Victor Jory was a grim-faced character actor who began his career at the Pasadena Playhouse and went on to appear in hundreds of stage plays, films and television shows.
Jory appeared in more than 400 plays around the country between 1920 and 1932. He was heard in more than 1,200 radio performances and was seen in more than 500 television shows. He is credited with more than 120 movie roles and is probably best known as the cruel overseer Jonas Wilkerson in "Gone with the Wind" (1939). Other memorable roles include those in films such as "State Fair" (1933), "Midsummer Night's Dream" (1935), "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" (1938), "Dodge City" (1939), "The Miracle Worker" (1962), "Cheyenne Autumn" (1964) and "The Mountain Men" (1980), with Charlton Heston.
His hundreds of stage and film roles notwithstanding, he was perhaps better known to many Southern Californians for his longtime participation in the "Ramona" outdoor play at San Jacinto, where he was a fixture for many years in the role of Alessandro. He also served on occasion as director of that historical dramatization along with his actress wife, Jean Inness.
Jory was also a writer, turning out two Broadway plays, several television scripts and at least two films. He loved to travel and even wrote a newspaper column, "An Actor Travels." In addition to his traveling, he enjoyed making jewelry and — according to the files of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences — making perfume. He also loved books and had an extensive collection of volumes of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War period.
Jory remained fairly active until his death at the age of 79, conducting private classes for aspiring actors and lecturing to college groups. He also directed and starred in a number of plays at the Actors Theater in Louisville, Ky., where his son Jon was artistic director.