The multiple award-winning American star actor and filmmaker, Tony Shalhoub is most remembered for his quirky lead role in the TV dramedy Monk, among many others.
Having started acting in the mid-80s, this Lebanese-American has no doubt had a successful career with a myriad of ethnic roles, including his first prominent portrayal of a romantically inclined Italian cab driver on the sitcom – Wings. Here are the things to know about the actor.
Early Life and Rise to Fame
Tony was born on October 9, 1953, as Anthony Marcus Shalhoub. He was born and raised alongside his siblings in Green Bay, Wisconsin. His first venture into acting was at the age of six, in a school production of The King and I, thanks to his older sister Sussan who put his name forward to be an extra in the high school production.
Tony Shalhoub went to a public high school known as Green Bay East High School. He also studied for a short time at the University of Wisconsin before moving to the University of Southern Maine where he earned a bachelor degree in drama. He would later earn a master degree from the Yale School of Drama.
Tony’s first appearance on TV was in 1986 crime drama series The Equalizer. Two years later, he made his first TV movie appearance in Alone in the Neon Jungle. Other TV series he starred in include Money, Power, Murder, Day One, and Monsters. Due to his ability to absorb himself totally in portraying characters, Tony Shalhoub landed several other successful films and TV series roles which in turn led to his popularity as one of the active and skilful actors to be reckoned with. His latest films such as Final Portrait, Cars 3, Rosy, alongside his latest TV series like The Price and The Band’s Visit, could attest to this fact.
Tony made his directorial debut in the 2002 movie Made-Up, in which he co-stars with his wife, Brooke Adams, and her sister, Lynne Adams.
The Lebanese-American actor, producer, and director has been in the entertainment industry for decades with his talents spanning from television to the big screen and Broadway stage.
He has an estimated net worth of $30 million which he earned by maintaining a prolific career in Hollywood, both on the big screen and on television. His role as Adrian Monk on the mystery series Monk helped in giving his earnings a major push.
He received a Tony award for his performance in a 2014 play titled Act One in which he appeared as American playwright Moss Hart. He also won the award for The Band’s Visit, a musical about an Egyptian police band stranded in an Israeli desert village.
Tony Shalhoub Family – Siblings, Wife and Children
Tony Shalhoub was born into the Shalhoub family as the ninth of ten children of Joe, a meat peddler and his wife Helen. His father left Lebanon for the US at the age of eight and there he began his meat selling business. While doing his business at Green Bay, Wisconsin, he met and married Helen who is a second-generation Lebanese-American and together they had Tony and his siblings. Among them are Michael Shalhoub, Susan Shalhoub Larkin, Dan Shalhoub, Jane and Deborah Shalhoub-Landin.
Michael is a well-known actor like his brother. Together they acted in the American detective mystery television series Monk. Sussan is Tony’s older sister, she is also an actress known for her roles in films like Stranger Things, Good Deeds and Last Vegas among many others.
Tony is married to Brooke Adams, an American actress best known for her role as Abby in an American romantic drama Days of Heaven which was released in 1978. The two probably became lovers while working on one of the several movies they both appeared on.
Shalhoub and Adams got married in 1992, the couple has no biological children but two adorable daughters – Josie Lynn and Sophie – whom they adopted. Adams first adopted Josie and after her marriage to Tony, they both became the little girl’s parents. In 1994, they adopted another daughter, Sophie who was born in 1993.
In December 2016, their first daughter Josie who was born in 1989 got engaged to her preschool teacher; the family has not announced their marriage date yet. Tony and Brooke have a very stable and perfect married life. They are often seen together at several award functions and red-carpet events.
What’s His Religion?
It is known that the Shalhoub family are Maronites. Thus, he belongs to the Christian sect of Syrian origin under the Roman Catholic Church doctrine.