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Tony Shalhoub

Tony Shalhoub
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Tony Shalhoub Biography

Tony Shalhoub (born October 9, 1953 in Green Bay, Wisconsin), an American actor, is currently the star and executive producer of the USA Network television show Monk in which he plays an obsessive compulsive private detective. Shalhoub won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 2003 and in 2005 for the role, as well as a Golden Globe in 2003 and a SAG Award in 2004 and 2005. One of his first television roles was as 'Antonio' in the long-running sitcom Wings, which also starred Tim Daly, Steven Weber, Crystal Bernard, Oscar nominee Thomas Haden Church, and Rebecca Schull. The role was actually Shalhoub's first audition when he arrived in Los Angeles, and he was pleasantly surprised to land the role. Shalhoub is married to the movie actress Brooke Adams, and is the brother-in-law of former Guiding Light actress Lynne Adams. Shalhoub's father's family is from Lebanon and the American Midwest. Tony was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin. His father emigrated from Lebanon to the United States as an orphan at the age of ten. He later married Shalhoub's mother, a second-generation Lebanese-American, and founded a family company from the humble start of one grocery store in the center of Green Bay. Tony graduated with a bachelor's degree in drama from the University of Southern Maine in Gorham, and earned a masters degree from the Yale School of Drama in 1980. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts where he spent four seasons with the American Repertory Theatre before heading to New York City, where he found work waiting tables before eventually moving onto Broadway. His role in Conversations With My Father earned him a Tony nomination, and in another Broadway production he would meet his future wife. 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, with the chosen winner flown to Hollywood to have their screenplay produced. Two runner-ups are also invited to participate in the production. Among his film roles include a fast talking lawyer in The Man Who Wasn't There, a sleazy pawn shop owner in the Men In Black films, a money hungry attorney in A Civil Action, and a has been television star in Galaxy Quest. He most recently appeared with Alec Baldwin in the Hollywood satire The Last Shot as a gruff small time mobster with a love for movies. Shalhoub holds a home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Read Full Bio >>

Tony Shalhoub Awards

YearAwardCategoryForResult
2010 Prism Awards Performance in a Comedy Series "Monk" (2002). Won
2010 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series "Monk" (2002). Nominated
2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series "Monk" (2002). Nominated
2009 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series "Monk" (2002). Nominated
2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series "Monk" (2002). Nominated

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Tony Shalhoub Trivia

  • Tony is from Green Bay, Wisconsin.
  • Two daughters Josie (b. 1989 - adopted by Brooke) and Sophie (b. 1993)
  • He is a Lebanese-American.
  • Cousin of famous Chicago/LA radio personality Jonathon Brandmeier.
  • Attended college at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine.
  • Sister-in-law is Lynne Adams.
  • Directorial debut in Lynne Adams's film Made-Up (2002).
  • Graduated from USM in 1977.
  • Keynote speaker at the University of Southern Maine graduation in 2003, his alma mater
  • Brother of actor Michael Shalhoub.
  • Has worked both with the Coen Brothers (Barton Fink (1991), The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)) and their former cinematographer, Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black II (2002)).
  • Attended Yale University.
  • His family left Lebanon because of religious persecution.
  • Was nominated for Broadway's 1992 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) for Herb Gardner's "Conversations with My Father."
  • Spent four seasons with the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Tony Shalhoub Photos

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    2013 Tony Awards Meet the Nominees Press Reception

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    "Pain & Gain" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

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    63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Writers Nominee Reception - Arrivals

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    83rd Annual Academy Awards - GBK Gifting Lounge Honoring the Presenters & Nominees - February 26, 2011

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    2010 Imagine Gala - Arrivals

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    12th Annual Broadway Barks! Adopt-a-thon - Arrivals

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