Noble Willingham was an esteemed American TV Actor born August 31, 1931 and died January 17, 2004 from Mineola, Texas. He graduated with a master’s degree in psychology from Baylor University and gained widespread attention as an actor during the 90s thanks to roles on Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and The Last Boy Scout as well as playing alongside Faye Dunaway in Chinatown (1974).
Early Life and Education
Noble Willingham was born August 31st 1931 in Mineola Texas. He attended North Texas State College and Baylor University before achieving a Master’s in Educational Psychology – serving in the US Army at the same time.
He began as a teacher before turning his talents towards acting. After auditioning for Peter Bogdanovich’s 1971 film The Last Picture Show and landing one of its roles, he appeared in over 30 other movies as characters known for blending an endearing country charm with plenty of common sense.
Willingham returned to acting after his unsuccessful congressional bid in 2000. Most notably he has made Blind Horizon, with Val Kilmer and Sam Shepard, which was released earlier this year. Willingham died on January 17, 2004 in Palm Springs and is buried at Riverside National Cemetery; his survivors include Patti Ross Willingham (his wife) and their son Stori Willingham.
Noble Willingham was an American actor, known for appearing in numerous movies and TV series. Additionally, he was highly involved in politics as he took part in elections. Born August 31st in Mineola Texas he graduated from North Texas State University before going on to graduate Baylor University with his Master’s in Educational Psychology degree.
He was best-known for his portrayal of C.D Parker on the television series Walker, Texas Ranger as his retired ranger’s friend and former partner; appearing in 141 episodes. Additionally he made appearances on various other series such as Matlock, L.A. Law, Quantum Leap Murder She Wrote Northern Exposure as well as many made-for-television films and television movies.
Achievement and Honors
Noble Willingham has earned numerous accolades throughout his career. Featuring prominently in films and television shows alike, he is best-known for playing gruff character roles. Furthermore, he has even participated in multiple mini-series.
He earned his Master of Psychology at Baylor University and rose to prominence through his role as C.D Parker on Walker, Texas Ranger TV series. Additionally, he made many other film appearances, such as Chinatown (1974).
He is a member of the American Actors’ Association, has been married twice and has two children: Stori and John. Additionally he works as a producer/director and author, writing books as well as receiving many awards recognizing his work worldwide. He remains a popular figure worldwide.
Noble Willingham was born August 31, 1931 in Mineola, Texas. He attended North Texas State College and Baylor University before receiving a master’s degree in educational psychology. For a brief period he taught before transitioning into acting.
C.D Parker was featured in 141 episodes of Walker, Texas Ranger from 1993-1999 as a barkeeper/ex-partner to Chuck Norris’ character C.D Parker and also appeared in over 30 feature films such as Paper Moon, Chinatown City Slickers and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.
He left Walker, Texas Ranger in 2000 in order to run as a Republican for Texas’ First Congressional District but was unsuccessful. His last film appearance was 2003’s Blind Horizon alongside Val Kilmer; after this he is survived by his wife Doris Jewel Humphreys and two children Stori and John.
Noble Willingham earned fame during the ’90s for his roles on Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and The Last Boy Scout as well as Chinatown in 1974. Before turning his attentions solely towards acting, he taught at Sam Houston High School in Houston before embarking on his acting career full-time; before then receiving a master’s degree in psychology from Baylor University and marrying twice before giving birth to Stori and John.
He was a long-standing Republican and ran unsuccessfully for Congress against Democratic Representative Max Sandlin of Texas’s 1st district in 2000, losing out. On January 17, 2004, at 72 years of age and after living his entire life as a Virgo and having the Life Path number 8 designation he passed away peacefully at Palm Springs in California on January 17, 2004; his funeral took place back home. Throughout his lifetime, he appeared in over thirty feature films.