Victor Jory

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Victor Jory
Victor Jory in First Lady trailer.jpg
Jory in First Lady (1937)
Born (1902-11-23)November 23, 1902
Dawson City, Yukon, Canada
Died February 12, 1982(1982-02-12) (aged 79)
Santa Monica, California, USA
Resting place
Cremation
Occupation Actor
Years active 1930–1980
Spouse(s) Jean Inness Jory (1928-1978, her death; 2 children)

Victor Jory[pronunciation?] (November 23, 1902 – February 12, 1982) was a Canadian-born American actor of stage, film, and television. He initially played romantic leads, but later was mostly cast in villainous or sinister roles, like Jonas Wilkerson in Gone with the Wind and Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Later he had a lead role in the 78-episode television police drama, Manhunt

Biography[edit]

Born in Dawson City, Yukon, of American parents, he was the boxing and wrestling champion of the United States Coast Guard during his military service, and he kept his burly physique.[1] He toured with theater troupes and appeared on Broadway, before making his Hollywood debut in 1930. He initially played romantic leads, but later was mostly cast as the villain, likely due to his distinctive seemingly coal-black eyes that might be perceived as 'threatening'.[2] He made over 150 films and dozens of TV episodes, as well as writing two plays. His long career in radio included starring in the series Dangerously Yours.[3]

He is remembered for his roles as malevolent Injun Joe in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938), Jonas Wilkerson, the brutal and opportunistic overseer, in Gone with the Wind[4] and as Lamont Cranston, aka 'The Shadow', in the 1942 serial film The Shadow.[5] He also portrayed Oberon in Max Reinhardt's 1935 film adaptation of Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream.[6]

From 1959 to 1961, he appeared with Patrick McVey in the 78-episode syndicated television police drama, Manhunt. Jory played the lead role of Detective Lieutenant Howard Finucane. McVey was cast as police reporter Ben Andrews.[7]

In 1957, Jory was cast in the role of the Southern Baptist pastor George Washington Truett of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas, in the episode "Lone Star Preacher" of the syndicated religion anthology series, Crossroads.[8]

In 1962, Jory was cast as Deacon Lee in the two-part episode, "Policemen Die Alone" of Leslie Nielsen's ABC crime drama, The New Breed. That same year, Jory guest starred as Mike Dahlback in the episode "Ride to a Fall" in the NBC modern western series, Empire, starring Richard Egan as rancher Jim Redigo.[9]

In 1964, along with actresses Coleen Gray and Susan Seaforth, Jory testified before the United States Congress as part of "Project Prayer," arguing in favor of an amendment to the United States Constitution to restore school prayer, which the United States Supreme Court struck down in two decisions in 1962 and 1963.

In 1977, near the end of his career, Jory guest starred as an aging Federal Bureau of Investigation agent in James Garner's The Rockford Files episode, "The Attractive Nuisance."[10]

For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Victor Jory has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6605 Hollywood Blvd.

Family[edit]

Jory had two children, Jon and Jean. Jon Jory headed the Actors Theater of Louisville, Kentucky, for thirty-one years, which he helped to build into one of America's most respected regional theater companies. He left the job in 2000 to become professor of drama at the University of Washington in Seattle.[11]

Partial filmography[edit]

Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6605 Hollywood Blvd.
  • ((rawhide)) (1962) gold fever

References[edit]

  1. ^ All Movie Guide via Answers.com
  2. ^ "AMERICAN ACTOR FOR AUSTRALIAN FILM." The Sydney Morning Herald 2 Jun 1936: 24 Supplement: Women's Supplement accessed 26 Dec 2011
  3. ^ The Definitive Dangerously Yours Radio Log
  4. ^ Gone with the Wind (film)
  5. ^ The Shadow
  6. ^ A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935 film)
  7. ^ "Victor Jory 'Shot' by Western Actor". Los Angeles Times. November 11, 1961. p. 19. "Observers said a gun in the hands of actor Adam Williams discharged accidentally at a range of 6 in., inflicting powder burns." 
  8. ^ "Lone Star Preacher". Internet Movie Data Base, March 15, 1957. Retrieved February 19, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Victor Jory". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved February 28, 2013. 
  10. ^ IMDb, The Rockford Files, "The Attractive Nuisance"
  11. ^ IMDb profile of Victor Jory

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