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Tony Shalhoub's 'Monk,' the Compulsive Detective

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Tony Shalhoub's 'Monk,' the Compulsive Detective

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Tony Shalhoub's 'Monk,' the Compulsive Detective

Tony Shalhoub's 'Monk,' the Compulsive Detective

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Actor Tony Shalhoub won an Emmy Award for the TV show Monk and has appeared in several films, including Big Night, Men in Black and Spy Kids. © Steve Azzara/Corbis hide caption

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Kojak sucked on a lollipop, Columbo sported a rumpled raincoat. But Monk, the current rage in TV crime solvers, is an altogether different character — he's an obsessive-compulsive detective who's afraid of dirt, crowded rooms and milk. On Morning Edition, NPR's Renee Montagne gets into the mind of the quirky character with the show's star, Tony Shalhoub.