Tony Shalhoub is one of the actors in the Spy Kids series. He is known for playing the character Alexander Minion.
Shalhoub was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin. His father, Joe Shalhoub, a Maronite from Lebanon, immigrated 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, 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. Despite finding himself standing on the wrong side of the curtain during the final dress rehearsal, he became enamored with the theater. 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 graduated with a bachelor’s degree in drama from the University of Southern Maine in Portland, going on to earn a master's from the Yale School of Drama in 1980.
Shortly thereafter, he moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he spent four seasons with the American Repertory Theater 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 the Park: Henry IV, Part 1 and Richard II.
Shalhoub returned 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 show.
In 2010, he went to Broadway to act as Saunders in a revival version of Lend Me a Tenor in New York at the Music Box Theatre.
One of his first television roles was in 1991 as the Italian cabdriver Antonio Scarpacci in the sitcom Wings. 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 physicist Dr. Chester Ray Banton in The X-Files second-season episode "Soft Light".
Shalhoub's film roles following his Wings breakout included an excitable producer in Barton Fink and a fast-talking lawyer in The Man Who Wasn't There (both directed by the Coen brothers), a linguistically unidentified cabby in Quick Change, 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, a cameo role in the film Gattaca, and a has-been television star in Galaxy Quest. He also had a co-starring role in the film Big Night, where he plays an Italian-speaking chef complete with accent. And in 1995 he had a role in the hit NBC sitcom Frasier in the episode "The Focus Group" as an Arab newsstand owner named Manu Habbib.
Shalhoub also did voice acting for the 1997 computer game Fallout.
Shalhoub demonstrated his dramatic range in the 1998 big-budget thriller, The Siege, where he co-starred alongside Denzel Washington, Annette Bening, and Bruce Willis. His character, FBI Special Agent Frank Haddad, was of Middle Eastern descent and suffered discrimination after terrorist attacks in New York City.
He later returned to series television in 1999, this time in a lead role on Stark Raving Mad opposite Neil Patrick Harris. The show did not attract much of an audience and NBC canceled the series in July 2000.
After a two-year absence from the small screen, Shalhoub starred in another TV series, Monk, in which he portrays Adrian Monk, a brilliant Sherlock Holmes-type detective diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder or OCD, for USA Network. Michael Richards had been offered the role when the show was being considered for broadcast on ABC, which later reran the first season in 2002, but he eventually turned it down. Shalhoub was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in eight consecutive years from 2003 to 2010, winning in 2003, 2005, and 2006. He also took the Golden Globe award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy, in 2003.
In addition to his acting work, Shalhoub, along with the Network of Arab-American Professionals and Zoom-in-Focus productions, established The Arab-American Filmmaker Award Competition in 2005. Arab-American filmmakers submitted screenplays, with the chosen winner flown to Hollywood to have their screenplay produced. Two runners-up were also invited to participate in the production.
Shalhoub was one of the celebrity judges for the 2003 "Bush in 30 Seconds" advertisement competition.
He also appeared with Alec Baldwin in the 2004 Hollywood satire The Last Shot as a gruff small-time mobster with a love for movies, and as the voice of Luigi in the 2006 Disney/Pixar film Cars.
Also in 2006, Shalhoub appears in Danny Leiner's drama "The Great New Wonderful" as a psychologist in post-9/11 New York City.
Shalhoub appeared in the 2007 horror film 1408 as John Cusack’s literary agent.
In 2007, Shalhoub played Charlie in The Scene Off Broadway.
He received a 2008 Grammy nomination in the category "Best Spoken Word Album for Children" for his narration of The Cricket in Times Square.
Shalhoub married actress Brooke Adams in 1992. The two have worked together in several films, and Adams has made several guest appearances on Monk, portraying several different side characters, including a flight attendant, the mother of a kidnapped violinist, a county sheriff, and a crazy cat lady. Shalhoub and Adams appeared 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 1989), 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. It later appeared in the 2009 Monk episode "Mr. Monk and the Dog". Shalhoub is the cousin of Chicago radio personality Jonathon Brandmeier. He is also the brother-in-law of former Guiding Light actress Lynne Adams. His brother Michael Shalhoub is also an actor and had three guest appearances on Monk (as a kidnapping suspect, a beekeeper, and a wedding minister).
Shalhoub has made campaign contributions to the Democratic Party as well as to certain federal candidates, including Howard Dean, John Edwards and Al Franken. On March 12, 2011, Shalhoub spoke at the 2011 Wisconsin protests and voiced support for opponents of Scott Walker and the bill stripping collective bargaining rights from public unions there.
|1988||Alone in the Neon Jungle||Nahid||TV movie|
|1989||Money, Power, Murder||Seth Parker||TV movie|
|Day One||Enrico Fermi||TV movie|
|Longtime Companion||Paul's Doctor|
|1990||Quick Change||Taxicab Driver|
|1991||Barton Fink||Ben Geisler|
|1992||Honeymoon in Vegas||Buddy Walker|
|1993||Gypsy||Uncle Jocko||TV movie|
|Addams Family Values||Jorge|
|Searching for Bobby Fischer||Chess Club Member|
|1996||Radiant City||Narrator||TV movie|
|Big Night||Primo|| National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor|
Nominated — Chlotrudis Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
|1997||A Life Less Ordinary||Al|
|Men in Black||Jack Jeebs|
|1998||A Civil Action||Kevin Conway|
|The Siege||Agent Frank Haddad|
|The Impostors||Voltri, First Mate|
|Primary Colors||Eddie Reyes|
|1999||Galaxy Quest||Fred Kwan|
|That Championship Season||George Sitkowski||TV movie|
|The Tic Code||Phil|
|2001||Thir13en Ghosts||Arthur Kriticos|
|The Man Who Wasn't There||Freddy Riedenschneider||Nominated — AFI Film Award for AFI Featured Actor of the Year – Male – Movies|
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
|Spy Kids||Alexander Minion|
|The Heart Department||Dr. Joseph Nassar||TV movie|
|2002||Life or Something Like It||Prophet Jack|
|Made-Up||Max Hires|| Best of the Fest Award at the Northampton Film Festival|
Audience Award for Narrative First Film
Nominated — Taos Land Grant Award for Best Film
|Men in Black II||Jack Jeebs|
|Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams||Alexander Minion|
|2003||Party Animals||Celebrity Father|
|Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over||Alexander Minion|
|T for Terrorist||Man in White Suit|
|Something More||Mr. Avery|
|2004||The Last Shot||Tommy Sanz|
|Against the Ropes||Sam LaRocca|
|2005||The Great New Wonderful||Dr. Trabulous|
|2009||Feed the Fish||Sheriff Anderson|
|2010||How Do You Know||Psychiatrist|
|Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World||Alexander Minion|
|2012||Hemingway & Gellhorn||Koltsov||Filming|
|1986||The Equalizer||Terrorist|| Season 1, Episode 19|
|1987||Spenser: For Hire||Dr. Hambrecht||Season 2, Episode 19|
"The Road Back"
|1991||Mancini||Season 3, Episode 17|
|1991–1997||Wings||Antonio Scarpacci||136 Episodes|
|1992||Dinosaurs||Jerry|| Voice (puppet)|
Season 2, Episode 14 "Fran Live"
|1995||Gargoyles||The Emir|| Voice (animated)|
Season 2, Episode 31 "Grief"
|The X-Files||Dr. Chester Ray Banton||Season 2, Episode 23|
|1996||Frasier||Manu Habib||Season 3, Episode 23|
"The Focus Group"
|Almost Perfect||Alex Thorpe|| Season 1, Episode 16|
|1999||Ally McBeal||Albert Shepley||Season 2, Episode 18|
"Those Lips, That Hand"
|1999–2000||Stark Raving Mad||Ian Stark||22 Episodes|
|2000||MADtv||Taxi Cab Driver, Himself||Season 5, Episode 18|
Season 5, Episode 24
|2002–2009||Monk||Adrian Monk|| 125 Episodes|
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Won 2003 and 2005–2006, Nominated 2004, 2007–2010)
Family Television Award for Best Actor (2006)
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy (Won 2003, Nominated 2004–2005, 2007, 2009)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series (Won 2004–2005, Nominated 2003 and 2007–2010)
Nominated — Prism Award for Best Performance in a Comedy Series (2007)
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2004–2005)
Nominated — Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy (2003)
|1997||Fallout: A Post-Nuclear Role-Playing Game||Aradesh|
|2011||Cars 2 (video game)||Luigi|
|2009||Feed the Fish|
- ↑ Tony Shalhoub to Join Patricia Heaton in Theresa Rebeck's The Scene, Broadway.com Buzz 2010-05-27
- ↑ 'Tenor' Troupers Learn the Rules of Farce – Or Else - Playbill.com March 14, 2010 (deadlink)
- ↑ Caught in the Middle - The Los Angeles Timesaccessdate=2010-10-24
- ↑ IMDb.com, Tony Shalhoub – Awards. Retrieved 4-09-2010.
- ↑ The Shapoopie-The ultimate Pooper Scooper – As seen on TV's American Inventor accessdate=2010-05-27
- ↑ Biography for Lynne Adams
- ↑ Political Donations