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James Drury: What Was The Famous Cowboy’s Net Worth

Date April 28, 2020 16:37

James Drury was a legendary actor, who charmed the viewers with his portrayal of the tough, dark, and handsome foreman, who was overseeing the Shiloh Ranch in NBC’s TV series called The Virginian. Let’s dive into his life and find out more about the iconic Western star.

James Drury’s short bio

Born and raised as a true New Yorker, Drury enjoyed some peaceful life as well at his mother’s farm in Salem. When he was just a 10-year-old boy, James contracted polio but it didn’t stop him from achieving his dreams.

He was drawn to acting and got his first role at 12, playing one of the sons in a road company's production of a family comedy Life with Father. After that, Drury decided to continue his education in the same field and enrolled at New York University to study drama.

James Drury: What Was The Famous Cowboy’s Net Worth© Death Valley Days (1952) / Filmaster Productions

After completing his degree, the young actor signed a contract with MGM. Then his career took a turn and he moved to 20th Century Fox.

Drury’s best work includes movies and TV series like:

  • Ten Who Dared;
  • Love Me Tender;
  • Maverick;
  • Gunsmoke;
  • Firehouse;
  • and, of course, The Virginian.

Drury enjoyed playing a cowboy but it was difficult to shake the image off. According to Closer Weekly, he said about his famous role:

The Virginian was an indelible character. I had a great deal of issues getting past being seen as the man in the black hat.

Nonetheless, fans adored him as “the Virginian” but how much has he earned throughout his acting career?

James Drury’s net worth

As Celebrity Net Worth states, Drury was not a poor cowboy. His net worth was believed to be $1.5 million, which is not a bad number at all. The actor’s fortune was likely inherited by his kids. James Drury had 2 children with his first wife, Сrіѕtаll Оrtоn: Timothy and James III.

There is no information about James Drury Jr. but Timothy made quite a career. He decided to follow a different from his dad’s passion and became a musician. He played with big names, including the bands The Eagles and Whitesnake. Timothy’s interests didn’t stop there. He also tried himself in photography, composing music for documentaries and short films, as well as producing.

Timothy once said about his dad:

He’s really quite a legacy in television, of course. I’m very inspired by him more and more every day, as I see how much of an effect he had on me in that way. He’s a great guy [and] funny as hell.

Sadly, James Drury is no longer with us. He passed away at 85 in April 2020 from natural causes. We can tell for sure that our beloved Virginian will be deeply missed and always remembered.

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