James Drury dies at age 85 of natural causes.\r\n \tWe remember him in 'The Virginian' and other TV westerns.\r\n \tHe also worked alongside famous singers Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley back in the day.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nIt has been reported that TV western icon James Drury has died at the age of 85. Reports listed cause of death as natural causes. Prior to getting big on the TV screen, he worked on the big screen alongside famous singers Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and Pat Boone. His first credited role was in\u00a0The Tender Trap starring Sinatra and also Debbie Reynolds. James would also play\u00a0Elvis Presley's brother in\u00a0Love Me Tender.\r\n\r\nHowever, James was best known for his role in The Virginian, an NBC western series. It was a very successful program that ran nine seasons from 1962 to 1971. James spoke about his time on the show back in 2016, saying, \u00a0"It was like doing a movie every week. We had 79 minutes and 30 seconds worth of film, which was as long as a lot of feature films of the day. It was a very radical concept.\u201d\r\nJames Drury and his legacy in TV history\r\n\r\n\r\nThe actor also revealed the inspiration behind his Virginian character. "I patterned my\u00a0Virginian character after my maternal grandfather, John Hezekiah Crawford, an Oregon dirt farmer and rancher who raised cattle. He came out to Oregon with a wagon train in 1880 or 1875," he says. "Granddad put me on my first horse when I was in diapers."\r\n\r\nRELATED: Incredible Theatrics Made \u2018The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly\u2019 The Best Spaghetti Western\r\n\r\nHe was truly destined to be a cowboy! His experience with horses was put to good use as an adult, acting in fifteen different western TV series. He also appeared in multiple shows like Gunsmoke,\u00a0Rawhide,\u00a0The Rifleman,\u00a0and\u00a0Wagon Train. James was a truly iconic part of TV history and will be missed. Rest in peace.