John Noble (born August 20, 1948) is an Australian film, television actor, and theatre director of more than 80 plays. He was born in Port Pirie, South Australia, Australia.He makes occasional appearances on the television series All Saints. He is internationally best known for his performance as Denethor in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King film. His latest films are White Noise: The Light and One Night with the King. He has recently been cast as scientist Walter Bishop in the J. J. Abrams television series Fringe. He stands 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) in height.While at the after-party for the Hollywood premiere of One Night with the King, Mr. Noble commented on his famous scene in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King where Denethor was disgustingly eating while Peregrin Took was singing for him. He said that when he read the script he thought that the scene, if played well, could "very well be among the best scenes" ever performed in motion picture history.He played Russian Consul Anatoly Markov in the sixth season of the American television series 24.