Anthony Marc “Tony” Shalhoub (born October 9, 1953), is an American actor. He is known for playing Adrian Monk in the USA Network television series Monk, Antonio Scarpacci in the NBC sitcom Wings and Abe Weissman on Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Shalhoub has also had a successful film career, with roles in films such as Quick Change (1990), Barton Fink (1991), Big Night (1996), Men in Black, Gattaca (both 1997), Paulie (1998), The Siege (1998), Galaxy Quest (1999), Spy Kids, Thirteen Ghosts, The Man Who Wasn’t There (all 2001) and 1408 (2007).
He is widely recognized for his work, having won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy, six Screen Actors Guild Awards and four Primetime Emmy Awards. For his work on Broadway, Shalhoub has received four Tony Award nominations, winning a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Tewfiq Zakaria in The Band’s Visit. He has also provided voice-work for the Cars franchise (2006–2017), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016).
Shalhoub, the ninth of ten children, was born and raised in a Lebanese Maronite Christian household in Green Bay, Wisconsin. His father, Joe, was from Mount Lebanon, and immigrated to the United States, after his own parents, Melhem and Mariam, were both killed during World War I.
He was a meat peddler who drove a refrigerated truck. Joe married Shalhoub’s mother, Helen (née Srouji ), a Lebanese-American. The two met when Joe was taken in to be raised by her family, when both were little. One of Shalhoub’s maternal great-great-grandfathers, Abdel Naim, though a Christian Maronite Lebanese, was killed in the Hamidian massacres committed against Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in 1895. 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. Shalhoub is also fluent in Lebanese.
Shalhoub married actress Brooke Adams in 1992. They have worked together in several films, 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”.
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).
Tony’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.
In May 2020, Shalhoub revealed that he and his wife Brooke had tested positive for COVID-19 the previous month, remarking that “we really are all Monk now”, and that they had recovered after “a pretty rough few weeks”.