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Tony Shalhoub



A uniquely gifted and versatile actor possessing the distinct ability to immerse himself in a role so convincingly that he becomes almost unrecognizable -- from a quality obsessed restaurateur (Big Night, 1996) to a master criminal bent on world domination (Spy Kids, 2001) -- one can always count on Tony Shalhoub to deliver a memorable performance no matter how small his role may be.

Well-known to television audiences for his extended stint as a self-deprecating cabbie on the long-running series Wings, Shalhoub made the often-painful transition from television to film with a grace seldom seen. Born on October 9th, 1953 in Green Bay, WI, Shalhoub developed his passion for theater at the youthful age of six when he volunteered via his sister to play an extra in a high-school production of The King and I. Shalhoub was hooked. After earning his master's degree from the Yale Drama School and spending four seasons at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA, Shalhoub packed his bags for New York where he began a luminous career on Broadway. Broadway brought Shalhoub success not only in his career, but in his personal life as well: he was nominated for a Tony for his role in Conversations With My Father and he met his future wife, actress Brooke Adams, while acting in The Heidi Chronicles. It was not long after his Broadway success that Shalhoub made his feature debut, as a doctor in the 1990 AIDS drama Longtime Companion.



Shalhoub's film career has been a testament to his range and a compliment to his abilities. Though prone to comedy, his dramatic roles have gained him just as much, if not more, recognition than his comedic roles. Winning the Best Supporting Actor award from the National Society of Film Critics for his well-researched role in Big Night (1996), Shalhoub expanded his dramatic film repertoire with roles in A Civil Action and The Siege (both 1998), while always maintaining his knack for humor (1997's Men in Black). Shalhoub's role as the ultra-mellow "anti-Scottie" in the Star Trek send-up Galaxy Quest (1999) proved that his comic persona was indeed still as sharp as ever. Sticking in the sci-fi/fantasy mold for his roles in Imposter and Spy Kids (both 2001), Shalhoub once again proved that he could do 180-degree character turnarounds with ease.



Though Shalhoub would stay in sci-fi mode for his role in Men in Black 2, he would return to solid ground with his role as an obsessive-compulsive detective in the well-received television pilot Monk (2002). Directed by Galaxy Quest helmer Dean Parisot, the pilot for Monk successfully paved the way for the curiously innovative USA series to follow and found the actor warmly re-embracing the medium that had propelled him to stardom. As Monk's popularity continued to grow, Shaloub found success on the big screen in the role of a gifted psychologist for The Great New Wonderful (2005), and voiced the lovable Luigi in Cars (2006) and Cars 2 (2011). In 2007, he worked alongside John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson for the supernatural horror film 1408.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
38% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
  • Splinter (voice) Splinter
2016
22% (Re) Assignment
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet (Re)assignment
  • Dr. Ralph Galen
2016
No Score Yet (Re)Assignment
  • Dr. Ralph Galen
2016
No Score Yet Guns for Hire
  • Parking Violations Bureau Agent
2015
22% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Splinter (voice only)
2014
No Score Yet Valentino's Ghost
  • Actor
2013
49% Pain & Gain
  • Victor Kershaw
2013
56% Hemingway & Gellhorn
  • Koltsov
2012
39% Cars 2
  • Luigi
2011
No Score Yet Five
  • Mitch
2011
No Score Yet Too Big to Fail
  • John Mack
2011
32% How Do You Know
  • Psychiatrist
2010
No Score Yet Feed the Fish
  • Sheriff Andersen
  • Executive Producer
2009
No Score Yet Tokyo Mater
  • Luigi
2008
No Score Yet AmericanEast
  • Executive Producer
  • Sam
2008
No Score Yet Careless
  • Mr. Roth
2008
79% 1408
  • Sam Farrell
2007
86% Sacco and Vanzetti
  • Nicola Sacco
2007
No Score Yet The Adventures of Beatle Boyin
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet American East
  • Actor
2007
73% The Great New Wonderful
  • Dr. Trabulous
2006
74% Cars
  • Luigi
2006
No Score Yet The Naked Brothers Band Movie
  • Actor
2005
61% The Last Shot
  • Tommy Sanz
2004
12% Against the Ropes
  • LaRocca
2004
46% Spy Kids 3-D - Game Over
  • Alexander Minion
2003
No Score Yet Something More
  • Actor
2003
39% Men in Black II
  • Jack Jeebs
2002
74% Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams
  • Alexander Minion
2002
28% Life or Something Like It
  • Prophet Jack
2002
22% Impostor
  • Nelson
2002
81% The Man Who Wasn't There
  • Freddy Riedenschneider
2001
14% Thirteen Ghosts (13 Ghosts)
  • Arthur Kriticos
2001
93% Spy Kids
  • Alexander Minion
2001
90% Galaxy Quest
  • Fred Kwan/Tech. Sgt. Chen
1999
62% The Impostors
  • First Mate
1999
60% A Civil Action
  • Kevin Conway
1998
44% The Siege
  • Agent Frank Haddad
1998
75% The Tic Code
  • Phil
1998
62% Paulie
  • Misha
1998
80% Primary Colors
  • Eddie Reyes
1998
39% A Life Less Ordinary
  • Al
1997
82% Gattaca
  • German
1997
92% Men in Black
  • Jeebs
1997
96% Big Night
  • Primo
1996
46% I.Q.
  • Bob Rosetti
1994
78% Addams Family Values
  • Jorge
1993
100% Searching for Bobby Fischer
  • Chess Club Member
1993
61% Honeymoon in Vegas
  • Buddy Walker
1992
91% Barton Fink
  • Geisler
1991
80% Quick Change
  • Cab Driver
1990
No Score Yet Day One
  • Enrico Fermi
1989

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Shepley
Monk
2002-2009
  • Adrian Monk
  • Executive Producer
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Manu
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
4% We Are Men
2013
  • Frank
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
64% BrainDead
2016
  • Sen. Red Wheatus
No Score Yet The X-Files
1993
  • Dr. Chester Banton
No Score Yet Live From Lincoln Center
2000
  • Moss Hart/George S. Kaufman/Barnett Hart
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
  • Performer
84% Nurse Jackie
2009-2015
  • Dr. Bernard Prince
84% The Blacklist
2013
  • Actor

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