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Western film and television stars James Drury, Robert Fuller and Dan White will be inducted into the Walk of Western Stars in Newhall on Thursday, April 11, starting at 5 p.m.

The induction is one of the events leading up to the 2019 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival on Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14.

The Walk of Western Stars has honored the legends of Western film, television and radio who have contributed to America’s heritage since 1981. Inductees are honored with bronze saddles on terrazzo tiles stamped into Main Street in Old Town Newhall.

All are welcome to attend this free event. Please note the honorees may not be in attendance or have a representative attending in their place.

Free parking is available at the public lot located at the corner of 9th Street and Railroad Avenue.

The 2019 WOWS Inductees:

James Drury

American actor James Drury stars as the titular character in television series 'The Virginian', circa 1965. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images).

Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

James Drury is best known for his success in playing the title role of the 90-minute weekly Western television series “The Virginian.” He began his Hollywood acting career began in 1954 when he signed with MGM and appeared in bit parts. He worked in such classic films as “Love Me Tender,” “The Last Wagon,” Pollyanna” and “Ride the High Country,” and guest starred in numerous television series like “Gunsmoke,” “Rifleman,” “Cheyenne,” “Wagon Train” and “Death Valley Days” before being chosen for the role of “The Virginian” in 1962.

After portraying “The Virginian” for nine years, he returned to stage theatre across the United States. Drury has appeared as a special guest in numerous films and television shows throughout the years. Known for his distinctive voice, he has done many documentaries and audio books too. Drury is close friends with Robert Fuller, who is also being honored with a star in 2019.

Robert Fuller
Robert Fuller began his five-decade career on television as an immensely popular character actor, guest-starring in dozens of Robert FullerWestern television programs including “Buckskin,” “The Big Valley,” “The Californians,” “The Restless Gun,” “The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin” and “The Monroes.”

Fuller’s big break came in 1959 when he was cast as Jess Harper on the Western series “Laramie,” which ran until 1963. Following the success of “Laramie,” Fuller joined another popular Western series, “Wagon Train,” as Cooper Smith. These two roles made Fuller familiar to viewers throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

Fuller is also known for his role of Dr. Kelly Brackett in the medical series “Emergency!” and his role of Vin in “Return of the Seven” (a sequel to “Magnificent Seven”). Prior to his retirement in the 1990s, Fuller played supporting roles in more than 20 television shows. Fuller is close friends with James Drury, who is also being honored with a star in 2019.

Dan White
Growing up in Florida, Dan White was a huge star of the Western genre; so much so that he moved his family to California during the Great Depression to be a part of it. Inspired to pursue a career in Western films by local Santa Clarita hero William S. Hart, White lived in Hollywood and Dan WhiteNewhall for most of his acting career, and filmed several of his movies and television episodes right here in Santa Clarita Valley.

White appeared in 345 film and television shows, of that 264 were of the Western genre, beginning in 1936 with “Everybody’s Old Man” and ending in 1975 with “Beyond the Bermuda Triangle.” The films that made Dan most famous were his numerous appearances in B-Westerns, typically portraying the antagonist. Some of his most well-known were “The Yearling,,” “Distant Drums,” “Red River,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Giant,” “Duel in the Sun,” “Four Faces West,” “Jailhouse Rock” and “Touch of Evil.”

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