John Noble
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John Noble

John Noble
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Noble at the March 2012 WonderCon
Born (1948-08-20) 20 August 1948 (age 72)
OccupationActor, voice actor, theatre director
Years active1988-present
Penny Noble
Children2 including Samantha

John Noble (born 20 August 1948) is an Australian actor. 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. Additionally, he voiced and provided motion capture for his role in the 2011 video game L.A. Noire. 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]


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.

Noble played Morland Holmes, father of Sherlock Holmes in Elementary.[5] He was a series regular for season 4 with guest appearances in seasons 6 and 7.

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.

Personal life

Noble divides his time between residences in New York City and Sydney, Australia with wife Penny Noble. They have two children: Daniel 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]



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
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
2006 Voodoo Lagoon Ben
2010 Risen Eddie Thomas
2010 The Last Airbender Dragon Spirit Voice
2013 Superman: Unbound Brainiac Voice[8]
2014 The Mule Pat Shepherd


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
1999 Airtight Sorrentino Television movie
2000 Tales of the South Seas Christian Ambrose Episode: "Trent in Love"
2000 Virtual Nightmare Dad Television movie
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"
2002 The Outsider Fergus Hunter Television movie
2004 The Mystery of Natalie Wood Irving Pichel Television movie
2002 Superfire Paul Baylis Television movie
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 (voice) 3 episodes
2013 The Good Wife Matthew Ashbaugh 2 episodes
2013 Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising Unicron (voice) Television movie
2013-2017 Sleepy Hollow Henry Parish / Jeremy Crane 25 episodes
2013 Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Edward Stanley Episode: "Murder Under The Mistletoe"
2014 Rake Clayton Post 2 episodes
2014 Devil's Playground Bishop McNally 6 episodes
2015 Forever Aubrey Griffin Episode: "The Last Death of Henry Morgan"
2015-2016, 2018, 2019 Elementary Morland Holmes 16 episodes
2017-2018 Legends of Tomorrow Mallus / Himself
7 episodes
2017-2018 Salvation Nicholas Tanz 7 episodes
2018 The Blacklist Raleigh Sinclair III 2 episodes
2019 The Resident Elliot Festervan Episode: "Broker and Broker"
2020 Hunters Frederic Hauser Episode: "The Pious Thieves"
2020 The Boys Sam Butcher Episode: "Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker"

Video games

Year Title Voice role Notes
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

  • Artistic Director of Stage Company of South Australia 1977-1987
  • Head of Drama, Brent St. School of Arts (Sydney) 1997-2000

Awards and nominations


  1. ^ "John Noble Biography". Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ "Exclusive Interview with John Noble!". 5 July 2016.
  3. ^ Nick Broughall. "How L.A. Noire Conquered The Uncanny Valley with a Tech Called MotionScan". Gizmondo.
  4. ^ Real Estate Agent [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "John Noble Joins 'Elementary' Season 4 as Series Regular". 3 July 2015.
  6. ^ Bill Keveney (29 April 2011). "Universes collide in Bishops' world". USA Today. McLean, Virginia: Gannett. p. 8D.
  7. ^ "The Soapbox Office Podcast: Episode 9: Running Crank". Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ Sands, Rich (7 January 2013). "First Look: Matt Bomer Gets Animated for Superman: Unbound". TV Guide. Retrieved 2013.

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