Oct. 9th, 1953
Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA
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Anthony Marcus "Tony" Shalhoub (shǝ-LOOB; born October 9, 1953) is an American actor. His television work includes the roles of Antonio Scarpacci in Wings and detective Adrian Monk in the TV series Monk, for which he has won three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe.
Shalhoub is the second youngest 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 10. 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 suffered a setback, breaking 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 with 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.
He has also had a successful career as a character actor, with roles in films such as Spy Kids, Men in Black, Men in Black II, Thirteen Ghosts, Galaxy Quest, 1408, Barton Fink, Big Night, The Siege, Cars, Cars 2, The Man Who Wasn't There, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Shalhoub married actress 'Brooke Adams' in 1992. The two 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. Adams first appears in "Mr. Monk and the Airplane" as Leigh Harrison, a flight attendant driven to drinking by Monk's eccentricities. Harrison is later interviewed by James Novak (Eric McCormack) in the episode "Mr. Monk's 100th Case", where she reveals also developing a fear of flying. In "Mr. Monk and the Kid," Adams plays Abigail Carlyle, the mother of a kidnapped violinist. In "Mr. Monk Visits a Farm," Adams plays Marge Butterfield, a county sheriff who shows a keen interest in Monk, even roping him into square dancing with her while he tries to solve the murder of Randy Disher's uncle. In "Mr. Monk and the Badge," she plays Edith Capriani, a crazy cat lady that Monk quickly becomes fed up with.
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). The family resides in Los Angeles and Green Bay, Wisconsin.
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 and, like Brooke Adams, has also made guest appearances on Monk. He first appears in "Mr. Monk and the Missing Granny," as a member of a disbanded radical group that Monk and Captain Stottlemeyer interrogate on suspicion of involvement in the kidnapping of law student Julie Parlo's grandmother. In "Mr. Monk Bumps His Head," he plays a Wyoming beekeeper who is mildly annoyed when fertilizer packing plant operator Roger Zisk crashes his car into his farm. Michael lastly appears in "Mr. Monk is the Best Man" as the unnamed minister at Stottlemeyer and T.K. Jensen's wedding.
- Sister-in-law is 'Lynne Adams (II)' (qv).
- Was the best man at 'Patricia Heaton' (qv)'s marriage to 'David Hunt (I)' (qv). He knew David pre-Patricia.
- Spent four seasons with the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
- Nominated for a 2009 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children for "The Cricket in Times Square".
- Cousin of famous Chicago/LA radio personality 'Jonathon Brandmeier' (qv).
- Was nominated for Broadway's 1992 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) for 'Herb Gardner' (qv)'s "Conversations with My Father."
- Two daughters Josie Lynn (b. 1988 - wife 'Brooke Adams (I)' (qv)' adopted daughter prior to marriage, whom Tony later adopted), and Sophie (b. 1993), adopted by the couple after they married.
- When Shalhoub won the Emmy in 2003 for his leading role of detective Adrian Monk, he dedicated the award to his nephew, 34-year-old Gregg Gensler of Green Bay, who died a day earlier.