Tony Shalhoub - Actor; was born Anthony Marcus Shalhoub on October 9, 1953 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Shalhoub is most noted for his roles as Antonio Scarpacci in NBC sitcom "Wings" and detective Adrian Monk in the USA TV series "Monk".
Shalhoub, the ninth of ten children, 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 eight. He was a meat peddler who drove a refrigerated truck. He bought his meat in Sheboygan, Wis., and sold it to stores in the region. Joe married Shalhoub's mother, Helen (née Seroogy), a second-generation Lebanese-American.
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 with 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 (during which time he met Jane Kaczmarek, "Malcolm in the Middle"), he earned a bachelor's degree in drama from the University of Southern Maine. He later went on to earn a master's degree from the Yale School of Drama in 1980.
Shalhoub has appeared in over 40 films as either a lead or as a character or voice actor, 28 television shows and 34 stage productions.
In one of his most recognizable roles, Shalhoub starred in the TV series, Monk for eight season (125 episodes). 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.
Partial list of awards and nominations include:
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Above: Shalhoub on still being recognized as "Monk" even though the show has been off the air since 2009.
Above: A scene from "The Big Night" where Shalhoub appeared as Primo the chef with his brother Secondo, actor Stanley Tucci. .
Above: Shalhoub as the father in "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" from Amazon Studios that stars Rachel Brosnahan who was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.