Tony Shalhoub – Comedy or Drama ~ Just a Guy from Green Bay

Anthony Marc Shalhoub (born October 9, 1953) is an American actor. Known for his performances on stage and screen, he has received various accolades including five Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, six Screen Actors Guild Awards, and a Tony Award.

Shalhoub’s breakout role was as Antonio Scarpacci on the sitcom Wings from 1991 to 1997. He later starred as Adrian Monk in the USA Network series Monk from 2002 to 2009, earning three Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. For his supporting role as Abe Weissman on Amazon‘s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

Shalhoub has had a successful film career, with roles in films such as Quick Change (1990), Barton Fink (1991), Big Night (1996), Men in Black (1997), Gattaca (1997), Paulie (1998), The Siege (1998), Galaxy Quest (1999), Spy KidsThirteen Ghosts, and The Man Who Wasn’t There (all 2001). He has also provided voice work for the Cars franchise (2006–2022), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), and its 2016 sequel.

For his work on Broadway, Shalhoub won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Tewfiq Zakaria in The Band’s Visit in 2017. Other Tony-nominated roles were in Conversations with My Father in 1992, Golden Boy in 2013, and Act One in 2014.

Anthony Marc Shalhoub (Arabic: أنتوني مارك شلهوب), the ninth of ten children, was born and raised in a Lebanese Maronite household[2] in Green Bay, Wisconsin. His father, Joseph (1912–1991), was from Mount Lebanon while it was still part of the Ottoman Empire and immigrated to the United States as a child after his own parents, Milhem and Mariam, died during World War I. After immigrating to America, Joe Shalhoub became a meat peddler who drove a refrigerated truck. Joe married Shalhoub’s mother, Helen Seroogy (1910-1983), a Lebanese American. The two met when Joe was taken in to be raised by her family, when both were young. The Seroogy family operated a candy store that remains a family business. One of Shalhoub’s maternal great-great-grandfathers, Abdul Naimy, although Lebanese, was reportedly killed by being crucified in 1895 during the Hamidian massacres committed against Christian Armenians in the Ottoman Empire. 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.

After graduating from Green Bay East High School, he spent a short time at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay before participating in the National Student Exchange to the University of Southern Maine where he later transferred and earned a bachelor’s degree. He later went on to earn a master’s degree from the Yale School of Drama in 1980.

Shortly after graduating from Yale, Shalhoub moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he spent four seasons with the American Repertory Theater before heading to New York City, where he found work waiting tables. He made his Broadway debut in the 1985 Rita Moreno/Sally Struthers production of The Odd Couple and was nominated for a 1992 Tony Award for his featured role in Conversations with My Father. Shalhoub met his wife, actress Brooke Adams, when they co-starred on Broadway in The Heidi Chronicles.] In 1998 Shalhoub starred in The Classic Stage Company’s production of Waiting for Godot alongside John Turturro and Christopher Lloyd.

After a three-year absence from the small screen, Shalhoub starred in another TV series, Monk. Airing on the USA Network, the series featured Shalhoub as Adrian Monk, a detective with obsessive-compulsive disorder. He 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. In May 2020, NBC‘s Peacock streaming service posted a series of videos on YouTube during the COVID-19 pandemic, entitled the “At-Home Variety Show”. Among them was a Monk short entitled “Mr. Monk Shelters in Place”, featuring Shalhoub and his co-stars Traylor HowardTed Levine, and Jason Gray-Stanford, showing how their characters were coping with the pandemic.

Shalhoub returned in December 2006 to the Off-Broadway Second Stage Theatre, opposite Patricia Heaton for a run of The Scene by Theresa Rebeck. In addition to his acting work, Shalhoub, along with the Network of Arab-American Professionals and Zoom-in-Focus Productions, established The Arab-American Filmmaker Award Competition in 2005. Arab-American filmmakers submitted screenplays, and the chosen winner was flown to Hollywood to have their screenplay produced.

In 2010, he went to Broadway to act as Saunders in a revival version of Lend Me a Tenor in New York at the Music Box Theatre. He was nominated for a 2013 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play for Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Golden Boy at the Belasco Theatre. He was nominated for a 2014 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Act One at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. Shalhoub and his wife appeared in Samuel Beckett‘s Happy Days in June and July, 2015 in New York City. Shalhoub voiced Splinter in the 2014 film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and reprised the role in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016).

He starred in the musical stage adaptation of the film The Band’s Visit, in the Off-Broadway Atlantic Theatre Company production. The musical, with music and lyrics by David Yazbek and book by Itamar Moses, ran from November 11, 2016, through December 23, 2016. He reprised his role when the show moved to Broadway where it opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on November 9, 2017. For his performance, he won the 2018 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He also appeared as Walter Franz in the 2017 Broadway revival of The Price.

Shalhoub stars as Jewish-American math professor Abe Weissman, father of protagonist Midge Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan), in the Emmy-winning, Amazon-produced television comedy series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. For his performance he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series both in 2019. Thelma Adams of TheWrap praised Abe’s character development and Shalhoub’s performance on the series writing, “Midge’s father — always intelligent, rarely self-aware — has a remarkable epiphany where he finally understands what Midge has accomplished, and how late he is to the party.” Cristina Escobar of Roger declared, “[Shalhoub] came close to stealing the show”.

He played the character of Fred in the 2021 animated film, Rumble, and reprised his role as Adrian Monk in Mr. Monk’s Last Case: A Monk Movie in 2023.  This movie is available on Peacock by subscription only.

Shalhoub married actress Brooke Adams in 1992 after starring in the play The Heidi Chronicles in New York City. The couple came together later in life, Adams was 42 and Shaloub was 38 and now live in the Vineyard with their two adopted daughters.  Yet they say it was meant to be, both had steered clear of commitments prior to meeting.  They have worked together in several films, in one episode of Wings, and on BrainDead. Adams has appeared credited as a “Special Guest Star” in five episodes of Monk—”Mr. Monk and the Airplane“, “Mr. Monk’s 100th Case”, “Mr. Monk and the Kid”, “Mr. Monk Visits a Farm”, and “Mr. Monk and the Badge,” as well as in Mr. Monk’s Last Case.


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).

Shalhoub’s brother Michael is also an actor who made multiple guest appearances on Monk. He first appears in “Mr. Monk and the Missing Granny” as a member of a disbanded radical group suspected of involvement in a kidnapping. In “Mr. Monk Bumps His Head”, he plays a Wyoming beekeeper who is annoyed when a suspect crashes a car into his farm. Michael also appears in “Mr. Monk Is the Best Man” as the minister presiding at Leland Stottlemeyer‘s wedding.


Shalhoub is an investor in the Michelin-starred Italian restaurant Rezdora. His net worth is estimated at $20 million dollars.

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