About Victor Edwin Jory
Victor Jory (November 23, 1902 – February 12, 1982) was an American actor.
Born in Dawson City, Yukon, of American parents, he was the boxing and wrestling champion of the 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 evil Injun Joe in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938), Jonas Wilkerson, the brutal and opportunistic overseer, in Gone with the Wind and as Lamont Cranston, aka 'The Shadow', in the 1942 serial film The Shadow. He also portrayed Oberon in Max Reinhardt's 1935 film adaptation of Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream.
From 1959-1961, he appeared with Patrick McVey in the syndicated television police drama, Manhunt. Jory played the lead role of Detective Lieutenant Howard Finucane. McVey was cast as police reporter Ben Andrews.
In 1977, near the end of his career, Jory guest starred as an aging FBI agent in The Rockford Files episode, "The Attractive Nuisance."
For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Victor Jory has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6605 Hollywood Blvd.
Jory had two children, Jon and Jean. Jon headed the Actors Theater of Louisville, Kentucky for 31 years, building it into one of America's most respected regional theater companies. He left the job in 2000, and currently is professor of drama at the University of Washington in Seattle.