Hollywood is in mourning today after it was revealed that James Noble, known for his role on the ABC sitcom Benson, passed away on Monday at Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut. He was 94 years-old.
According to Daily Mail, Noble was best known for playing the scatter-minded Governor Eugene Gatling on the popular sitcom from 1979-1986. The show was a spinoff from the soap opera Soap, and it was one of the most watched shows in the 1980s.
Born in Dallas, Texas, on March 5, 1922, Noble attended Southern Methodist University where he studied both drama and engineering. He left college to join the Navy during World War II, and he served his country bravely throughout the war.
After peace was declared, Noble returned to studying acting under the direction of Lee Strasberg at the prestigious Actors Studio in New York. He began his career onstage, making his Broadway debut in 1949s The Velvet Glove and going on to appear in four other shows. Noble later appeared in various daytime TV soap operas and in a series of movies before getting the part on Benson.
Noble met his future wife, actress Carolyn Coates, when they both starred in a stage production of Pygmalion. They were married for almost 50 years before she died in 2005. He is survived by their their only daughter, Jessica Katherine Noble Cowan.
Rest in peace, James Noble! You will be missed.