Victor Jory





11/23/1902 , Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada



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Victor Jory was born on November 23, 1902, in Dawson City in the Yukon Territory of Canada. While serving in the Coast Guard, he became a wrestling and boxing champion. After leaving the service, he began acting on Broadway and made his Hollywood debut in 1930. During the next five decades, he made more than 150 films, in which he usually played a tough guy or villain. His most enduring film role was as Jonas Wilkerson in Gone With the Wind (1939). He also starred in the radio series Dangerously Yours, and from the 1950s until the 1980s was featured in dozens of television shows. In addition, for many years Jory's voice was heard narrating the Battle of Atlanta sequence at the Cyclorama exhibition in Atlanta, Georgia; the narration was only recently replaced by a new recording featuring James Earl Jones. Victor Jory was married to Jean Inness from 1928 until her death in 1978; the couple had two children. Their son, Jon Jory, became the head of the Actors Theater of Louisville. Victor Jory died in Santa Monica, California on February 12, 1982.