John Noble

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John Noble
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Noble at the March 2012 WonderCon
Born (1948-08-20) 20 August 1948 (age 71)
OccupationActor, theatre director
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)Penny Noble
Children Samantha Noble, Daniel Noble, Jess Noble

John Noble (born 20 August 1948) is an Australian actor and theatre director of more than 80 plays.[ citation needed ] He is best known for his roles as Dr. Walter Bishop in the US Fox science fiction television series Fringe , and Henry Parrish in the Fox action-horror series Sleepy Hollow . His most high-profile film role was as Denethor in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He also provided the voice of the DC Comics supervillain Scarecrow in the 2015 video game Batman: Arkham Knight , where his character served as the main antagonist. In 2015, he joined the main cast of the television series Elementary as Sherlock Holmes's father. He was also cast as a doctor in the Australian TV series All Saints. In 2012, Noble was diagnosed with osteoporosis. His charity, Noble Bones, helps to raise awareness for the disease. [2]

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Career

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 US 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 TV film.

John Noble later worked in Legends of Tomorrow where he voiced the time demon Mallus. In its episode "Guest Starring John Noble," he portrayed himself when Atom visited him on set of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and had him record a fake rewrite which would be used to fool Nora Darhk.

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1988The DreamingDr. Richards
1989 A Sting in the Tale Prime Minister's minder
1990 Call Me Mr. Brown Sergeant
1993 The Nostradamus Kid General Booth
2000 The Monkey's Mask Mr. Norris
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Denethor Seen only in the Extended Edition
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Denethor Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
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
2006 One Night with the King Prince Admantha
2006 Running Scared Ivan Yugorsky
2006Voodoo LagoonBen
2010 Risen Eddie Thomas
2010 The Last Airbender Dragon SpiritVoice
2013 Superman: Unbound Brainiac Voice [5]
2014 The Mule Pat Shepherd

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1991 Police Rescue SergeantEpisode: "Hostage"
1993 Time Trax Mr. MichaelsEpisode: "One on One"
1997 Big Sky Graham JamesEpisode: "Future Past and Present"
1998 Water Rats Dr. HarryEpisode: "Epiphany"
1998–2004 All Saints Dr. John Madsen32 episodes
1999AirtightSorrentinoTelevision movie
2000 Tales of the South Seas Christian AmbroseEpisode: "Trent in Love"
2000Virtual NightmareDadTelevision movie
2001 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World Inspector Robert AndersonEpisode: "The Knife"
2001 The Bill Commander WarrenEpisode: "Beech on the Run"
2001–2006 Home and Away Dr. Helpman9 episodes
2002 Young Lions Adam Gallagher4 episodes
2002 Stingers Michael KranzEpisode: "Disgraceful Conduct"
2002 The Outsider Fergus HunterTelevision movie
2004 The Mystery of Natalie Wood Irving PichelTelevision movie
2002SuperfirePaul BaylisTelevision movie
2006 Stargate SG-1 MeurikEpisode: "Camelot"
2007 Journeyman Wine ConnoisseurEpisode: "Winterland"
2007 The Unit The CEOEpisode: "Pandemonium – Part 2"
2007 24 Anatoly Markov3 episodes
2007 Pirate Islands: The Lost Treasure of Fiji Blackheart13 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 Himself16 episodes
2011 Transformers: Prime Unicron (voice)3 episodes
2013 The Good Wife Matthew Ashbaugh2 episodes
2013 Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising Unicron (voice)Television movie
2013–2017 Sleepy Hollow Henry Parish / Jeremy Crane25 episodes
2013 Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Edward StanleyEpisode: "Murder Under The Mistletoe"
2014 Rake Clayton Post2 episodes
2014 Devil's Playground Bishop McNally6 episodes
2015 Forever Aubrey GriffinEpisode: "The Last Death of Henry Morgan"
2015–2016, 2018, 2019 Elementary Morland Holmes16 episodes
2017–2018 Legends of Tomorrow Mallus / Himself
(voices)
2017 Salvation Nicholas Tanz3 episodes
2018 The Blacklist Raleigh Sinclair III2 episodes
2020 Hunters Frederic Hauser1 episode

Video games

YearTitleVoice roleNotes
2009 The Saboteur Bishop
2011 L.A. Noire Leland Monroe
2013 Infinity Blade III The Worker of Secrets
2015 Batman: Arkham Knight Dr. Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow

Other work

Awards and nominations

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
2003 National Board of Review Best Cast The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Won
2004 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Cast Won
Critics' Choice Awards Best Cast Won
Phoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest CastNominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Won
2008 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Fringe Nominated
2009 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
2010 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor on Television Nominated
2011 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Won
Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor on Television Won
2012 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor on Television Nominated
2013 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor on Television Nominated
201615th National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers (NAVGTR) awardsPerformance in a Drama, Supporting (as "Scarecrow") Batman: Arkham Knight Nominated

Personal life

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 were reported to be "music, painting and narration". [6] He studies theoretical physics, and requested that the writers of Fringe always keep things grounded in what could be scientifically feasible. [7]

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References

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