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Actor and alumnus Tony Shalhoub takes home two SAG awards

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Famed actor and University of Southern Maine (USM) alumnus Tony Shalhoub has again received critical acclaim for his television work, taking home two Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards on Sunday night.

Shalhoub won for Male Actor in a Comedy Series for "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” which earned him an Emmy Award nomination last year. The 1977 Theatre graduate also won for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for the same show, which airs on Amazon Video.

In June, Shalhoub took home his first Tony Award for his role in the musical “The Band’s Visit." He had previously been nominated three times for his roles in plays “Act One,” “Golden Boy” and “Conversations with My Father.” 

He is probably best known as the title character in the TV show “Monk,” which earned him three Emmys and a 2003 Golden Globe award.

Shalhoub’s win was highlighted in the Portland Press HeraldThe New York Times, the Green Bay Press Gazette, People and Hollywood Reporter.

In his acceptance speech for the SAG award, the actor dedicated his speech to actor Alan Arkin, himself nominated for his work on “The Kominsky Method.”

“The greatest honor of my life is to be nominated in the same category with Alan Arkin, who has long been an idol of mine, and I'm happy to say a friend," Shalhoub said. "But I think he was the reason I wanted to become an actor in the first place."

Shalhoub praised the University of Southern Maine and its Department of Theatre on a recent episode of the popular WTF Podcast with Marc Maron.

Maron explored how the Green Bay, Wisconsin native became an actor.

“I went to the University of Maine in Portland which happened to have a really good theater department,” Shalhoub said. “Maine was fantastic. Portland was so happening right then. I did more theater and discovered that was my strong suit.”

While he was a senior at USM, a friend told him to audition for the Yale Drama School’s graduate program.

“I was afforded a lot of opportunities (at USM),” Shalhoub said. “I was very, very lucky.”

In 2003 Shalhoub gave the USM Commencement address. He’s currently giving back to USM by serving as the honorary chair of the Leadership Committee for the planned Center for the Arts. The Center, which is in the initial stages of fundraising, will help elevate awareness of our superb reputation in music, theater and the visual arts.