John Noble

May 07, 2013 | 8:44 a.m.

‘Fringe’ star John Noble talks Brainiac, ‘Superman: Unbound’

“Fringe” star John Noble left his eccentric character Walter Bishop behind at the show’s finale, but he’s returning to the mad-scientist realm for DC’s latest animated feature film, “Superman: Unbound.” Noble lends his voice to Brainiac, a brilliant alien-machine hybrid with sinister intentions and one of the Man of Steel’s most powerful arch-villains. The film, which is being released for home video Tuesday, is based on the “Superman: Brainiac” story in the 2008 comic by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank. In addition to Noble, the film features the voice talents of “White Collar” star Matt Bomer as Superman and “Castle” actresses Stana Katic and Molly Quinn as Lois Lane and Supergirl, respectively. Watch an exclusive clip from the movie in the video below. Though he’s most recently known for his role on J.J. Abrams’ long-running sci-fi series “Fringe,” the Australian-born Noble […]
Jan. 11, 2013 | 3:01 p.m.

‘Fringe’: September reveals secret notebook in new episode

A book originally marketed to “Fringe” fans has become a part of the show that inspired its creation. “Fringe: September’s Notebook,” a collection of photos, facts and observations from the Observer September — a mysterious man from the future — will appear in the show’s penultimate episode Friday night, Warner Bros. said. “Fringe” follows three members of the FBI Fringe Division as they investigate a series of unexplained occurrences surrounding a parallel universe.  In the final season, main characters Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble) and his son Peter (Joshua Jackson), Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) and Astrid Farnsworth (Jasika Nicole) fight to take their world back from the Observers, a group of hostile, possibly-human men from the 2600s who traveled back in time to take over in 2015. In Friday’s episode, the Observer September (Michael Cerveris) reveals to Walter Bishop that […]
Dec. 03, 2010 | 1:31 p.m.

‘Fringe’ star John Noble says Friday night move a ‘blessing in disguise’

Is “Fringe” on the edge? The weird-science series  is a favorite here at Hero Complex and, like many other observers, we had a ripple of panic when Fox announced a few weeks ago that the series would shift to Friday — sci-fi shows like “Dollhouse,” “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” and “Firefly” all walked the plank and one of their final steps was being moved to Friday night. But we got an e-mail from the show’s mad-genius scene-stealer, John Noble, and he was upbeat about the notion of sidestepping Thursday’s tough primetime competition — namely “Grey’s Anatomy” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” — and he’s also mighty confident in the work being doing right now on the set in Vancouver. “It was an interesting decision by Fox. We are creating some very exciting episodes, I think — we are making some great TV. The […]
June 05, 2010 | 12:03 a.m.

John Noble loves his ‘Fringe’ madness: ‘Walter is like a King Lear for television’

I spent some time with John Noble on the set of “Fringe” last November and then spoke with him again by phone after the season finale. This story is pieced together from those interviews. This is a longer version of a story that will appear in the June 10 Emmys issue of The Envelope, the Los Angeles Times’ special pull-out section on entertainment industry awards. You don’t need one of the strange laboratory contraptions from “Fringe” to detect that John Noble is an actor to watch this Emmy season — television critics and fans of the Fox sci-fi series have crusaded to bring attention to the Australian actor’s inspired, quirky and sometimes heartbreaking portrayal of the mad scientist Walter Bishop. None of that is lost on the 61-year-old Noble, but last fall as he brewed a pot of coffee in his trailer on […]
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