Tony Shalhoub

Tony Shalhoub


10/9/1953, Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA

Birth Name

Anthony Marcus Shalhoub



Also Known As

Tony Shaloub, Tony Shalub, Tony Shaloub
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Fleeing religious persecution in Lebanon, Tony's parents settled in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where Tony was born. Tony attended Yale University, and graduated from the University of Southern Maine in 1977. He began acting in small roles in films such as Longtime Companion,Honeymoon In Vegas, Searching For Bobby Fischer,…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Tony has been nominated for five SAG Awards. From 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008, he was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series for Monk. He won in 2004 and 2005.

    • Tony has been nominated for four Golden Globes. In 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007, he was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy for Monk. He won in 2003.

    • Tony was nominated for Broadway's 1992 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) for Herb Gardner's Conversations with My Father.

    • Monk, the character Tony portrays on the show of the same name, was named number 99 in "Bravo's 100 Greatest TV Characters".

    • When Tony was six years old, one of his elder sisters put his name down to play an extra in a high school production of The King and I.

    • Tony was a celebrity judge for the Bush In 30 Seconds advertisement competition.

    • Tony lent his voice for the computer game Fallout.

    • Tony is an accomplished stage actor. His theatre work includes roles in Waiting for Godot, Conversations with My Father, The Heidi Chronicles, and The Odd Couple. He also appeared in the New York Shakespeare Festival productions of Henry IV Part 1 and Richard III.

    • Tony married actress Brooke Adams in 1992.

    • Tony has nine brothers and sisters. His brother, Michael, is also an actor. Tony's cousin is Jonathon Brandmeier, a Chicago radio personality.

    • Tony was a speaker at the University of Southern Maine in 2003.

    • Tony studied for four years with the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    • Tony was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series from 2004-2010 for playing Adrian Monk on Monk. He won in 2003, 2005-2006.

    • Tony has appeared in several movies including, Spy Kids, Men in Black, Life or Something Like It, and even lended his voice to the animation hit, Cars.

    • Tony is a member of the F.O.T.

    • Tony is currently filming for a role in an upcoming 2006 comedy/drama film, The Adventures of Beatle Boyin, where he'll play a Parking Violations Bureau Agent.

    • Tony is Lebanese-American. When he was a child, his family left Lebanon because of religious persecution.

    • Tony studied theatre at the the Yale School of Drama.

    • Tony has said that he would like to make a film based on the life of Kalil Gibran, a Lebanese poet and philosopher.

    • Tony's favorite episodes of Monk include Mr. Monk and the Sleeping Suspect, Mr. Monk Takes His Medicine, Mr. Monk and the Kid, Mr. Monk Goes to Jail, and Mr. Monk Goes to the Circus.

    • At the 2004 Emmy Awards, Tony was thinking of accepting his award with a handkerchief if he won, like Monk would. He eventually did win, but decided not to do this.

    • Tony was raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

    • Tony's role in the play Conversations with My Father earned him a nomination for Best Actor for the Tonys in 1992.

    • Actress Lynne Adams is Tony's sister-in-law.

    • Tony's brother, Michael, has guest starred in the Monk episodes, Mr. Monk and the Missing Granny and Mr. Monk Bumps His Head.

    • Tony's wife Brooke Adams has guest starred in the Monk episodes, Mr. Monk and the Airplane and Mr. Monk and the Kid.

    • Tony has two children: adopted daughter Josie, and biological daughter Sophie.

    • Tony was a winner at the 57th Emmy Awards in the category of "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series" for his role in Monk.

  • Quotes

    • Tony: (accepting his third Emmy) There's been a terrible mistake. I never win anything. I just want to say it's gratifying to be chosen from such a distinguished group of losers -- actors. Comedy, comedic performing actors, you know, whatever.

    • Tony: I play Adrian Monk, a detective with a serious obsessive-compulsive disorder. And I'm really getting into this character. I fear Monk is more like me than I care to admit.

    • Tony: I like to do things that are different from the last thing that I tried. That's the whole purpose of it. That was the reason I got into acting in the first place, to try diverse roles.

    • Tony: (on Monk) I feel that over the past four years, the past four seasons that I've been doing this show, I have become a little more Monk-ish in my life. I think it's because I spend a lot of time, you know, in the mindset of the character and I admit, it does spill over into my life. Just yesterday I spent about three hours washing windows at my house! It was five windows, but it took me forever. You always have those little streaks in there, and I was determined to get rid of them.

    • Tony: (accepting his Emmy) To my fellow nominees, whoever they are--I'm not that familiar with their work--I just want to say, there's always next year -except, you know, for Ray Romano.

    • Tony: (about directing Made-Up with his wife) It was really an experience, being my first time directing a movie. The scenes that I was in, Brooke really directed me all the time. And the scenes that both of us were in, Brooke directed those. Come to think of it, Brooke directed most of the scenes.

    • Tony: I was really a theatre actor. When I got out of graduate school I worked at a rep theatre in Cambridge, Mass., for four seasons, I left there for NYC and spent six years off and on Broadway, public theatre, Shakespeare in the park, regional theatre-it was my entire existence really.