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Name: Anthony Marcus Shalhoub                                                               
Born: 9 October 1953                                                                         
Anthony Marcus Shalhoub (born October 9, 1953), known as Tony Shalhoub, is a                 
three-time Emmy Award- and Golden Globe-winning American television and film                 
actor. He is currently the star and executive producer of the USA Network                   
television show Monk, in which he plays an obsessive-compulsive detective who is             
often called on by the San Francisco Police Department to solve crimes no one               
else can. Before he played Adrian Monk, he was also well known for his role as               
the Sicilian cabdriver Antonio Scarpacci on the NBC television series Wings, on             
which he played the role from 1991 to 1997.                                                 
Shalhoub was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where he was raised. His father, Joe             
Shalhoub, emigrated from Lebanon to the United States as an orphan at the age of             
ten. He later married Shalhoub's mother, Helen, a second-generation Lebanese-American,       
and founded a family company from the humble start of one grocery store in the               
center of Green Bay. His family were Maronite Christians, some of whom left                 
Tony Shalhoub's brothers and sisters introduced him to the theater. When Tony               
was just six years old, one of his elder sisters volunteered her little brother             
to play an extra in a high school production of The King and I. Even though the             
young Tony was left standing on the wrong side of the curtain during the final               
dress rehearsal, he became addicted to the theater. Tony graduated from Green               
Bay East High School, with his senior peers finding him the best dressed and                 
most likely to succeed. He then graduated with a bachelor's degree in drama from             
the University of Southern Maine in Portland, and earned a master's degree from             
the Yale School of Drama in 1980.                                                           
Shortly thereafter, he moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he spent four               
seasons with the American Repertory Theatre before heading to New York City,                 
where he found work waiting tables while honing his craft and auditioning. He               
made his Broadway debut in the 1985 Rita Moreno/Sally Struthers production of               
The Odd Couple and was nominated for a 1992 Tony Award for his featured role in             
Conversations with My Father. Shalhoub met his wife, actress Brooke Adams, when             
they co-starred on Broadway in The Heidi Chronicles. His Off-Broadway credits               
include Waiting for Godot, For Dear Life, Rameau's Nephew, Zero Positive, and               
two productions of Shakespeare in Central Park, Henry IV, part I and Richard II.             
Shalhoub was to return in December 2006 to Off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre             
with (Everybody Loves Raymond star) Patricia Heaton for a run of The Scene by               
Theresa Rebeck. Rebeck's black comedy takes a look at the NYC entertainment                 
scene with Shalhoub starring as Charlie, a has-been actor who is married to                 
Heaton's character Stella, a very successful producer of a morning television               
By 1991, one of his first television roles was as the Italian cabdriver Antonio             
Scarpacci in the long-running sitcom Wings, which also starred Tim Daly, Steven             
Weber, Crystal Bernard, Thomas Haden Church, and Rebecca Schull. Shalhoub was               
pleasantly surprised to land the role after having a recurring role in the                   
second season. Shalhoub affected an Italian accent for the role. In the same                 
time period, Shalhoub played the lead victim in the X-Files second-season                   
episode "Soft Light." In 1997, Shalhoub's days of driving in a taxicab came to               
an end when Wings was cancelled by NBC, and he found himself looking for other               
roles that would match that character's popularity.                                         
Among his film roles after Wings include a fast-talking lawyer in The Man Who               
Wasn't There, a Cuban-American businessman in Primary Colors, a sleazy alien                 
pawn shop owner in the Men in Black films, a sympathetic attorney in A Civil                 
Action, a widowed father in Thir13en Ghosts, and a has-been television star in               
Galaxy Quest. One of his more unusual roles was in Big Night, where he plays an             
Italian-speaking chef complete with accent.                                                 
Shalhoub demonstrated his dramatic range in the 1998 big-budget thriller The                 
Siege starring Denzel Washington, Annette Bening, and Bruce Willis. His                     
character, FBI Special Agent Frank Haddad, was of Middle Eastern descent and                 
suffered discrimination after Arab terrorists attack sites in New York City.                 
He most recently appeared with Alec Baldwin in the Hollywood satire The Last                 
Shot as a gruff small-time mobster with a love for movies and as the voice of               
Luigi in the Pixar film Cars.                                                               
He later returned to series television in 1999, this time in a lead role on                 
Stark Raving Mad opposite Neil Patrick Harris (who would later star in How I Met             
Your Mother). Unlike Wings, the show didn't attract much of an audience during               
the first season, and NBC pulled the plug on the series in July of 2000.                     
Shalhoub did voice acting for the cult classic computer game Fallout. He was one             
of the celebrity judges for the "Bush In 30 Seconds" advertisement competition.