Skeets Noyes

born: 09 July 1896
Danforth, Maine,
United States of America
died: 15 February 1952
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California,
United States of America
(multiple sclerosis, age 55)

American actor with a long muggish-looking face, thinning hair, and a seeming hunched back, in films as early as 1925. Often a bit player, he also served as a stand-in for Walter Connolly and Charles Laughton. His nickname has also been rendered as "Skeet" (singular), but the majority of sources that I've found, including Noyes' own Standard Casting Directory ads, say "Skeets" (plural).
He later consistently gave his date of birth as 08 July, but his birth record confirms it to actually be a day later. During World War I, he served as Hospital Apprentice 2nd Class in the U.S. Naval Reserve Force; he was discharged on 15 March 1918. Noyes also owned and trained racehorses, including one named "Royalty Check," in addition to his motion picture work. He posed (alternating with a dummy) for a chilling portrait of the titular character, painted by artist Ivan Albright, for MGM's 1945 film adaptation of Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray."
During the last five years of his life, Noyes suffered from multiple sclerosis. By April 1950 (Census), he was residing at the Motion Picture Country Hospital in Woodland Hills, California, where he passed away two years later. He is buried at Valhalla Memorial Park in North Hollywood, California.
Real name: Amos Lewellyn Noyes
Height: 5'8"
Films listed on this page: complete Hal Roach filmography.


Election Day

Below Zero
Café employee

Tiembla y Titubea 
Café employee

Asleep In The Feet
Dance hall patron

Thundering Taxis
Blocker cabbie

Sons Of The Desert
Cab driver

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Acknowledgements: (birth record) (1916 muster roll) (WWI draft reg. card) (1923 marriage) (1930 Census) (1933 marriage) (1940 Census)
Amos Lewellyn Noyes, "U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942" ( (1950 Census) (CA Death Index) (death certificate) (Social Security Death Index) (Social Security Numident File) (U.S. Veterans Adm. Master Index) (memorial tablet request) (memorial tablet record) (Find a Grave) (BillionGraves) (family tree, FamilySearch) (Standard Casting Directory, Jan 1926) (Standard Casting Directory, Mar 1926) (Standard Casting Directory, Feb 1927) (, search) (, search) (Northam Advertiser, 11 Mar 1939) (American Cinematographer, May 1997)
1926 L.A. City Dir.: Noyes Skeets L photoplyr h5104½ Romaine
1927 L.A. City Dir.: Noyes Skeets L actor r1622 Wilcox av
1928 L.A. City Dir.: Noyes Skeets L actor r1622 N Wilcox av
1929 L.A. City Dir.: Noyes Skeets L actor r1438 Gordon
1930 L.A. City Dir.: Noyes Amos L actor h1048 N Harper av
1931 L.A. City Dir.: Noyes Skeet [sic] actor h776 N Van Ness av
1933 L.A. City Dir.: Noyes Amos L actor h830 N Van Ness av
1934 L.A. City Dir.: Noyes Amos studiowkr r830 N Van Ness av
1936 L.A. City Dir.: Noyes Skeets actor h649 N Rossmore av
1939 L.A. City Dir.: Noyes Albt (Rose) actor h5957 Barton av [?]
1940 L.A. City Dir.: Noyes Amos (Rose) actor r1121 Gordon
1941 L.A. City Dir.: Noyes A L studiowkr r5014 Melrose av
1942 L.A. City Dir.: Noyes Amos L (Ruth) actor r5014 Melrose av
Jesse Brisson (bio notes and research)

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