Tony Shalhoub

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Tony Shalhoub
Tony Shalhoub (1).jpg
Shalhoub in December 2008
Born Anthony Marcus Shalhoub
(1953-10-09) October 9, 1953 (age 62)
Green Bay, Wisconsin, U.S.
Alma mater University of Southern Maine
Yale School of Drama
Occupation Actor
Years active 1981–present
Spouse(s) Brooke Adams (m. 1992)
Children 2
Awards Primetime Emmy Award
Monk (2003, 2005–06)
Golden Globe Award
Monk (2003)

Anthony Marcus Shalhoub (shə-LOOB; born October 9, 1953) is an American actor. His television work includes the roles of Antonio Scarpacci in Wings and detective Adrian Monk in the TV series Monk, for which he has won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy, two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series and three Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.

He has also had a successful career as a character actor, with roles in films such as Barton Fink (1991), Big Night (1996), Men in Black (1997), The Siege (1998), Galaxy Quest (1999), Spy Kids (2001), The Man Who Wasn't There (2001), Cars (2006), 1408 (2007), and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014).

Early life[edit]

Shalhoub is the ninth of ten children, and was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin.[1][2] His father, Joe, was from Lebanon and immigrated to the United States as an orphan at the age of ten. Joe married Shalhoub’s mother, Helen (née Seroogy),[3] a second-generation Lebanese-American, and founded a family grocery chain, starting with a store in downtown Green Bay.

Shalhoub was introduced to acting by an older sister who put his name forward to be an extra in a high school production of The King and I.[1] Despite finding himself standing on the wrong side of the curtain during the final dress rehearsal, he became enamored of the theater. Shalhoub attended Green Bay East High School. In his senior year he suffered a setback, breaking his leg in a fall off the stage into the pit during a rehearsal. Recovering quickly, he was able to perform in the school's final play of the year. After a short time at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay, he earned a bachelor’s degree in drama from the University of Southern Maine. He later went on to earn a master's from the Yale School of Drama in 1980.[1][4]



Shortly thereafter, he moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he spent four seasons with the American Repertory Theater before heading to New York City, where he found work waiting tables while honing his craft and auditioning. He made his Broadway debut in the 1985 Rita Moreno/Sally Struthers production of The Odd Couple and was nominated for a 1992 Tony Award for his featured role in Conversations with My Father. Shalhoub met his wife, actress Brooke Adams, when they co-starred on Broadway in The Heidi Chronicles. His off-Broadway credits include Waiting for Godot, For Dear Life, Rameau's Nephew, Zero Positive, and two productions of Shakespeare in the Park: Henry IV, Part 1 and Richard II.[citation needed]

Shalhoub returned in December 2006 to the Second Stage Theatre in New York, off-Broadway, opposite Patricia Heaton for a run of The Scene by Theresa Rebeck.[5] In 2010, he went to Broadway to act as Saunders in a revival version of Lend Me a Tenor in New York at the Music Box Theatre.[6] He was nominated for a 2013 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play for Lincoln Center Theater's production of Golden Boy at the Belasco Theatre.[7] He was nominated for a 2014 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for Lincoln Center Theater's production of Act One at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre.[8]

Screen roles[edit]

One of Shalhoub's first television roles was in 1991 as the Italian cabdriver Antonio Scarpacci in the sitcom Wings. Shalhoub was pleasantly surprised to land the role after having a guest appearance in the second season. Shalhoub affected an Italian accent for the role. In the same time period, Shalhoub played physicist Dr. Chester Ray Banton in The X-Files second-season episode "Soft Light".

Shalhoub's film roles following his Wings breakout included an excitable producer consulted by John Turturro's character in Barton Fink and a fast-talking lawyer in The Man Who Wasn't There (both directed by the Coen brothers), a linguistically unidentified cabby in Quick Change, a Cuban-American businessman in Primary Colors, sleazy alien pawn shop owner Jack Jeebs in the Men in Black films, a sympathetic attorney working for John Travolta's lawyer in A Civil Action, a widowed father in Thir13en Ghosts, a cameo role in the film Gattaca, and a has-been television star in Galaxy Quest.

He had a co-starring role in the film Big Night, where he plays an Italian-speaking chef complete with accent. In 1995 he had a role in the hit NBC sitcom Frasier in the episode "The Focus Group" as an Arab newsstand owner named Manu Habbib. He did voice acting for the 1997 computer game Fallout.

Shalhoub demonstrated his dramatic range in the 1998 big-budget thriller The Siege, where he co-starred alongside Denzel Washington, Annette Bening, and Bruce Willis. His character, FBI Special Agent Frank Haddad, was of Middle Eastern descent and suffered discrimination after terrorist attacks in New York City.[9] He returned to series television in 1999, this time in a lead role on Stark Raving Mad, opposite Neil Patrick Harris. The show failed to attract an audience and NBC cancelled the series in 2000.[10]


After a two-year absence from the small screen, Shalhoub starred in another TV series, Monk. Airing on the USA Network, the series featured Shalhoub as Adrian Monk, a brilliant detective with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Shalhoub was nominated for an Emmy Award[11] for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in eight consecutive years from 2003 to 2010, winning in 2003, 2005, and 2006. He also took the Golden Globe award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy, in 2003.[12]

During Monk[edit]

In addition to his acting work, Shalhoub, along with the Network of Arab-American Professionals and Zoom-in-Focus Productions, established The Arab-American Filmmaker Award Competition in 2005. Arab-American filmmakers submitted screenplays, and the chosen winner was flown to Hollywood to have their screenplay produced.[citation needed]

He appeared with Matthew Broderick and Alec Baldwin in the 2004 Hollywood satire The Last Shot as a gruff small-time mobster with a love for movies. In 2006, he appeared in Danny Leiner's drama The Great New Wonderful as a psychologist in post-9/11 New York City. In 2007, he appeared in the horror film 1408 and on-stage off-Broadway as Charlie in The Scene.

Voice work[edit]

He received a 2008 Grammy nomination in the category "Best Spoken Word Album for Children" for his narration of The Cricket in Times Square.[13] He provided the voice of Luigi, a 1959 Fiat 500 who runs a tire shop, in the 2006 Disney/Pixar film Cars and its 2011 sequel, Cars 2. Shalhoub voiced Splinter in the 2014 film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Shalhoub married actress Brooke Adams in 1992. They have worked together in several films, one episode of Wings, and Adams has appeared credited as a "Special Guest Star" in five episodes of Monk—"Mr. Monk and the Airplane", "Mr. Monk's 100th Case", "Mr. Monk and the Kid", "Mr. Monk Visits a Farm", and "Mr. Monk and the Badge".

Shalhoub and Adams appeared on Broadway together in the 2010 revival of Lend Me a Tenor. At the time of their wedding, Adams had an adopted daughter, Josie Lynn (born 1989), whom Shalhoub adopted. In 1994, they adopted another daughter, Sophie (born 1993).[citation needed]

Shalhoub is the cousin of Chicago radio personality Jonathon Brandmeier. He is also the brother-in-law of former Guiding Light actress Lynne Adams.[citation needed]

Tony's brother Michael is also an actor who made multiple guest appearances on Monk. He first appears in "Mr. Monk and the Missing Granny", as a member of a disbanded radical group suspected of involvement in a kidnapping. In "Mr. Monk Bumps His Head", he plays a Wyoming beekeeper who is annoyed when a suspect crashes a car into his farm. Michael also appears in "Mr. Monk Is the Best Man" as the minister presiding at Leland Stottlemeyer's wedding.



Year Title Role Notes
1986 Heartburn Airplane Passenger
1989 Longtime Companion Paul's Doctor
1990 Quick Change Taxicab Driver
1991 Barton Fink Ben Geisler
1992 Honeymoon in Vegas Buddy Walker
1993 Addams Family Values Jorge
1993 Searching for Bobby Fischer Chess Club Member
1994 I.Q. Bob Rosetti
1996 Big Night Primo National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
Nominated – New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor (3rd place)
1997 A Life Less Ordinary Al
1997 Gattaca German
1997 Men in Black Jack Jeebs
1998 A Civil Action Kevin Conway
1998 The Siege Agent Frank Haddad
1998 The Impostors Voltri, First Mate
1998 Paulie Misha Vilyenkov
1998 Primary Colors Eddie Reyes
1999 Galaxy Quest Fred Kwan
1999 The Tic Code Phil
2001 Thir13en Ghosts Arthur Kriticos
2001 The Man Who Wasn't There Freddy Riedenschneider Nominated – AFI Film Award for Featured Actor of the Year – Male
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
2001 Spy Kids Alexander Minion
2002 Life or Something Like It Prophet Jack
2002 Made-Up Max Hires
2002 Impostor Nelson Gittes
2002 Men in Black II Jack Jeebs
2002 Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams Alexander Minion
2003 Party Animals Celebrity Father
2003 Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Alexander Minion
2003 T for Terrorist Man in White Suit
2003 Something More Mr. Avery
2004 The Last Shot Tommy Sanz
2004 Against the Ropes Sam LaRocca
2005 The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie Himself
2005 The Great New Wonderful Dr. Trabulous
2006 Cars Luigi Voice role
2007 Careless Mr. Roth
2007 AmericanEast Sam
2007 1408 Sam Farrell
2008 L.A. Actors Bum
2009 Feed the Fish Sheriff Anderson
2010 How Do You Know Psychiatrist
2011 Cars 2 Luigi Voice role
2012 Hemingway & Gellhorn Koltsov
2013 Movie 43 George Deleted sketch: "Find Our Daughter"
2013 Pain & Gain Victor Kershaw
2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Master Splinter Voice role
2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Master Splinter Voice role


Year Title Role Notes
1986 The Equalizer Terrorist Episode: "Breakpoint"
1987 Spenser: For Hire Dr. Hambrecht Episode: "The Road Back"
1988 Alone in the Neon Jungle Nahid Movie
1989 Money, Power, Murder Seth Parker Movie
1989 Day One Enrico Fermi Movie
1991 Monsters Mancini Episode: "Leavings"
1991–1997 Wings Antonio Scarpacci 144 episodes
1992 Dinosaurs Jerry (voice) Episode: "Fran Live"
1993 Gypsy Uncle Jocko Movie
1995 Gargoyles The Emir (voice) Episode: "Grief"
1995 The X-Files Dr. Chester Ray Banton Episode: "Soft Light"
1996 Radiant City Narrator Movie
1996 Frasier Manu Habib Episode: "The Focus Group"
1996 Almost Perfect Alex Thorpe Episode: "Auto Neurotic"
1999 That Championship Season George Sitkowski Movie
1999 Ally McBeal Albert Shepley Episode: "Those Lips, That Hand"
1999–2000 Stark Raving Mad Ian Stark 22 episodes
2000 MADtv Taxi Cab Driver
Episode 5.18
Episode 5.24
2001 The Heart Department Dr. Joseph Nassar Movie
2002–2009 Monk Adrian Monk 125 episodes
Won – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (2003, 2005–06)
Prism Award for Performance in a Comedy Series
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series (2004–05)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2004–05, 2007, 2009)
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (2004, 2007–10)
Prism Award for Performance in a Comedy Series
Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2004–05)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series (2003, 2007–10)
Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy
2011 Too Big To Fail John Mack Movie
2011 Five Mitch Taylor Movie
2013 We Are Men Frank Russo 7 episodes
2015 Nurse Jackie Dr. Bernard Prince Season 7
2016 The Blacklist Alistair Pitt 1 Episode

Video games[edit]

Year Video Game Voice role
1997 Fallout: A Post-Nuclear Role-Playing Game Aradesh
2006 Cars Luigi
2007 Cars Mater-National Championship
2009 Cars Race-O-Rama
2011 Cars 2


Year Title Notes
2003–2009 Monk 125 episodes
2005 Mush Short film
2009 Feed the Fish
2009 Pet Peeves Short film


Year Title Notes
2002 Made-Up Won – Best of the Fest Award at the Northampton Film Festival
Audience Award for Narrative First Film
Nominated – Taos Land Grant Award for Best Film


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  4. ^ Dell, Laurie S. (September 9, 2002). "From Maine to Monk: USM Alumni Tony Shalhoub". 
  5. ^ "Tony Shalhoub to Join Patricia Heaton in Theresa Rebeck's The Scene, Buzz". Retrieved 2010-05-27. 
  6. ^ Hetrick, Adam (December 17, 2009). "Tucci to Direct LaPaglia, Shalhoub, Maxwell and More in Lend Me a Tenor Broadway Revival". Retrieved April 24, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Nominations Announced for 67th Annual Tony Awards; 'Kinky Boots' Earns 13 Nominations",; retrieved April 29, 2014
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  10. ^ Batchelor, Bob, ed. (2011). Cult Pop Culture: How the Fringe Became Mainstream. ABC-CLIO. p. 243. ISBN 0-313-35780-3. 
  11. ^ Tony Shalhoub Emmy Nominated
  12. ^, Tony Shalhoub – Awards. Retrieved 4-09-2010.
  13. ^ "Complete List of Nominees for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards". December 3, 2008. 
  14. ^ "Johnny Knoxville, Tony Shalhoub Lend Voices To ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’". Deadline. Retrieved 2014-04-03. 

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