Med Flory

Meredith Irwin Flory, known as Med Flory (August 27, 1926 March 12, 2014), was an American jazz saxophonist and bandleader and television and film actor, originally from Logansport, Indiana.

Med Flory
Birth nameMeredith Irwin Flory
Born(1926-08-27)August 27, 1926
Logansport, Cass County
Indiana, USA
DiedMarch 12, 2014(2014-03-12) (aged 87)
North Hollywood, California
Occupation(s)Musician, actor, screenwriter
Associated actsSupersax

Early years

Flory was born in Logansport, Indiana. His mother was an organist, and encouraged Flory to take up clarinet as a child. During World War II, Flory was an Army Air Force pilot, and after the war he got his college degree in philosophy from Indiana University.[1]


Flory played in the bands of Claude Thornhill and Woody Herman in the early 1950s before forming his own ensemble in New York City. In 1955, he relocated to California and started a new group, which played at the 1958 Monterey Jazz Festival. In the late 1950s, he played with Terry Gibbs, Art Pepper, and Herman again, playing both tenor and baritone saxophone.[2] He was cast in twenty-nine episodes from 1956 to 1957 of the ABC variety show, The Ray Anthony Show.

In the 1960s, Flory was less active in music, working in television and film as an actor and screenwriter; his credits include Wagon Train, The Rifleman, Ripcord (twice), Rawhide (twice), Gunsmoke (twice), Perry Mason (twice - including 'The Case of Crying Comedian'), Maverick (twice), The Virginian (five episodes), Route 66 (twice), Bronco, Surfside 6, Mona McCluskey, Run Buddy Run, 77 Sunset Strip (three episodes), The Dakotas, Destry, Lawman (three episodes), Wendy and Me, It's a Man's World, The Monroes, Cimarron Strip, Daniel Boone (seven episodes), Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (twice), Bonanza (three episodes), Mannix, Lassie (ten episodes), How the West Was Won (three episodes), High Mountain Rangers (four episodes as Sheriff Mike McBride) and the films, Starsky and Hutch (once), The Night of the Grizzly with Clint Walker and The Nutty Professor with Jerry Lewis.

In the mid-1960s Flory worked with Art Pepper and Joe Maini on transcriptions and arrangements of Charlie Parker recordings, and in 1972, he co-founded Supersax, an ensemble devoted to Parker's work. Supersax's debut album, Supersax Plays Bird, won a Grammy Award.

Personal life

Flory was married to Joan Barbara Fry until her death in 2000.[3]


Flory died of a heart ailment[3] on March 12, 2014, in North Hollywood, California, at the age of 87.[1] He was survived by a son and a daughter.[3]



  1. Heckman, Don (March 15, 2014). "Med Flory dies at 87; alto saxophonist and actor founded Grammy-winning jazz group Supersax". Los Angeles Times.
  2. Pennell, Brenda (1994). "Med Flory". The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. Macmillan. p. 391.
  3. Lentz, Harris M. III (2015). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2014. McFarland. ISBN 9780786476664. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
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