James NobleActor James Noble, best known for playing Gov. Eugene Gatling on the sitcom "Benson," died Monday after suffering a stroke. He was 94.

Noble was born in 1922 in Dallas, and began his television career in soap operas, including "As the World Turns" and "One Life to Live." Noble was also a veteran of the stage, and starred in a 1949 Broadway production of "The Velvet Glove." He played John Hancock in the musical "1776," as well as its film adaptation.

On "Benson," he portrayed the scatterbrained Governor Eugene Gatling, who had a tendency to tell wacky stories to the chagrin of Robert Guillaume's Benson DuBois.

Other TV credits include "The Love Boat," "Starsky and Hutch," "Perfect Strangers," and "Law and Order."

Noble was married to actress Carolyn Coates until her death in 2005. He is survived by a daughter, Jessica.

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