Everybody needs an attaboy sometimes: Keeping up with actor James Drury

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A striking color still of a handsome James Drury in regular attire circa 1964, during the height of his television fame on NBC’s “The Virginian.” Image Credit: Silver Screen Collection
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As “The Virginian,” James Drury pauses in a windswept meadow alongside his trusty horse, possibly during the venerable NBC western’s debut season in the fall of 1962. Image Credit: Bettmann Archive / Corbis / Getty Images
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A vintage photograph of James Drury in costume as “The Virginian” circa 1963. The personal inscription reads, “For Sandra, Best Wishes Always, James Drury.” The autograph was obtained at the Memphis Film Festival on Thursday, June 13, 2013. Image courtesy of Sandra Moultrie
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An avid reader and admirer of Shakespeare in real life, handsome actor James Drury is captured, possibly inside his home library, eschewing his usual dusty western outfit for business attire circa 1965. Image Credit: Bettman Archive / Getty Images
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The sideburns and longer hair are starting to emerge: James Drury poses with a Winchester rifle in hand as “The Virginian,” taken during the seventh or eighth season of the long-running Western TV series circa 1969. Note the vintage autograph from the man himself. Image Credit: Liam Bluett [Movies & Portraits Through the Ages…] / NBCUniversal
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James Drury meets cowboy aficionado Tony Thomas at the Crossroads Festival of Western Legends in Morristown, Tennessee, sometime between July 8 and 10, 2011. Image Credit: The Tony Thomas Collection / James Drury’s official Facebook
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Old compadres James Drury and Ruta Lee are all smiles at the Western Legends Roundup in Kanab, Utah, held August 18–21, 2011. The pair costarred in two “Virginian” episodes in 1964: “The Long Quest” and “The Girl from Yesterday.” Note that Drury’s penchant for smoking remains undiminished. Image Credit: James Drury’s official Facebook
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James Drury and members of his passionate fan club “The Posse” pose after enjoying a delicious Friday evening meal at Sam’s Town Resort Casino in Tunica, Mississippi, on July 14, 2013, during the Memphis Film Festival. Photography by Katie Lindsey
Click to experience clips from long-running classic western “The Virginian,” starring James Drury in the iconic title role. Music accompanies the montage as Roy Orbison performs his breath-taking 1962 ballad, “Dream Baby.” Music Credit: Sony Music Entertainment; Video Credit: YouTube user Texasteeth56 / NBCUniversal
Click to see beloved cinema cowboy James Drury appear in two promos for INSP marking the 50th anniversary of “The Virginian.” The quintessential western series began airing on the satellite channel on September 22, 2012. Video Credit: INSP / The Inspiration Networks

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