It was the fourth Emmy win of Shalhoub’s career, which has included high-profile roles on shows such as Wings (he played Antonio Scarpacci on the NBC aviation sitcom) and the USA Network show Monk (he played the fastidious title character, police Detective Adrian Monk). Shalhoub’s three previous Emmys (2003, 2005, 2006) were all for channeling Monk, the ill-at-ease lawman with major OCD issues.
On The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel the Wisconsin native portrays Abraham “Abe” Weissman, a mathematics professor at Columbia University, the father of the show’s title character, and a man whose sensibilities are tested by his daughter’s stand-up comedy ambitions.
Shalhoub took home the prize in a category that put him up against some long-established veteran names and, in a quirky twist, three cast members from a single series.
Stephen Root, Henry Winkler, and Anthony Carrigan were each nominated for their work in Barry, the off-kilter HBO comedy about a low-rent hitman who aspires to reinvent himself as a screen actor. The category’s nominees were rounded out by Tony Hale of HBO’s Veep and Alan Arkin from the Netflix series The Kominsky Method.
That means five nominations in the category represented three shows (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Kominsky Method, and Barry) that center on characters in show business. Two of those nominees, Winkler and Arkin, portray acting coaches.
Here are Shalhoub and Alex Borstein’s comments backstage following their Emmy wins.