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Happy Birthday To Greenwich’s Tom Noonan

Tom Noonan turns 64 on Sunday.
Tom Noonan turns 64 on Sunday. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Happy Birthday To Greenwich’s Tom Noonan!

Noonan, who has owned a home in Greenwich, turns 64 on Sunday. The actor and film writer-director was born April 12, 1951, in Greenwich.

He 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.

His 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."

In 1986, he played Francis Dolarhyde, a serial killer who kills entire families, in Michael Mann's "Manhunter," the first movie to feature Hannibal Lecter. 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, he appeared in various other movies, including a widely praised role as Sammy Barnathan in "Synecdoche, New York," Charlie Kaufman's directorial debut.

He 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" and "Damages."

He recently appeared on "Louie" as a doctor and also portrayed the Rev. Nathaniel Cole in the AMC original series "Hell on Wheels."