Matt LeBlanc

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Matt LeBlanc
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LeBlanc in 2011
Born
Matthew Steven LeBlanc

(1967-07-25) July 25, 1967 (age 51)
OccupationActor, television host, comedian
Years active1987–present
Known forFriends
Episodes
Man with a Plan
Joey
Top Gear
Spouse(s)
Melissa McKnight
(m. 2003; div. 2006)
Partner(s)Andrea Anders (2006–2015)
Aurora Mulligan (2016–present)
Children3[1]

Matthew Steven LeBlanc (/ləˈblɒŋk/; born July 25, 1967)[2] is an American actor, comedian and television host. He received international recognition for his portrayal of dim-witted womaniser Joey Tribbiani on the NBC sitcom Friends, which ran from 1994 to 2004. For his work on Friends, LeBlanc received three Emmy Award nominations. LeBlanc has also starred as a fictionalized version of himself in the BBC/Showtime comedy series Episodes (2011–2017), for which he won a Golden Globe Award and received four additional Emmy Award nominations. Since 2016, LeBlanc has hosted the BBC series Top Gear. He plays Adam Burns in the CBS sitcom Man with a Plan since 2016.

Early life[edit]

LeBlanc was born in Newton, Massachusetts. His mother, Patricia (née Di Cillo), was an office manager, and his father, Paul LeBlanc, was a mechanic.[2][3][4] His father is of French-Canadian descent and his mother is of Italian ancestry.[5] He attended Newton North High School, and graduated in 1985, alongside comedian Louis C.K.[6][7]

At the age of 17 LeBlanc moved to New York to pursue a career in modelling.[7]

Career[edit]

1987–1994: Early career[edit]

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.[8] He also appeared in Alanis Morissette's single "Walk Away" in 1991, in 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.[9]

LeBlanc at the 1995 Emmy Awards. Photo by Alan Light.

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

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 wildly successful, and LeBlanc, along with his co-stars, gained wide recognition among viewers. This ensemble situation comedy became a major hit for NBC, airing on Thursday nights for ten years.[10]

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).

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

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.[11]

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.[12][13] The series is written by Friends co-creator David Crane and his partner Jeffrey Klarik.[14] 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.[15] The final season of Episodes, its fifth, began filming in 2016 and premiered in 2017.[16]

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.[9] He also appeared in the fourth episode of the nineteenth season, to race the New Kia Cee'd, and beat his previous time. In February 2016, the BBC announced LeBlanc was to be one of the new presenters of Top Gear.[17] In September 2016, LeBlanc signed a new two-year deal to continue hosting Top Gear.[18] It was confirmed on 31 May 2018 that LeBlanc had decided to leave Top Gear after 3 years on the show. Matt's last series will air in Autumn 2018. Matt said about leaving the show stating, "LeBlanc said that despite the show being "great fun", the "time commitment and extensive travel... takes me away from my family and friends more than I'm comfortable with." He added: "It's unfortunate, but for these reasons I will not be continuing my involvement with the show. I will forever be a Top Gear fan and I wish the team continued success. Thanks for a great drive." The twenty-sixth series will be the last with LeBlanc.[19]

Since 2016, LeBlanc has starred in the CBS sitcom Man with a Plan.[20]

Personal life[edit]

LeBlanc married Melissa McKnight (b. 1964 or 65), an American model, in May 2003.[21] 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.[21] 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 was also step-father to McKnight's two children from her first marriage, Tyler (b. 1991) and Jacqueline Esposito.[21][22]

LeBlanc and McKnight separated on January 1, 2006.[21][23] Later in March of that year, LeBlanc and McKnight filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. The divorce became final on October 6, 2006.[23]

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.[24]

In March 2018, LeBlanc confirmed that he was dating Aurora Mulligan, a producer on Top Gear.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1987 Doll Day Afternoon GI Joe Film debut
Short film
1990 Jon Bon Jovi: Miracle Friend Music video/short video
1991 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Into the Great Wide Open Young Man
1993 Grey Knight Terhue
Red Shoe Diaries 3: Another Woman's Lipstick Kyle Segment: "Just Like That"
1994 Lookin' Italian Anthony Manetti
1996 Ed Jack 'Deuce Cooper'
1997 Red Shoe Diaries 7: Burning Up Jed Segment: "Kidnap"
1998 Lost in Space Major Don West
2000 Bon Jovi: Say It Isn't So Unknown Music video/short video
Charlie's Angels Jason Gibbs
2001 All the Queen's Men O'Rourke
2003 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Jason Gibbs
2009 The Rembrandts: I'll Be There for You Joey Tribianni Music video/video short
2010 Jonah Hex N/A Executive producer
2014 Lovesick Charlie Darby

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1988–1989 TV 101 Chuck Bender Television debut
Series regular; 13 episodes
1989 Just the Ten of Us Todd Murphy 2 episodes
1990 Anything to Survive Billy Burton Television movie
Monsters Tommy Episode: "Shave and a Haircut, Two Bites"
1991 Top of the Heap Vinnie Verducci Recurring role; 7 episodes
Married...with Children 3 episodes
1992–1993 Vinnie & Bobby Series regular; 7 episodes
Red Shoe Diaries Tom's Brother, Jed Cody/Kyle 2 episodes
1993 Class of '96 Frank Goodman Episode: "Bright Smoke, Cold Fire"
1994 Reform School Girl Vince Television movie
Rebel Highway Episode: "Reform School Girl"
1994–2004 Friends Joey Tribbiani Series regular; 236 episodes
2004–2006 Joey Series regular; 46 episodes
2011–2017 Episodes Matt LeBlanc Series regular; 41 episodes
2012, 2016–2018[19] Top Gear Himself (host) Series regular; 21 episodes
Series 23, 24, 25 and 26
2013 Web Therapy Nick Jericho 3 episodes
Web Therapy Web series

2 episodes

2015 The Prince N/A Television movie

Producer

2016–present Man with a Plan Adam Burns Series regular; 37 episodes
Also executive producer

Awards and nominations[edit]

Association Year Category Title Result Ref
American Comedy Awards 2000 Funniest Supporting Male Performer in a Television Series Friends Nominated [25]
Golden Globe Awards 2003 Best Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical Friends Nominated
2004 Best Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical Friends Nominated
2005 Best Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical Joey Nominated
2012 Best Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical Episodes Won
2013 Best Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical Episodes Nominated
Golden Raspberry Awards 1997 Worst New Star Ed Nominated
1997 Worst Screen Couple (shared with Ed, the Mechanical Monkey) Ed Nominated
Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards 2002 Favorite Television Actor Friends Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Awards 1997 Best Ensemble in a Series Friends Nominated
1997 Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series Friends Won
1998 Best Ensemble in a Series Friends Nominated
1998 Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series Friends Nominated
1999 Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series Friends Nominated
2000 Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series Friends Nominated
2001 Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series Friends Nominated
2015 Best Actor in a Comedy Series Episodes Nominated
People's Choice Awards 2005 Favorite Male Television Star Joey Won
2017 Favorite Actor in a New Television Series Man with a Plan Won
Primetime Emmy Awards 2002 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Friends Nominated
2003 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Friends Nominated
2004 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Friends Nominated
2011 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Episodes Nominated
2013 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Episodes Nominated
2014 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Episodes Nominated
2015 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Episodes Nominated
Satellite Awards 2003 Best Actor in a Series – Comedy or Musical Friends Nominated
2004 Best Supporting Actor in a Series – Comedy or Musical Friends Nominated
2011 Best Actor in a Series – Comedy or Musical Episodes Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards 1996 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Friends Won
1999 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Friends Nominated
2000 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Friends Nominated
2001 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Friends Nominated
2002 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Friends Nominated
2003 Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Friends Nominated
2003 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Friends Nominated
2004 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Friends Nominated
Teen Choice Awards 2002 Choice TV Actor – Comedy Friends Won
2003 Choice TV Actor – Comedy Friends Nominated
2004 Choice TV Actor – Comedy Friends Nominated
2005 Choice TV Actor – Comedy Joey Nominated
Television Critics Association Awards 2002 Individual Achievement in Comedy Friends Nominated
TV Guide Awards 2000 Editor's Choice Award Friends Won

References[edit]

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