Noel (right) and Douglas Fowley in a scene from "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp."
|Died||January 31, 1985 (aged 81)|
Jimmy Noel (May 15, 1903–January 31, 1985) was a Massachusetts-born actor and stuntman who appeared in hundreds of largely uncredited roles in film and television between 1949 and 1975. He appeared 202 times on CBS's western series, Gunsmoke, starring James Arness, and in 144 episodes of the ABC/Desilu production, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, with Hugh O'Brian in the title role of deputy Marshal Wyatt Earp. Buddy Roosevelt made similar appearances in sixty-five Wyatt Earp episodes. On Gunsmoke, Noel also served as a stand-in and stuntman for Milburn Stone.
His other multiple appearances, mainly in westerns, included Annie Oakley (13 times), The Gene Autry Show (ten), The Texan and Have Gun, Will Travel (eight each), The Adventures of Jim Bowie (six), The Range Rider (five), Death Valley Days, The Rifleman, and Outlaws (four each), Buffalo Bill, Jr. and The Big Valley (three each), and Tales of Wells Fargo, Rawhide, Johnny Ringo, and Wanted: Dead or Alive (twice each).
Among the many parts Noel played were hotel clerk, rancher, cowhand, courtroom spectator, henchman, prisoner, bartender, gambler, dinner and party guest, circus worker, church member, guard, bank clerk, miner, vigilante, and numerous others.
He also had bit parts, most uncredited, in such films as The Younger Brothers (1949, his first part), Ride the Man Down (1952), Pack Train and Jack McCall Desperado (both 1953), Masterson of Kansas and Battle of Rogue River (both 1954), and Quantrill's Raiders (1958)