Fans are in mourning this week after it was revealed that beloved Hollywood actor James Noble, known for his role on the ABC sitcom Benson, passed away on Monday at Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut at the age of 94.
According to Daily Mail, Noble was best known for playing the scatter-brained Governor Eugene Gatling on the legendary sitcom, which ran from 1979-1986. The television series was a spinoff of the popular soap opera Soap, and it became one of the most watched shows of the decade.
Noble was born in Dallas, Texas, on March 5, 1922, and he studied both drama and engineering at Southern Methodist University. However, when World War II broke out, Noble left school to join the Navy, and he bravely served his country for years.
After the war ended, Noble returned to studying drama under the direction of Lee Strasberg at the prestigious Actors Studio in New York. He began his acting career onstage, making his broadway debut in 1949s The Velvet Glove and going on to appear in four other shows. Throughout his long career, he appeared in many daytime TV soap operas and in a series of movies before getting the part on Benson.
Noble met his beloved wife, actress Carolyn Coates, when they both starred in a stage production of Pygmalion. They were married for 48 years before she died in 2005. The couple had one daughter together, Jessica Katherine Noble Cowan, and she survives her father.
Rest in peace, James Noble. Thank you for your service, and your wonderful career!