Tony Shalhoub isn’t really a frock flicks actor per se, but he’s immensely talented and I absolutely adore him as the cantankerous, intellectual, and loving Abe Weissman in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. He has done several historical movies, so let’s celebrate him!
Barton Fink (1991)
A Coen brothers film set in the 1941 about a New York City playwright who is hired to write Hollywood screenplays. Shalhoub plays a “frenetic” Hollywood producer.
Addams Family Values (1993)
Is this even period? I don’t remember! But let’s pad, shall we? Shalhoub plays the very small role of “Jorge,” and I have zero memory of what’s involved.
Big Night (1996)
In 1950s New Jersey, two Italian immigrant brothers open a restaurant – and the film chronicles that opening night. Shalhoub plays “Primo,” the elder brother, a perfectionist chef. This is a GREAT movie, and it’s been too long since I’ve seen it!
The Impostors (1998)
In 1938, two swindler actors are forced to stow away on an ocean liner. Shalhoub plays the ship’s first mate in this farcical comedy.
The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001)
Another Coen brothers film, this one set in 1949. A barber tries to blackmail his wife’s lover in order to invest in a business. Shalhoub plays the main character’s lawyer.
Hemingway & Gellhorn (2014)
The story of Ernest Hemingway’s romance with fellow writer Martha Gellhorn. Shalhoub plays the real-life Mikhail Koltsov, a Soviet journalist and revolutionary.
Final Portrait (2017)
Set in Paris in 1964, this film is about Swiss painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti. Shalhoub plays his younger brother, another painter/sculptor named Diego.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017- )
Shalhoub shines as Abe Weissman, father of main character Midge. He’s a former math professor, now a journalist. He’s head over heels in love with his wife, with some hilarious jealousy issues. He loves his daughter, but worries. He writes in the bathroom. He makes a guy courting his daughter submit reading lists for his inspection. He desperately wants to be left alone so he can read. And according to interviews, the mustache was his idea.
What’s your favorite of Tony Shalhoub’s historical roles?