Award-winning actor Tony Shalhoub ‘77 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.”
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."
Meanwhile, the skilled actor best known for his title role in TV’s “Monk,” has experienced extraordinary acclaim.
In January, the USM alumnus won two Screen Actors Guild Awards — one for male actor in a comedy series and another as part of the ensemble — for the Amazon Prime Video show, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” In June 2018, Shalhoub took home his first Tony Award for his role in the musical “The Band’s Visit."
The conversation with Maron talked about Shalhoub’s theater, TV and movie work. They also spoke about the actor’s 2018 trip to Lebanon and locating his father’s birthplace.
Maron’s program is one of the Internet’s most popular podcasts, garnering about six million downloads per month. Past guests have included Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney and former President Barack Obama.