LeBlanc at the 2013 British Academy Television Awards
|Born||Matthew Steven LeBlanc
July 25, 1967
Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, producer|
|Spouse(s)||Melissa McKnight (m. 2003; div. 2006)|
Matthew Steven "Matt" LeBlanc (born July 25, 1967) is an American actor, comedian, and producer, best known for his role as Joey Tribbiani on the NBC sitcom, Friends. In 2011, LeBlanc began starring as a fictional version of himself in Episodes, a BBC Two/Showtime television series created by Friends co-creator David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik. 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. On February 4, 2016, it was confirmed by the BBC that he would become one of the presenters of the motoring show Top Gear, which would begin its 23rd series on May 8, 2016.
LeBlanc was born in Newton, Massachusetts. His mother, Patricia (b. 1937), was an office manager, and his father, Paul (1931–1997), was a mechanic. His mother is of Italian ancestry and his father of French-Canadian.
LeBlanc first appeared in a 1987 Heinz Tomato Ketchup commercial. In 1988, he starred in the television drama TV 101 for one season. He went on to star in a spin-off of Married... with Children titled Top of the Heap. The Fox series lasted seven episodes airing in April and May 1991.
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. He has appeared in the films Lookin' Italian (1994), Ed (1996), Lost in Space (1998), Charlie's Angels (2000), and All the Queen's Men (2001).
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.
His production company, Fort Hill Productions, co-produced the made-for-TV movie, The Prince, in 2006.
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. The latest season of Episodes, its fifth, is scheduled to begin 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 May 2003, LeBlanc married Melissa McKnight, a former model. 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, 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.
|1993||Ghost Brigade||Terhune||aka Grey Knight and The Killing Box|
|1994||Lookin' Italian||Anthony Manetti||aka Showdown|
|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||TV 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||TV 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||Vinnie Verducci||7 episodes|
|1991||Vinnie & Bobby||Vinnie Verducci||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||Episodes: "Another Woman's Lipstick" and "Burning Up" (segment: Kidnap)|
|1994||Reform School Girl||Vince||TV 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 (TV series)|
Awards and nominations
|1995||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Friends||Won|
|2002||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||TV Choice Actor||Won|
|Golden Globe Awards||Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy||Nominated|
|2003||Golden Globe Awards||Nominated|
|Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Awards||Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy||Joey||Nominated|
|2005||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Male Television Star||Won|
|2011||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||Episodes||Nominated|
|2012||Golden Globe Awards||Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy||Won|
|2013||Golden Globe Awards||Nominated|
|Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
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