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Tom Noonan

Tom Noonan is one of the country's leading character actors in addition to being equally well-known as a director, writer, producer and composer.

As an actor, Noonan most recently appeared in such films as The Astronaut's Wife, The Opportunist and Phoenix. Other credits include Heat, Last Action Hero, Robocop, Mystery Train, Collision Course, The Monster Squad, F/X and Heaven's Gate.

Noonan founded New York's Paradise Theatre in 1984 and has had three of his plays produced there made into films. He wrote, directed and performed What Happened Was... in 1992 and went on to direct the movie version the following year. It went on to win the Grand Jury Prize at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival and the Silver Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival. His follow-up play, Wifey, won him a 1994 Obie Award for playwriting and he directed the film version (Wife) the following year. His latest film, Wang Dang, was completed last year, adapted from a play that opened at the Paradise in 1999.

Noonan's television credits include the miniseries Heaven & Hell, North & South and Book III, for which he composed the score. He has also appeared on The X-Files, Early Edition and Monsters.

Noonan began his career as a guitarist and composer, creating many songs and scores for plays and films in the early eighties. He appeared in the original New York productions of such plays as Buried Child, Spookhouse and A Poster of the Cosmos, the latter written for him by Lanford Wilson.

He is also the author of a collection of short fiction, Agog, and a novel, Must Have.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Tom Noonan Facts

OccupationActor, Director, Producer
BirthdayApril 12, 1951 (72)
BirthplaceGreenwich, Connecticut, USA
Height6' 6" (1m98)  How tall is Tom Noonan compared to you?

Selected Filmography

RoboCop 2
Friday the 13th, Part VI: Jason Lives
Last Action Hero
The Monster Squad
Synecdoche, New York
The House of the Devil
Easy Money
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