Born: July 25, 1967
Birthplace: Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Matthew Steven LeBlanc (/ləˈblɒŋk/; born July 25, 1967) is an American actor, television host, comedian and producer. He studied in Newton North High School (Massachusetts). He attracted international recognition and acclaim for his portrayal of Joey Tribbiani on the popular 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 fictional 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, based on the 1977 series of the same name, and portrays Adam Burns in the CBS sitcom Man with a Plan.
LeBlanc was born in Newton, Massachusetts. His mother, Patricia (Di Cillo), was an office manager, and his father, Paul LeBlanc, was a mechanic. His father is French-Canadian and his mother is an American of Italian ancestry. He attended Newton North High School, where he majored in carpentry, and graduated in 1985, alongside comedian Louis C.K.
At the age of 17 LeBlanc moved to New York to pursue a career in modelling.
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.
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. This ensemble situation comedy became a major hit for NBC, airing on Thursday nights for ten years.
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).
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.
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 final season of Episodes, its fifth, began filming in 2016 and premiered in 2017.
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 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. In September 2016, LeBlanc signed a new two-year deal to continue hosting Top Gear.
Since 2016, LeBlanc has starred in the CBS sitcom Man with a Plan.
LeBlanc married Melissa McKnight (b. 1965), an American 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, Tyler (b. 1991) and Jacqueline Esposito.
LeBlanc and McKnight separated on January 1, 2006. Later in March of that year, LeBlanc and McKnight filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. The divorce became final on October 6, 2006.
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.
In March 2018 LeBlanc confirmed that he was dating Aurora Mulligan a producer on Top Gear.
|1987||Doll Day Afternoon||GI Joe||film debut
|1990||Jon Bon Jovi: Miracle||Friend||Music Video/Short Video|
|1991||Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Into the Great Wide Open||Young Man||Music Video/Short Video|
|1993||Red Shoe Diaries 3: Another Woman's Lipsticok||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|
|2000||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||Executive Producer|
|1988-1989||TV 101||Chuck Bender||series regular; 13 episodes|
|1989||Just the Ten of Us||Todd Murphy||2 episodes|
|1990||Anything to Survive||Billy Burton||Television Movie|
|1990||Monsters||Tommy||Episode: "Shave and a Haircut, Two Bites"|
|1991||Top of the Heap||Vinnie Verducci||recurring role; 7 episodes|
|1991||Married...with Children||Vinnie Verducci||3 episodes|
|1992-1993||Vinnie & Bobby||Vinnie Verducci||series regular; 7 episodes|
|1992-1993||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|
|1994||Rebel Highway||Vince||Episode: "Reform School Girl"|
|1994-2004||Friends||Joey Tribianni||series regular; 236 episodes|
|2004-2006||Joey||Joey Tribianni||series regular; 46 episodes|
|2011-2017||Episodes||Matt LeBlanc||series regular; 41 episodes|
series regular; 21 episodes
|2013||Web Therapy||Nick Jericho||3 episodes|
|2013||Web Therapy||Nick Jericho||Web Series
|2015||The Prince||Television Movie
|2016-present||Man with a Plan||Adam Burns||series regular; 37 episodes
also Executive Producer
Matt has received multiple awards and nominations for his work in television. His most awarded roles are Joey Tribianni on Friends (1994-2004), Joey (2004-2006), and himself on Episodes (2011-2017), which have earned him 5 Golden Globe award nominations, 7 Primetime Emmy award nominations, and 8 Screen Actors Guild award nominations.
|1996||Screen Actors Guild award, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Friends||Won|
|1997||Golden Raspberry award, Worst New Star||Ed||Nominated|
|1997||Online Film & Television Association award, Best Ensemble in a Series||Friends||Nominated|
|1997||Online Film & Television Association award, Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Friends||Won|
|1998||Online Film & Television Association award, Best Ensemble in a Series||Friends||Nominated|
|1998||Online Film & Television Association award, Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Friends||Nominated|
|1999||Online Film & Television Association award, Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Friends||Nominated|
|2000||Screen Actors Guild award, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Friends||Nominated|
|2000||American Comedy award, Funniest Supporting Male Performer in a Television Series||Friends||Nominated|
|2000||Online Film & Television Association award, Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Friends||Nominated|
|2000||TV Guide award, Editor's Choice award||Friends||Won|
|2001||Online Film & Television Association award, Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Friends||Nominated|
|2001||Screen Actors Guild award, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Friends||Nominated|
|2002||Nickelodeon Kid's Choice award, Favorite Television Actor||Friends||Nominated|
|2002||Primetime Emmy award, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||Friends||Nominated|
|2002||Screen Actors Guild award, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Friends||Nominated|
|2002||Teen Choice award, Choice TV Actor - Comedy||Friends||Won|
|2002||Television Critics Association award, Individual Achievement in Comedy||Friends||Nominated|
|2003||Golden Globe award, Best Lead Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical||Friends||Nominated|
|2003||Primetime Emmy award, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||Friends||Nominated|
|2003||Satellite award, Best Lead Actor in a Series - Comedy or Musical||Friends||Nominated|
|2003||Screen Actors Guild award, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series||Friends||Nominated|
|2003||Screen Actors Guild award, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Friends||Nominated|
|2003||Teen Choice award, Choice TV Actor - Comedy||Friends||Nominated|
|2004||Golden Globe award, Best Lead Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical||Friends||Nominated|
|2004||Primetime Emmy award, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||Friends||Nominated|
|2004||Satellite award, Best Supporting Actor in a Series - Comedy or Musical||Friends||Nominated|
|2004||Screen Actors Guild award, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Friends||Nominated|
|2004||Teen Choice award, Choice TV Actor - Comedy||Friends||Nominated|
|2005||Golden Globe award, Best Lead Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical||Joey||Nominated|
|2005||People's Choice award, Favorite Male Television Star||Joey||Won|
|2005||Teen Choice award, Choice TV Actor - Comedy||Joey||Nominated|
|2011||Primetime Emmy award, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||Episodes||Nominated|
|2011||Satellite award, Best Lead Actor in a Series - Comedy or Musical||Episodes||Nominated|
|2012||Golden Globe award, Best Lead Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical||Episodes||Won|
|2013||Golden Globe award, Best Lead Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical||Episodes||Nominated|
|2013||Primetime Emmy award, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||Episodes||Nominated|
|2014||Primetime Emmy award, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||Episodes||Nominated|
|2015||Online Film & Television Association award, Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||Episodes||Nominated|
|2015||Primetime Emmy award, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||Episodes||Nominated|
|2017||People's Choice award, Favorite Actor in a New Television Series||Man with a Plan||Won|