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Noble Willingham

Highest Rated:   100% The Last Picture Show (1971)
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Birthplace:   Mineola, Texas, USA
Formerly a schoolteacher, Texas-born Noble Willingham has been essaying crusty character roles since 1969. Willingham's resumé includes a brace of location-filmed Peter Bogdanovich films, The Last Picture Show (1971) and Paper Moon (1973), and the role of Clay Stone in both of Billy Crystal's City Slickers comedies. Among his TV-movie credits is the part of President James Knox Polk in 1985's Dream West. A regular on several TV series (The Ann Jillian Show, Texas Wheelers, Cutter to Houston, AfterMASH, When the Whistle Blows), Willingham is best known to 1990s viewers as Mr. Binford (of Binford Tools) in Home Improvement and C. D. Parker in Walker, Texas Ranger. Noble Willingham's most recent film assignments include Ace Ventura, Pet Detective (1994) Up Close and Personal (1996) and Space Jam (1996). In 2000, Willingham left Walker, Texas Ranger to run for Congress in Texas. After losing the election to his Democratic opponent, Max Sandlin, Willingham returned to acting with a supporting role in the Val Kilmer thriller Blind Horizon. Sadly, the part would be the actor's last. In early 2004, at the age of 72, Willingham passed away at home from natural causes.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Blind Horizon
  • Cash
2003
14% South of Heaven, West of Hell
  • Sheriff Harris
2000
No Score Yet The Corndog Man
  • Ace Barker
1999
31% Up Close & Personal
  • Buford Sells
1996
18% City Slickers 2 - The Legend of Curly's Gold
  • Clay Stone
1994
57% The Hudsucker Proxy
  • Zebulon Cardozo
1994
No Score Yet Woman with a Past
  • Chairman
1994
48% Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
  • Don Riddle
1993
No Score Yet Men Don't Tell
  • Pete Riley
1993
42% Fire in the Sky
  • Blake Davis
1993
13% The Distinguished Gentleman
  • Zeke Bridges
1992
97% Of Mice and Men
  • The Boss
1992
43% Article 99
  • Inspector General
1992
46% The Last Boy Scout
  • Sheldon Marcone
1991
44% Pastime
  • Clyde
1991
88% City Slickers
  • Clay Stone
1991
No Score Yet Sweet Poison
  • Sheriff
1991
38% Career Opportunities
  • Roger Roy McClellan
1991
No Score Yet The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson
  • Actor
1990
54% Blind Fury
  • MacCready
1990
No Score Yet The Heist
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Splash, Too
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Quiet Victory: The Charlie Wedemeyer Story
  • Ted Simonsen
1988
90% Good Morning, Vietnam
  • Gen. Taylor
1987
33% Born in East L.A.
  • Border Patrol Sargeant
1987
90% La Bamba
  • Howard
1987
No Score Yet Summer Heat
  • Strother
1987
No Score Yet The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Badge of the Assassin
  • Airport Guard
1985
No Score Yet The Atlanta Child Murders
  • Jerry Armstrong
1985
No Score Yet W*A*L*T*E*R (Walter)
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Independence Day
  • Andy Parker
1983
No Score Yet Living Proof: The Hank Williams, Jr. Story
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet Coward of the County
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet First Monday in October
  • Nebraska Attorney
1981
70% The Howling
  • Charlie Barton
1981
No Score Yet Harry's War
  • Maj. Andrews
1981
75% Brubaker
  • Dr. Fenster
1980
No Score Yet Follow That Car
  • Jarvis Wheeler
1980
No Score Yet The Gambler
  • Conductor
1980
40% Butch and Sundance: The Early Days
  • Capt. Prewitt
1979
No Score Yet Fast Charlie... the Moonbeam Rider
  • Pop Bauer
1979
88% Norma Rae
  • Leroy Mason
1979
No Score Yet Silent Victory: The Kitty O'Neil Story
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet The Boys in Company C
  • Sgt. Curry
1978
No Score Yet Just Me and You
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet Greased Lightning
  • Billy Joe Byrnes
1977
No Score Yet Fighting Mad
  • Senator
1976
No Score Yet Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York
  • Principal
1975
No Score Yet Aloha, Bobby and Rose
  • Uncle Charlie
1975
99% Chinatown
  • Councilman
1974
71% Big Bad Mama
  • Barney
1974
No Score Yet Where Have All the People Gone?
  • Jim Clancy
1974
92% Paper Moon
  • Mr. Robertson
1973
No Score Yet The Girls of Huntington House
  • Actor
1973
100% The Last Picture Show
  • Chester
1971
No Score Yet My Sweet Charlie
  • Actor
1970

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger
1993-2001
  • C.D. Parker C.D.
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1989
82% Tales from the Crypt
1989-1996
  • Actor
  • 1993
No Score Yet Home Improvement
1991-1999
  • Binford
  • 1992
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
  • Sheriff McAllister
  • 1992
No Score Yet Northern Exposure
1990-1995
  • Col. Gordon McKern
  • 1992
No Score Yet Quantum Leap
1989-1993
  • Gene
  • 1991
20% Capital News
1990
  • Actor
  • 1990
No Score Yet Matlock
1986-1995
  • Rev. Phelps
  • 1990
89% Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
  • Texas
  • 1990
  • 1989
No Score Yet Highway to Heaven
1984-1989
  • Guest
  • MacGill
  • 1987
  • 1985
No Score Yet The A-Team
1983-1987
  • Zack Pete, TV station manager
  • 1986
  • 1983
No Score Yet Dukes of Hazzard
1979-1985
  • Hanson
  • 1983
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
1974-1980
  • Orzeck B.J.
  • 1976
  • 1975
No Score Yet The Waltons
1972-1981
  • Mr. Denton B.C. Graddy
  • 1975
  • 1973
No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show
1970-1977
  • Hal
  • 1974
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
  • Tuck
  • 1973
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
  • Mr. Kirby
  • 1972

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