Tommy Noonan

Highest Rated: 100% Adam's Rib (1949)
Lowest Rated: 75% Hair High (2004)
Birthday: Apr 29, 1921
Birthplace: Bellingham, Washington
Tommy Noonan was still in his teens when he and his half-brother, John Ireland, made their stage debuts with a New York-based experimental theater. Noonan then returned to his home state of Delaware to launch his own repertory company. After serving in the Navy during WWII, Noonan made his Broadway bow, then was brought to Hollywood with an RKO contract. When his brother, John, married actress Joanne Dru, Noonan befriended Joanne's brother, Peter Marshall. Taking into consideration the success of Martin and Lewis, Noonan and Marshall formed their own comedy team. It was a strictly informal professional association, with the teammates spending as much time apart as together. During one of the team's "down" periods, Noonan established himself as a supporting actor in films; he played Marilyn Monroe's boyfriend in Gentleman Prefer Blondes (1953), Judy Garland's platonic musician friend in A Star Is Born (1954), and the officious floorwalker in Bundle of Joy, the 1956 musical remake Bachelor Mother (1939). In 1959, Noonan reteamed with Marshall for a feature film, The Rookie, which Noonan also wrote and produced. The picture was a disaster, as was its 1961 followup, Swingin' Along. The team broke up for keeps at this point; Peter Marshall went on to become a popular TV game show host, while Noonan gained prominence as the producer/star/"auteur" of two softcore nudie films, Jayne Mansfield's Promises Promises (1963) and Mamie Van Doren's Three Nuts in Search of a Bolt (1964). His last effort as a producer was 1967's Cottonpickin' Chickenpickers, which was also the screen swan song of the estimable Sonny Tufts. Five days short of his 47th birthday, Tommy Noonan died of a brain tumor.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
75% Hair High Principal 2004
No Score Yet The Bamboo Blonde Art Department 2003
No Score Yet Cottonpickin' Chickenpickers Bird-Dog Berrigan 1967
No Score Yet 3 Nuts in Search of a Bolt Director Screenwriter Tommy Tom Producer 1964
No Score Yet Promises! Promises! Producer Jeff Brooks Screenwriter 1963
No Score Yet The Rookie Producer Himself Screenwriter 1959
No Score Yet The Girl Most Likely Buzz 1958
No Score Yet Bundle of Joy Freddie Miller 1956
No Score Yet The Ambassador's Daughter Al 1956
No Score Yet The Best Things in Life Are Free Carl 1956
No Score Yet How to Be Very, Very Popular Eddie 1955
80% Violent Saturday Harry Reeves 1955
97% A Star Is Born Danny McGuire 1954
98% Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Gus Esmond 1953
No Score Yet FBI Girl Television Act 1951
No Score Yet The Model and the Marriage Broker Young clerk 1951
No Score Yet The Return of Jesse James Charlie Ford 1950
100% Adam's Rib Reporter 1949
No Score Yet Trapped The Bank Teller 1949
78% I Shot Jesse James Charles Ford 1949
86% The Set-Up Man 1949
No Score Yet Open Secret Bob 1948
No Score Yet Riffraff Drunk 1947
80% Born to Kill Bellboy 1947
No Score Yet Crack-Up Vendor 1946
89% Bedlam 1st Stonemason 1946
No Score Yet Dick Tracy, Detective Johnny Moko 1945
No Score Yet George White's Scandals (George White's Scandals of 1945) Joe 1945
89% Boys Town Red 1938

TV

CREDIT
93% Batman
1966-1968
Jolly Jackson
  • 1967

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