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Tom Noonan

Highest Rated:   98% Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Lowest Rated:   14% The Alphabet Killer (2008)
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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the same success as his 1994 play to film.Noonan is the author of several collections of fiction, as well as an unpublished novel titled Must Have.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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
71% Wonderstruck
  • Older Walter
$1M 2017
91% Anomalisa
  • Various Voices
2015
71% Late Phases
  • Father Roger
2014
86% 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
69% Synecdoche, New York
  • Sammy Barnathan
$3M 2008
14% The Alphabet Killer
  • Capt. Gullikson
2008
55% Seraphim Falls
  • Minister/Abraham
$0.3M 2007
69% Snow Angels
  • Mr. Chervenick
$0.3M 2007
53% 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
16% 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
  • Director
  • Michael
1994
35% Last Action Hero
  • Ripper
1993
No Score Yet The 10 Million Dollar Getaway
  • Actor
1991
31% Robocop 2
  • Cain
1990
88% Mystery Train
  • Man in Diner
1989
No Score Yet Collision Course
  • Scully
1989
56% The Monster Squad
  • Frankenstein
1987
94% Manhunter
  • Francis Dollarhyde
1986
86% F/X
  • Varrick
1986
50% The Man with One Red Shoe
  • Reese
1985
No Score Yet Best Defense
  • Holtzman
1984
56% Easy Money
  • Paddy
1983
No Score Yet Eddie Macon's Run
  • Daryl Potts
1983
74% Wolfen
  • Ferguson
1981
57% Heaven's Gate
  • Jake
1980
95% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
74% 12 Monkeys
2015
  • Slender Man Pallid Man
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
90% The Leftovers
2014
  • Casper
  • 2014
97% Damages
2007-2012
  • Vic Huntley Det. Vic Huntley Vic Hartley Det. Huntley Det. Hardley
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Hell on Wheels
2011-2016
  • Rev Nathaniel Cole
  • 2011
94% Louie
2010-2015
  • Dr. Haveford
  • 2010
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Jake Berlin
  • 2008
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • Malcolm Bryce
  • 2003
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Zephyr The Amazing Zephyr
  • 2002
  • 2001
0% The X-Files
1993-2016
  • John Lee Roche
  • 1996

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