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Anthony Marc Shalhoub, born on October 9, 1953, in Green Bay, Wisconsin, is an American actor of Lebanese descent renowned for his versatility and remarkable performances on both stage and screen. His illustrious career has earned him numerous accolades, including five Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, six Screen Actors Guild Awards, and a Tony Award.
Early Life and Education
Shalhoub, the ninth of 10 children, was born into a Lebanese Maronite household. His father, Joseph, immigrated to the United States from Mount Lebanon as a child. Joe Shalhoub became a meat peddler after settling in America, and he married Helen Seroogy, a Lebanese American whose family operated a successful candy store.
Introduced to acting by an older sister, Shalhoub had his first taste of the stage as an extra in a high-school production of “The King and I.”
After graduating from Green Bay East High School, Shalhoub embarked on his academic journey, initially attending the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Later, he participated in the National Student Exchange, transferring to the University of Southern Maine, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. His pursuit of excellence led him to the prestigious Yale School of Drama, where he obtained a master’s degree in 1980, solidifying the foundation for his future success.
Shalhoub’s journey to stardom began with his move to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he spent four seasons with the American Repertory Theater. He then ventured to New York City, where he waited tables while pursuing his acting career. His Broadway debut in the 1985 production of “The Odd Couple” marked the beginning of his ascent in the theatrical world. Notably, he received a Tony Award nomination in 1992 for his role in “Conversations with My Father.”
In the early ’90s, Shalhoub gained widespread recognition for his portrayal of cab driver Antonio Scarpacci in the NBC sitcom “Wings.” What started as a guest appearance evolved into a regular role, showcasing his comedic talents and paving the way for broader opportunities.
During this period, Shalhoub showcased his dramatic range in various film roles, including “Barton Fink,” “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” and “The Siege,” where he portrayed FBI Special Agent Frank Haddad, a character grappling with discrimination in the aftermath of terrorist attacks.
Shalhoub’s career underwent a noteworthy shift in the early 2000s when he landed the renowned role of Adrian Monk in the USA Network series “Monk.” Shalhoub, as an obsessive-compulsive investigator, received great praise for his outstanding performance. His performance won him several honors, including a Golden Globe and an Emmy.
Shalhoub’s return to television with “Monk” solidified his reputation as a versatile actor who could move between humor and drama with ease, even after a brief absence from the small screen.
Shalhoub’s return to Broadway showcased his theatrical prowess. Nominated for Tony Awards in 2013 and 2014 for his roles in “Golden Boy” and “Act One,” respectively, he demonstrated his enduring impact on the stage.
His performance in the musical adaptation of “The Band’s Visit” earned him a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical in 2018. Continuing his success, Shalhoub lent his voice to the 2021 animated film “Rumble.
What is Tony Shalhoub Net Worth?
Tony Shalhoub has an estimated net worth of about $20 million.