Matt LeBlanc

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - View original article

Matt LeBlanc

LeBlanc in 2010
BornMatthew Steven LeBlanc
(1967-07-25) July 25, 1967 (age 45)
Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.
OccupationActor, producer
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Melissa McKnight
(2003-2006; divorced; 1 child)
 
Jump to: navigation, search
Matt LeBlanc

LeBlanc in 2010
BornMatthew Steven LeBlanc
(1967-07-25) July 25, 1967 (age 45)
Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.
OccupationActor, producer
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Melissa McKnight
(2003-2006; divorced; 1 child)

Matthew Steven "Matt" LeBlanc (born July 25, 1967) is an American actor, best known for his role as Joey Tribbiani on the NBC sitcom Friends and its spin-off Joey. 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. LeBlanc won a Golden Globe award for his work on Episodes, after being nominated three times for his work as Joey Tribbiani on Friends.

Contents

Early life

LeBlanc was born in Newton, Massachusetts. His mother, Patricia, was an office manager, and his father, Paul LeBlanc, was a mechanic.[1][2] His mother was of Italian descent and his father was of French-Canadian ancestry.[3][4]

Career

In 1988, he landed his first regular TV role on the drama TV 101 which ran for one season. In 1990 he starred in Jon Bon Jovi's music video "Miracle," from Young Guns II sound track. In 1991 he starred in the music video for the Alanis Morissette single "Walk Away". He also appeared in the last seconds of the music video for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' "Into the Great Wide Open" in which he is seen playing the trumpet. In 1991, 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. In 1994, he starred in Bob Seger's "Night Moves" music video.[5]

LeBlanc found success in the role of Joey Tribbiani on Friends, and went on to play this character for twelve years — ten seasons of Friends and two seasons of Joey. Friends was successful and LeBlanc, along with his co-stars, gained wide recognition among viewers.

LeBlanc has appeared in the films Ed (1996), Lost in Space (1998), Charlie's Angels (2000), and All the Queen's Men (2001).

In 2000, LeBlanc starred in Bon Jovi's music video "Say It Isn't So".[6]

Matt LeBlanc's 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.[7][8] The series is written by Friends co-creator David Crane and his partner Jeffrey Klarik.[9] LeBlanc won the 2012 Golden Globe for Best Actor in a TV Series Comedy for his performance.[10] The second season of Episodes began airing on BBC Two on 11 May 2012.[11]

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.[5]. He also appeared in Series 19 Episode 4 to race the New Kia Cee'd, so the time could be compared to the old model.

Personal life

In May 2003, LeBlanc married Melissa McKnight, a former model.[12] 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.[12] Their daughter Marina, born in 2004, began suffering seizures at age eight months, which affected her motor skills. By the time she was two years old, however, the condition, thought to be a form of dysplasia, had largely receded.[12]

In June 2005, LeBlanc admitted to "careless and irresponsible" behavior with a stripper during a motorcycle trip to Canada.[12] LeBlanc and McKnight separated on January 1, 2006.[12][13] By that time, LeBlanc was involved in a relationship with actress Andrea Anders.[13] In March of that year, LeBlanc filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. The divorce became final on October 6, 2006.[13]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1990Anything to SurviveBilly BartonTelevision film
as Matthew LeBlanc
1993Grey KnightTerhuneUS video title: Ghost Brigade
International title: The Killing Box
1993Red Shoe Diaries 3: Another Woman's LipstickKyle
1994Reform School GirlVinceTelevision film
Lookin' ItalianAnthony ManettiUS video title: Showdown
1996EdJack 'Deuce' Cooper
1997Red Shoe Diaries 7: Burning UpJed
1998Lost in SpaceMajor Don West
2000Charlie's AngelsJason Gibbons
2001All the Queen's MenO'Rourke
2003Charlie's Angels: Full ThrottleJason Gibbons
2006The PrinceTelevision film, producer
2010Jonah HexExecutive producer
2013LovesickCharlie Darby

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1987Doll Day Afternoon[citation needed]GI JoeTV short
1988–1989TV 101Chuck Bender13 episodes
1989Just the Ten of UsTodd MurphyEpisodes: "Quarterback Sneak"; "That Championship Season"
1990MonstersTommyEpisode: "A Shave and a Haircut, Two Bites"
1991Top of the HeapVinnie Verducci7 episodes
1991Married... with ChildrenVinnie VerducciEpisodes: "Oldies But Young 'Uns"; "Top of the Heap"; "Kelly Does Hollywood: Part 1"
1991Vinnie & BobbyVinnie Verducci7 episodes
1991Red Shoe DiariesTom's BrotherEpisodes: "Just Like That"; "Kidnap"
1993Class of '96Frank GoodmanEpisode: "Bright Smoke, Cold Fire"
1994–2004FriendsJoey Tribbiani236 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (1995)
Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor - Comedy (2002)
TV Guide Award - Editors Choice (2000)
Nominated - American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Male Performer in a TV Series (2000)
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2002–2003)
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (2002–2004)
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2003)
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Television Series (2004)
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (1998–2003)
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series (2002)
Nominated - TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy (2002)
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor - Comedy (2003–2004)
2004–2006JoeyJoey Tribbiani46 episodes
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2004)
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor - Comedy (2005)
2011–PresentEpisodesFictional version of himself16 episodes
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2011)
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2012)
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (2011)
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2011)

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryWorkResult
1995Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesFriendsWon
2002Emmy Awards[14]Outstanding Lead Actor (comedy)FriendsNominated
2002Golden Globe AwardsBest Performance by An Actor in a Musical or ComedyFriendsNominated
2002Teen Choice AwardsTV Choice ActorFriendsWon
2003Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor (comedy)FriendsNominated
2003Golden Globe AwardsBest Performance by An Actor in a Musical or ComedyFriendsNominated
2004Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor (comedy)FriendsNominated
2004Golden Globe AwardsBest Performance by An Actor in a Musical or ComedyJoeyNominated
2005People's Choice AwardsFavorite Male Television StarJoeyWon
2011Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor (comedy)EpisodesNominated
2012Golden Globe AwardsBest Actor in a TV Musical or ComedyEpisodesWon
2013Golden Globe AwardsBest Actor in a TV Musical or ComedyEpisodesNominated

References

  1. ^ Matt LeBlanc Biography, FilmReference.com
  2. ^ http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20140080,00.html
  3. ^ http://www.teentelevision.com/2003/05/05/matt-leblanc-wed-in-hawaii
  4. ^ LeBlanc's mother came from Italy, though his father is French-Canadian
  5. ^ a b "Episode 2". BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01brd8t. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  6. ^ "Bon Jovi - Say It Isn' So". YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRSB-QZHpXM. Retrieved May 22, 2011.
  7. ^ Rampton, James (January 6, 2011). "Episodes: The one where Matt LeBlanc plays himself...". The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/features/episodes-the-one-where-matt-leblanc-plays-himself-2177012.html. Retrieved March 2, 2011.
  8. ^ "Matt LeBlanc Spoofs Himself On Comedy ‘Episodes’". access hollywood. January 4, 2011. http://www.accesshollywood.com/matt-leblanc-pokes-fun-at-the-world-of-tv-friends-and-himself-on-showtimes-episodes_article_41726. Retrieved March 2, 2011.
  9. ^ Parks, Tim (September 30, 2009). "LeBlanc to star as himself on 'Episodes'". Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/ustv/a179903/leblanc-to-star-as-himself-on-episodes.html. Retrieved September 30, 2009.
  10. ^ "Nominations & Winners". Golden Globes website. http://www.goldenglobes.org/nominations/. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  11. ^ http://www.tvequals.com/2012/03/15/weeds-season-8-and-episodes-season-2-announced/
  12. ^ a b c d e Wulff, Jennifer. "Matt Leblanc's Surprise Split", People, vol. 65, no. 15, April 17, 2006. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
  13. ^ a b c "Matt LeBlanc's Other Woman". People. April 6, 2006. http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,1180477,00.html. Retrieved March 27, 2009.
  14. ^ Matt LeBlanc Emmy Nominated

External links