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The Virginian: TV Show Cast of Classic Western Reuniting

The VirginianThough it isn’t remembered by many TV viewers today, The Virginian TV show was one of the most popular Westerns in its day. The NBC series ran for eight seasons, from 1962 until 1970. The characters returned in the 1970-71 season in a different format and the show was renamed The Men from Shiloh.

The Virginian series follows the adventures of a strong-willed man known only as the “Virginian” (James Drury) who works to maintain order on the Shiloh Ranch in Wyoming. Other regular actors during the run of the series include Doug McClure, Lee J. Cobb, John McIntire, Charles Bickford, Stewart Granger, Clu Gulager, Gary Clarke, Randy Boone, and Roberta Shore.

It’s often been remarked that The Virginian had such high production values that each episode looked like a feature film. The 249 installments are 90 minutes apiece and were all shot in color; a rarity for its day.

Now, nearly forty years after the end of the series, members of the cast are reuniting as part of the 10th Annual Saddle Up festival in Pigeon Forge, TN. On Saturday, February 27th, Drury, Clarke, Shore, and Boone will come together for a special three hour event that will include a meet and greet reception, a Q&A session, clips from the series, and autograph sessions.

The event will also mark the release of The Virginian on DVD. The complete first season is being released for the first time on DVD. Episodes have been restored and will be accompanied by special extras. The first season is being released in two ways; in a pair of half-season releases and also in a 10-disc, special collector’s edition tin. Patrons of the festival can be among the first to purchase the DVDs since they won’t be available in regular retail stores until May 25th.

Tickets for the festival are $20 each for adults or $50 for the four day weekend, February 25-28th. Kids under the age of 17 are free. Aside from the reunion, the festival also features Western-themed concerts, shows, poetry readings, and dining. The Virginian castmembers will be attending each day, in addition to the reunion event.


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barbara July 3, 2012 at 11:28 pm

I’m just curious why backtrack made in1969 has the
Virginian cast from 1962,yei they don’t know Trampas when it starts ?


bill May 3, 2012 at 3:52 pm

I have searched for 2 years for the name of the waltz played when the shilo cowboys
go into medicine bow, this song is played quite frequently at the dances. Duel at shilo episode with
brian keith whistling this same song.


Lory Landrum Sutherlin March 12, 2012 at 10:10 pm

I to loved the T.V. Show “The Virginian” My Grandfather” Cherokee Landrum” worked on the set as a extra and stunt man. He was a friend and a great fan of Doug McClure “Trampas” and I as a little girl had huge crush on Randy Boone. My dad played baseball with Randy, and some of the other actor’s from other shows. But Randy was the only one that I saw. LOL.


C B Lewis January 18, 2012 at 5:55 pm

I love watching The Virginian it always held my att. every time. It was a great show period. I had been watching The Virginian on Netflix and they did not renew contrack the first of year so i have not been able to fine it on the internet yet.I did not watch the last two episodes.


Bud October 17, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Does anyone know where the Virginian was Made?


Richard Reimer September 30, 2011 at 1:45 pm

The Virginian is one of my favorites. I love watching it on Encore Westerns but alas, I have to give it up, my DirecTV is getting so expensive I have to cancel my movie subscription. The Virginian, Maverick, Cheyenne, Lawman, etc. will ALL be missed.


Beverly Evans September 20, 2011 at 12:04 am

I enjoy watching The Virginian. It’s a shame it didn’t last for a few more seasons. Each storyline was adventurous and I love all the main characters, including those who did just a few seasons.


Betsy Legan July 10, 2011 at 7:13 pm

I was a big fan of the Virginian, as a child, and appreciate it even more now. Never was there a better television series that denotes integrity, morals and plain old right from wrong. Every character has their own flaws, (Trampas, you womanizer) but everone in the cast is someone to look up to. I am on my second 10 disc set, and rarely do I see an ending that doesn’t bring tears to my eyes. Usually, out of general goodness, which we are so lacking in today’s world!


dee gillman June 22, 2011 at 3:47 pm

THE VIRGINIAN was a GREAT show! Did the virginian have a name in the show? THANKS!!!


admin June 22, 2011 at 4:02 pm

dee gillman ยป It was never mentioned.


Betsy Legan July 10, 2011 at 7:16 pm

No. They always had a creative way to skirt the issue. They would introduce, for example, My daughter Betsy, Trampas, and my “Foreman”.


Me December 20, 2011 at 11:19 am

James Drury was quoted as saying that even he did not know his own characters name.


Kenneth March 17, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Did anyone see the movie Backtrack staring the actors from ‘The Virginian’ and ‘Laredo’? I just finished watching it on Encore Westerns. This was a good movie with all my favorite actors from the 60’s. I miss Doug McClure aka Trampass.


Cindy Louise March 9, 2011 at 1:41 am

You are right Anita Lee, so was your Mum. My boys tease me for whaching the show, but he was quite a hotty:) Great show too.:)


Anita Lee March 6, 2011 at 4:18 pm

….i remember my mother justloved this show we teased her that the virginian was her boyfriend..she just smiled…i thought i was too cool for westerns at the time..but now…i love watching these reruns…over and over..i told my husband that the virginian is now my mother was soooo right


Elizabeth Bromage January 30, 2011 at 1:59 pm

How Come I cant find DON QUINE who played Stacy Grainger in the series on the official Cast page?


Chuck December 29, 2010 at 10:46 am

The Virginian has always been one of my favorite and Trampas was my favorite character. What was his first name on the show?


david statome October 12, 2010 at 6:55 pm

i like the 1968 show,called stopover,with herb jeffries,it was one of virginians best storys!


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