Anthony Marc Shalhoub
October 9, 1953
Green Bay, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Education||University of Wisconsin, Green Bay|
University of Southern Maine (BA)
Yale University (MFA)
He is best known for playing detective Adrian Monk in the USA Network television series Monk, and also for portraying Antonio Scarpacci in the NBC sitcom Wings and Abe Weissman, the father of the title character, on Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
He has also had a successful film career, with roles in films such as Quick Change (1990), Barton Fink (1991), Big Night (1996), Men in Black, Gattaca (both 1997), Paulie (1998), The Siege (1998), Galaxy Quest (1999), Spy Kids, Thirteen Ghosts, The Man Who Wasn't There (all 2001) and 1408 (2007).
He is widely recognized for his work, having won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy, six Screen Actors Guild Awards and four Primetime Emmy Awards.
Early life and education
Shalhoub, the ninth of ten children, was born and raised in a Lebanese Maronite Christian household in Green Bay, Wisconsin. His father, Joe, was from Mount Lebanon, and immigrated to the United States, after his own parents, Milhelm and Mariam, were both killed during World War I. He was a meat peddler who drove a refrigerated truck. Joe married Shalhoub's mother, Helen (née Seroogy), a Lebanese-American. The two met when Joe was taken in to be raised by her family, when both were little. One of Shalhoub's maternal great-great-grandfathers, Abdul Naimy, though a Christian Maronite Lebanese, was killed in the Hamidian massacres committed against Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in 1895. 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.
After graduating from Green Bay East High School, he spent a short time at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay before participating in the National Student Exchange to the University of Southern Maine where he later transferred and earned a bachelor's degree. He later went on to earn a master's degree from the Yale School of Drama in 1980. Shalhoub is also fluent in Arabic.
Shortly after graduating from Yale, Shalhoub 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. 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. In 1998 Shalhoub starred in The Classic Stage Company's production of Waiting For Godot alongside John Turturro and Christopher Lloyd.
Shalhoub returned in December 2006 to the Off-Broadway Second Stage Theatre, opposite Patricia Heaton for a run of The Scene by Theresa Rebeck. 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. 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. 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. Shalhoub and his wife appeared in Samuel Beckett's Happy Days in June and July, 2015 in New York City.
He starred in the musical stage adaptation of the film The Band's Visit, in the Off-Broadway Atlantic Theatre Company production. The musical, with music and lyrics by David Yazbek and book by Itamar Moses, ran from November 11, 2016 through December 23, 2016. He reprised his role when the show moved to Broadway where it opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on November 9, 2017. For his performance, he won the 2018 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He also appeared as Walter Franz in the 2017 Broadway revival of The Price.
After several small television and film roles, from 1986 - 1991, he landed the role of cab driver Antonio Scarpacci in the sitcom Wings. Shalhoub was pleasantly surprised to land the role after having a guest appearance as a waiter in the second season. He became a regular in the third season. The character's name was kept but changed to a cab driver. He affected an Italian accent for the role. Shalhoub played the role from 1991 until the series ended, after eight seasons, in 1997.
In the same time period, Shalhoub played the lead role of physicist Dr. Chester Ray Banton in The X-Files second-season episode "Soft Light," the first episode written by Vince Gilligan. Banton's shadow becomes lethal after Banton gets stuck in a particle accelerator, causing him to accidentally destroy anyone close to him, after which the government imprisons and tortures him in an effort to weaponize his superpower.
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 Thirteen 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 played 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, also a Lebanese American, suffered discrimination after terrorist attacks in New York City. 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.
After a three-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 detective with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Shalhoub was nominated for an Emmy Award 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. In May 2020, NBC's Peacock streaming service posted a series of videos on YouTube during the COVID-19 pandemic, entitled the "At-Home Variety Show". Among them was a Monk short entitled "Mr. Monk Shelters in Place", featuring Shalhoub and his co-stars Traylor Howard, Ted Levine, and Jason Gray-Stanford, showing how their characters were coping with the pandemic.
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.
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.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Shalhoub stars as Jewish-American math professor Abe Weissman, father of protagonist Midge Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan), in the Emmy-winning, Amazon-produced TV comedy series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
He received a 2008 Grammy nomination in the category "Best Spoken Word Album for Children" for his narration of The Cricket in Times Square. 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 and 2017 sequels, Cars 2 and Cars 3, respectively. Shalhoub voiced Splinter in the 2014 film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and reprised the role in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.
Shalhoub married actress Brooke Adams in 1992. They have worked together in several films, one episode of Wings, and on BrainDead. 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).
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.
In May 2020, Shalhoub revealed that he and his wife Brooke had tested positive for COVID-19 the previous month, remarking that "we really are all Monk now", and that they had recovered after "a pretty rough few weeks".
|1986||Heartburn||Airplane Passenger||Some Scenes cut|
|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|
|Searching for Bobby Fischer||Chess Club Member|
|1997||A Life Less Ordinary||Al|
|Men in Black||Jack Jeebs|
|1998||A Civil Action||Kevin Conway|
|The Siege||Agent Frank Haddad|
|The Impostors||Voltri, First Mate|
|Primary Colors||Eddie Reyes|
|1999||Galaxy Quest||Fred Kwan|
|The Tic Code||Phil|
|2001||Thirteen Ghosts||Arthur Kriticos|
|The Man Who Wasn't There||Freddy Riedenschneider|
|Spy Kids||Mr. Alexander "Alex" Minion|
|2002||Life or Something Like It||Prophet Jack|
|Made-Up||Max Hires||Also director|
|Men in Black II||Jack Jeebs|
|Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams||Mr. Alexander "Alex" Minion|
|2003||Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over|
|Party Animals||Celebrity Father|
|T for Terrorist||Man in White Suit|
|Something More||Mr. Avery|
|2004||The Last Shot||Tommy Sanz|
|Against the Ropes||Sam LaRocca|
|2005||The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie||Himself|
|The Great New Wonderful||Dr. Trabulous|
|2009||Feed the Fish||Sheriff Anderson|
|2010||How Do You Know||Psychiatrist|
|2011||Cars 2||Luigi (voice)|
|2013||Movie 43||George||Deleted sketch|
|Pain & Gain||Victor Kershaw|
|2014||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Master Splinter (voice)|
|2016||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows|
|The Assignment||Dr. Ralph Galen|
|2017||Breakable You||Adam Weller|
|Final Portrait||Diego Giacometti|
|Cars 3||Luigi (voice)|
|They Shall Not Perish||Karnig Parnian|
|1986||The Equalizer||Terrorist||Episode: "Breakpoint"|
|1987||Spenser: For Hire||Dr. Hambrecht||Episode: "The Road Back"|
|1988||Alone in the Neon Jungle||Nahid||TV movie|
|1989||Money, Power, Murder||Seth Parker||TV movie|
|Day One||Enrico Fermi||TV movie|
|1991–1997||Wings||Antonio Scarpacci||144 episodes|
|1992||Dinosaurs||Jerry (voice)||Episode: "Fran Live"|
|1993||Gypsy||Uncle Jocko||TV movie|
|1995||Gargoyles||The Emir (voice)||Episode: "Grief"|
|The X-Files||Dr. Chester Ray Banton||Episode: "Soft Light"|
|1996||Radiant City||Narrator||TV movie|
|Frasier||Manu Habib||Episode: "The Focus Group"|
|Almost Perfect||Alex Thorpe||Episode: "Auto Neurotic"|
|1997||Men in Black: The Series||Jack Jeebs (voice)||2 episodes|
|1999||That Championship Season||George Sitkowski||TV movie|
|Ally McBeal||Albert Shepley||Episode: "Those Lips, That Hand"|
|1999–2000||Stark Raving Mad||Ian Stark||22 episodes|
|2000||MADtv||Taxi Cab Driver
|2001||The Heart Department||Dr. Joseph Nassar||TV movie|
|2002–2009||Monk||Adrian Monk||Lead role (125 episodes)|
|2011||Too Big To Fail||John Mack||TV movie|
|Five||Mitch Taylor||TV movie|
|2012||Hemingway & Gellhorn||Koltsov||TV movie|
|2013||We Are Men||Frank Russo||7 episodes|
|2015||Nurse Jackie||Dr. Bernard Prince||8 episodes|
|2016||The Blacklist||Alistair Pitt||Episode: "Alistair Pitt (No. 103)"|
|BrainDead||Red Wheatus||Main role (13 episodes)|
|2017–present||The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel||Abe Weissman||26 episodes|
|2017||Mickey and the Roadster Racers||Luigi (voice)||Episode: "Roaming Around Rome"|
|2019–2020||Elena of Avalor||Zopilote (voice)||6 episodes|
|2020||Central Park||Marvin (voice)||3 episodes|
|Peacock Presents: The At-Home Variety Show Featuring Seth MacFarlane||Adrian Monk||Episode: "Monk in Quarantine"|
|1997||Fallout: A Post-Nuclear Role-Playing Game||Aradesh|
|2007||Cars Mater-National Championship|
|Feed the Fish|
Awards and nominations
|1992||Tony Award||Best Featured Actor in a Play||Conversations with My Father||Nominated|
|2013||Tony Award||Best Featured Actor in a Play||Golden Boy||Nominated|
|Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play||Nominated|
|2014||Tony Award||Best Actor in a Play||Act One||Nominated|
|2018||Tony Award||Best Actor in a Musical||The Band's Visit||Won|
|Drama League Award||Distinguished Performance||Nominated|
Primetime Emmy Awards
|2003||Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||Monk||Won|
|2018||Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel||Nominated|
Daytime Emmy Awards
|2019||Outstanding Musical Performance in a Daytime Program||The Band's Visit||Won|
Golden Globe Awards
|2002||Best Actor – TV Series Musical or Comedy||Monk||Won|
Screen Actors Guild Award
|2003||Male Actor in a Comedy Series||Monk||Nominated|
|2018||Male Actor in a Comedy Series||The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel||Won|
|Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Won|
|2019||Male Actor in a Comedy Series||Won|
|Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Won|
|1996||Independent Spirit Awards||Best Male Lead||Big Night||Nominated|
|1996||National Society of Film Critics||Best Supporting Actor||Won|
|1996||New York Film Critics Circle||Best Supporting Actor||3rd place|
|2001||Chicago Film Critics Association||Best Supporting Actor||The Man Who Wasn't There||Nominated|
|2001||Online Film Critics Society||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|
|2009||Best Spoken Word Album for Children||The Cricket in Times Square||Nominated|
- Stated on Finding Your Roots, February 9, 2021
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Shalhoub, who is of Lebanese Christian background, plays Abe Weissman, “TV’s most lovable, beleaguered father” according to Vanity Fair.
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