|Tony Shalhoub Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 10 in|
|Date of Birth||October 9, 1953|
Tony Shalhoub is a Lebanese-American actor, producer and voice actor, best known for his performance in Monk (2002-2009) as the lead role, Adrian Monk, also in Galaxy Quest (1999) as Fred Kwan, The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001) as Freddy Riedenschneider, and in 2014, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles where he borrowed his voice to Splinter. He was nominated and won multiple Primetime Grammy Award in 2003, 2005, and 2006, all for Monk (2002-2009), in the category of “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.” He also won a Golden Globe for the same TV series in 2003, in the category of “Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical.” In 2019, Tony was nominated and won Screen Actors Guild Awards for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel that started airing in 2017, along with his co-stars.
Anthony Marcus Shalhoub
Anthony, Tony, Monk
Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States
Los Angeles, California, United States
He attended Green Bay East High School where he found his passion for acting in the theater during school plays and graduated in 1972. He continued onto the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay next but didn’t stay for a long time.
Tony then enrolled into the University of Southern Maine, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in drama in 1977. He continued his education at Yale School of Drama, where he earned a master’s degree in fine arts in 1980.
Actor, Producer, Voice Actor
- Father – Joseph (Joe) Shalhoub (Meat Peddler)
- Mother – Helen (nee Seroogy) Shalhoub (Housewife)
- Siblings – Michael Shalhoub (Brother) (Actor), Susan Shalhoub Larkin (Sister), Daniel Shalhoub (Brother), Jane Shalhoub (Sister). He has 5 other siblings.
- Others – Joseph Rouks Seroogy (Maternal Grandfather), Elizabeth A. Neimy (Maternal Grandmother), Rucas Seroogy (Maternal Grand-Grandfather), Anastatia Shalhoub (Maternal Grand-Grandmother)
Tony is represented by –
- ICM Partners located in Los Angeles, California, USA, and his representatives are Hildy Gottlieb and Sean Liebowitz
- Innovative Artists in Santa Monica, California, USA, and his representative is Allan Duncan
- Skrzyniarz & Mallean law firm as his legal representatives
5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
72 kg or 159 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Tony has dated –
- Robin Groves – Tony dated Robin Groves, an actress known for Star Trek: Voyager (1995-2001), sometime in the past, but neither of them disclosed further details.
- Brooke Adams (1991-Present) – He met his now-wife, Brooke Adams in 1991, and after only one year of dating, got married to her in April 1992. They met at Broadway when they co-starred in a play named The Heidi Chronicles. She already had an adopted daughter, Josie Lynn (born 1988), who Tony later adopted. They also adopted a daughter named Sophie (b. 1993) in 1994, after they were already married. He and his wife appeared together in an episode of Wings (1990-1997) and BrainDead, as well as on 5 episodes of Monk (2002-2009).
Race / Ethnicity
Multiracial (White and Middle Eastern)
He is of Lebanese descent and has American-Lebanese ancestry on his maternal side.
- Short, curly hair
- Clean shaven, but grows facial hair for roles
He has appeared in commercials such as –
- Wisconsin Department of Tourism (2012)
- Ziploc TV commercial named Spilled Milk
Best Known For
- Appearing in TV series Monk (2002-2009) where he had the lead role of Adrian Monk, which landed him multiple Grammy Award prizes for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series” since 2003
- Giving voice for Splinter in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie (2014)
- Starring in the movie The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001) as Freddy Riedenschneider
- Starring in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel TV Series from 2017 as Abe Weissman
- Being a voice actor and acting in plays on Broadway
He made his theatrical film debut in 1988, where he starred as Nahid in a TV movie titled Alone in the Neon Jungle.
First TV Show
He made his first television appearance in The Equalizer TV series in 1986 where he had the role of a terrorist leader in an episode titled Breakpoint.
Tony Shalhoub Favorite Things
- TV Show – A French Village (2009-2017)
- Own Films – Galaxy Quest (1999), Barton Fink (1991), The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001)
- Sports – Football
- NFL Team – Green Bay Packers
Tony Shalhoub Facts
- Tony was introduced to the world of acting very young. His older sister put him up to be an extra actor in the high-school production of a play King and I. He ended up being at the wrong side of the curtain at the end, which was a little embarrassing, but that experience inspired him to become an actor.
- In the senior year of his Green Bay East High School education, he fell off the stage during a rehearsal and broke a leg. Fortunately, he recovered quickly and performed in the final play.
- After he graduated from Yale School of Drama in 1980, he moved to Massachusetts where he spent 4 years with the American Repertory Theater.
- Before his Broadway debut in The Odd Couple play in 1985, he waited tables in New York City, New York, USA.
- His performance in the play Conversations with My Father was nominated for the Tony Award in the “Best Actor (Featured Role-Play)” category in 1992.
- In December 2006, he returned to the Off-Broadway Second Stage Theatre, opposite Patricia Heaton in a play The Scene by Theresa Rebeck. They became good friends after that, and Tony was the best man at her marriage to David Hunt in 1990.
- Tony Shalhoub appeared alongside his wife, Brooke Adams, in Happy Days play by Samuel Beckett, in June and July 2015 in New York City, New York, USA.
- He starred in the musical stage adaptation of the movie The Band’s Visit in the production of Off-Broadway Atlantic Theatre Company from November 11, 2016, all the way through to December 23, 2016. Tony came back one more time to play the role at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on November 9, 2017, and for that performance, he won the Tony Award for “Best Actor in a Musical” in 2018.
- One of his 1st television roles was in the Wings (1991) as a cab driver Antonio Scarpacci, and he was recognized for it even nearly 3 decades later.
- In 2002, after an absence of about 2 years, he got the role in the Monk TV series that ran until 2009. He played Adrian Monk, a detective with OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) that really skyrocketed his career. He was nominated in the “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series” category for the Emmy Award for 8 consecutive years. He won the Emmy Award in that category in 2003, 2005, and 2006.
- Tony Shalhoub won the Golden Globe award in the category of “Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy,” in 2003 for Monk (2002-2009).
- He is a well-known voice actor as well, borrowing voice to Luigi, a 1959 Fiat 500 in Cars (2006), Cars 2 (2011), and Cars 3 (2017). He has also borrowed his voice to Splinter in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016).
- His brother, Michael Shalhoub, appeared in at least 3 episodes of Monk (2002-2009), notably as Mr. Monk and the Missing Granny, Mr. Monk Bumps His Head, and Mr. Monk Is the Best Man.
- Tony was a keynote speaker at the University of Southern Maine, for the class of 2003 graduation. He had earned a degree from that institution in 1977.
- He grew up surrounded by football as an activity and claimed it was almost mandatory in the time and place he grew up. Being a Green Bay Packers fan was passed down in his family.
- His family consisted of 6 girls and 4 boys, and a mother who would stay at home and take care of kids, while his dad later opened up a mail-order shop that sold cheese, candy, and sausage. Tony said that as kids, they could grab and eat their favorite food straight from the food truck.
- He is not on social media.
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