Victor Jory (November 23, 1902 – February 12, 1982) was a Canadian-American actor of stage, film, and television. He initially played romantic leads, but later was mostly cast in villainous or sinister roles, like Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) and Jonas Wilkerson in Gone with the Wind (1939). From 1959 to 1961 he had a lead role in the 78-episode television police drama Manhunt. He also recorded numerous stories for Peter Pan Records.
|Died||February 12, 1982 (aged 79)|
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Jean Inness Jory
(m. 1928; died 1978)
Born in Dawson City, Yukon, to 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. He graduated from the Martha Oatman School of the Theater.
Jory 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'. 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.
He is remembered for his roles as malevolent Injun Joe in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938), Jonas Wilkerson, the opportunistic overseer of the slaves at Tara in Gone with the Wind, and as Lamont Cranston, aka 'The Shadow', in the 1940 serial film The Shadow. He also portrayed Oberon in Max Reinhardt's 1935 film adaptation of Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream.
He co-starred in seven Hopalong Cassidy films between the years 1941 and 1943, usually cast in the role of a villain with the exception of his role as a broad-shouldered lumberjack in the film Riders of the Timberline (1941).
He starred in the radio series "Dangerously Yours" beginning in July, 1944. The series was retitled "Matinee Theater" in October, 1944 and ran through April, 1945. Each episode was a dramatic reworking of famous literary works. The first episode dated 7/2/44 was "The Highwayman", a dramatic interpretation of the Alfred Noyes poem.
In 1946 he narrated "Tubby the Tuba" for children, which was inducted in 2005 in the National Recording Registry and also introduces the orchestra to young listeners. The story tells of a tuba who doesn't fit in. He also narrated "Bumpo the Ballerina", whose title character is an elephant.
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.
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.
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, which starred Richard Egan as rancher Jim Redigo. He also played Helen Keller's father in The Miracle Worker, for which his costars Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke won Academy Awards.
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.
Jory was on the faculty of the University of Utah, teaching acting in the Department of Theater. He endowed a scholarship for junior/senior students in the department known as the Victor Jory Scholarship, which continues to the current day.
In the private-eye series Mannix, which starred Mike Connors as the title character, Jory played the Armenian-American detective's widowed father, Stefan Mannix—a grape farmer in "Summer Grove", a fictitious town in California's Central Valley near Fresno (which continues to have a large Armenian population). He appeared in two episodes,"Return to Summer Grove" (1969) and "Wine from These Grape" (1971).
Jory married actress Jean Inness in 1929. They 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. His daughter Jean Jory Anderson was a public-relations director of the theater department at Utah State University in Logan.
|1932||The Pride of the Legion||Jerry Brewster|
|1932||Handle with Care||1st Public Enemy|
|1933||Second Hand Wife||Lotzi Vajda|
|1933||State Fair||Hoop Toss Barker|
|1933||Sailor's Luck||Baron Portola - aka Darrow|
|1933||Infernal Machine||Alfred Doreen|
|1933||Trick for Trick||La Tour|
|1933||I Loved You Wednesday||Randall Williams|
|1933||The Devil's in Love||Dr. Andre Morand / Paul Vernay|
|1933||My Woman||John Bradley|
|1934||I Believed in You||Jim Crowl|
|1934||Murder in Trinidad||Howard Sutter|
|1934||He Was Her Man||Nick Gardella|
|1934||Madame Du Barry||Duc Armand d'Aiguillon|
|1934||Mills of the Gods||Jim Devlin|
|1934||White Lies||Terry Condon|
|1935||Party Wire||Matthew Putnam|
|1935||Streamline Express||Jimmy Hart|
|1935||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Oberon - King of the Fairies|
|1935||Escape from Devil's Island||Dario|
|1935||Too Tough to Kill||John O'Hara|
|1936||Hell-Ship Morgan||Jim Allen|
|1936||The King Steps Out||Capt. Palfi|
|1936||Meet Nero Wolfe||Claude Roberts|
|1936||Rangle River||Dick Drake|
|1937||Bulldog Drummond at Bay||Gregoroff|
|1937||Glamorous Night||Baron Lyadeff|
|1937||First Lady||Gordon Keane|
|1938||The Adventures of Tom Sawyer||Injun Joe|
|1939||Blackwell's Island||Commissioner Thomas MacNair|
|1939||Wings of the Navy||Lt. Parsons|
|1939||Women in the Wind||Doc|
|1939||Man of Conquest||William B. Travis|
|1939||Susannah of the Mounties||Wolf Pelt|
|1939||Each Dawn I Die||W. J. Grayce|
|1939||I Stole a Million||Patian|
|1939||Call a Messenger||Ed Hogan|
|1939||Gone with the Wind||Jonas Wilkerson - Field Overseer|
|1940||The Shadow||Lamont Cranston / The Shadow|
|1940||Knights of the Range||Malcolm Lascalles|
|1940||The Light of Western Stars||Gene Stewart|
|1940||The Lone Wolf Meets a Lady||Clay Beaudine|
|1940||River's End||Norman Talbot|
|1940||Girl from Havana||Tex Moore|
|1940||Cherokee Strip||Coy Barrett||Alternative title: The Indian Nation|
|1940||The Green Archer||Spike Holland|
|1940||Give Us Wings||Mr. Arnold Carter|
|1940||Lady with Red Hair||Mr. Clifton|
|1941||Border Vigilantes||Henry Logan|
|1941||Hoola Boola||Narrator (voice)||Short film|
|1941||Bad Men of Missouri||William Merrick|
|1941||Wide Open Town||Steve Fraser|
|1941||Charlie Chan in Rio||Marana / Alfredo Cardozo|
|1941||The Gay Knighties||Narrator (voice)||Short film|
|1941||Riders of the Timberline||Baptiste Deschamp|
|1941||The Stork Pays Off||Deak Foster|
|1941||Secrets of the Lone Wolf||Dapper Dan Streever|
|1942||Shut My Big Mouth||Buckskin Bill|
|1942||Jasper and the Watermelons||(voice)||Short film|
|1942||Tombstone, the Town Too Tough to Die||Ike Clanton|
|1942||Tulips Shall Grow||Narrator (voice)||Short film|
|1943||Power of the Press||Oscar Trent|
|1943||Hoppy Serves a Writ||Tom Jordan|
|1943||Buckskin Frontier||Champ Clanton|
|1943||The Leather Burners||Dan Slack|
|1943||Colt Comrades||Jeb Hardin|
|1943||The Kansan||Jeff Barat|
|1943||Bar 20||Mark Jackson|
|1943||The Unknown Guest||Charles 'Chuck' Williams|
|1944||Jasper's Paradise||(voice)||Short film|
|1945||Hot Lips Jasper||(voice)||Short film|
|1945||Jasper Tell||(voice)||Short film|
|1947||Shoe Shine Jasper||(voice)||Short film|
|1947||Tubby the Tuba||Narrator||Short film|
|1948||The Loves of Carmen||García|
|1948||The Gallant Blade||Marshal of France Mordore|
|1949||A Woman's Secret||Brook Matthews|
|1949||South of St. Louis||Luke Cottrell|
|1949||Canadian Pacific||Dirk Rourke|
|1949||Fighting Man of the Plains||Dave Oldham|
|1950||The Capture||Father Gomez|
|1950||The Cariboo Trail||Frank Walsh|
|1951||The Highwayman||Lord Douglas|
|1951||Cave of Outlaws||Ben Cross|
|1952||Flaming Feather||Lucky Lee / The Sidewinder|
|1952||Son of Ali Baba||Caliph|
|1952||Toughest Man in Arizona||Frank Girard|
|1953||The Man from the Alamo||Jess Wade|
|1953||Cat-Women of the Moon||Kip Reissner|
|1954||Valley of the Kings||Tuareg Chief|
|1956||Manfish||'Professor' Walter Fenton|
|1956||Blackjack Ketchum, Desperado||Jared Tetlow|
|1956||Death of a Scoundrel||Leonard Wilson|
|1957||The Man Who Turned to Stone||Dr. Murdock|
|1957||The Last Stagecoach West||Rand McCord|
|1958||Sierra Baron||Closing narrator||Uncredited|
|1960||The Fugitive Kind||Jabe M. Torrance|
|1962||The Miracle Worker||Captain Arthur Keller|
|1964||Cheyenne Autumn||Tall Tree|
|1969||Mackenna's Gold||The Narrator|
|1969||A Time for Dying||Judge Roy Bean|
|1970||Trail of the Hunter||Himself||Documentary|
|1970||Flap||Wounded Bear Mr. Smith (Attorney at Law)||Alternative title: The Last Warrior|
|1971||Pinocchio||Narrator (voice)||English version / Uncredited|
|1973||Frasier, the Sensuous Lion||Frasier's Voice (voice)|
|1975||The Boy Who Talks to Whales|
|1977||Mission to Glory: A True Story||Father Zaya|
|1978||The Adventures of Pinocchio||Narrator|
|1980||The Mountain Men||Iron Belly|
|1987||The Puppetoon Movie||(voice)|
|1950||The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre||Publisher||Episode: "Oropalo"|
|1950||The Philco Television Playhouse||Episode: "The Second Oldest Profession"|
|1950||Armstrong Circle Theatre||Episode: "The First Formal"|
|1950||Sure as Fate||Episode: "Child's Play"|
|1951||The Bigelow Theatre||College Professor||Episode: "The Sum of Seven"|
|1952||Tales of Tomorrow||Dr. Alden / Dr. Kramer||2 episodes|
|1952||Studio One||Dr. Kane / Interrogator / Gangster||3 episodes|
|1952–1953||Broadway Television Theatre||Manningham||2 episodes|
|1953||Medallion Theatre||Jean Valjean||Episode: "The Bishop's Candlesticks"|
|1953–1956||Schlitz Playhouse of Stars||Ferdie Shiff / Andrew Duquette||3 episodes|
|1954||Moby Dick||Captain Ahab||Television film|
|1954||General Electric Theater||Andrew Perry||Episode: "Exit for Margo"|
|1954||Pond's Theater||Merlin||Episode: "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court"|
|1955||Producers' Showcase||Aristides Argamonte||Episode: "Yellow Jack"|
|1955||Warner Bros. Presents||Dr. Tower||Episode: "King's Row"|
|1955–1956||Kings Row||Dr. Tower|
|1955–1957||Climax!||John Coulter / Sam Bellows / Robert||3 episodes|
|1956||TV Reader's Digest||Antonio Rosas / Movie Producer Stanley||2 episodes|
|1956||Science Fiction Theatre||Det. Lt. William Kiel||Episode: "The Flicker"|
|1956||Telephone Time||Stypulkowski||Episode: "I Am Not Alone"|
|1956||The Alcoa Hour||D'Alcala||Episode: "Key Largo"|
|1956–1957||Omnibus||Captain Kidd||2 episodes|
|1956–1957||Kraft Television Theatre||Joe Carpenter / Frankie Sorrano / Rancher / Everett||6 episodes|
|1956–1957||Matinee Theatre||Edward Hicks / Molara||4 episodes|
|1956–1959||Playhouse 90||George Bavister / Himself - Host / Capt. Hume / Reverend Mr. Powell / Rear Admiral Batt||5 episodes|
|1957||Crossroads||Reverend George Truett||Episode: "Lone Star Preacher"|
|1957||The 20th Century Fox Hour||Maj. Kenniston||Episode: "The Still Trumpet"|
|1957||Ford Television Theatre||Harry Bond||Episode: "Moment of Decision"|
|1958||Studio 57||Jeweler||Episode: "The Queen's Bracelet"|
|1958||Johnny Belinda||Black McDonald||Television film|
|1958||Target||Episode: "Counterfeit Coin"|
|1958||Pursuit||Cop||Episode: "The Silent Night"|
|1959||Wanted Dead or Alive||Sam McGarrett||Episode: "The Legend"|
|1959||The United States Steel Hour||Fernand||Episode: "Night of Betrayal"|
|1959–1961||Manhunt||Police Lt. Howard Finucane / Det. Lt. Howard Finucane||78 episodes|
|1959–1962||Rawhide||Hosea Brewer / Jess Hode||2 episodes|
|1962||Dr. Kildare||Dr. Oscar Whalen||Episode: "Oh, My Daughter"|
|1962||The New Breed||Deacon Lee||2 episodes|
|1962||Insight||Episode: "IOU, My Brother"|
|1962||The Untouchables||Arnold Stegler||Episode: "Element of Danger"|
|1962||87th Precinct||Mike Power||Episode: "The Last Stop"|
|1962||Empire||Mike Dahlback||Episode: "Ride to a Fall"|
|1963||Wide Country||Johnny Prewitt||Episode: "Step Over the Sky"|
|1963||The Alfred Hitchcock Hour||Det. Paul Reardon||Episode: "Death of a Cop"|
|1963||Temple Houston||Claude Boley||Episode: "The Twisted Rope"|
|1964||The Great Adventure||Andrew Jackson||Episode: "The Testing of Sam Houston"|
|1964||Suspense||the Sheriff||Episode: "I, Bradford Charles"|
|1964||Burke's Law||Jim Clover||Episode: "Who Killed Lenore Wingfield?"|
|1964||Profiles in Courage||Charles Carlin||Episode: "Oscar W. Underwood"|
|1964||The Farmer's Daughter||Sultan||Episode: "Big Sultan, Little Sultan"|
|1964–1969||The Virginian||Luke Nichols / Jim Kohler / Tom Brant / Carl Hendricks||5 episodes|
|1965||Gunsmoke||Chief Joseph||Episode: "Chief Joseph"|
|1965||Kraft Suspense Theatre||Conrad Easter||Episode: "That Time in Havana"|
|1965||Who Has Seen the Wind?||Peraltor||Television film|
|1966||Bonanza||Charles Ludlow||Episode: "Ride the Wind: Part 1"|
|1966||Hazel||Mr. Woods||Episode: "How to Find Work Without Really Trying"|
|1966||I Spy||Rafael Ortiz||Episode: "Return to Glory"|
|1966||The Loner||Old Man Ridley||Episode: "The Burden of the Badge"|
|1966||The Legend of Jesse James||Judge Parker||Episode: "Things Don't Just Happen"|
|1966||F Troop||Chief Mean Buffalo||Episode: "Indian Fever"|
|1966||The Green Hornet||Charles Delaclaire||Episode: "The Frog Is a Deadly Weapon"|
|1966||Iron Horse||Captain Anderson||Episode: "The Pride of the Bottom of the Barrel"|
|1967||The Road West||Collier||Episode: "Beyond the Hill"|
|1967||The Time Tunnel||Capt. Beal||Episode: "Pirates of Deadman's Island"|
|1967||Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea||Dr. Turner||Episode: "Fires of Death"|
|1967||Ironside||Wally Stowe||Episode: "The Past Is Prologue"|
|1968||The High Chaparral||Mr. Kelly||Episode: "The Peacemaker"|
|1968||The Name of the Game||Victor Foss||Episode: "Witness"|
|1969–1971||Mannix||Stefan Mannix||2 episodes|
|1971||Longstreet||Fred Hornbeck||Episode: "So, Who's Fred Hornbeck?"|
|1972||Banacek||Paul Andros||Episode: "No Sign of the Cross"|
|1973||Circle of Fear||Old Man||Episode: "The Phantom of Herald Square"|
|1974||Nakia||Ben Redearth||3 episodes|
|1974||Kung Fu||Fred||Episode: "Cry of the Night Beast"|
|1974||McCloud||Joseph Rhigas||Episode: "The Concrete Jungle Caper"|
|1974||Kolchak: The Night Stalker||Charles Rolling Thunder||Episode: "Bad Medicine"|
|1976||Perilous Voyage||Dr. Henry Merrill||Television film|
|1977||Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected||Leon Davidian||Episode: "The Mask of Adonis"|
|1977||Alice||Billy 'The Scam' Williams||Episode: "The Indian Taker"|
|1978||The Rockford Files||Eddie LaSalle||Episode: "The Attractive Nuisance"|
|1978||Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell||Shaman||Television film|
|1978–1979||Greatest Heroes of the Bible||Narrator / Horaz||15 episodes|
|1979||Grandpa Goes to Washington||Meyer Brockman||Episode: "The Union Boys"|
|1980||Young Maverick||Pony That Waits||Episode: "Makin' Tracks"|
|1953||Grand Central Station||Lost Year (with daughter Jean)|
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