DEARBORN (WWJ) – Emmy award winning actor Tony Shalhoub from the hit series “Monk” was honored in Dearborn Saturday. The Arab American Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) has named him Arab-American of the year award.

“I feel like I’ve kind of been embraced by the Arab-American community here, and I think an acknowledgment of some of the work that I’ve been doing, I hope it is in sync with the agenda of ACCESS and what they are trying to do in this community and the country at large,” the award winning actor says.

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Shalhoub spoke with WWJ about the Michigan Film Incentive program and says it can be a long term positive for the state.

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“It’s something, I believe, that in the long run really helps the community, it brings work, it brings attention, it can be a very very positive (thing) for the state overall,” says Shalhoub.

“There has been an effort on the part of the studios and screen writers and television writers to begin to portray Arab-Americans and Arabs in a more positive light, there has been a rise in the awareness of this effort to improve the image,” says Shalhoub about the portrayal of Arab-Americans on film.

ACCESS also honored United States Army General George Joulwan.

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