Benson's James Noble Dead at 94

James Noble, best known for his role as Benson‘s Governor Eugene Gatling, died on Monday, The New York Times reports. He was 94.

The stage and screen actor passed away at Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut after suffering a stroke.

Prior to his time on the long-running ABC sitcom, Noble was known for his work on Broadway, including a 1949 staging of The Velvet Glove and a later production of 1776 (which was adapted for film in 1972). His TV credits also included episodes of The Love Boat, Perfect Strangers, Law & Order and the soap operas One Life to Live and Another World.

Per IMDb, his last prominent role came in a 2008 episode of the British medical drama The Royal

Noble is survived by his daughter, Jessica Katherine Noble Cowan.

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  1. SK says:

    Sad. RIP. My mom and I used to watch Benson.

  2. David says:

    Rest in Peace, Gov. Gatling.

  3. KEVIN WINGATE says:

    He is one of the reasons I loved watching Benson. I recently listened to a radio interview with him. Sorry to see him go.