Tom Noonan

Tom Noonan

Highest Rated: 98% Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Lowest Rated: 13% The Alphabet Killer (2008)

Birthday: Apr 12, 1951

Birthplace: Not Available

A performer who succinctly defines the term "character actor," Tom Noonan has appeared in over 20 feature films and numerous TV series and movies, and has also enjoyed a career as a playwright, director, and acting professor. A 1973 graduate of the esteemed Yale acting program, Noonan began his career as a guitarist and composer, working with such downtown theater troupes as Mabou Mines and The Wooster Group (which has included fellow actor Willem Dafoe among its ranks) until he found his niche in film and TV in the early '80s.Noonan began to find work as a premier villain in such films as Manhunter ([1986] the first film to feature the infamous Hannibal Lecter), The Monster Squad (1987), Robocop 2 (1990), and Last Action Hero (1993), the latter few representing Hollywood action-adventure pictures that helped subsidize smaller projects that the actor wished to take on. One of these projects was the 1994 Sundance Film Festival sleeper What Happened Was..., a startling examination of a truly awkward first date based on Noonan's play produced the previous year. The film, which Noonan wrote, directed, and starred in opposite Karen Sillas, won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance that year, as well as the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. That same year, the film was released on the arthouse circuit and garnered accolades for Noonan, including several Ten Best citations from critics. What Happened Was... was featured in Scenario Magazine in the July 1995 issue as one of its featured screenplays.Noonan continued to appear in such mainstream fare as Michael Mann's cops-and-robbers epic Heat (1995) and more television offerings, including a memorable stint on the popular sci-fi show The X-Files. He then made a film called The Wife, based on his play Wifey, co-starring Wallace Shawn, Julie Hagerty, and Karen Young, all holdovers from the stage version, which premiered at his Paradise Theater, a small off-off-Broadway space in New York's East Village. This film was also accepted into the Sundance Film Festival and was (barely) released theatrically, not enjoying the same success as his 1994 play to film.Noonan is the author of several collections of fiction, as well as an unpublished novel titled Must Have. A former National Endowment of the Arts scholar, he has long used New York City as his home and professional base, and has taught classes in acting technique at the Paradise Theater, which for years has been host to original, quirky downtown theatre.


Highest Rated Movies



68% Wonderstruck Older Walter $1M 2017
92% Anomalisa Various Voices 2015
63% Late Phases Father Roger 2014
87% The House of the Devil Mr. Ulman 2009
73% Where the Wild Things Are Actor $77.3M 2009
No Score Yet Follow the Prophet Brother John 2009
68% Synecdoche, New York Sammy Barnathan $3.1M 2008
13% The Alphabet Killer Capt. Gullikson 2008
55% Seraphim Falls Minister/Abraham $0.3M 2007
68% Snow Angels Mr. Chervenick $0.3M 2007
50% The Roost Horror Host 2005
21% Knockaround Guys Sheriff Decker $11.6M 2002
48% Eight Legged Freaks Joshua Taft $17.3M 2002
No Score Yet Bullet in the Brain Actor 2001
78% The Pledge Gary Jackson $18.9M 2001
52% The Opportunists Mort Stein 2000
No Score Yet The Photographer Butler 2000
15% The Astronaut's Wife Jackson McLaren 1999
50% Phoenix Chicago 1998
No Score Yet The Wife Screenwriter Jack Director 1996
86% Heat Kelson 1995
90% What Happened Was... Screenwriter Michael Director 1994
36% Last Action Hero Ripper 1993
31% Robocop 2 Cain 1990
88% Mystery Train Man in Diner 1989
No Score Yet Collision Course Scully 1989
64% The Monster Squad Frankenstein 1987
92% Manhunter Francis Dollarhyde 1986
88% F/X Varrick 1986
47% The Man with One Red Shoe Reese 1985
No Score Yet Best Defense Holtzman 1984
60% Easy Money Paddy 1983
No Score Yet Eddie Macon's Run Daryl Potts 1983
75% Wolfen Ferguson 1981
57% Heaven's Gate Jake 1980
92% Gloria 2nd Man/Gangster 1980
No Score Yet Willie & Phil Man In Park 1980
No Score Yet Promises! Promises! Actor 1963
No Score Yet The Girl Most Likely Actor 1958
98% Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Actor 1953


88% 12 Monkeys
Slender Man Pallid Man 2018
91% The Leftovers
Casper 2014
91% Damages
Vic Huntley Det. Vic Huntley Vic Hartley Det. Huntley Det. Hardley 2012
73% Hell on Wheels
Rev Nathaniel Cole 2011
No Score Yet Crime Scene Investigation [DELETED]
Zephyr 2011
94% Louie
Dr. Haveford 2010
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Jake Berlin 2008
No Score Yet Jonny Zero
Chucky 2005
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Malcolm Bryce 2003
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Zephyr The Amazing Zephyr 2002
74% The X-Files
John Lee Roche 1996
No Score Yet The Equalizer
92% The Beat
Capt. Howard Schmidt


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