Tom Noonan

  • Birth Place: Greenwich, Connecticut, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Screenwriter, Playwright, Editor, Producer
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  • Plays piano, organ, accordion, guitar, mandolin and violin, and composes music.
  • Musically, he's into Beethoven, Bach, Vivaldi, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, the Beatles and Eminem.
  • Founded the Paradise Theater Company in New York City in 1983.
  • Lanford Wilson wrote the play "A Poster for the Cosmos" for him.
  • Has had three films made of his plays, "What Happened Was...," "The Wife" and "Wang Dang."
  • Won a 1998 Guggenheim Fellowship in Filmmaking.
  • Favorite horror movies are the original "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" and "The Exorcist."
  • Sometimes is credited as Richmond Arrley and Ludovico Sorret.
  • Has served as a professor of film at Yale University, Columbia University, the School of Visual Arts and New York University.


  • 2009, Independent Spirit Awards — Robert Altman Award: Winner
  • 1994, Sundance Film Festival — Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic: Winner
  • 1994, Sundance Film Festival — Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: Winner
  • 1995, Independent Spirit Awards — Best First Screenplay: Nominee


  • Caroline — Sister
  • Tom Noonan — Father
  • Wanda Noonan — Daughter
  • Rosaleen Noonan — Mother
  • John F. Noonan — Brother
  • Rosemary — Sister
  • Karen Young — Ex-wife


  • Attended Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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