Tommy Noonan Movies and Career Information

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Apr 29, 1921
Actor, Producer and Writer

Tommy Noonan (April 29, 1921 – April 24, 1968) was a comedy genre film performer, screenwriter and producer. He acted in a number of 'A' and 'B' pictures from the 1940s through the 1960s, and he is best known for his supporting performances as Gus Esmond, Marilyn Monroe's wealthy boyfriend, in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), and as the musician Danny McGuire in A Star Is Born (1954). Noonan was the half-brother of actor John Ireland, and the two made their stage debuts with a New York-based experimental theater. They would later appear together in three films, including I Shot Jesse James (1949). He teamed with Peter Marshall to form a comedy team in the late 1940s. Working as Noonan and Marshall, they appeared on television, nightclubs, and in the films Starlift (1951), The Rookie (1959) and Swingin' Along (1962). The duo went their separate ways after the release of Swingin' Along. In the early 1960s. Noonan appeared in a few B movies including Promises! Promises! (1963) with Jayne Mansfield and Three Nuts in Search of a Bolt (1964) with Mamie Van Doren, which he also directed, wrote and produced. His last effort as a producer was Cottonpickin' Chickenpickers (1967), which was

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