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Noble Willingham

Highest Rated:   100% The Last Picture Show (1971)
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Birthplace:   Mineola, Texas, USA
Formerly a schoolteacher, Texas-born Noble Willingham has been essaying crusty character roles since 1969. Willingham's resumé includes a brace of location-filmed Peter Bogdanovich films, The Last Picture Show (1971) and Paper Moon (1973), and the role of Clay Stone in both of Billy Crystal's City Slickers comedies. Among his TV-movie credits is the part of President James Knox Polk in 1985's Dream West. A regular on several TV series (The Ann Jillian Show, Texas Wheelers, Cutter to Houston, AfterMASH, When the Whistle Blows), Willingham is best known to 1990s viewers as Mr. Binford (of Binford Tools) in Home Improvement and C. D. Parker in Walker, Texas Ranger. Noble Willingham's most recent film assignments include Ace Ventura, Pet Detective (1994) Up Close and Personal (1996) and Space Jam (1996). In 2000, Willingham left Walker, Texas Ranger to run for Congress in Texas. After losing the election to his Democratic opponent, Max Sandlin, Willingham returned to acting with a supporting role in the Val Kilmer thriller Blind Horizon. Sadly, the part would be the actor's last. In early 2004, at the age of 72, Willingham passed away at home from natural causes.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Blind Horizon
  • Cash
2003
14% South of Heaven, West of Hell
  • Sheriff Harris
2000
No Score Yet The Corndog Man
  • Ace Barker
1999
29% Up Close & Personal
  • Buford Sells
1996
19% City Slickers 2 - The Legend of Curly's Gold
  • Clay Stone
1994
57% The Hudsucker Proxy
  • Zebulon Cardozo
1994
No Score Yet Woman with a Past
  • Chairman
1994
45% Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
  • Don Riddle
1993
No Score Yet Men Don't Tell
  • Pete Riley
1993
41% Fire in the Sky
  • Blake Davis
1993
13% The Distinguished Gentleman
  • Zeke Bridges
1992
96% Of Mice and Men
  • The Boss
1992
46% Article 99
  • Inspector General
1992
44% The Last Boy Scout
  • Sheldon Marcone
1991
44% Pastime
  • Clyde
1991
90% City Slickers
  • Clay Stone
1991
No Score Yet Sweet Poison
  • Sheriff
1991
38% Career Opportunities
  • Roger Roy McClellan
1991
No Score Yet The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson
  • Actor
1990
58% Blind Fury
  • MacCready
1990
No Score Yet The Heist
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Splash, Too
  • Actor
1988
89% Good Morning, Vietnam
  • Gen. Taylor
1987
43% Born in East L.A.
  • Border Patrol Sargeant
1987
96% La Bamba
  • Howard
1987
No Score Yet Summer Heat
  • Strother
1987
No Score Yet The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Badge of the Assassin
  • Airport Guard
1985
No Score Yet The Atlanta Child Murders
  • Jerry Armstrong
1985
No Score Yet W*A*L*T*E*R (Walter)
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Independence Day
  • Andy Parker
1983
No Score Yet Living Proof: The Hank Williams, Jr. Story
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet Coward of the County
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet First Monday in October
  • Nebraska Attorney
1981
66% The Howling
  • Charlie Barton
1981
No Score Yet Harry's War
  • Maj. Andrews
1981
75% Brubaker
  • Dr. Fenster
1980
No Score Yet Follow That Car
  • Jarvis Wheeler
1980
No Score Yet The Gambler
  • Conductor
1980
No Score Yet Fast Charlie... the Moonbeam Rider
  • Pop Bauer
1979
90% Norma Rae
  • Leroy Mason
1979
No Score Yet Silent Victory: The Kitty O'Neil Story
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Just Me and You
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet Greased Lightning
  • Billy Joe Byrnes
1977
No Score Yet The Boys in Company C
  • Sgt. Curry
1977
No Score Yet Fighting Mad
  • Senator
1976
No Score Yet Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York
  • Principal
1975
No Score Yet Aloha, Bobby and Rose
  • Uncle Charlie
1975
98% Chinatown
  • Councilman
1974
71% Big Bad Mama
  • Barney
1974
No Score Yet Where Have All the People Gone?
  • Jim Clancy
1974
91% Paper Moon
  • Mr. Robertson
1973
No Score Yet The Girls of Huntington House
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet Butch and Sundance: The Early Days
  • Capt. Prewitt
1972
100% The Last Picture Show
  • Chester
1971
No Score Yet My Sweet Charlie
  • Actor
1970

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
  • Texas
Home Improvement
1991-1999
  • Binford

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