'Benson' star James Noble dies at 94

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James Noble, an actor best known to TV viewers of the '80s — and those who caught the reruns on Nick at Nite and TV Land — as bumbling governor Eugene X. Gatling, died Monday in Connecticut, according to the New York Times. Noble was 94.

He starred opposite Robert Guillaume in Benson, a sitcom named after Guillaume's character that ran on ABC from 1979 to 1986.

The show followed Benson DuBois — a character that originated on ABC's Soap — as he left the wacky Tate family to work as the "head of household affairs" for Noble's Gatling, the governor of an unnamed state.

(A sign of the times: Though Benson began the series as a glorified domestic, he ended it by running against Gatling in a gubernatorial election. Benson was canceled before it could reveal which man would emerge victorious.)

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UNITED STATES - JULY 17: BENSON - Gallery - Season One - 7/17/79 Robert Guillaume, Inga Swenson, James Noble, Caroline McWilliams and Missy Gold (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JULY 17: BENSON - Gallery - Season - 7/17/79 Robert Guillaume, Inga Swenson, James Noble, Caroline McWilliams and Missy Gold (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 13: BENSON - 'Don't Quote Me' - Season One - 8/13/79 A bad remark about a senator gets aired and governor's administration is in trouble. A search ensues for the source of the leak., Lewis J. Stadlen, Caroline McWilliams, Robert Guillaume, Missy Gold, James Noble (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 22: BENSON - 'The Layoff' Season One - Episode Six, James Noble (as Governor Eugene Xavier Gatling) and Missy Gold (as Katherine 'Katie' Olivia Gatling). (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 22: BENSON - 'The Layoff' - Season One - 8/22/79 After Governor Gatling (James Noble) embarks on a budget-cutting campaign, he advises his staff that he will also reduce his own costs. Benson must decide which staff members to lay off. Katie resents Benson when he selects the sweet woman who lightens up everyone's day. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 13: BENSON - pilot - Season One - 9/13/79, In this spin-off from the ABC series 'Soap', Robert Guillaume (bottom center) continued in the role as Benson to run the household of Jessica Tate's widowed cousin, Governor James Gatling (played by James Noble, top center). The household included, clockwise from top right, the German housekeeper Gretchen Kraus (played by Inga Swenson), Katie Gatling (Missy Gold), the governor's daughter, and Marcy Hill (Caroline McWilliams), the governor's secretary. David Hedison starred in the pilot episode (his only appearance) as John Taylor., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 13: BENSON - gallery - Season One - 9/13/79, In this spin-off from the ABC series 'Soap', Robert Guillaume (left) continued in the role as Benson to run the household of Jessica Tate's widowed cousin, Governor James Gatling (James Noble). The household included Katie Gatling (Missy Gold), the governor's daughter. , (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 13: BENSON - pilot - Season One - 9/13/79, In this spin-off from the ABC series 'Soap', Robert Guillaume (left) continued in the role as Benson to run the household of Jessica Tate's widowed cousin, Governor James Gatling (James Noble). Caroline McWilliams played Marcy Hill, the governor's secretary. , (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 13: BENSON - gallery - Season One - 9/13/79, In this spin-off from the ABC series 'Soap', Robert Guillaume continued in the role as Benson to run the household of Jessica Tate's widowed cousin, Governor James Gatling (James Noble). , (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 20: BENSON - 'Trust Me' - Season One - 9/20/79, Benson (Robert Guillaume, right) prepared to resign after Katie (Missy Gold) snuck away to a rock concert over Governor Gatling's (James Noble) objections., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 27: BENSON - 'The President's Double' - Season One - 9/27/79, Benson (Robert Guillaume) impersonated an African president after the diplomat's life was threatened before Governor Gatling's (James Noble) reception., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 10: BENSON - 'One Strike You're Out' - Season One - 10/10/79 The domestic workers demand more money and Benson (Robert Guillaume) promises to oblige. But Governor Gatling (James Noble) declines Benson's intervention. So a strike ensues, threatening a high-level dinner. Benson creatively manages the dinner so as to reveal what disaster would arise without the help., Robert Guillaume, James Noble (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 29: BENSON - 'Snowbound' - Season One - 10/29/79 Governor Gatling (James Noble) wants the staff to join him on his retreat to a snow cottage. Benson (Robert Guillaume) agrees when he learns that Kraus will not attend. Later Kraus changes her mind and Benson has to live with it. To make matters worse, the staff gets snowed in. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 29: BENSON - 'Snowbound' - Season One - 10/29/79 Governor Gatling (James Noble) wants the staff to join him on his retreat to a snow cottage. Benson agrees when he learns that Kraus will not attend. Later Kraus changes her mind and Benson has to live with it. To make matters worse, the staff gets snowed in. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 10: BENSON - 'One Strike You're Out' - Season One - 10/10/79 The domestic workers demand more money and Benson (Robert Guillaume) promises to oblige. But Governor Gatling (James Noble) declines Benson's intervention. So a strike ensues, threatening a high-level dinner. Benson creatively manages the dinner so as to reveal what disaster would arise without the help., Robert Guillaume, James Noble, Caroline McWilliams (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 29: BENSON - 'Snowbound' - Season One - 10/29/79 Governor Gatling (James Noble) wants the staff to join him on his retreat to a snow cottage. Benson agrees when he learns that Kraus will not attend. Later Kraus changes her mind and Benson has to live with it. To make matters worse, the staff gets snowed in. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 30: BENSON - 'Jessica' - Season One - Episode Eight - October 30, 1979 Katherine Helmond (as Jessica Tate) and James Noble (as Governor Eugene Xavier Gatling) (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 22: BENSON - 'Don't Quote Me' - Season One - 11/22/79, The governor's administration was in trouble after a bad remark about a senator aired., Pictured: James Noble (Governor Gatling), Robert Guillaume (Benson), Caroline McWilliams (Marcy ) and Lewis J. Stadien (John Taylor)., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 16: BENSON - 'The Kraus Affair' - Season One - Episode 17 - January 16, 1980 James Noble, Inga Swenson (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 19: BENSON - 'Taylor's Bid' - Season One - 11/19/79 Taylor decides to his position as advisor in order to run for a public office. The Governor then discovers his dependence on Taylor., Robert Guillaume, James Noble, Lewis J. Stadlen (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 04: BENSON - 'The Army Wants You' - Season One - Episode 23 - April 4, 1980 James Noble, Robert Guillaume (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 18: BENSON - 'Takin' It to the Streets' - 3/18/80 Wanting to know how the 'little people' really feel about politics and their real needs, Governor Gatling and Benson visit a mangy bar to talk to the constituents but land in trouble when a man picks a fight with Gatling at the bar, not knowing who he is., Missy Gold, James Noble (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 13: BENSON - 'Old Man Gatling' - Season One - 2/13/80 The Governor's loudmouth father comes to visit and wreaks havoc among the staff. Benson then gets so fed up with the arrogance and the idea of the father breathing down his son's back that he traps him in the kitchen. Benson supervises him until the Governor's speech is over., Robert Guillaume, James Noble, Missy Gold (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 04: BENSON - 'The Army Wants You' - Season One - 4/4/80 Benson (Robert Guillaume) becomes suspicious during an evaluation. A confusion about records from the Korean War leads to concerns about Benson's loyalties., James Noble, Robert Guillaume (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 26: BENSON - 'The Election' - Season Six - 10/26/84, Benson (Robert Guillaume) celebrated his election as Lt. Governor with Mrs. Cassidy (Billie Bird), Governor Gatling (James Noble), Kraus (Inga Swenson), Katie (Missy Gold) and Clayton (Rene Auberjonois, blocked) after a benefactor saved his campaign., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
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Noble, a Texas native, was born in 1922. He turned to acting after serving in the Navy during World War II, beginning his television career by appearing on the sort of programs Soap parodied — The Edge of Night, The Brighter Day, As the World Turns.

A student of famed acting teacher Lee Strasberg, Noble had a prolific stage career as well, appearing in four Broadway shows, including 1776.

Noble's wife, actress Carolyn Coates, died in 2005. They are survived by their daughter, Jessica Katherine Noble Cowan.

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