James Noble

James Noble

Highest Rated: 95% Being There (1979)

Lowest Rated: 17% The Nude Bomb (The Return of Maxwell Smart) (1980)

Birthday: Not Available

Birthplace: Not Available

The son of a Dallas wholesale coal dealer, American actor James Noble spent much of his youth attending pool halls and movie houses. Noble 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, The Doctors, A World Apart and such Broadway productions as 1776, 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, The Nude Bomb), with occasional larger roles such as Bo Derek's father in 10 (1978). In 1981 Noble was cast as the genially absent-minded Governor Gene Gatling on the Robert Guillaume sitcom Benson, a role in which he remained until the series' 1986 cancellation. Two years later, James Noble resurfaced on TV in the role of a Nebraska-based recording engineer on the very short-lived situation comedy First Impressions. Noble continued to act, sticking to mostly guest roles on shows like Perfect Strangers and Law & Order, through the 1990s, and then appeared only sporadically onscreen in the next decade, though he kept up his stage work during that time. Noble died in 2016, at age 94.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again Lodge 1990
67% Chances Are Dr. Bailey 1989
No Score Yet Paramedics Chief Wilkens 1988
No Score Yet A Tiger's Tale Sinclair 1988
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Murdered Madam Actor 1987
No Score Yet You Talkin' to Me? Peter Archer 1987
No Score Yet When the Bough Breaks Actor 1986
No Score Yet Dempsey Gavin McNab 1983
No Score Yet The Woman Who Willed a Miracle Actor 1983
42% Airplane 2 - The Sequel Father of Flanagan 1982
17% The Nude Bomb (The Return of Maxwell Smart) Secretary of Defense 1980
95% Being There Kaufman 1979
No Score Yet Promises in the Dark Dr. Blankenship 1979
68% 10 Fred Miles 1979
No Score Yet Summer of My German Soldier Pierce 1978
No Score Yet Dragonfly (One Summer Love) Dr. Leo Cooper 1976
No Score Yet Who? Gen. Deptford 1975
69% 1776 John Witherspoon 1972
No Score Yet The Sporting Club Canon Pritchard 1971


No Score Yet Law & Order
Judge Kurland Trial Judge Kurland 1991
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
Paul Carlisle 1987


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