Biography

The son of a Dallas wholesale coal dealer, Noble spent much of his youth attending pool halls and movie houses. He retained his expertise with a pool cue throughout his life, while his stronger interest in acting (fueled by movies) manifested itself in local stage productions and drama studies at Southern Methodist University. Following Navy service in World War II, Noble went to New York to study at the Actors Studio, then went on to a stage revival of Pygmalion wherein he met his future wife, actress Carolyn Coates. The actor appeared on such TV soap operas as As the World Turns (1956), A World Apart (1970) and such Broadway productions as "1776" (a role he took to the movie 1776 (1972)), spending much of his spare time in psychotherapy to handle his ongoing feelings of self-doubt. In films from the mid '70s, Noble principally played small roles as authority figures and politicians (Being There (1979), The Nude Bomb (1980)), with occasional larger roles. such as Bo Derek's father in 10 (1979). In 1979, Noble was cast as the genially absent-minded "Governor Gene Gatling" on the sitcom, Benson (1979), a role in which he remained until the series' 1986 cancellation. Two years later, he resurfaced on TV in the role of a Nebraska-based recording engineer on the very short-lived sitcom, First Impressions (1988).

The son of a Dallas wholesale coal dealer, Noble spent much of his youth attending pool halls and movie houses. He retained his expertise with a pool cue throughout his life, while his stronger interest in acting (fueled by movies) manifested itself in local stage productions and drama studies at Southern Methodist University. Following Navy service in World War II, Noble went to New York to study at the Actors Studio, then went on to a stage revival of Pygmalion wherein he met his future wife, actress Carolyn Coates. The actor appeared on such TV soap operas as As the World Turns (1956), A World Apart (1970) and such Broadway productions as "1776" (a role he took to the movie 1776 (1972)), spending much of his spare time in psychotherapy to handle his ongoing feelings of self-doubt. In films from the mid '70s, Noble principally played small roles as authority figures and politicians (Being There (1979), The Nude Bomb (1980)), with occasional larger roles. such as Bo Derek's father in 10 (1979). In 1979, Noble was cast as the genially absent-minded "Governor Gene Gatling" on the sitcom, Benson (1979), a role in which he remained until the series' 1986 cancellation. Two years later, he resurfaced on TV in the role of a Nebraska-based recording engineer on the very short-lived sitcom, First Impressions (1988).

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 36

Birthday 1922-03-05

Day of Death 2016-03-28

Place of Birth Dallas, Texas, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2010 Fake as Mssr. Rousseau
2001 Beech is Back (1 episode)
1995 Bang as Rooftop Dealer
1993 Harry (1 episode) as Chapel
1993 Peak Practice (1 episode)
1990 Law & Order (1 episode)
1990 Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again as Mr. Hyrum Lodge
1989 Chances Are as Dr. Bailey
1989 Father Dowling Mysteries (1 episode) as Judge Karnes
1988 First Impressions (8 episodes)
1988 Paramedics as Chief Wilkins
1987 You Talkin' To Me? as Peter Archer
1987 A Tiger's Tale as Sinclair
1987 Deadly Deception as Ed Shoat
1986 When The Bough Breaks as Dr. Warren Towle
1986 Perfect Strangers (2 episodes)
1985 Cinderella as King Rupert III
1984 The Bill (1 episode)
1984 Murder, She Wrote (1 episode) as Paul Carlisle
1983 Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1 episode)
1980 Baby Comes Home as Dr.Elliott Olsen
1979 Being There as Kaufman
1979 Promises in the Dark as Dr. Blankenship
1979 10 as Dr. Miles
1979 Benson (158 episodes) as Governor Eugene Xavier Gatling
1977 The Love Boat (1 episode) as Martin Corell (1 episode)
1977 The Andros Targets (1 episode)
1976 Death Play
1976 Dragonfly as Dr. Lee
1975 Starsky & Hutch (1 episode)
1974 Who? as General Deptford
1972 ABC Afterschool Special (1 episode)
1971 The Sporting Club as Canon Pritchard
1970 A World Apart (322 episodes)
1970 McCloud (1 episode)
1961 The Defenders (1 episode)

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