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Actor James Noble Dies at 94

Fondly Remembered for His Long-Running Stint on 'Soap' Spin-Off 'Benson'

James Noble., who is remembered for playing Governor James Gatling on 1979-86 ABC sitcom “Benson,” died on Monday at Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut. He was 94.

Born on March 5, 1922 in Dallas, Noble made his Broadway debut in a 1949 production of the comedy “The Velvet Glove” and went on to appear in four more Broadway shows, including the musical “1776.” He also had a small role in the 1972 film version of “1776.” His early TV appearances included daytime dramas “The Edge of Night,” “As the World Turns” and “The Doctors,” and he was a regular on 1988 CBS sitcom “First Impressions.”

Noble’s wife, actress Carolyn Coates, whom he met when they were both appearing in a production of “Pygmalion,” died in 2005. He is survived by his daughter, Jessica Katherine Noble Cowan.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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