Tom Noonan (born April 12, 1951) is an American actor, director, and screenwriter, perhaps best known for his roles as Francis Dolarhyde in Manhunter (1986), Frankenstein's Monster in The Monster Squad (1987), Cain in RoboCop 2 (1990), The Ripper in Last Action Hero (1993), Sammy Barnathan in Synecdoche, New York (2008), Reverend Nathaniel in Hell on Wheels (2011–2014), the Pallid Man in 12 Monkeys (2015–2018) and as the voice of everyone but the two main characters in Anomalisa (2015).
|Born||April 12, 1951|
Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.
(m. 1992; div. 1999)
|Relatives||John Ford Noonan (brother)|
Noonan was born in Greenwich, Connecticut, the son of Rita (McGannon), a mathematics teacher, and John Noonan, Sr., a jazz musician and doctor of dental surgery. He had an older brother, John Ford Noonan, a playwright, and two sisters, Barbara and Nancy. Noonan was a very talented basketball player, and said "playing basketball is how I learned to perform in a lot of ways. It’s how I got interested in performing... I never acted as a kid. I never did school plays. I never acted until I was 27...you learn a lot when you’re in front of people and you’ve got a crowd going and you’re doing something that you love to do. A lot of the skills that you would need for acting come through that... It’s like a life and death struggle in front of people that you hope to impress."
Noonan started working in theatre (appearing in the original Off-Broadway production of Sam Shepard's play Buried Child), but in the 1980s he began working in film. At 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) tall, Noonan's imposing presence is probably responsible for his tendency to be cast as menacing villains, as in RoboCop 2, Last Action Hero, Manhunter, and The Pledge. His height was used for comic effect in "The Moving Finger," the series finale of the horror anthology Monsters (several episodes of which he also directed and wrote).
In 1986, Noonan played Francis Dolarhyde, a serial killer who kills entire families, in Michael Mann's Manhunter, the first movie to feature Hannibal Lecter. Another supporting role, and another collaboration with director Michael Mann was in 1995, as Kelso in Heat. He also played the Frankenstein monster 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.
Noonan has also made numerous appearances in television series, including The X-Files (in the much-praised 1996 episode "Paper Hearts" that was written specifically for him), 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), and Detective Victor Huntley in Damages. He recently appeared on Blacklist as The Stew Maker, Louie as a doctor who takes the young Louie through the crucifixion in graphic anatomical detail. He also portrayed the Reverend Nathaniel Cole in the AMC original series Hell on Wheels.
In 2015, Noonan voiced all of the supporting characters in Duke Johnson and Charlie Kaufman's stop-motion comedy-drama film Anomalisa, for which he won the San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor.
|1980||Willie & Phil||Man In Park|
|1980||Gloria||2nd Man - Gangster|
|1983||Eddie Macon's Run||Daryl Potts|
|1984||Best Defense||Frank Holtzman|
|1985||The Man with One Red Shoe||Reese|
|1985||Tom Goes to the Bar||Unknown||Short film|
|1987||The Monster Squad||Frankenstein's Monster|
|1989||Mystery Train||Man in Arcade Diner||Segment: "A Ghost"|
|1993||Last Action Hero||Ripper / Tommy Noonan|
|1994||What Happened Was...||Michael||Also writer, director, editor and composer|
|1995||The Wife||Jack||Also writer, director, editor and composer|
|1999||The Astronaut's Wife||Jackson McLaren|
|1999||Wang Dang||Mickey Hounsell||Unreleased; also writer and director|
|2000||The Opportunists||Mort Stein|
|2001||The Pledge||Gary Jackson|
|2001||Knockaround Guys||Sheriff Decker|
|2001||Bullet in the Brain||Anders||Short film|
|2002||Eight Legged Freaks||Joshua Taft||Uncredited|
|2003||The Egoists||Bryon Bradley|
|2003||Madness and Genius||Frank Donovan|
|2005||The Roost||Horror Host|
|2005||They're Made Out of Meat||Duncan||Short film|
|2006||Seraphim Falls||Minister Abraham|
|2007||Snow Angels||Mr. Chervenick|
|2008||The Alphabet Killer||Ray Gullikson|
|2008||Synecdoche, New York||Sammy Barnathan|
|2009||The House of the Devil||Mr. Ulman|
|2010||Follow the Prophet||Brother John|
|2012||The Pilgrim & The Private Eye||Leche||Short film|
|2012||Skinhead Requiem||Priest||Short film|
|2014||Late Phases||Father Roger Smith|
|2014||The Shape of Something Squashed||Douglas Whymper||Also writer and director|
|1984||Tales from the Darkside||Bill Lacey||Episode: "The Odds"|
|1989||The Equalizer||Brandon Thorton||Episode: "Making of a Martyr"|
|1991||Red Wind||Television film; writer and producer|
|1991||The Ten Million Dollar Getaway||Mr. Y||Television film|
|1991||Monsters||Howard Mitla||Episode: "The Moving Finger"|
Also wrote and directed two episodes
|1994||Heaven and Hell: North and South, Book III||Will Fenway||3 episodes|
|1996||Early Edition||Frank Price||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1996||The X-Files||John Lee Roche||Episode: "Paper Hearts"|
|2000||The Beat||Howard Schmidt||13 episodes|
|2002||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Zephyr||Episode: "Abra Cadaver"|
|2003||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Malcolm Bryce||Episode: "Graansha"|
|2004||The Jury||Marty McMahon||Episode: "The Honeymoon Suite"|
|2005||Jonny Zero||Chucky||Episode: "No Good Deed"|
|2007||Kidnapped||Gibson||Episode: "Do Unto Others"|
|2008||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Jake Berlin||Episode: "Confession"|
|2009–2011||Damages||Detective Victor Huntley||17 episodes|
|2010||Louie||Dr. Haveford||Episode: "God"|
|2011||The Cape||Preston Holloway||2 episodes|
|2011||Bar Karma||Caleb||Episode: "Man Walks Out of a Bar"|
|2011–2014||Hell on Wheels||Reverend Nathaniel Cole||17 episodes|
|2013–2014||The Blacklist||The Stewmaker||2 episodes|
|2014||How and Why||Man in Black Parka||Pilot|
|2014||The Leftovers||Casper||Episode: "Guest"|
|2015–2018||12 Monkeys||Pallid Man||18 episodes|
|2016||Horace and Pete||Tom||3 episodes|
Episode: "The Democratic People's Republic of Kitty City"
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