Tom Noonan is an American actor and film writer-director best known for his roles as Francis Dollarhyde in the 1986 feature film Manhunter and as Detective Victor Huntley in the legal drama thriller series Damages, from 2009-2011.
He also starred as Reverend Nathanial Cole, a preacher struggling with hidden demons, in the period drama western television series Hell on Wheels, from 2011-2012.
Noonan (Yale '73) has appeared as an actor in more than 50 films including Manhunter, Last Action Hero, Robocop 2, Monster Squad, Heat, House of the Devil and Synechdoche, NY for which he won a 2009 Independent Spirit Award and 2009 Gotham Award.
As a writer/director of feature films Noonan's first film, What Happened Was..., won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Best Dramatic Feature Film and the Sundance Waldo Salt Award for Best Screenplay and was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards.
His second film, The Wife, was named one of the 10 Best Films of 1996 by the San Francisco Chronicle and one of the 10 Best Films of the Decade (1990-2000) by Art Forum Magazine.
Noonan has worked extensively with his Paradise Factory theatre ensemble in NYC since 1985, where his work as a playwright won him the OBIE award in 1995.
Winner of the 1998 Guggenheim Fellowship in Filmmaking, Noonan has been a professor of film at Yale University, Columbia University, the School of Visual Arts, and New York University.