Tony Shalhoub

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Date of Birth: October 9th 1953

Tony Shalhoub won three Emmys and a Golden Globe award for his portrayal of the obsessive-compulsive detective Adrian Monk in the TV series Monk. He is also executive producer of the series.

Born in Green Bay, WI, on October 9, 1953, Shalhoub is Lebanese-American. First known to TV audiences as the Italian cab driver Antonio Scarpacci on the NBC sitcom Wings, Shalhoub is also a familiar face on the stage and on movie screens.

Shalhoub studied theater at the Yale School of Drama. He spent four seasons at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA, appearing in such productions as School for Scandal and The Three Sisters. Shalhoub went to New York, where he appeared in productions at the New York Shakespeare Festival and made his TV debut playing a terrorist in an episode of The Equalizer. His New York theater work includes stagings of Waiting for Godot, Conversations with My Father, The Heidi Chronicles and The Odd Couple, as well as the New York Shakespeare Festival productions of Henry IV, Part 1 and Richard III.

In 1990, Shalhoub made his feature film debut as a doctor in Norman Rene's Longtime Companion; he then portrayed a New York cab driver speaking an unidentifiable language to Bill Murray in Quick Change. He went on to appear as an over-eager film executive in the Coen Brothers' Barton Fink, a chess club member in Searching for Bobby Fischer, and one of two brothers who owned an Italian restaurant in Big Night. Other memorable films he made include Spy Kids, Galaxy Quest, The Siege, A Civil Action, The Impostors, Primary Colors, Gattaca, and Men in Black I and II.

Shalhoub is married to actress Brooke Adams and they have two daughters.

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