Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA
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Wings, Monk, Men In Black
Actor/Actress, Producer, Director
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Anthony Marcus "Tony" Shalhoub (born October 9, 1953) is an American actor, best known for his roles as Antonio Scarpacci on Wings and as OCD sleuth Adrian Monk on the TV series Monk. Shalhoub was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin. His father, Joe Shalhoub, emigrated from Lebanon to the United States as an orphan at the age of 10. He married Shalhoub’s mother, Helen, a second-generation Lebanese-American, and founded a family grocery chain, starting with a store in downtown Green Bay. The second youngest of the couple`s 10 children, Tony Shalhoub was introduced to the theater by an older sister who put his name forward as an extra in a high school production of The King and I.
By 1991, one of his first television roles was as the Italian cabdriver Antonio Scarpacci in the sitcom Wings. Shalhoub was pleasantly surprised to land the role after having a recurring role 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 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, a sleazy alien pawn shop owner in the Men in Black films, a sympathetic attorney in A Civil Action, a widowed father in Thir13en Ghosts, and a has-been television star in Galaxy Quest. He also had a co-starring role in the film Big Night, where he plays an Italian-speaking chef complete with accent. And 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. Shalhoub demonstrated his dramatic range in the 1998 big-budget thriller, The Siege starring Denzel Washington, Annette Bening, and Bruce Willis. His character, FBI Special Agent Frank Haddad, was of Middle Eastern descent and suffered discrimination after Arab terrorists attack sites in New York City.
Shalhoub married actress Brooke Adams in 1992. The two have worked together in several films, and Adams has made guest appearances on Monk, almost always as different characters. She appeared in Mr Monk and the Airplane, Mr Monk and the Kid, Mr Monk Visits a Farm, Mr Monk`s 100th Case, and Mr. Monk and the Badge. At the time of their wedding Adams had an adopted daughter, Josie Lynn (born 1988), whom Shalhoub adopted. In 1994, they adopted another daughter, Sophie (born 1993). Both adoptions are open. The family resides in Los Angeles and Green Bay. Shalhoub is a fan of the Green Bay Packers.
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East High School, Green Bay, WI (1972)
University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME (1977), Yale University
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Anthony Marcus Shalhoub
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Anthony Marcus "Tony" Shalhoub (shə-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 a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy, two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series and three Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.
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