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Tony Marcus Shalhoub

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Tony Shalhoub was born on October 9, 1953. He has won three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe for his work in TV series Monk. Tony was raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin. His father, Joe Shalhoub, emigrated from Lebanon to the United States as an orphan at the age of 10. He married Shalhoub’s mother, Helen, a second-generation Lebanese-American, and founded a family grocery chain, starting with a store in downtown Green Bay. The second youngest of the couple’s 10 children, Tony Shalhoub was introduced to the theater by an older sister who put his name forward as an extra in a high school production of The King and I. Shalhoub graduated from Green Bay East High School, where his senior peers named him the best dressed and most likely to succeed. In his senior year he suffered a setback, breaking his leg in a fall off the stage into the pit during a rehearsal. Recovering quickly, he was able to perform in the school’s final play of the year. He has a bachelor’s degree in drama from the University of Southern Maine in Portland, and a masters from the Yale School of Drama in 1980.

Shalhoub married actress Brooke Adams in 1992. The two have worked together in several films, and Adams made several guest appearances on Monk, almost always as different characters. Shalhoub and Adams are currently appearing on Broadway together in the 2010 hit revival of Lend Me a Tenor.
At the time of their wedding Adams had an adopted daughter, Josie Lynn (born 1988), whom Shalhoub adopted. In 1994, they adopted another daughter, Sophie (born 1993). The family resides in Los Angeles and Green Bay, Wisconsin.
In 2006, Shalhoub’s brother, Dan, appeared on the reality show American Inventor, pitching the Sha-Poopie, a catch-in-action pooper scooper. Judges rejected it. The invention has since appeared on an episode of Monk. Tony Shalhoub is the cousin of Chicago radio personality Jonathon Brandmeier. He is also the brother-in-law of former Guiding Light actress Lynne Adams


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