LeBlanc at the 2013 British Academy Television Awards
|Born||Matthew Steven LeBlanc
July 25, 1967
Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, producer, presenter|
|Known for||Friends, Top Gear|
|Spouse(s)||Melissa McKnight (m. 2003; div. 2006)|
|Partner(s)||Andrea Anders (2006–2015)|
Matthew Steven "Matt" LeBlanc (born July 25, 1967) is an American actor, comedian, television host, and producer, best known for his role as the dim-witted womanizing actor Joey Tribbiani on the popular NBC sitcom Friends, which ran from 1994 to 2004. LeBlanc also stars as a fictional version of himself in the BBC/Showtime comedy series Episodes. He won a Golden Globe award for his work on Episodes, and was nominated for an Emmy three times for his work on Friends and four times for Episodes. Since 2016, LeBlanc has hosted the BBC motoring show Top Gear.
LeBlanc was born in Newton, Massachusetts. His mother, Patricia (Di Cillo), was an office manager, and his father, Paul LeBlanc, was a mechanic. His mother is of Italian ancestry and his father is French-Canadian.
He attended Newton North High School and graduated in 1985 along with comedian Louis CK, with whom he would later be nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series at the Primetime Emmy Awards multiple times.[clarification needed]
1987–1994: Early career
LeBlanc first appeared in a 1987 Heinz Tomato Ketchup commercial. In 1988, he starred in the television drama TV 101 for one season. In 1991, he had a recurring role on the hit Fox sitcom, Married... with Children. He played Vinnie Verducci, the son of one of the friends of the protagonist, Al Bundy and the boyfriend of Al's daughter, Kelly. He went on to star in two short-lived spin-offs of Married... with Children, Top of the Heap in 1991 and Vinnie and Bobby in 1992.
He appeared in two of Jon Bon Jovi's music videos: "Miracle", from the Young Guns II soundtrack in 1990, and "Say It Isn't So" in 2000. He also appeared in Alanis Morissette's single "Walk Away" in 1991, the last seconds of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers "Into the Great Wide Open" in which he is seen getting a tattoo, and in Bob Seger's "Night Moves" in 1994.
1994–2006: Breakthrough role as Joey Tribbiani
LeBlanc found success in the role of Joey Tribbiani on Friends, and went on to play this character for 12 years — 10 seasons of Friends and two seasons of Joey. Friends was successful and LeBlanc, along with his co-stars, gained wide recognition among viewers. For his performance, LeBlanc received three Primetime Emmy Award nominations, three Golden Globe award nominations, and one Screen Actors Guild Award. During this time he also appeared in the films Lookin' Italian (1994), Ed (1996), Lost in Space (1998), Charlie's Angels (2000), and its sequel, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003).
His production company, Fort Hill Productions, co-produced the made-for-TV movie, The Prince, in 2006.
Following the cancellation of Joey, LeBlanc announced that he would be taking a one-year hiatus from acting, which later turned into a five-year hiatus from acting. His next role would be as a fictionalized version of himself on Episodes.
2011–present: Episodes, Top Gear & Man with a Plan
In 2011, LeBlanc began appearing as a fictional version of himself in Episodes, a BBC/Showtime television series about a British television series that is remade for an American audience. The series is written by Friends co-creator David Crane and his partner Jeffrey Klarik. LeBlanc won the 2012 Golden Globe for Best Actor in a TV Series Comedy for his performance, and was nominated for an additional four Primetime Emmy Awards. The latest season of Episodes, its fifth, began filming in 2016.
In February 2012, LeBlanc appeared in the second episode of the eighteenth series of Top Gear, where he set the fastest time of 1:42.1 in the Kia Cee'd, narrowly beating previous holder Rowan Atkinson by 0.1 seconds. He also appeared in Series 19 Episode 4 to race the New Kia Cee'd, and beat the old car time. In February 2016, the BBC announced LeBlanc was to be one of the new presenters of Top Gear. In September 2016, LeBlanc signed a new two-year deal to continue hosting Top Gear.
LeBlanc married Melissa McKnight, a former model, in May 2003. McKnight and LeBlanc had been introduced in 1997 by her friend Kelly Phillips, wife of actor Lou Diamond Phillips, and LeBlanc proposed to her a year later. Their daughter Marina Pearl, born in 2004, began suffering seizures when she was eight months old. By the time she was two years old, however, the condition, thought to be a form of dysplasia, had mostly subsided. He also had two step-children through McKnight's first marriage.
|1994||Lookin' Italian||Anthony Manetti|
|1996||Ed||Jack 'Deuce' Cooper|
|1998||Lost in Space||Major Don West|
|2000||Charlie's Angels||Jason Gibbons|
|2001||All the Queen's Men||O'Rourke|
|2003||Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle||Jason Gibbons|
|1987||Doll Day Afternoon||GI Joe||Television short|
|1988–1989||TV 101||Chuck Bender||13 episodes|
|1989||Just the Ten of Us||Todd Murphy||2 episodes|
|1990||Anything to Survive||Billy Barton||Television film; credited as Matthew LeBlanc|
|1990||Monsters||Tommy||Episode: "A Shave and a Haircut, Two Bites"|
|1991||Married... with Children||Vinnie Verducci||3 episodes|
|1991||Top of the Heap||7 episodes|
|1991||Vinnie & Bobby||7 episodes|
|1991||Red Shoe Diaries||Tom's Brother||2 episodes|
|1993||Class of '96||Frank Goodman||Episode: "Bright Smoke, Cold Fire"|
|1993, 1997||Red Shoe Diaries||Kyle / Jed||2 episodes|
|1994||Reform School Girl||Vince||Television film|
|1994–2004||Friends||Joey Tribbiani||236 episodes|
|2011–present||Episodes||Matt LeBlanc||34 episodes|
|2013||Web Therapy||Nick Jericho||3 episodes, web series|
|Web Therapy||2 episodes, television series|
|2016–present||Top Gear||Himself; co-host (Series 23)
Main Host (Series 24)
|Man with a Plan||Adam Burns||22 episodes|
Awards and nominations
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- "Way to Go, Joey!".
- Rafanelli, Stephanie (May 17, 2014). "Matt LeBlanc: 'I have an ego, but I try to leave it at the door'". The Daily Telegraph. UK. Archived from the original on January 7, 2015. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
- "Louis C.K. and Matt LeBlanc, way back when". Retrieved 28 March 2016.
- "Bon Jovi – Say It Isn' So". YouTube. Retrieved May 22, 2011.
- "Episode 2". BBC. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
- "Matt LeBlanc on Life after 'Friends' and Taking a Six Year Hiatus Play Mute Current Time 1:03 / Duration Time 4:36 Loaded: 0%Progress: 0% Share Non-Fullscreen". Retrieved 30 March 2016.
- Rampton, James (January 6, 2011). "Episodes: The one where Matt LeBlanc plays himself...". The Independent. Retrieved March 2, 2011.
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- "Nominations & Winners". Golden Globes website. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
- "'Episodes' Renewed for Nine Episode Season Five by Showtime". TV by the Numbers. 10 June 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
- "Matt LeBlanc joins Top Gear! | Top Gear". Top Gear. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
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- Wulff, Jennifer. "Matt Leblanc's Surprise Split", People, vol. 65, no. 15, April 17, 2006. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
- "Matt LeBlanc's Other Woman". People. April 6, 2006. Retrieved March 27, 2009.
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- "Matt LeBlanc". Television Academy.
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