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Tom Noonan (born April 12, 1951) is an American actor and film writer-director.

Early life

Noonan was born in Greenwich, Connecticutmarker, the son of Rosaleen and Tom Noonan, who worked as a dentist and jazz musician. He has an older brother, John Ford Noonan, a playwright, and two sisters, Rosemary and Caroline.


Noonan started working in theatre (appearing in the original Off-Broadway production Sam Shepard's play Buried Child), but in the 1980s he began working in film. At 6 feet, 6 inches (198 cm) in height, Noonan's imposing presence is probably responsible for his tendency to be cast as menacing villains, such as in RoboCop 2, Last Action Hero, and The Pledge.

In 1986, Noonan played Francis Dolarhyde, a serial killer who kills entire families, in Manhunter, the first movie to feature Hannibal Lecter. To date, it is his most recognizable leading role. His biggest supporting role was in 1995, when he portrayed Kelso in Heat. He also played Frankenstein in The Monster Squad. During the 1990s, he wrote various plays, including two that he made into movies, What Happened Was... (1994) and The Wife (1995). In the 2000s, Noonan appeared in various other movies, including a widely praised role as Sammy Barnathan in Synecdoche, New York, Charlie Kaufman's directorial debut. Most recently, he was originally the voice one of the Wild Things in director Spike Jonze's upcoming film Where The Wild Things Are, but was replaced by Chris Cooper.

Noonan has also made numerous appearances in television shows, including The X-Files, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Tales From The Darkside and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (in which he starred alongside William Petersen, who played his nemesis, Will Graham, in Manhunter).

Selected filmography


  1. Tom Noonan Biography (1951-)
  2. Tom Noonan Biography - Yahoo! Movies

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