Noble Willingham

Actor, Schoolteacher, Oil field roustabout
Solidly built, strong-featured character actor, prolific in film and TV, whose authority figures and blustery professional types often rely on his Texas-flavored image. Born in a small Texas town, Willingham worked in ... Read more »
Born: 08/31/1931 in Mineola, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (85)

Home Improvement 1991 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1988 - 1989, 1991 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Quantum Leap 1988 - 1989, 1991 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Walker, Texas Ranger 1993 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Corndog Man 1997 (Movie)

Ace Barker (Actor)

Walker, Texas Ranger: Sons of Thunder 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Up Close and Personal 1996 (Movie)

Buford Sells (Actor)

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective 1994 (Movie)

Riddle (Actor)

City Slickers II: the Legend of Curly's Gold 1994 (Movie)

Clay Stone (Actor)

Deadly Reunion 1994 (Movie)

C D Parker (Actor)

The Hudsucker Proxy 1994 (Movie)

Zebulon Cardozo (Actor)

Fire in the Sky 1993 (Movie)

Sheriff Blake Davis (Actor)

Men Don't Tell 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Article 99 1992 (Movie)

Inspector General (Actor)

Of Mice and Men 1992 (Movie)

The Boss (Actor)

The Distinguished Gentleman 1992 (Movie)

Zeke Bridges (Actor)

Woman With a Past 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Career Opportunities 1991 (Movie)

Roger Roy McClellan (Actor)

City Slickers 1991 (Movie)

Clay Stone (Actor)

Pastime 1991 (Movie)

Clyde Bigby (Actor)

The Last Boy Scout 1991 (Movie)

Sheldon Marcone (Actor)

Ann Jillian 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Blind Fury 1990 (Movie)

MacCready (Actor)

The Heist 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Shooter 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Road Raiders 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Unconquered 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Blue Skies 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Born in East L.A. 1987 (Movie)

Border Patrol Sergeant (Actor)

Good Morning, Vietnam 1987 (Movie)

General Taylor (Actor)

La Bamba 1987 (Movie)

Howard (Actor)

Summer Heat 1987 (Movie)

Strother (Actor)

The Alamo: 13 Days to Glory 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Atlanta Child Murders 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

W*A*L*T*E*R 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Blue and the Gray 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Independence Day 1982 (Movie)

Andy Parker (Actor)

First Monday in October 1981 (Movie)

Nebraska Attorney (Actor)

The Georgia Peaches 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Howling 1981 (Movie)

Charlie Barton (Actor)

Brubaker 1980 (Movie)

Dr Fenster (Actor)

The Gambler 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

When the Whistle Blows 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Backstairs at the White House 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Butch and Sundance: The Early Days 1979 (Movie)

Captain Prewitt (Actor)

Norma Rae 1979 (Movie)

Leroy Mason (Actor)

Silent Victory: The Kitty O'Neil Story 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Boys in Company C 1978 (Movie)

Sergeant Curry (Actor)

Fast Charlie - The Moonbeam Rider 1977 (Movie)

Walter "Pop" Bauer (Actor)

Greased Lightning 1977 (Movie)

Billy Joe Byrnes (Actor)

Fighting Mad 1976 (Movie)

Senator Hingle (Actor)

Aloha, Bobby And Rose 1975 (Movie)

Uncle Charlie (Actor)

Black Bart 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Texas Wheelers 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Bad Mama 1974 (Movie)

Barney (Actor)

Chinatown 1974 (Movie)

Councilman (Actor)

Evel Knievel 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York 1974 (Movie)

School Principal (Actor)

Sunshine 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Paper Moon 1973 (Movie)

Mr. Robertson (Actor)

The Last Picture Show 1971 (Movie)

Chester (Actor)

A Stoning in Fulham County (TV Show)

Actor

Badge of the Assassin (TV Show)

Actor

Cindy (TV Show)

Actor

Coward of the County (TV Show)

Actor

Cutter to Houston (TV Show)

Actor

Dream West (TV Show)

Actor

Just Me and You (TV Show)

Actor

Longarm (TV Show)

Actor

My Sweet Charlie (TV Show)

Actor

Oil's Well That Ends Well (TV Show)

Actor

Splash, Too (TV Show)

Actor

Sporting Chance (TV Show)

Actor

Sweet Poison (TV Show)

Actor

Thaddeus Rose and Eddie (TV Show)

Actor

The Children Nobody Wanted (TV Show)

Actor

The Critical List (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Solidly built, strong-featured character actor, prolific in film and TV, whose authority figures and blustery professional types often rely on his Texas-flavored image. Born in a small Texas town, Willingham worked in oil fields as a roustabout and steam fitter, and after college and graduate studies became a schoolteacher. A longstanding interest in acting led to a small role in the acclaimed TV-movie "My Sweet Charlie" (1970) and when Peter Bogdanovich brought his crew to Texas to work on "The Last Picture Show" (1971), Willingham was one of the locals cast in a small part. Soon thereafter, he moved to Los Angeles to further his acting career.

Relationships

Doris Humphrey

Wife
were high school sweethearts married in 1955 divorced in 1983 deceased

Patti McGlohen

Companion
born c. 1948

Noble Willingham

Father
died in 1973

Ladelle Willingham

Mother
died of breast cancer c. 1947

Stori Willingham

Daughter
born May 15, 1965

EDUCATION

North Texas State University

Denton, Texas

Baylor University

Waco, Texas

Milestones

2000

Ran for Congress on the Republican ticket from the first district in East Texas

1999

Starred in the independent film "The Corndog Man"

1988

Played Ned Sanders on the short-lived CBS drama series, "Blue Skies"

1987

Played one of most prominent and attention-getting supporting roles up to that time in "Good Morning, Vietnam"

1987

Returned to features with roles in "La Bamba" and "Summer Heat", both shot in 1986

1983

Played Warren Jarvis, the mayor of the Texas town of Cutter, on the short-lived CBS medical drama series, "Cutter to Houston"

1982

Last feature credit for almost five years, "Independence Day"

1980

Played Bulldog on the ABC sitcom, "When the Whistle Blows"

1978

First TV miniseries, "The Critical List"

1974

First TV series in regular role, as the sheriff on the ABC comedy, "The Texas Wheelers"

1973

Was cast again by Bogdanovich in his second feature film, "Paper Moon"

1972

Moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting career

1970

While working as a teacher, was one of the locals cast in a small role for some of the on-location shooting in Texas of the Peter Bogdanovich film, "The Last Picture Show"

1969

Played a supporting role in the TV-movie, "My Sweet Charlie"

Played Duke Howard on the NBC sitcom, "Ann Jillian"

Played C.D. Parker on the CBS action drama series, "Walker, Texas Ranger", replacing Gailard Sartain, who played the role during the late 1992-1993 season when it premiered; left role to pursue career in politics

Worked as a roustabout and a steam fitter in the oil fields of Texas; later became a schoolteacher

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