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Tommy Noonan

Highest Rated:   100% Adam's Rib (1949)
Lowest Rated:   75% Hair High (2004)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Tommy Tom
1964
No Score Yet Promises! Promises!
  • Jeff Brooks
  • Producer
  • 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 How to Be Very, Very Popular
  • Eddie
1955
80% Violent Saturday
  • Harry Reeves
1955
96% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • Jolly Jackson

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