Matt LeBlanc

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Matt LeBlanc
Matt LeBlanc, Arqiva British Academy Television Awards, 2013 (tone crop).jpg
BornMatthew Steven LeBlanc
(1967-07-25) July 25, 1967 (age 47)
Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.
OccupationActor, producer
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Melissa McKnight (2003–2006)
Children1
 
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Matt LeBlanc
Matt LeBlanc, Arqiva British Academy Television Awards, 2013 (tone crop).jpg
BornMatthew Steven LeBlanc
(1967-07-25) July 25, 1967 (age 47)
Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.
OccupationActor, producer
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Melissa McKnight (2003–2006)
Children1

Matthew Steven "Matt" LeBlanc (born July 25, 1967) is an American actor and producer, 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. He won a Golden Globe award for his work on Episodes, and was nominated for an Emmy three times for his work on Friends and three more for Episodes.

Early life[edit]

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

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. 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.

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. He has appeared in the films Lookin' Italian (1994), Ed (1996), Lost in Space (1998), Charlie's Angels (2000), and All the Queen's Men (2001).

In 1990, he appeared in two of Jon Bon Jovi's music videos: "Miracle", from the Young Guns II soundtrack, and "Say It Isn't So" in 2000.[5] 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,[6]

His 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.[6] He also appeared in Series 19 Episode 4 to race the New Kia Cee'd, and beat the old car time.

Personal life[edit]

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. By the time she was two years old, however, the condition, thought to be a form of dysplasia, had largely receded.[12]

LeBlanc and McKnight separated on January 1, 2006.[12][13] In March of that year, LeBlanc filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. The divorce became final on October 6, 2006.[13] He has been in a relationship with actress Andrea Anders since 2006.[13]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1993Grey KnightTerhuneaka Ghost Brigade and The Killing Box
1994Lookin' ItalianAnthony Manettiaka Showdown
1996EdJack 'Deuce' Cooper
1998Lost in SpaceMajor Don West
2000Charlie's AngelsJason Gibbons
2001All the Queen's MenO'Rourke
2003Charlie's Angels: Full ThrottleJason Gibbons
2014LovesickCharlie DarbyPost-production
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1987Doll Day Afternoon[citation needed]GI JoeTV short
1988–1989TV 101Chuck Bender13 episodes
1989Just the Ten of UsTodd Murphy2 episodes
1990Anything to SurviveBilly BartonTV film; credited as Matthew LeBlanc
1990MonstersTommyEpisode: "A Shave and a Haircut, Two Bites"
1991Married... with ChildrenVinnie Verducci3 episodes
1991Top of the HeapVinnie Verducci7 episodes
1991Vinnie & BobbyVinnie Verducci7 episodes
1991Red Shoe DiariesTom's Brother2 episodes
1993Class of '96Frank GoodmanEpisode: "Bright Smoke, Cold Fire"
1993, 1997Red Shoe DiariesKyle, JedEpisodes: "Another Woman's Lipstick" and "Burning Up" (segment: Kidnap)
1994Reform School GirlVinceTV film
1994–2004FriendsJoey Tribbiani236 episodes
2004–2006JoeyJoey Tribbiani46 episodes
2011–presentEpisodes"Matt LeBlanc"23 episodes
2013Web TherapyNick Jericho3 episodes (web series)
2013Web TherapyNick Jericho2 episodes (TV series)

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryWorkResult
1995Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesFriendsWon
2002Emmy Awards[14]Outstanding Lead Actor (comedy)Nominated
Golden Globe AwardsBest Actor – Television Series Musical or ComedyNominated
Teen Choice AwardsTV Choice ActorWon
2003Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor (comedy)Nominated
Golden Globe AwardsBest Actor – Television Series Musical or ComedyNominated
2004Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor (comedy)Nominated
Golden Globe AwardsBest Actor – Television Series Musical or ComedyJoeyNominated
2005People's Choice AwardsFavorite Male Television StarWon
2011Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor (comedy)EpisodesNominated
2012Golden Globe AwardsBest Actor – Television Series Musical or ComedyWon
2013Golden Globe AwardsNominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor (comedy)Nominated
2014Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor (comedy)Nominated

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Bon Jovi - Say It Isn' So". YouTube. Retrieved May 22, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Episode 2". BBC. Retrieved February 5, 2012. 
  7. ^ Rampton, James (January 6, 2011). "Episodes: The one where Matt LeBlanc plays himself...". The Independent. Retrieved March 2, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Matt LeBlanc Spoofs Himself On Comedy ‘Episodes’". access hollywood. January 4, 2011. Retrieved March 2, 2011. 
  9. ^ Parks, Tim (September 30, 2009). "LeBlanc to star as himself on 'Episodes'". Digital Spy. Retrieved September 30, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Nominations & Winners". Golden Globes website. 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 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. Retrieved March 27, 2009. 
  14. ^ Matt LeBlanc Emmy Nominated

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