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Also Known As: Anthony Marcus Shalhoub Died:
Born: October 9, 1953 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA Profession: actor

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Emmy-winning actor Tony Shalhoub's unusually broad career included critical success in stage dramas, off-beat independent films and primetime comedy. His career grew gradually, beginning with theatrical work in Boston and New York, where he earned a Best Featured Actor Tony nomination for his role in the family drama, "Conversations with my Father" (1992). When he began to land film and television roles, Shalhoub was an instant standout in even his smallest character roles. He kept his extensive theatrical training close to his heart and stretched to create full, richly detailed characters. He already had a steady role on the sitcom "Wings" (NBC, 1992-97) when he made his first big film splash playing Primo, an Italian immigrant and restaurant owner in the acclaimed indie, "Big Night" (1996). Shalhoub's dark features led him to be cast often in "ethnic" roles but the Arab-American actor cautiously avoided playing into negative stereotypes and was especially vigilant about expanding creative opportunities for other actors of Arab descent. He achieved major strides towards that goal with his starring role on one of cable television's most popular original series, "Monk" (USA Network, 2002-09), in which...

Emmy-winning actor Tony Shalhoub's unusually broad career included critical success in stage dramas, off-beat independent films and primetime comedy. His career grew gradually, beginning with theatrical work in Boston and New York, where he earned a Best Featured Actor Tony nomination for his role in the family drama, "Conversations with my Father" (1992). When he began to land film and television roles, Shalhoub was an instant standout in even his smallest character roles. He kept his extensive theatrical training close to his heart and stretched to create full, richly detailed characters. He already had a steady role on the sitcom "Wings" (NBC, 1992-97) when he made his first big film splash playing Primo, an Italian immigrant and restaurant owner in the acclaimed indie, "Big Night" (1996). Shalhoub's dark features led him to be cast often in "ethnic" roles but the Arab-American actor cautiously avoided playing into negative stereotypes and was especially vigilant about expanding creative opportunities for other actors of Arab descent. He achieved major strides towards that goal with his starring role on one of cable television's most popular original series, "Monk" (USA Network, 2002-09), in which he reigned as the king of subtle humor with his portrayal of an obsessive-compulsive but highly effective detective. Though he remained active on television and in film throughout the show's run, there was no doubt that "Monk" was the role of a lifetime that offered perhaps the best opportunity to display his full talents.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Cars 3 (2017)
2.
 Final Portrait (2017)
3.
 Custody (2017)
4.
 Tomboy (2017)
5.
 Breakable You (2017)
7.
 Custody (2015)
9.
 Pain & Gain (2013)
10.
 Movie 43 (2013)
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1986:
TV debut as a terrorist in an episode of "The Equalizer" (CBS)
1996:
Played an Italian-speaking chef in the directorial debut of Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott, "Big Night"
1997:
Starred in three one-act plays by David Mamet at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA
1997:
Played a sleazy alien pawn shop owner in "Men in Black"
1998:
Re-teamed with Stanley Tucci for his solo directing and writing debut, "The Impostors"
1998:
Appeared Off-Broadway, opposite John Turturro, in Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot"
1999:
Played a has-been television star in "Galaxy Quest"
2001:
Played a widowed father in "Thir13en Ghosts"
2002:
Reprised role of Jeebs, the sleazy alien pawn shop owner for "Men in Black II"
2004:
Feature directorial debut, ""Made Up"; also co-starred with wife Brooke Adams in the film based on a one woman play
2007:
Played Charlie in the Off-broadway production of "The Scene"
2013:
Cast as Frank Russo in the short-lived "We Are Men"
2014:
Voiced the mutant rat Splinter in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" reboot
2016:
Reprised voice of Splinter in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows"
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Education

Green Bay East High School: Green Bay , Wisconsin -
University of Southern Maine: Portland , Maine -
Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1980

Notes

"I'm a character man and I just want each part to be a great distance from the last." --Shalhoub in VARIETY, January 1997

"Directing was much more that I thought. It was at the same time consuming and empowering and maddening in a way. I've heard other directors say, and and I know it to be true now, that you never finish a movie, you just abandon it. You work on it and change it and, ultimately, you have to stop and let go."---Shalhoub on his first directing experience Venice Magazine February 2004

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wife:
Brooke Adams. Actor. Met when they appeared together in Broadway production of "The Heidi Chronicles"; married c. 1992.

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daughter:
Josie Lynn Adams. Adoptive daughter of Brooke Adams.
daughter:
Sophie Shalhoub. Born c. 1994; mother, Brooke Adams.

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