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The Cast of ‘Monk’ – Where Are They Now?


Tony Shalhoub - Adrian Monk

Tony Shalhoub, Monk

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After portraying Mr. Monk for 8 seasons, Tony Shalhoub took a little time off. During his time on the show, he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy, two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series and three Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. He didn't take off much time, having to reprise his role of Luigi in Cars 2 in 2009, but between 2008-2013 he only appeared in guest roles. He had a blink and you miss it cameo in Men In Black 3 (remember him in the original film?). Rumors had swirled that he would portray Beetee in The Hunger Games franchise, but the role went to Jeffrey Wright. In 2013 he was on the show We Are Men and more recently he was on the show Nurse Jackie.


Jason Gray-Stanford - Lt. Randall Disher

Jason Gray-Stanford, Monk

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Monk may be over, but Jason Gray-Stanford has stayed on our TV screens since then. He was briefly on the shows: Monday Mornings, Mistresses, and Republic of Doyle. He's most recently been on the shows Bones and NCIS: New Orleans. He's a big animal lover and advocates rescuing and helping animals in need.


Ted Levine - Captain Leland Stottlemeyer

Ted Levine, Monk

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If you don't remember Ted Levine as Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs, then you probably remember him as the grumpy Captain Stottlemeyer on Monk. Since the show ended, he's done several films, like Shutter Island with Leonardo DiCaprio and Big Game with Samuel L. Jackson. From 2013-2014, he went from being a Captain to Lt. Hank Wade on The Bridge. In 2013 he had some publicized family drama, with the aide of his daughter and wife, he sued his brother and sister in order to force them to sell their family restaurant, The Holly Ridge Smokehouse Restaurant, in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

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Traylor Howard - Natalie Teeger

Traylor Howard, Monk

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Since her days of playing Monk's second assistant Natalie, Traylor Howard hasn't been up to much acting. In 2011 she married for the 3rd time to Jarel Portman and the couple has one child together. Her only acting credit since Monk is the 2010 short film Simon Says Let's Stop Climate Change!


Bitty Schram - Sharona Fleming

Bitty Schram, Monk

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We'd have to say, the most disappointing moment on Monk was when Sharona left. We loved the relationship that Monk and Sharona had, she never took his shit! But Bitty Schram was let go during the show's third season due to contract disputes, apparently she wanted a higher salary and the creators felt she was replaceable. We've always been miffed about that, but lucky for us, she returned in season 8 for the episode "Mr. Monk and Sharona". However, since then she hasn't been up to much. She was in a 2009 episode of the Ghost Whisperer. Her next acting credit came in 2015 for the film Moments of Clarity.


Emmy Clarke - Julie Teeger

Emmy Clarke, Monk

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Emmy Clarke was only 13 when she first appeared on Monk. She played Natalie's daughter Julie and after the show ended, she took time off from acting to attend school. She enrolled at Fordham University and earned a B.A. in Communication and Media Studies. She pursued a career in the advertising industry, first as a marketer for mobile photo-sharing application Peep, and then as an media planner for Good Apple Digital. In 2014 she appeared in the film Apartment Troubles.

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Max Morrow - Benjy Fleming

Max Morrow, Monk

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If it's been a while since you watched season 1 of Monk, chances are you forgot they changed the actor who played Benjy. Max Marrow was the original Benjy, appearing in the pilot episode but leaving after the episode "Mr. Monk and the Red Headed Stranger" in the first season. We're not sure why they changed actors, but these days Max is 25-years-old, if you can believe it! He continued acting after Monk, appearing in TV movies like The Brady Bunch in the White House and The Christmas Shoes. Recently, he played the lead character on the short-lived series Connor Undercover.


Kane Ritchotte - Benjy Fleming

Kane Ritchotte, Monk

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Kane Ritchotte took over the role of Benjy after Max Morrow left the show and played the character until Sharona's character left the show. After being written off of the show in '04, Kane didn't do too much acting, only appearing in When Do We Eat, All of Us, and A Mother's Rage. He's set to appear in the 2016 film Mono. For a year or two, he was part of a quintet created by Disney called Dev 2.0, where he played the drums.


R.I.P. - Stanley Kamel

Stanley Kamel, Monk

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From 2002 to 2008, Stanley Kamel portrayed Adrian Monk's very patient psychiatrist. On April 8, 2008, he was found dead in his Hollywood Hills home. Police investigators ruled that the cause of death was a heart attack. He was 65 at the time of his death. The Monk episode "Mr. Monk Buys a House" was dedicated to his memory and over the remainder of the show, his character's death was mentioned and he was remembered fondly.


Recap / Monk S 5 E 1 Mr Monk And The Actor

Things are looking up for Monk — he's planning his first weekend vacation since Trudy's death, an impressive piece of progress, and a producer wants to make a film based on one of his past "impossible" cases. However, the situation unravels as Monk tries to solve his latest case, a double murder, while being shadowed by his screen self, too-methodical actor David Ruskin, the whole way.

This episode includes examples of the following tropes:

  • Accidental Murder: What Jack Leverett's killings are. He knocks Michelle Cullman into her stairs while wrestling for her camera, and shoots Lexus Orlov when they wrestle for Orlov's gun.
  • Actor/Role Confusion: Ruskin immerses himself so much in the role of Monk that he has a nervous breakdown and takes a car dealership owner hostage, thinking the guy is Trudy's killer.
  • Blackmail Backfire: Michelle plans to record her and Jack having sex, likely so she can threaten to reveal the footage to his wife if he doesn't do what she says. She ends up dying in the struggle for the camera with the proof.
  • Bookends: The episode begins and ends in Dr. Kroger's office with a conversation about Monk's mental state.
  • Becoming the Mask: Method actor David Ruskin is hired to portray Monk in a movie. In the course of developing the Monk "character" he acquires many of Monk's various psychoses, eventually suffering a breakdown of his own and halting production of the movie. Though this time it wasn't Monk's fault, as earlier in the episode, Natalie attempts to warn Monk about the danger Ruskin poses to him. At one point, Ruskin drops by Monk's apartment asking for more advice as to what his emotions need to feel like. This results in a scene cut to Monk pounding on Natalie's door in the middle of the night after Ruskin got him to leave his own apartment.
  • Cassandra Truth: Natalie does her own research and warns Monk that Ruskin is dangerous as he tends to become his character a bit too much, although Monk doesn't heed it until near the end.
  • Character Tics: Lampshaded, where Ruskin asks Stottlemeyer and Randy about practicing Monk's unique Finger Framing gesture.
  • Continuity Snarl: There are few on the Mr. Monk and the Astronaut.
    • Natalie and the victim are stated to be 5'7", where in the episode they were 5'5".
    • "Monk" states he believes Steve Wagner is the killer after seeing the body. In the episode he never thought Steve Wagner was the killer until he met him at his home.
  • Death by Falling Over: While Jack and Michelle are struggling for her camera, he shoves her. This causes her to violently knock her head into her stairs and kills her.
  • "Eureka!" Moment: Monk realizes how the two murders are connected when he finds a torn-up note Julie got from a boy and Natalie says her daughter destroyed it so she couldn't read it.
  • Exasperated Perp: For once, it's not Monk's doing. Ruskin gets a little too Method about the part, and due to a misunderstanding believes that the suspect in Monk's current case killed Monk's wife, Trudy. When the police come to apprehend the murderer, they find the actor advancing on the terrified man with a gun and demanding to know why he did it. The unfortunate hostage protests that he doesn't even know a Trudy.
  • Gender Flip: Parodied when Stottlemeyer and Disher stop by during a rehearsal of The Killer Astronaut, the TV movie adaptation of "Mr. Monk and the Astronaut". They are on the set of the crime scene investigation at Joanne Raphelson's house. Randy is really embarrassed to find that he's portrayed by a woman and that a romantic subplot has been put in between "her" and "Stottlemeyer" in the film. This leads to a very uncomfortable moment for the real Stottlemeyer and Disher when their actors lean in for a kiss.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Ruskin is good at this. He takes his roles very seriously and studies the inspirations in detail. Unfortunately, this means that he eventually believes that he is Monk.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • Monk goes to Natalie's house in the middle of the night. He claims David was very rude and came into his house in the middle of the night. Natalie snarks by stating she has no idea how that feels.
    • When Monk is in Dr. Kroger's office, talking about David Ruskin after Ruskin had a mental breakdown during production of a movie adaptation of "Mr. Monk and the Astronaut" (leading to him taking a double murderer/car dealership owner named Jack Leverett hostage in his own showroom), Monk notes that the movie was canceled as Ruskin "said he wanted to play a character who wasn’t so dark and depressing. [beat] He's in England playing Hamlet."
  • Lack of Empathy: Jack actually rather averts this for Monk killers. He calls Michelle's name out of concern when she dies and looks outright horrified to have killed the pawn shop owner.
  • Method Acting: David Ruskin In-Universe. So much so, in fact, that he gradually gains Monk's various quirks and phobias without actually having OCD. And, once, he gained symptoms of alcoholism even though, according to Natalie, he doesn't drink.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Jack Leverett looks shaken after killing his mistress in the heat of a fight, even calling her name before immediately running out. When he shoots the pawn shop owner, he looks at the revolver he used in the shooting, horrified, after the owner is killed.
  • Never One Murder: Outright lampshaded when David Ruskin inquires if the person who killed Michelle Cullman will strike again. Stottlemeyer replies that the murder was a crime of passion, and that the killer will probably never put another toe out of line again. Cuts to Jack Leverett breaking into a pawn shop and accidentally shooting the owner with his own revolver while attempting to destroy evidence linking him to the first murder.
  • Oblivious to His Own Description: Monk complains about how much Ruskin has imitated him, not knowing that some of those complaints are currently bothering Natalie.
  • Poor Communication Kills: A guard at the parking lot where Trudy was murdered passes along information to David Ruskin (who is dressed like Monk, so the guard thinks he is Monk), that they have identified the killer. Unfortunately, David has gone full method at this point, and believes the info is of who killed Trudy, not the person who killed Michelle Cullman and Lexus Orlov. Therefore, he steals Monk's gun and takes the killer hostage.
  • Right Behind Me: Stottlemeyer is alarmed at the throng of police cars outside the culprit's company, learns there's a hostage situation, and upon a closer look he saw what he believes was Monk inside. Stottlemeyer orders his men to stand down...just as Natalie arrives with the real Monk.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: The movie ends up never being made because Ruskin has a breakdown and believes that he is Monk. To add insult to injury, he undid all of Monk's progress in therapy.
  • Status Quo Is God: Deconstructed. Monk begins the episode believing he's mentally recovering at last. But after his traumatic experience with David Ruskin, the episode ends with Monk soberly telling Dr. Kroger they're back at "square zero".
  • Stealth Pun: In the end, Monk morosely tells Dr. Kroger how Ruskin told him he decided to take a less dark and depressing role. If Hamlet is Ruskin's idea of "less dark and depressing", that says volumes of how he feels about playing Monk himself.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The man who gives Ruskin the phone message tells him that the police have cornered the perp of the week, but he's vague enough (and Ruskin unbalanced enough) that the actor mistakes this for news about Trudy's murder. Ruskin beats the others to the scene and attacks the man.
  • You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me!: Randy's priceless look of disbelief when he finds out the hard way that he is portrayed as a woman in the film of the Steve Wagner case. Stottlemeyer and Disher's faces begin to show this trope as they realize that their characters now have a romantic subplot attached to them.
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Tony Shalhoub

American actor (born 1953)

Anthony Marc Shalhoub, known professionally as Tony Shalhoub, (shəl-HOOB; born October 9, 1953) is an American actor.

He is best known for playing Adrian Monk in the USA Network television series Monk, Antonio Scarpacci in the NBC sitcom Wings and Abe Weissman, the father of the title character, on Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

He has also had a successful film career, with roles in films such as Quick Change (1990), Barton Fink (1991), Big Night (1996), Men in Black, Gattaca (both 1997), Paulie (1998), The Siege (1998), Galaxy Quest (1999), Spy Kids, Thirteen Ghosts, The Man Who Wasn't There (all 2001) and 1408 (2007).

He is widely recognized for his work, having won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy, six Screen Actors Guild Awards and four Primetime Emmy Awards.

For his work on Broadway, he has received four Tony Award nominations, winning a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Tewfiq Zakaria in The Band's Visit.

He has also had provided voice-work for the Cars franchise (2006–2017), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016).

Early life and education[edit]

Shalhoub, the ninth of ten children, was born and raised in a Lebanese Maronite Christian household[2] in Green Bay, Wisconsin.[3][4] His father, Joe, was from Mount Lebanon, and immigrated to the United States, after his own parents, Milhelm and Mariam, were both killed during World War I.[1] He was a meat peddler who drove a refrigerated truck.[5] Joe married Shalhoub's mother, Helen (née Seroogy),[6] a Lebanese-American. The two met when Joe was taken in to be raised by her family, when both were little.[1] One of Shalhoub's maternal great-great-grandfathers, Abdul Naimy, though a Christian MaroniteLebanese, was killed in the Hamidian massacres committed against Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in 1895.[1] Shalhoub was introduced to acting by an older sister who put his name forward to be an extra in a high school production of The King and I.[3]

After graduating from Green Bay East High School, he spent a short time at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay before participating in the National Student Exchange to the University of Southern Maine where he later transferred and earned a bachelor's degree.[7] He later went on to earn a master's degree from the Yale School of Drama in 1980.[3][8] Shalhoub is also fluent in Lebanese Arabic.



Shortly after graduating from Yale, Shalhoub 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. 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.[citation needed] In 1998 Shalhoub starred in The Classic Stage Company's production of Waiting For Godot alongside John Turturro and Christopher Lloyd.

Shalhoub returned in December 2006 to the Off-Broadway Second Stage Theatre, opposite Patricia Heaton for a run of The Scene by Theresa Rebeck.[9] 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.[10] He was nominated for a 2013 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play for Lincoln Center Theater's production of Golden Boy at the Belasco Theatre.[11] He was nominated for a 2014 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for Lincoln Center Theater's production of Act One at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre.[12] Shalhoub and his wife appeared in Samuel Beckett's Happy Days in June and July, 2015 in New York City.[13][14]

He starred in the musical stage adaptation of the film The Band's Visit, in the Off-Broadway Atlantic Theatre Company production. The musical, with music and lyrics by David Yazbek and book by Itamar Moses, ran from November 11, 2016 through December 23, 2016. He reprised his role when the show moved to Broadway where it opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on November 9, 2017.[15] For his performance, he won the 2018 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He also appeared as Walter Franz in the 2017 Broadway revival of The Price.[16]

Screen roles[edit]

After several small television and film roles, from 1986 – 1991, he landed the role of cab driver Antonio Scarpacci in the sitcom Wings. Shalhoub was pleasantly surprised to land the role after having a guest appearance as a waiter in the second season. He became a regular in the third season. The character's name was kept but changed to a cab driver. He affected an Italian accent for the role. Shalhoub played the role from 1991 until the series ended, after eight seasons, in 1997.

In the same time period, Shalhoub played the lead role of physicist Dr. Chester Ray Banton in The X-Files second-season episode "Soft Light," the first episode written by Vince Gilligan. Banton's shadow becomes lethal after Banton gets stuck in a particle accelerator, causing him to accidentally destroy anyone close to him, after which the government imprisons and tortures him in an effort to weaponize his superpower.

Shalhoub's film roles following his Wings breakout included an excitable producer consulted by John Turturro's character 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, sleazy alien pawn shop owner Jack Jeebs in the Men in Black films, a sympathetic attorney working for John Travolta's lawyer in A Civil Action, a widowed father in Thirteen Ghosts, a cameo role in the film Gattaca, and a has-been television star in Galaxy Quest.

He had a co-starring role in the film Big Night, where he played an Italian-speaking chef complete with accent. 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. He 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, also a Lebanese American, suffered discrimination after terrorist attacks in New York City.[17] He returned to series television in 1999, this time in a lead role on Stark Raving Mad, opposite Neil Patrick Harris. The show failed to attract an audience and NBC canceled the series in 2000.[18]


After a 3-year absence from the small screen, Shalhoub starred in another TV series, Monk. Airing on the USA Network, the series featured Shalhoub as Adrian Monk, a detective with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Shalhoub was nominated for an Emmy Award[19] 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.[20] In May 2020, NBC's Peacock streaming service posted a series of videos on YouTube during the COVID-19 pandemic, entitled the "At-Home Variety Show". Among them was a Monk short entitled "Mr. Monk Shelters in Place", featuring Shalhoub and his co-stars Traylor Howard, Ted Levine, and Jason Gray-Stanford, showing how their characters were coping with the pandemic.[21]

During Monk[edit]

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, and the chosen winner was flown to Hollywood to have their screenplay produced.[22]

He appeared with Matthew Broderick and Alec Baldwin in the 2004 Hollywood satire The Last Shot as a gruff small-time mobster with a love for movies. In 2006, he appeared in Danny Leiner's drama The Great New Wonderful as a psychologist in post-9/11 New York City. In 2007, he appeared in the horror film 1408 and on-stage off-Broadway as Charlie in The Scene.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel[edit]

Shalhoub stars as Jewish-American math professor Abe Weissman, father of protagonist Midge Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan), in the Emmy-winning, Amazon-produced TV comedy series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.[23]

Voice work[edit]

He received a 2008 Grammy nomination in the category "Best Spoken Word Album for Children" for his narration of The Cricket in Times Square.[24] He provided the voice of Luigi, a 1959 Fiat 500 who runs a tire shop, in the 2006 Disney/Pixar film Cars and its 2011 and 2017 sequels, Cars 2 and Cars 3, respectively. Shalhoub voiced Splinter in the 2014 film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and reprised the role in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Shalhoub married actress Brooke Adams in 1992. They have worked together in several films, one episode of Wings, and on BrainDead. Adams has appeared credited as a "Special Guest Star" in five episodes of Monk—"Mr. Monk and the Airplane", "Mr. Monk's 100th Case", "Mr. Monk and the Kid", "Mr. Monk Visits a Farm", and "Mr. Monk and the Badge".

Shalhoub and Adams appeared on Broadway together in the 2010 revival of Lend Me a Tenor.[26] 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).[27]

Tony's brother Michael is also an actor who made multiple guest appearances on Monk. He first appears in "Mr. Monk and the Missing Granny", as a member of a disbanded radical group suspected of involvement in a kidnapping. In "Mr. Monk Bumps His Head", he plays a Wyoming beekeeper who is annoyed when a suspect crashes a car into his farm. Michael also appears in "Mr. Monk Is the Best Man" as the minister presiding at Leland Stottlemeyer's wedding.

In May 2020, Shalhoub revealed that he and his wife Brooke had tested positive for COVID-19 the previous month, remarking that "we really are all Monk now", and that they had recovered after "a pretty rough few weeks".[21]





Video games[edit]


Year Title Notes
2003–09 Monk125 episodes
2005 MushShort film
2009 Pet Peeves
Feed the Fish

Awards and nominations[edit]



Primetime Emmy Awards

Daytime Emmy Awards

Golden Globe Awards

Screen Actors Guild Award




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Awards for Tony Shalhoub

Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

  • Modern Family, season 1/season 2 (2010): J. Bowen; Burrell; Ferguson; Gould; Hyland; O'Neill; R. Rodriguez; Stonestreet; Vergara; Winter
  • Modern Family, season 2/season 3 (2011): Anderson-Emmons; J. Bowen; Burrell; Ferguson; Gould; Hyland; O'Neill; R. Rodriguez; Stonestreet; Vergara; Winter
  • Modern Family, season 3/season 4 (2012): Anderson-Emmons; J. Bowen; Burrell; Ferguson; Gould; Hyland; O'Neill; R. Rodriguez; Stonestreet; Vergara; Winter
  • Modern Family, season 4/season 5 (2013): Anderson-Emmons; J. Bowen; Burrell; Ferguson; Gould; Hyland; O'Neill; R. Rodriguez; Stonestreet; Vergara; Winter
  • Orange Is the New Black, season 2 (2014): Aduba; Biggs; D. Brooks; Cox; Cruz; Curtin; DeLaria; Fowler; Freeman; Gardner; Glenn; Golden; Guerrero; Harney; Jeudy; Lake; Lapkus; Leyva; Lyonne; Manning; Marsh Garland; McGorry; Moore; Mulgrew; Myles; Pimentel; Polanco; Reiner; Roberts; E. Rodriguez; Rosenblat; Sandow; Savage; Schilling; Shulman; Soules; Stone; Toussaint; Tucci; Wiley
  • Orange Is the New Black, season 3 (2015): Aduba; Birbiglia; Blake; D. Brooks; Cox; Cruz; Curtin; DeLaria; Fowler; Glenn; Golden; Guerrero; Harney; Jeudy; Leyva; Manning; Marsh Garland; Moore; Mulgrew; Myles; Peters; Petty; Pimentel; Polanco; Prepon; E. Rodriguez; Rose; Sandow; Savage; Schilling; Shulman; Soules; Stone; Wiley
  • Orange Is the New Black, season 4 (2016): Aduba; Aisenberg; D. Brooks; Brown; Cruz; DeLaria; Dover; Glenn; Golden; Gómez; Guerrero; Harney; Henke; Jeudy; Lake; Leyva; Lyonne; Manning; McMenamin; Moore; Mulgrew; Myles; Peters, Petty; Pimentel; Polanco; Prepon; Purdy; E. Rodriguez; Sandow; Savage; Schilling; Shulman; Soules; Stone; Tucci; Wiley
  • Veep, season 6 (2017): Bakkedahl; Chlumsky; Cole; Colin; Dunn; DuVall; Franklin; Hale; Louis-Dreyfus; Richardson; Scheer; Scott; Simons; Sutherland; Walsh
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, season 2 (2018): Aaron; Borstein; Brosnahan; Hinkle; Levi; Pollak; Shalhoub; Tarantina; Zegen
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, season 3 (2019): Aaron; Borstein; Brosnahan; Hinkle; Hsu; Johnstone; Lynch; McClain; Pollak; Shalhoub; Szydagis; Tarantina; Zegen
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Mr. Monk and the Actor is the first episode of the fifth season of Monk.


A famous actor preparing to play Monk gets a little too close to one of Monk's real-life murder investigations.


Late one night, a young woman, Michelle Cullman, invites her lover Jack Leverett (Greg Gruenberg) to her apartment. They start to make out, and during a small pillow fight, Jack accidentally knocks over a teddy bear to reveal a hidden camera. Suspecting blackmail, he struggles with her and eventually shoves her into her staircase, which she strikes her head into, killing her. He grabs the camera and flees.

Adrian Monk meets with Dr. Kroger and reveals he’ll be alone for two nights at a hotel. Dr. Kroger is happy that Monk is making progress and then suggests they cut down on his visits.

Later, Monk is boasting to Natalie Teeger about his progress as they arrive at the crime scene, and they notice Stottlemeyer talking with some TV executives. Randy Disher excitedly reveals they’re making a movie called The Killer Astronaut, based on the Steve Wagner murder case ("Mr. Monk and the Astronaut") and they promise to act surprised when Stottlemeyer tells them. Monk does (badly), but is genuinely excited by the extra bombshell Stottlemeyer drops: renowned stage actor David Ruskin is going to play Monk in the movie and he wants to shadow Monk for a few days. Monk couldn't be happier, remembering how Trudy fawned over Ruskin when they saw him in a stage play many years ago.

Monk examines the crime scene and notices some interesting details, such as a lack of stuffing and a piece of shirt fabric. He concludes that there was a hidden camera in the teddy bear that they discovered, and Ruskin comes in to observe. Monk, impressed by the actor, shows off with several deductions and repeating his stuffing deduction. Monk even goes so far as to shake hands with Ruskin without using a wipe. Monk soon starts to flag in his efforts to appear "normal" but manages to find a shard of watch crystal. Ruskin asks Stottlemeyer what the odds are of the killer hitting again, and Stottlemeyer says those odds are low.

Later that night, Leverett breaks into a pawnshop through a hole that he punches into the wall from the neighboring establishment. As he begins to rob the store, the manager, Lexus Orlov, happens to come up and confront him with a revolver. In the resulting struggle, the manager is accidentally shot dead with his own weapon.

The next day Monk goes to the restaurant that Leverett broke through to get to the pawnshop—the walls are covered with sketches of the guests. Ruskin is already there, "getting" into Monk by duplicating his gestures. Monk provides guidance, but wonders why the killer went after a very cheap watch and also wonders why he felt he had to break in through the wall of the neighboring establishment.

Dismayed, Natalie stalks off over Monk's efforts to coach Ruskin. Monk finds her out in an alleyway behind the shop when he notices her gone. This allows Natalie to privately warn Monk to watch his back around Ruskin, as he's a method actor who generally gets too involved in the roles he plays. Case in point: a few years ago, Ruskin played an alcoholic in a TV movie, and got so invested in the role he ended up having to go to rehab...and he didn't drink a drop on set. Monk is skeptical, not wanting this to rain on the parade of having Ruskin portray him in a movie... and notices evidence that the killer went out the back. They also find part of the pearl handle from the manager's gun nearby, with glitter on it, proving a connection to the Michelle Cullman homicide.

Stottlemeyer orders a complete investigation into the two homicides, while Natalie notices that Ruskin is starting to uncontrollably obsess over things the same way Monk does, like evening out the liquid in a row of beakers.

A few days later, when they get some spare time, Stottlemeyer and Disher visit the studio where production of The Killer Astronaut is underway. Right off the bat as the actors who are to play Monk, Natalie, Stottlemeyer and Disher start acting out what is supposed to be the scene at Joanne Raphelson's house, the real Stottlemeyer and Disher are dismayed to find that the studio has taken a lot of liberties with the actual events of the episode. The most glaring inaccuracy is that Randy is portrayed as a woman, "she" and "Stottlemeyer" have a romantic relationship (which makes the real Stottlemeyer and Disher very uncomfortable when their fictional counterparts flirt and kiss), and we can also observe a lot of the dialogue scattered throughout the original episode has now been condensed to one scene. Ruskin has not yet donned a wig to emulate Monk, but he has the mannerisms down to a capital T. But while he's claiming "he's" pretty sure Steve Wagner is the guy, Ruskin suddenly breaks character, and frustrated with the way some of the stagehands have their hats on forwards and some have them on backwards, he storms off the set.

That night, Ruskin goes to Monk's apartment and insists on knowing the "why" of how Monk acts the way he does. Ruskin wants to know about Trudy and insists he needs to feel what Monk feels. He finds Monk's collection of evidence about Trudy's death and figures out that’s the key—Monk tracks down other killers because he can’t catch his wife's killer.

Even later that night, Natalie is awoken by an incessant knocking on the door. It's Monk, who confesses that her warnings about Ruskin came true, as Ruskin essentially dredged up feelings Monk has not felt in years, to the point that Monk admits he was chased out of his own apartment. Monk prepares to sleep over but notices a note from some boy to Julie that she ripped up so Natalie couldn’t see it, which is what Monk uses to solve the case.

Here's What Happened[]

The next day they go back to the sketch restaurant and recreate the debris to recover a sketch destroyed when the killer broke through the wall. Monk has figured out that the killer and Michelle were there the previous week and the sketch artist drew them together on the wall, and was wearing the shirt that matches the fabric they found at the crime scene. The killer faked the robbery to have a reason to destroy the wall.

At the garage where Trudy was killed, Ruskin is there, even more "into" Monk and looking for clues for the murder.


Actor mr monk

Mr. Monk and the Actor

1st episode of the fifth season of Monk

"Mr. Monk and the Actor" is the first episode of the fifth season of the American comedy-drama detective television series Monk, and the show's 62nd episode overall. The series follows Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub), a private detective with obsessive–compulsive disorder and multiple phobias, and his assistant Natalie Teeger (Traylor Howard). In this episode, Monk has to link two different cases while an actor hired to play him in a film emotionally disturbs him.

Written by Hy Conrad and Joe Toplyn, and directed by Randall Zisk, "Mr. Monk and the Actor" guest starred Stanley Tucci. The staff envisioned the episode after imagining the possibility of Monk becoming a famous detective. When the episode first aired in the United States on the USA Network on July 7, 2006, it was watched by over 5.1 million viewers. Critics gave it positive reception, praising specially Tucci's performance. It also led Tucci to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.


While a man, Jack Leverett (Greg Grunberg), is cheating on his wife with a woman named Michelle Cullman (Susan Ward), he finds a hidden camera and, fighting for the camera, accidentally kills her. The following day, Monk (Tony Shalhoub) announces to his therapist, Dr. Charles Kroger (Stanley Kamel), he will go on his first vacation since the murder of his wife, Trudy. Later, Monk goes to the crime scene to investigate and is informed by Captain Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine) and Lieutenant Disher (Jason Gray-Stanford) that a film about him will be produced. As method actor David Ruskin (Stanley Tucci)—set to play Monk in the film—is there to observe his mannerism, Monk tries to impress him.

The next day, Ruskin follows Monk again as he investigates a case at a pawnshop in which its owner was shot during a robbery. Monk is intrigued as to why the burglar entered through the wall and only stole a small amount of money and a wristwatch. After discussing if Ruskin's presence can harm Monk, Natalie (Traylor Howard) and Monk find the crime's weapon. Monk finds the same glitter he found on Cullman's hair in the gun and argues the thief stole the watch to replace his one, deducing that the same person committed both crimes.

Later, Stottlemeyer and Disher watch the film's shooting and Natalie's prediction is right: Ruskin has impersonated Monk to the point that he is unable to complete the sequence because he is hassled by the setting's disorder. He leaves the studio, goes to Monk's house to know what are his reasons to do his job, and explores Monk's files on Trudy's murder, grieving Monk. An afflicted Monk goes to Natalie's house, where he solves the case when he sees torn paper by Julie to prevent Natalie from reading it. The pawnshop is adjacent to a restaurant, where clients are drawn on the wall. On the crime's night, Leverett and Cullman were sketched and Leverett tried to destroy the evidence.

Meanwhile, Ruskin is at the Trudy's murder scene when a guard, believing Ruskin to be Monk, informs him Leverett is the killer. When Stottlemeyer and Disher arrive at Leverett's car dealership to arrest him, Ruskin has already arrived and is keeping him as a hostage. Monk enters the dealership and stops Ruskin but is emotionally shaken when Ruskin says he could have saved Trudy. At the end, he talks with Dr. Kroger and cancels his trip.


"Mr. Monk and the Actor" was co-written by Hy Conrad and Joe Toplyn, and was directed by Randall Zisk.[1] The concept for the episode first emerged while the staff was working on fourth season episode "Mr. Monk and the Astronaut", and they wondered if Monk would become famous. The first idea was to use the same set and actors from "Mr. Monk and the Astronaut" to create an episode in which a made-for-TV film is recorded about that case. It was not done but writers still wanted to create an episode focusing on a TV film, which eventually became "Mr. Monk and the Actor". On its original script, it exceeded the runtime by about six minutes so a scene involving a child mistaking a gun for a toy was cut. It would be the murder weapon, and even though a six-year-old actor was hired for the scene it was not filmed.[2]

Shalhoub and Tucci had been friends since they met each other at the Yale Repertory Theater in 1989 when they acted on John Guare's play Moon Over Miami.[3][4][5] In 1996, they co-starred in the film Big Night,[3] which Conrad said was the main reason Tucci was "always our first choice for the actor role."[2] Tucci said it was a "funny thing" since the role of Monk was offered to him after Big Night but he declined it.[6] Shalhoub affirmed he had requested Tucci to appear on Monk for a long time before this episode but Tucci had theretofore rejected due to scheduling conflicts.[4] Another guest star for the episode, Peter Weller, was on set to direct "Mr. Monk, Private Eye" and volunteered for the role of the actor who plays Captain Stottlemeyer.[2]

Release and reception[edit]

"Mr. Monk and the Actor" was first available via video on demand service on June 30, 2006,[7] and its television premiere through USA Network was on July 7, 2006 at 9 pm EST.[1][8] According to an USA's press release, the episode was viewed by an estimated number of 5.3 million viewers,[9] while Nielsen Media Research indicated a viewership of 5.1 million and a 3.89 rating.[8] Gary Levin of USA Today called it a "shy" if compared to season four premiere's figure of 6.4 million.[10] USA, however, said it was the most watched scripted hour in basic cable ever from its time slot.[8][9]

The episode was well-received; IGN's Colin Moriarty gave it a score of 9 out 10,[11] it was deemed "excellent" by John White of The Digital Fix,[12] and it was elected by The Futon Critic's Brian Ford Sullivan the 49th best television episode of the year.[13] Kevin McDonough, a critic for the United Feature Syndicate, called it "a great episode" and compared it to a Seinfeld episode with a similar premise.[14]

Several critics praised Tucci's performance and his interactions with Shalhoub.[15][16][17] Diane Werts wrote for Newsday, "Which one's nuttier? It's a toss-up, and a fascinating one with the terrific Tucci as Shalhoub's emotional tango partner."[18] An anonymous reviewer for Times Colonist commented "Watching Shalhoub pretend to be Monk pretending to be a suave, sophisticated sleuth is a delight in its own right. Watching Tucci take Monk's nervous tics to ridiculous extremes is even more of a delight, especially when its appears that Monk's nervous disorder may be catching."[19] In contrast to other reviewers, Adam Finley of AOL TV elected the best moment of the episode Disher's reaction to the fact his role is played by a woman who dates Stottlemeyer.[20]

There's plenty of comedy in "Mr. Monk And The Actor." The writers wring laughs from the inaccuracies in Hollywood's versions of the series' leads, and the culminating fight scene in which Shalhoub and Tucci try to out-Monk each other is a complete joy. However, the arc of the episode serves as a microcosm for the series: Monk has a chance at some small happiness, only to have it taken away, leaving him worse than before.

— Matt Crowley, The A.V. Club[21]

Moriarty, Matt Crowley of The A.V. Club and Variety's Paula Hendrickson used it as example of how Monk can fit comedy scenes during dramatic ones.[11][21][22] Ann Zivotsky, a writer for the North County Times, commented, "Watching Tucci and Shalhoub play this for laughs would have been enough for some shows, but the Monk writers take the opportunity to let the movie actor share with Monk the insights he's learned about the detective, which may help, or hurt, Monk."[23] Finley and David Kronke of Los Angeles Daily News also highlighted the line "[Ruskin] wanted to play a character that wasn't so depressing and dark. He's in England doing Hamlet."[17][20]

Criticism to the episode was done by Finley who said, "So much of this show is dependent on Monk's subtle mannerisms, but he exaggerates them to an absurd degree as he tries to impress the actor who's playing him."[20] Similarly, Werts said "Shalhoub pushes a tad too far with the compulsions."[18] Robert Bianco of USA Today was also critical of its "excessive quirks and overall credibility-busting silliness."[24] Although praised Shalhoub–Tucci dynamic, Rich Heldenfels of Akron Beacon Journal criticized it as "the actor-imitating-life thing has been done before on TV and in the movies, and the gag well is pretty dry."[25]

At the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards, Tucci won the award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on this episode.[26][27]


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