Matt LeBlanc

Matt LeBlanc

Birth name: Matthew Steven LeBlanc
Born: July 25, 1967
Age: 50
Birthplace: Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.
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Biography

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.

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Early life

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.

Career

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.

1994-2004: Breakout role as Joey Tribbiani

Main article: Friends

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).

2006-2011: Hiatus

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.

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 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.

Personal life

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.

Filmography

Film

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 Music Video/Short Video
1993 Grey Knight Terhue
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
2014 Lovesick Charlie Darby

Television

Year Title Role Notes
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
2012-present Top Gear Himself Host

series regular; 21 episodes

2013 Web Therapy Nick Jericho 3 episodes
2013 Web Therapy Nick Jericho Web Series

2 episodes

2015 The Prince Television Movie

Producer

2016-present Man with a Plan Adam Burns series regular; 37 episodes

also Executive Producer

Awards and Nominations

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.

Year Accolade Title Results
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

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