- 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.
- 1995, Independent Spirit Awards — Best First Screenplay: Nominee
- 2009, Independent Spirit Awards — Robert Altman Award: Winner
- 1994, Sundance Film Festival — Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: Winner
- 1994, Sundance Film Festival — Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic: Winner
- Rosemary — Sister
- Tom Noonan — Father
- Rosaleen Noonan — Mother
- John F. Noonan — Brother
- Karen Young — Ex-wife
- Wanda Noonan — Daughter
- Caroline — Sister
- Attended Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
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