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Noble Willingham
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Birth name: Noble Henry Willingham
Gender: Male
Date of birth: 31 August 1931
Place of birth: Mineola, Texas, USA
Date of death: 17 January 2004
Place of death: Palm Springs, California, USA
Character(s): Texas

Noble Henry Willingham (31 August 193117 January 2004; age 72) was an American actor who played Texas in the Star Trek: The Next Generation second season episode "The Royale" in 1989.

He was best known for his role as C.D. Parker on the television series Walker, Texas Ranger. His many other TV credits include guest appearances on Bonanza, Gunsmoke, The Waltons, Mary Tyler Moore, The Rockford Files, Alice, Dallas, CHiPs, The Dukes of Hazzard, The A-Team, L.A. Law, Home Improvement, and Murder, She Wrote. He also co-starred with Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell in a 1991 episode of Quantum Leap.

Willingham was also among the many Star Trek performers to star in the 1986 mini-series Dream West. Among his co-stars were F. Murray Abraham, Jeff Allin, John Anderson, Lee Bergere, James Cromwell, Michael Ensign, Alice Krige, Matt McCoy, Glenn Morshower, Fritz Weaver, Anthony Zerbe, and his Star Trek: The Next Generation co-star Jonathan Frakes. Willingham also appeared with Frakes in the 1987 mini-series Nutcracker, along with John Glover, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Frank Military, and George D. Wallace. Willingham's other mini-series credits include 1979's Backstairs at the White House (with Ian Abercrombie, John Anderson, Bibi Besch, Robert Hooks, Gregory Itzin, Bill Quinn, and Paul Winfield), 1982's The Blue and the Gray (with Stephen Collins, Robin Gammell, Gregg Henry, William Lucking, Charles Napier, Duncan Regehr, and Paul Winfield), and 1985's The Atlanta Child Murders (with Gary Graham, Andrew Robinson, and Percy Rodriguez).

Among Willingham's many feature film credits are 1974's Big Bad Mama with William Shatner of Star Trek: The Original Series and 1981's The Howling with Robert Picardo of Star Trek: Voyager. (The latter also co-starred Star Trek: Deep Space Nine guest stars Dick Miller and Kenneth Tobey). His film credits also include Paper Moon (1973), Chinatown (1974, with Perry Lopez, Roy Jenson, cinematography by John A. Alonzo, music by Jerry Goldsmith and stunts by Hal Needham), Norma Rae (1979), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987, with James McIntire), The Last Boy Scout (1991, with Bruce McGill and Frank Collison), Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), and The Hudsucker Proxy (1994). He also played Clay Stone in 1991's City Slickers, as well as its 1994 sequel, City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold.

Both he and DS9 guest star Albert Henderson died on January 17th, 2004.

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