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Tony Shalhoub –

Shalhoub in The Siege.

About Tony Shalhoub (1953 – )

Anthony Marcus Shalhoub Shalhoub is the ninth of ten children, and was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 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), 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. 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 broke 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.

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.

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. 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.

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. 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 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 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 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.

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 sequel, Cars 2. Shalhoub voiced Splinter in the 2014 film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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).

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

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.

Tony Shalhoub's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
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
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
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
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
2012 Hemingway & Gellhorn Koltsov
2013 Movie 43 George
2013 Pain & Gain Victor Kershaw
2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Master Splinter
2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Master Splinter

Tony Shalhoub's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
1986 The Equalizer Terrorist
1987 Spenser: For Hire Dr. Hambrecht
1988 Alone in the Neon Jungle Nahid
1989 Money, Power, Murder Seth Parker
1989 Day One Enrico Fermi
1991 Monsters Mancini
Wings Antonio Scarpacci
1992 Dinosaurs Jerry (voice)
1993 Gypsy Uncle Jocko
1995 Gargoyles The Emir (voice)
1995 The X-Files Dr. Chester Ray Banton
1996 Radiant City Narrator
1996 Frasier Manu Habib
1996 Almost Perfect Alex Thorpe
1999 That Championship Season George Sitkowski
1999 Ally McBeal Albert Shepley
Stark Raving Mad Ian Stark
2000 MADtv Taxi Cab Driver
2001 The Heart Department Dr. Joseph Nassar
Monk Adrian Monk
2011 Too Big To Fail John Mack
2011 Five Mitch Taylor
2013 We Are Men Frank Russo
2015 Nurse Jackie Dr. Bernard Prince

Memorable Quotes by Tony Shalhoub

“I still think of myself as a stage actor. When I do film and television I try to implement what I was taught to do in theatre, to try to stretch into characters that are far from myself.”

“I come from a really big family, my father was a businessman and what he always instilled in us was to be your own boss. My father built up his business, and he was by no means a rich man, but he figured out how to work four-and-a-half days a week.”

“You're not really necessarily the coolest guy in their life. You are a conduit to the really cool people.”

“I'm impossible to direct. I couldn't get myself to do anything.”

“I was one of those people who put too much emphasis on work and career and material possessions, and it took its toll on all my relationships, on my physical health, my emotional and mental health.”

“With what's happened in the world the last three years, it's easier to see why it's become popular again to diminish and revile Arabs and Muslims in American popular culture.”

Things You May Not Know About Tony Shalhoub

Cousin of famous Chicago/LA radio personality Jonathon Brandmeier.

Keynote speaker at the University of Southern Maine graduation in 2003, his alma mater

Has worked both with the Coen Brothers (Barton Fink (1991), The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)) and their former cinematographer, Barry Sonnenfeld (Addams Family Values (1993), Men in Black (1997), Men in Black II (2002)).

His family left Lebanon to escape civil war.

In 2005, upon winning his second Emmy for Monk (2002), he told his fellow nominees that "there's always next year". Ironically, Shalhoub was the only one of the five actors to be nominated the next year.

Is a huge fan of the NFL's Green Bay Packers and holds season tickets.

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Tony Shalhoub as Primo the chef in Big Night (1996).
Shalhoub as Sheriff Anderson in Feed the Fish (2009).
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In the sci-fi comedy Galaxy Quest (1999),
with Alan Rickman, Tim Allen, and Sigourney Weaver.
In I.Q. (1994).
With Will Smith in Men in Black (1997).
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As the tortured, OCD-afflicted Detective Monk (2002-2009) –
the role that made him famous... second picture
from top with Stanley Tucci.
Shalhoub in Pain & Gain (2013).
In Spy Kids (2001).
With Frances McDormand in the Coen Brothers'
The Man Who Wasn't There (2001).
Shalhoub in The Siege (1998).
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Shalhoub in Thir13en Ghosts (2001).
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Tony Shalhoub in Wings (1991-1997).
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Shalhoub in the "Soft Light" episode of The X-Files (1995).