We see him once a year as the Reverend Witherspoon in the film version of 1776. I'd forgotten that he played John Hancock in the original play.
To me he'll always be best remembered as the Beverly Hills dentist father-of-the--bride (Bo Derek) in "10". It's the first movie in which he made an impression on me.
I've read that during the Broadway run of 1776, many of the actors would trade off playing the various roles, as a way of keeping the nightly performances fresh.For the movie, everybody went back to their original roles.Back when they were still doing soap operas in New York City, James Noble became one of the more frequent judges on their various trials (many of the 1776 players did the same; during the play's Broadway run, quite a few of them were "daylighting" on Dark Shadows, so the period costumes were less of a problem for them).
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