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Matthew Steven LeBlanc (/ləˈblɒŋk/; born July 25, 1967) is an American actor and comedian.[2] He is best known for his portrayal of dim-witted, yet well-intentioned womaniser Joey Tribbiani in the NBC sitcom Friends and in its spin-off series Joey. For his work on Friends, LeBlanc received three Emmy Award nominations. He has also starred as a fictionalized version of himself in Episodes (2011–2017), for which he won a Golden Globe Award and received four additional Emmy Award nominations. He co-hosted Top Gear from 2016 to 2019. As of 2019, he plays Adam Burns in Man with a Plan.

Matt LeBlanc
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LeBlanc in 2011
Born
Matthew Steven LeBlanc

(1967-07-25) July 25, 1967 (age 52)
OccupationActor, comedian, executive producer
Years active1987–present
Known forFriends, Episodes, Man with a Plan, Joey, Top Gear
Spouse(s)
Melissa McKnight
(m. 2003; div. 2006)
Partner(s)
Children3[1]

Early lifeEdit

LeBlanc was born in Newton, Massachusetts. His mother, Patricia (née Di Cillo), was an office manager; 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] He moved to New York at the age of 17 to pursue a career in modelling.[7]

CareerEdit

1987–1994: Early careerEdit

 
LeBlanc at the 47th Primetime Emmy Awards, 1995

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 the protagonist's friends and boyfriend to his daughter. He went on to star in two short-lived spin-offs: Top of the Heap (1991) and Vinnie and Bobby (1992).

He appeared in two Jon Bon Jovi 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", Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' "Into the Great Wide Open", and in Bob Seger's "Night Moves".[9]

1994–2004: FriendsEdit

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 nomination. 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: HiatusEdit

Following the cancellation of Joey, LeBlanc announced that he would be taking a one-year hiatus from acting on TV, which eventually turned into five years. His next role would be as a fictionalized version of himself on Episodes.[11]

2011–present: Career revivalEdit

 
LeBlanc at the Golden Globes with Meryl Streep, 2012

From 2011, LeBlanc began appearing as a fictional version of himself in Episodes, a television series about a fictional American remake of an equally fictional British television series.[12][13] The series is written by Friends co-creator David Crane and his partner Jeffrey Klarik.[14] At the 69th Golden Globe Awards in 2012, LeBlanc won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a television series, musical, or comedy, and was nominated for an additional four Primetime Emmy Awards.[15]

In February 2012, LeBlanc appeared in the second episode of the eighteenth series of Top Gear, where he set the fastest lap time in the "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" segment in a Kia Cee'd. Lapping at 1:42.1, he beat the show's previous recordholder 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 had signed on to become one of the new Top Gear hosts,[16] signing a new two-year deal later that year.[17] He announced his decision to retire from the series in May 2018, having co-hosted it for three years. Despite the show being "great fun", he stated the "time commitment and extensive travel takes me away from my family and friends more than I'm comfortable with."[18]

LeBlanc plays the lead role in the CBS sitcom Man with a Plan, which began airing in 2016.[19]

Personal lifeEdit

LeBlanc married Melissa McKnight, a British-born American model, in May 2003.[20] They had been introduced in 1997 by McKnight's friend, wife of actor Lou Diamond Phillips. LeBlanc proposed to her a year later.[20] Their daughter, born in 2004, began suffering seizures at eight months old. By the time she was two years old, the condition, thought to be a form of dysplasia, had mostly subsided.[20][21] LeBlanc and McKnight divorced in October 2006, citing irreconcilable differences.[22]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

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
1995 The Rembrandts: I'll Be There for You Joey Tribianni Music video, video short
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
2010 Jonah Hex N/A Executive producer
2014 Lovesick Charlie Darby

TelevisionEdit

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 4 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
1994–2004 Friends Joey Tribbiani Lead; 236 episodes
2004–2006 Joey Series regular; 46 episodes
2011–2017 Episodes Matt LeBlanc Series regular; 41 episodes
2012 Top Gear Himself (guest) 1 episode
2013 Web Therapy Nick Jericho 3 episodes
Web Therapy Web series; 2 episodes
2015 The Prince Television movie, producer
2016–2019 Top Gear Himself (host) 24 episodes (series 23, 24, 25, 26)
2016–present Man with a Plan Adam Burns Series regular; 37 episodes, executive producer

ReferencesEdit

  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. London. 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. ^ a b Rose, Hilary (March 20, 2018). "Matt LeBlanc: 'I was getting divorced, work wasn't a priority — it was a rough time' '". The Times. London. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  8. ^ "Bon Jovi – Say It Isn' So". YouTube. Retrieved May 22, 2011.
  9. ^ a b "Top Gear; Series 18, Episode 2". BBC Two. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  10. ^ "Matt LeBlanc Biography - life, family, children, parents, name, story, wife, school, mother - Newsmakers Cumulation". www.notablebiographies.com. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  11. ^ "Matt LeBlanc on Life after 'Friends' and Taking a Six Year Hiatus". The Hollywood Reporter. June 27, 2014. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  12. ^ Rampton, James (January 6, 2011). "Episodes: The one where Matt LeBlanc plays himself..." The Independent. London. Retrieved March 2, 2011.
  13. ^ "Matt LeBlanc Spoofs Himself On Comedy 'Episodes'". Access Hollywood. January 4, 2011. Retrieved March 2, 2011.
  14. ^ Parks, Tim (September 30, 2009). "LeBlanc to star as himself on 'Episodes'". Digital Spy. Retrieved September 30, 2009.
  15. ^ "Nominations & Winners". Golden Globes. Archived from the original on January 8, 2010. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  16. ^ "Matt LeBlanc joins Top Gear!". Top Gear. February 4, 2016. Retrieved February 4, 2016.
  17. ^ "Top Gear: Matt LeBlanc signs two-series deal". BBC News. September 26, 2016. Retrieved August 22, 2017.
  18. ^ "Matt LeBlanc to leave Top Gear". BBC News. May 31, 2018. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  19. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 21, 2016). "CBS Sets Fall 2016 Premiere Dates, Slates JonBenet Ramsey Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  20. ^ a b c Wulff, Jennifer (April 17, 2006). "Matt Leblanc's Surprise Split". People. Vol. 65 no. 15. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
  21. ^ 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.
  22. ^ "Matt LeBlanc's Other Woman". People. April 6, 2006. Retrieved March 27, 2009.

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