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Overview (3)

Born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA
Birth NameAnthony Marcus Shalhoub
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Anthony Marcus Shalhoub was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin. His father, Joseph Shalhoub, who owned a grocery chain, emigrated from Lebanon to the United States as an orphan at age ten, later marrying Shalhoub's mother, Helen (Seroogy), who herself was born in Wisconsin, to Lebanese parents. When Tony was six, he was introduced to the theater, in a school production of "The King and I". He graduated from Green Bay East High, and then graduated with a Bachelor's degree in drama from the University of Southern Maine before progressing to the Yale School of Drama, which he left with a Master's degree in Fine Arts.

After a time in the American Repertory Theatre, he moved to Broadway where he met his future wife, Brooke Adams, whom he married in 1992. She had an adopted daughter, Josie, who was three years old at the time that Tony and Brooke married. Tony adopted Brooke's own adopted child, Josie Lynn (born 1989) when she was eight. In 1994, the couple adopted another daughter, Sophie (born 1993). Tony's first audition after arriving in Los Angeles was for Italian cabdriver Antonio Scarpacci in the long-running sitcom Wings (1990), which also starred Tim Daly and Steven Weber.

Tony next had roles in Men in Black (1997), Men in Black II (2002), Galaxy Quest (1999) and Thir13en Ghosts (2001). However, his biggest break came, playing the obsessive-compulsive detective Adrian Monk in Monk (2002). The series made him a star and earned him four straight Emmy Award nominations between 2003 and 2006, for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Tony won the award in 2003, 2005 and 2006, proving how popular he has become after the success of "Monk", which has been both brilliant and popular work during all its seasons.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tristan Rogers

Spouse (1)

Brooke Adams (April 1992 - present) ( 2 children)

Trivia (24)

Is the second youngest of 10 children of the late Helen (Seroogy) and Joseph Shalhoub.
Two daughters Josie Lynn (born 1988 - wife Brooke Adams' adopted daughter prior to marriage, whom Tony later adopted), and Sophie (born 1993), adopted by the couple after they married.
Cousin of famous Chicago/Los Angeles radio personality Jonathon Brandmeier.
Attended and graduated from Green Bay East High School in Green Bay, Wisconsin (1972).
Sister-in-law is Lynne Adams.
Received his Bachelor's degree in Drama from the University of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine (1977).
Received his Master's degree in Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama in New Haven, Connecticut (1980).
Brother of actor Michael Shalhoub, Susan Shalhoub Larkin and Daniel Shalhoub.
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)).
Attended Yale University, where his friend, Jane Kaczmarek, followed him to after he had encouraged her to shoot for stardom. They had met earlier when they both attended the University of Wisconsin.
Comes from a family of Maronites (Arab Christians from the Maronite Church, an eastern Catholic Church).
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.
Was the best man at Patricia Heaton's marriage to David Hunt. He knew David before Patricia.
In 2005, upon winning his second Emmy Award 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.
In 2003, when Shalhoub won the Emmy Award for his leading role of detective Adrian Monk, he dedicated the award to his nephew, 34-year-old Gregg Gensler, who passed away the day before.
Was nominated for the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children for "The Cricket in Times Square".
Has appeared with Cheech Marin in five films: Paulie (1998), Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003), Cars (2006), Cars 2 (2011) and Cars 3 (2017).
In Men in Black (1997), he played Jeebs the pawnshop owner who is an alien disguised as human. Later, in Monk: Mr. Monk and the UFO (2009), he was human, whom people insisted was an alien in disguise.
Nominated for the 2018 Emmy Award in the Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category for his role as Abe Weissman in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017), but lost to Henry Winkler from Barry (2018).
Keynote speaker at the class of 2003 graduation at the University of Southern Maine, his alma mater.
His famous series Monk (2002) has officially ended (on its own terms). [December 2009]
Is a huge fan of the NFL's Green Bay Packers and holds season tickets.
Friends with Patricia Heaton. Neighbors with Dean Parisot.

Personal Quotes (11)

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.
To my fellow nominees, whoever they are - I'm not that familiar with their work - I just want to say, there's always next year - except, you know, for Ray Romano.
It was really an experience, being my first time directing a movie. The scenes that I was in, Brooke really directed me all the time. And the scenes that both of us were in, Brooke directed those. Come to think of it, Brooke directed most of the scenes.
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.
And Big Night (1996), I think by the end, the brothers find that balance, when they touch each other on the shoulder over breakfast and it's understood that what should never have driven them apart almost drove them apart. I think that's a true moment.
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 don't look as handsome in Men in Black II (2002) as I did in the first one.
[on The Siege (1998)] All I wanted with that film was to represent the possibility that there might be normal people who are Muslim or Arab with the same fears, responsibilities, hopes.
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.

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