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  • First NameJames
  • Last NameDrury

Veteran American actor James Drury left the world in 2020 at the age of 85; at the time of his death, he was married thrice & was the father of 2 children. Famous for the Western TV series The Virginian (1962- 1971), the New York City native was active in the acting industry from 1955 until his death.

Surely, Drury’s contribution in the acting industry has grabbed him the attention of many- not to forget, he was Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum inductee in 1991.

Aside from James’ career, he is often in the talks about his married life & wife. Here we are with the details below.

Was Married To Third Wife: She Died 7 Months Before Him, Any Children?

Unlike his acting career success, the late American actor’s married life went through rocks resulting in the marriage for 3 times. Already divorced twice, James lived with his third wife Carl Ann Head, they exchanged vows with third wife Carl Ann Head on July 30, 1979- it was after 6 months of his second divorce.

Late James Drury & his third wife Carl Ann Head (she died in 2019)
Image Source: Medium

The couple was together for a decade, until Drury’s wife Carl died of illness after a month of their 10th anniversary, on August 25, 2019.

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Although they remained as husband-wife for such a long time, the duo never welcomed children of their own.

Divorced Both 1st & 2nd Wife: Had Children With First Wife Only

James Drury’s acting career was just beginning to rise when he married his first wife, Cristall Othoneos, on February 7, 1957. Their marital relationship survived for 9 years until their divorce finalized on November 23, 1964.

While together, James & Cristall welcomed 2 children together: Timothy and James III. Reportedly, his son Timothy Dury is a keyboardist & guitarist; he worked in the hard rock band Whitesnake (2002- 2010) & in the rock band Eagles (1994- 1999).

James Drury & his son Timothy Drury

Source: The Virginian

After the first divorce, the now-late actor focused on acting & continued venture in the breakthrough TV series The Virginian (1962- 1971, 249 episodes).

On April 27, 1968, following 4 years of divorce with Cristall, Drury walked down the aisle with second wife Phyllis Mitchell. However, their relationship saw breakdown later & divorced after 11 years of marriage; the divorced finalized on January 30, 1979.

Reportedly, his second ex-wife Phyllis has an association with the entertainment industry & worked on the sound department of the films: Predator and the 1988 action blockbuster Die Hard.

What Was The Reason Of James’ Death?

On April 6, 2020, James Drury died of natural cause at the age of 85, in his house in Houston, Texas. His longtime assistant Karen Lindsey confirmed the news via the actor’s Facebook page but didn’t specify the cause.

James Drury died less than 2 weeks earlier from his 86th birthday on April 18.

Did you know? Since the mid-70s, Drury had settled in Houston & was in-out of the oil and natural gas business.

James Drury’s Net Worth At Time Of Death

 According to Celebrity Net Worth, at the time of death in 2020, The Virginian star owned the net worth of $1.5 million. The majority of his income came through acting; throughout his career, James Drury recorded 73 acting credits.

His notable film works include Bernardine (1957), Toby Tyler (1960), and Ride the High Country (1962), while TV appearances were in Gunsmoke (1955-1961), The Virginian (1962- 1971), Firehouse (1974) &others.

Reportedly, his work in the film “Billy and the Bandit” is set for posthumous release (currently under post-production).

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