houston. They live on higher ground. He sends his best regards to everyone.