John Noble

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John Noble
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John Noble at the 2012 WonderCon in March 2012
Born (1948-08-20) 20 August 1948 (age 65)
Port Pirie, South Australia, Australia[1]
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Penny Noble
Children Samantha Noble, Daniel Noble, Jess Noble

John Noble (born 20 August 1948) is an Australian film and television actor, and theater director of more than 80 plays.[citation needed] One of his more notable roles includes playing Dr Walter Bishop in the American Fox science fiction television series Fringe.

Personal life[edit]

Noble lives in the US with his wife Penny Noble. They have three children: Daniel Noble, Jess Noble and actress Samantha Noble. In 2011, John Noble's hobbies are reported to be "music, painting and narration".[2]


Noble starred as scientist Walter Bishop in the television series Fringe.

He made occasional appearances on the television series All Saints. He is internationally known for his performance as Denethor in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He played Russian Consul Anatoly Markov in the sixth season of the American television series 24. In 2011, he appeared as Real Estate tycoon Leland Monroe in Rockstar's video game L.A. Noire.[3][4] He is also the voice of Unicron for the television show Transformers: Prime and its conclusion movie.



Year Title Role Notes
1988 The Dreaming Dr. Richards
1989 A Sting in the Tale Prime Minister's minder
1990 Call Me Mr. Brown Sergeant
1993 The Nostradamus Kid General Booth
1999 Airtight Sorrentino Television movie
2000 The Monkey's Mask Mr. Norris
2000 Virtual Nightmare Dad Television movie
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Denethor Seen only in the Extended Edition
2002 The Outsider Fergus Hunter Television movie
2002 Superfire Paul Baylis Television movie
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Denethor Critics Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble
National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
2004 Fracture Howard Peet
2004 The Mystery of Natalie Wood Irving Pichel Television movie
2006 One Night with the King Prince Admantha
2006 Running Scared Ivan Yugorsky
2006 Voodoo Lagoon Ben
2010 Risen Eddie Thomas
2010 The Last Airbender Dragon Spirit
2013 Superman: Unbound Brainiac Voice[5]
2013 Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising Unicron Television movie


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Police Rescue Sergeant Episode: "Hostage"
1993 Time Trax Mr. Michaels Episode: "One on One"
1997 Big Sky Graham James Episode: "Future Past and Present"
1998 Water Rats Dr. Harry Episode: "Epiphany"
1998–2004 All Saints Dr. John Madsen 32 episodes
2000 Tales of the South Seas Christian Ambrose Episode: "Trent in Love"
2001 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World Inspector Robert Anderson Episode: "The Knife"
2001 The Bill Commander Warren Episode: "Beech on the Run"
2001–2006 Home and Away Dr. Helpman 9 episodes
2002 Young Lions Adam Gallagher 4 episodes
2002 Stingers Michael Kranz Episode: "Disgraceful Conduct"
2006 Stargate SG-1 Meurik Episode: "Camelot"
2007 Journeyman Wine Connoisseur Episode: "Winterland"
2007 The Unit The CEO Episode: "Pandemonium – Part 2"
2007 24 Anatoly Markov 3 episodes
2007 Pirate Islands: The Lost Treasure of Fiji Blackheart 13 episodes
2008–2013 Fringe Walter Bishop/Walternate 100 episodes
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2008–09)
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television (2010, 2012–13)
2011–2012 Dark Matters: Twisted But True Himself 16 episodes
2011 Transformers: Prime Unicron 3 episodes
2013 The Good Wife Matthew Ashbaugh 2 episodes
2013–present Sleepy Hollow Henry Parish 5 episodes
2013 Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Edward Stanley Episode: "Murder Under The Mistletoe"
2014 Rake Clayton Post 2 episodes

Other work[edit]

  • Artistic Director of Stage Company of South Australia 1977–1987
  • Head of Drama, Brent St. School of Arts (Sydney) 1997–2000
  • Voice of the character Bishop in the multi-platform game by EA and Pandemic The Saboteur (2009)
  • Actor of Leland Monroe in the multi-platform video game L.A. Noire.
  • Voice of the character Worker of Secrets in the iOS game by Chair Studios and Epic Games Infinity Blade 3.


  1. ^ "John Noble Biography". Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ Bill Keveney (29 April 2011). "Universes collide in Bishops' world". USA Today (McLean, Virginia: Gannett). p. 8D. 
  3. ^ Nick Broughall. "How L.A. Noire Conquered The Uncanny Valley With A Tech Called MotionScan". Gizmondo. 
  4. ^ Real Estate Agent:
  5. ^ Sands, Rich (January 7, 2013). "First Look: Matt Bomer Gets Animated for Superman: Unbound". TV Guide. Retrieved January 7, 2013. 

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