Following bit parts in films in the late '50s, he became a "second lead" for Disney until winning the title role of The Virginian (1962).
Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1991.
Father of Timothy Drury, musician.
In 1971 he appeared in Finland for four appearances in different Mid-Summer festivals. At the time he was very popular there after having been in the TV series The Virginian (1962). He was told that kind of reception he got in Finland was like Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra got in the US.
Trained as a classical actor at New York University by perform in works by such writers as William Shakespeare to George Bernard Shaw, he eventually relocated to California.
Recorded a series of novels by acclaimed western author Kirby Jonas for a books-on-tape company called Books in Motion.
Settled in Houston in the mid-1970s and has been in and out of the oil and natural gas business since.
Son Timothy Drury is a keyboardist, guitarist and vocalist who has played with The Eagles and is a member of the British group Whitesnake.
In 1997 and 2003 he was a guest at the Western Film Fair in Charlotte, NC. At the 2003 show he was reunited with The Virginian (1962) cast members Gary Clarke, Randy Boone, and Roberta Shore.
The son of a New York University professor of marketing, he was born in New York City but later grew up on a ranch in Oregon where he developed an affinity for horses and the outdoor life.
He was a guest at the 2012 Memphis Film Festival's "A Gathering of Guns 4: A TV Western Reunion" at the Whispering Woods Hotel and Conference Center in Olive Branch, Mississippi.
Guest-starred on the first three episodes of Walker, Texas Ranger (1993).
His idols when he was very young were Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea and Jane Wyman.
Met Robert Horton and Robert Fuller when the three were under contract at MGM in 1954.
Despite staying on The Virginian (1962) for the entire run, it was impossible for both Drury and Doug McClure to appear in all 249 episodes, because it was a 90-minute show.
Has been riding horses since birth.
Went to college with Bernie Kopell.
Surrogate son, good friend, and mentee of Lee J. Cobb.