Biography

Although this Yale-trained character actor never lacked for work, Shalhoub was almost 50 when the TV series Monk finally made him a star. Early in his career, he honed his craft on stage, forging important relationships with two of his theatrical costars: Stanley Tucci, who later cast him in a number of films, and Brooke Adams, who married Shalhoub in 1992. The Lebanese-American has played myriad ethnic parts, including a romantically inclined Italian cabdriver on Wings, his first prominent role. During his tenure on the sitcom, he appeared as another Italian (a chef this time) in Tucci's 1996 gastronomic comedy Big Night. The flavorful indie was a hit with critics and audiences, and Shalhoub in particular was praised for his fiery performance, which led to a string of big-screen supporting parts. In 2002, when he signed on to Monk as a brilliant but obsessive-compulsive detective, Shalhoub probably had modest hopes for the cable dramedy. But the show was a breakout hit, earning him a Golden Globe and three Emmys, and finally turned him into a household name. Close ties continued when Shalhoub was joined by wife Adams in the 2010 Broadway revival of Lend Me a Tenor, directed by Tucci.

Fast Facts

  • At age 6, his sister volunteered him as an extra in a high-school production of The King and I.
  • Made his TV debut in The Equalizer in 1986, and five years later became a series regular on the popular sitcom Wings.
  • Met future wife Brooke Adams while acting together in Wendy Wasserstein's 1989 Broadway production of The Heidi Chronicles, which won a Pulitzer Prize.
  • Starred for eight seasons as the crime-solving ex-cop suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder in Monk.
  • Costarred in the 1986 film Big Night with Stanley Tucci, who also directed him in the 2010 Broadway revival of Lend Me a Tenor.

Awards

  • 2007, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 2014, Tony — Actor (Play): Nominee
  • 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2008, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2009, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2009, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1992, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Play): Nominee
  • 2013, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Play): Nominee
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2003, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2003, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 2005, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 2004, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Dan Shalhoub — Brother
  • Susan Larkin — Sister
  • Sherry Matzdorff — Sister
  • Helen Shalhoub — Mother
  • Maggie Gensler — Sister
  • Amy Shalhoub — Sister
  • Deborah Shalhoub-Landin — Sister
  • Brooke Adams — Wife
  • Michael Matzdorff — Nephew
  • Jane Shalhoub — Sister
  • Bill Shalhoub — Brother
  • Sophie Shalhoub — Daughter
  • Joe Shalhoub — Father
  • Josie Lynn Adams — Daughter
  • Michael Shalhoub — Brother

College

  • University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME (BA in Theater, 1977); Yale University, School of Drama, New Haven, CT (MFA, 1980)

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Details

  • Birth Name: Anthony Marcus Shalhoub
  • Birth Place: Green Bay, WI
  • Birthday: October 9, 1953, Libra
  • Profession: Actor, Producer
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