James Noble, ‘Benson’ Star, Dies at 94

Actor suffered a stroke last week, family spokesman says

James Noble, who played Governor Eugene Gatling on the sitcom “Benson,” died Monday at age 94, a spokesman for the actor’s family told the New York Times.

The actor suffered a stroke last week, the spokesman added.

Noble played the scatterbrained governor opposite Robert Guillaume on the series, an offshoot of the comedy “Soap.” The series aired from 1979 to 1986 on ABC.

Born in Dallas in 1922, Noble initially performed as a stage actor, debuting on Broadway in 1949 in a production of “The Velvet Glove.” He also played John Hancock in the musical “1776.” Noble also appeared in the 1972 film of “1776.”

Noble’s other film and television credits included “One Life to Live” and “Another World,” as well as the Bo Derek film “10.”

Noble’s last IMDb credit is for the 2011 short film “Consequential Lies,” playing Father Easter.