Victor Jory (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.
Jory in First Lady (1937)
|Died||February 12, 1982 (aged 79)|
|Spouse(s)||Jean Inness Jory (1928–1978, her death; 2 children)|
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. 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'. 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, starring 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 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.
TV and filmsEdit
- Renegades (1930) as Officer Belonge (uncredited)
- Handle with Care (1932) as 1st Public Enemy
- Second Hand Wife (1933) as Lotzi Vajda
- State Fair (1933) as Hoop Toss Barker
- Sailor's Luck (1933) as Baron Portola aka Darrow
- Infernal Machine (1933) as Alfred Doreen
- Trick for Trick (1933) as La Tour
- I Loved You Wednesday (1933) as Randall Williams
- The Devil's in Love (1933) as Dr. Andre Morand / Paul Vernay
- My Woman (1933) as John Bradley
- Smoky (1933) as Clint Peters
- I Believed in You (1934) as Jim Crowl
- Murder in Trinidad (1934) as Howard Sutter
- He Was Her Man (1934) as Nick Gardella
- Madame DuBarry (1934) as Duc Armand d'Aiguillon
- Pursued (1934) as Beauregard
- Party Wire (1935) as Matthew Putnam
- Streamline Express (1935) as Jimmy Hart
- A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) as Oberon - King of the Fairies
- Too Tough to Kill (1935) as John O'Hara
- White Lies (1935) as Terry Condon
- Hell-Ship Morgan (1936) as Jim Allen
- The King Steps Out (1936) as Capt. Palfi
- Meet Nero Wolfe (1936) as Claude Roberts
- Rangle River (1936) as Dick Drake
- Bulldog Drummond at Bay (1937) as Gregoroff
- Glamorous Night (1937) as Baron Lyadeff
- First Lady (1937) as Gordon Keane
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938) as Injun Joe
- Blackwell's Island (1939) as Commissioner Thomas MacNair
- Wings of the Navy (1939) as Lt. Parsons
- Dodge City (1939) as Yancey
- Women in the Wind (1939) as Doc
- Man of Conquest (1939) as William B. Travis
- Susannah of the Mounties (1939) as Wolf Pelt
- Each Dawn I Die (1939) as Grayce
- I Stole a Million (1939) as Patian aka Payton - 2 Hats' boss
- Call a Messenger (1939) as Ed Hogan
- Gone with the Wind (1939) as Jonas Wilkerson - Field Overseer
- The Shadow (1940, serial) as Lamont Cranston, aka 'The Shadow'
- Knights of the Range (1940) as Malcolm Lascalles
- The Light of Western Stars (1940) as Gene Stewart
- The Lone Wolf Meets a Lady (1940) as Clay Beaudine
- River's End (1940) as Norman Talbot
- Girl from Havana (1940) as Tex Moore
- Cherokee Strip (1940) as Coy Barrett
- The Green Archer (1940, serial) as Spike Holland
- Give Us Wings (1940) as Mr. Arnold Carter
- Lady with Red Hair (1940) as Mr. Clifton
- Border Vigilantes (1941) as Henry Logan
- Bad Men of Missouri (1941) as William Merrick
- Wide Open Town (1941) as Steve Fraser
- Charlie Chan in Rio (1941) as Alfredo Cardozo
- Riders of the Timberline (1941) as Baptiste Deschamp
- The Stork Pays Off (1941) as Deak Foster
- Secrets of the Lone Wolf (1941) as Dapper Dan Streever
- Tulips Shall Grow (1942) as Buckskin Bill
- Tombstone, the Town Too Tough to Die (1942) as Ike Clanton
- Power of the Press (1943) as Oscar Trent
- Hoppy Serves a Writ (1943) as Tom Jordan
- Buckskin Frontier (1943) as Champ Clanton
- The Leather Burners (1943) as Dan Slack
- Colt Comrades (1943) as Jeb Hardin
- The Kansan (1943) as Jeff Barat
- Bar 20 (1943) as Mark Jackson
- The Unknown Guest (1943) as Charles 'Chuck' Williams
- The Loves of Carmen (1948) as García
- The Gallant Blade (1948) as Marshal of France Mordore
- A Woman's Secret (1949) as Brook Matthews
- South of St. Louis (1949) as Luke Cottrell
- Canadian Pacific (1949) as Dirk Rourke
- Fighting Man of the Plains (1949) as Dave Oldham
- The Capture (1950) as Father Gomez
- The Cariboo Trail (1950) as Frank Walsh
- The Highwayman (1951) as Lord Douglas
- Cave of Outlaws (1951) as Ben Cross
- Flaming Feather (1952) as Lucky Lee
- Son of Ali Baba (1952) as Caliph
- Toughest Man in Arizona (1952) as Frank Girard
- The Man from the Alamo (1953) as Jess Wade
- Cat-Women of the Moon (1953) as Kip Reissner
- Valley of the Kings (1954) as Tuareg Chief
- Sabaka (1954) as Tuareg Chief
- Manfish (1956) as 'Professor' Walter Fenton
- Blackjack Ketchum, Desperado (1956) as Jared Tetlow
- Death of a Scoundrel (1956) as Leonard Wilson
- The Man Who Turned to Stone (1957) as Dr. Murdock
- The Last Stagecoach West (1957) as Rand McCord
- Wanted: Dead or Alive as Sam McGarrett in "The Legend" (CBS-TV, 1959) as Sam McGarrett
- Manhunt as Det. Lt. Howard Finucane (1959-1961)
- The Fugitive Kind (1960) as Jabe M. Torrance
- The Untouchables (TV series) Episode "Element of Danger" (1962) as Arnold Stegler
- 87th Precinct (TV series) Episode "The Last Stop" (1962) as Mike Power
- The Miracle Worker (1962) as Captain Arthur Keller
- Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV series) Episode "Death of a Cop" (1963) as Det. Paul Reardon
- Cheyenne Autumn (1964) as Tall Tree
- Gunsmoke (1965 TV series) as Chief Joseph
- I Spy (TV series) (1966) (NBC series in the episode "Return to Glory") as
- The Legend of Jesse James (1966) ABC series, as Judge Parker in the episode "Things Don't Just Happen"
- F Troop (TV series) episode "Indian Fever" (1966) as Chief Mean Buffalo
- The Green Hornet (1966 TV series) as Charles Delaclaire
- Hazel (1966 TV series) as Mr. Woods
- The Virginian (1966) as Tom Brant, in the episode "The Return of Golden Tom"
- The Road West (TV series) episode "Beyond the Hill" (1967) as Collier
- The Time Tunnel (TV series) episode "Pirates Of Deadman's Island" (1967) as Capt. Beal
- Ironside (TV series) Episode "The Past is Prologue" (CBS-TV series, 1967) as Wally Stowe
- Jigsaw (1968) as Edward Ackroyd
- The High Chaparral (1968, The Peacemaker) as Mr. Kelly
- The Virginian (1969) as Luke Nichols, in the episode "Fox, Hound and the Window McCloud"
- Mannix (TV series) Episode "Return to Summer Grove" (CBS-TV series, 1969) as Stefan Mannix
- Mackenna's Gold (1969) as Narrator
- A Time for Dying (1969) as Judge Roy Bean
- Flap (1970) as Wounded Bear Mr. Smith (Attorney at Law)
- Banacek - Season 1, episode 3 - "No Sign of the Cross", TV series (1972) as Paul Andros
- Frasier, the Sensuous Lion (1973) as Frasier's Voice (voice)
- Papillon (1973) as Indian Chief
- Kolchak: The Night Stalker - Season 1, episode 9 - "Bad Medicine" (1974)
- Nakia, ABC series (1974), recurring role as Ben Redearth
- The Boy Who Talks to Whales (1975)
- Mission to Glory: A True Story (1977)
- The Mountain Men (1980) as Iron Belly
- The Puppetoon Movie (1987) (voice) (final film role)
|1953||Grand Central Station||Lost Year (with daughter Jean)|
- Victor Jory - LA Times Hollywood Star Walk
- All Movie Guide via Answers.com
- "AMERICAN ACTOR FOR AUSTRALIAN FILM." The Sydney Morning Herald 2 Jun 1936: 24 Supplement: Women's Supplement accessed 26 Dec 2011
- The Definitive Dangerously Yours Radio Log
- Gone with the Wind (film)
- The Shadow
- A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935 film)
- "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.
- "Lone Star Preacher". Internet Movie Data Base, March 15, 1957. Retrieved February 19, 2013.
- Victor Jory - Hollywood Walk of Fame
- Kirby, Walter (May 17, 1953). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 48. Retrieved June 27, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.