Matt LeBlanc

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Matt LeBlanc
Matt LeBlanc, Arqiva British Academy Television Awards, 2013 (tone crop).jpg
Born Matthew Steven LeBlanc
(1967-07-25) July 25, 1967 (age 50)
Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation Actor, producer, presenter
Years active 1987–present
Known for Friends
Episodes
Top Gear
Spouse(s) Melissa McKnight (m. 2003; div. 2006)
Partner(s) Andrea Anders (2006–2015)
Children 1[1]

Matthew Steven LeBlanc (/ləˈblɒŋk/; born July 25, 1967)[2] is an American actor, comedian, television host, and producer, best known for his role as the dim-witted, womanizing but ultimately lovable 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.

Early life[edit]

LeBlanc was born in Newton, Massachusetts. His mother, Patricia (Di Cillo), was an office manager, and his father, Paul LeBlanc, was a mechanic.[2][3][4] His father is French-Canadian and his mother is an American of Italian ancestry.[5]

He attended Newton North High School and graduated in 1985 with comedian Louis CK.[6]

Career[edit]

1987–1994: Early career[edit]

LeBlanc at the 1995 Emmy Awards

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.[7] 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.[8]

1994–2004: Breakthrough role as Joey Tribbiani[edit]

LeBlanc at the 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards, with Meryl Streep, on January 15, 2012.

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.

2006–2011: Hiatus[edit]

Following the cancellation of Joey, LeBlanc announced that he would be taking a one-year hiatus from acting on TV, which later turned into five years. His next role would be as a fictionalized version of himself on Episodes.[9]

2011–present: Episodes, Top Gear & Man with a Plan[edit]

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.[10][11] The series is written by Friends co-creator David Crane and his partner Jeffrey Klarik.[12] 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.[13] The latest season of Episodes, its fifth, began filming in 2016.[14]

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.[8] 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.[15] In September 2016, LeBlanc signed a new two-year deal to continue hosting Top Gear.[16]

He is also starring in CBS' new sitcom Man with a Plan, which premiered on October 24, 2016.[17]

Personal life[edit]

LeBlanc married Melissa McKnight (b. 1965), a British model, in May 2003.[18] 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.[18] 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, Tyler (b. 1991) and Jacqueline Esposito.[18][19]

LeBlanc and McKnight separated on January 1, 2006.[18][20] Later in March of that year, LeBlanc and McKnight filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. The divorce became final on October 6, 2006.[20]

After his divorce, LeBlanc began dating actress Andrea Anders. The two met while filming the short-lived sitcom Joey. A representative for the pair confirmed the couple had split in January 2015.[21]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Ghost Brigade Terhune
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
2014 Lovesick Charlie Darby

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1987 Doll Day Afternoon[citation needed] 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 Main role, 236 episodes
2004–2006 Joey Main role, 46 episodes
2011–2017 Episodes Matt LeBlanc Main role; 41 episodes
2013 Web Therapy Nick Jericho 5 episodes
2016–present[16] Top Gear Himself (host)[22] 13 episodes[23]
Man with a Plan Adam Burns Main role; 22 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated Work Category Result
2003 Friends Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical Nominated
2004 Friends Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical Nominated
2005 Joey Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical Nominated
2012 Episodes Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical Won
2013 Episodes Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical Nominated
Year Nominated Work Category Result
2002 Friends Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2003 Friends Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2004 Friends Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2011 Episodes Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2013 Episodes Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2014 Episodes Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2015 Episodes Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Year Nominated Work Category Result Notes
1996 Friends Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Won Shared with cast
1999 Friends Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated Shared with cast
2000 Friends Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated Shared with cast
2001 Friends Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated Shared with cast
2002 Friends Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated Shared with cast
2003 Friends Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated Shared with cast
2003 Friends Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2004 Friends Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated Shared with cast
Year Nominated Work Category Result
2005 Joey Favorite Male Television Star Won
2016 Episodes Favorite Premium Cable TV Actor Nominated
2017 Man with a Plan Favorite Actor in a New TV Series Won
Year Nominated Work Category Result
2002 Friends Choice TV Actor: Comedy Won
2003 Friends Choice TV Actor: Comedy Nominated
2004 Friends Choice TV Actor: Comedy Nominated
2005 Joey Choice TV Actor: Comedy Nominated
Year Nominated Work Category Result
2000 Friends Funniest Supporting Male Performer in a TV Series Nominated
Year Nominated Work Category Result
2003 Friends Best Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical Nominated
2004 Friends Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Comedy or Musical Nominated
2011 Episodes Best Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Matt LeBlanc Is Not Afraid To Live on the Wild Side". The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. October 22, 2016. Retrieved August 22, 2017 – via YouTube. 
  2. ^ a b "Matt LeBlanc (1967– )". FilmReference.com. 
  3. ^ Tauber, Michelle (May 19, 2003). "Way to Go, Joey!". People. 
  4. ^ "Matt LeBlanc takes his Italian origins to his heart". Italo-Americano. October 16, 2015. Retrieved August 22, 2017. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Radsken, Jill (September 20, 2015). "Louis C.K. and Matt LeBlanc, way back when". The Boston Globe. Retrieved March 28, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Bon Jovi – Say It Isn' So". YouTube. Retrieved May 22, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Top Gear; Series 18, Episode 2". BBC Two. Retrieved February 5, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Matt LeBlanc on Life after 'Friends' and Taking a Six Year Hiatus". The Hollywood Reporter. June 27, 2014. Retrieved March 30, 2016. 
  10. ^ Rampton, James (January 6, 2011). "Episodes: The one where Matt LeBlanc plays himself...". The Independent. Retrieved March 2, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Matt LeBlanc Spoofs Himself On Comedy 'Episodes'". Access Hollywood. January 4, 2011. Retrieved March 2, 2011. 
  12. ^ Parks, Tim (September 30, 2009). "LeBlanc to star as himself on 'Episodes'". Digital Spy. Retrieved September 30, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Nominations & Winners". Golden Globes. Archived from the original on January 8, 2010. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  14. ^ "'Episodes' Renewed for Nine Episode Season Five by Showtime". TV by the Numbers. June 10, 2015. Retrieved June 10, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Matt LeBlanc joins Top Gear!". Top Gear. Retrieved February 4, 2016. 
  16. ^ a b "Top Gear: Matt LeBlanc signs two-series deal". BBC News. September 26, 2016. Retrieved August 22, 2017. 
  17. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 21, 2016). "CBS Sets Fall 2016 Premiere Dates, Slates JonBenet Ramsey Limited Series". Deadline.com. Retrieved June 21, 2016. 
  18. ^ a b c d Wulff, Jennifer (April 17, 2006). "Matt Leblanc's Surprise Split". People. Vol. 65 no. 15. Retrieved November 3, 2010. 
  19. ^ Sawer, Patrick (February 6, 2016). "New Top Gear presenter Matt LeBlanc on his daughter, his marriage breakdown and his darkest years". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved August 22, 2017. 
  20. ^ a b "Matt LeBlanc's Other Woman". People. April 6, 2006. Retrieved March 27, 2009. 
  21. ^ Beard, Lanford (January 7, 2015). "Matt LeBlanc and Andrea Anders Break Up". People. 
  22. ^ "Top Gear: Matt LeBlanc returns to front second series following Chris Evans's exit". Radio Times. Retrieved August 22, 2017. 
  23. ^ "Top Gear - S23 - Episode 4". Radio Times. Retrieved August 22, 2017. 

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