James Drury — the star of the Western sequence, “The Virginian” — has died. He was 85.

The actor’s assistant, Karen Lindsey, confirmed his loss of life in a Fb submit, stating that he died of pure causes on Monday.

“THE COWBOY took his final experience,” Lindsey wrote. “It’s with immense disappointment that I allow you to all know that James Drury, our beloved Virginian and pricey good friend handed away this morning of pure causes, Monday, April 6, 2020. He can be missed a lot. It’s past phrases.”

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Lindsey added {that a} memorial service can be decided at a later date.

Drury was born on April 18, 1934, in New York Metropolis. Rising up, he spent numerous time on his household’s ranch in Oregon, and it was there that he developed a love for horses and the outside.

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He first began appearing on the age of eight when he starred as Herod in a youngsters’s Christmas play. Drury, who was educated as an actor at New York College, left the theatre in New York for Hollywood in 1954.

He went on to seem in movies like “Blackboard Jungle,” “Forbidden Planet,” “The Tender Lure,” “Love Me Tender,” “The Final Wagon,” “Pollyanna,” “Ten Who Dared,” “Journey the Excessive Nation,” amongst others.

James Drury as he seems within the tv present, ‘The Virginian.’ 
(Bettmann by way of Getty Photos )

Drury additionally guest-starred on TV sequence together with, “Playhouse 90,” “Gunsmoke,” “Rifleman,” “Cheyenne,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Perry Mason,” “Wagon Practice,” “Rawhide,” “Demise Valley Days,” earlier than he landed the position in “The Virginian” in 1962.

The NBC sequence ran for 9 seasons till 1971. Based on Selection, “The Virginian” had the third-longest run of any TV Western. It was topped solely by CBS’s “Gunsmoke” and NBC’s “Bonanza. Drury and co-star Doug McClure appeared in all 249 episodes.

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“There have been instances after we had 5 Virginian episodes taking pictures on the identical day,” Drury recalled in his biography on his web site. “I might actually experience on horseback from set to set to present two strains right here, three strains there, then over right here to do 10 pages of script.”

James Drury stars as the titular character in television series 'The Virginian,' circa 1965. 

James Drury stars because the titular character in tv sequence ‘The Virginian,’ circa 1965. 
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Following “The Virginian,”  Drury appeared in a handful of tasks, together with the 1974 present, “Firehouse,” “The Fall Man” in 1983, and “Walker, Texas Ranger” in 1993.

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His third spouse, Carl Ann, died in August 2019. They had been married for over 40 years