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Matt LeBlanc
Matt LeBlanc
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LeBlanc in 2011
Born Matthew Steven LeBlanc
(1967-07-25) July 25, 1967 (age 50)
Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation Actor, television host
Years active 1987-present
Known for Friends
Episodes
Man with a Plan
Joey
Top Gear
Melissa McKnight (m. 2003; div. 2006)
Andrea Anders (2006-2015)
Aurora Mulligan (2016-present)
Children 1[1]

Matthew Steven LeBlanc (; born July 25, 1967)[2] is an American actor and television host. He attracted international recognition and acclaim for his portrayal of Joey Tribbiani on the 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. He plays Adam Burns in the CBS sitcom Man with a Plan.

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.[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]

At the age of 17 LeBlanc moved to New York to pursue a career in modelling.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9]

1994-2004: Breakout role as Joey Tribbiani

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.[10]

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).

LeBlanc at the 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards, with Meryl Streep, on January 15, 2012.

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.[11]

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.[12][13] The series is written by Friends co-creator David Crane and his partner Jeffrey Klarik.[14] 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.[15] The final season of Episodes, its fifth, began filming in 2016 and premiered in 2017.[16]

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.[9] 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.[17] In September 2016, LeBlanc signed a new two-year deal to continue hosting Top Gear.[18] It was confirmed on 31 May 2018 that LeBlanc had decided to leave Top Gear after 3 years on the show. Matt's last series will air in Autumn 2018. Matt said about leaving the show stating "LeBlanc said that despite the show being "great fun", the "time commitment and extensive travel... takes me away from my family and friends more than I'm comfortable with." He added: "It's unfortunate, but for these reasons I will not be continuing my involvement with the show. I will forever be a Top Gear fan and I wish the team continued success. Thanks for a great drive." The twenty-sixth series will be Matt's final series.[19]

Since 2016, LeBlanc has starred in the CBS sitcom Man with a Plan.[20]

Personal life

LeBlanc married Melissa McKnight (b. 1964 or 65), an American model, in May 2003.[21] 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.[21] 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 was also step-father to McKnight's two children from her first marriage, Tyler (b. 1991) and Jacqueline Esposito.[21][22]

LeBlanc and McKnight separated on January 1, 2006.[21][23] Later in March of that year, LeBlanc and McKnight filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. The divorce became final on October 6, 2006.[23]

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.[24]

In March 2018, LeBlanc confirmed that he was dating Aurora Mulligan, a producer on Top Gear.[7]

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
1993 Grey Knight Terhue
Red Shoe Diaries 3: Another Woman's Lipstick 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
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 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 3 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
Rebel Highway Episode: "Reform School Girl"
1994-2004 Friends Joey Tribbiani series regular; 236 episodes
2004-2006 Joey series regular; 46 episodes
2011-2017 Episodes Matt LeBlanc series regular; 41 episodes
2012, 2016-2018[25] Top Gear Himself Host

series regular; 21 episodes
Series; 23, 24, 25 and 26

2013 Web Therapy Nick Jericho 3 episodes
Web Therapy 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 winning one for Best Lead Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical in 2012, 7 Primetime Emmy award nominations, and 8 Screen Actors Guild award nominations winning one for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 1996.

Year Title Accolade Results Ref
1996 Friends Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Won
1997 Ed Golden Raspberry award for Worst New Star Nominated
Golden Raspberry award for Worst Screen Couple Nominated
Friends Online Film & Television Association award for Best Ensemble in a Series Nominated
Online Film & Television Association award for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series Won
1998 Online Film & Television Association award for Best Ensemble in a Series Nominated
Online Film & Television Association award for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
1999 Online Film & Television Association award for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
2000 American Comedy award for Funniest Supporting Male Performer in a Television Series Nominated
Online Film & Television Association award for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
TV Guide award for Editor's Choice award Won
2001 Online Film & Television Association award for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
2002 Nickelodeon Kid's Choice award for Favorite Television Actor Nominated
Primetime Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
Teen Choice award for Choice TV Actor - Comedy Won
Television Critics Association award for Individual Achievement in Comedy Nominated
2003 Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical Nominated
Primetime Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Satellite award for Best Actor in a Series - Comedy or Musical Nominated
Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
Teen Choice award for Choice TV Actor - Comedy Nominated
2004 Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical Nominated
Satellite award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Comedy Series or Musical Nominated
Primetime Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
Teen Choice award for Choice TV Actor - Comedy Nominated
2005 Joey Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical Nominated
People's Choice award for Favorite Male Television Star Won
Teen Choice award for Choice TV Actor - Comedy Nominated
2011 Episodes Primetime Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Satellite award for Best Actor in a Series - Comedy or Musical Nominated
2012 Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical Won
2013 Nominated
Primetime Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2014 Primetime Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2015 Online Film & Television Association award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Primetime Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2017 Man with a Plan People's Choice award for Favorite Actor in a New Television Series Won

References

  1. ^ "Matt LeBlanc Is Not Afraid To Live on the Wild Side". The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. October 22, 2016. Retrieved 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 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. UK. Archived from the original on January 7, 2015. Retrieved 2015. 
  6. ^ Radsken, Jill (September 20, 2015). "Louis C.K. and Matt LeBlanc, way back when". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2016. 
  7. ^ a b c Rose, Hilary (March 20, 2018). "Matt LeBlanc: 'I was getting divorced, work wasn't a priority -- it was a rough time' '". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 2018. 
  8. ^ "Bon Jovi - Say It Isn' So". YouTube. Retrieved 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "Top Gear; Series 18, Episode 2". BBC Two. Retrieved 2012. 
  10. ^ "Matt LeBlanc Biography - life, family, children, parents, name, story, wife, school, mother - Newsmakers Cumulation". www.notablebiographies.com. Retrieved 2017. 
  11. ^ "Matt LeBlanc on Life after 'Friends' and Taking a Six Year Hiatus". The Hollywood Reporter. June 27, 2014. Retrieved 2016. 
  12. ^ Rampton, James (January 6, 2011). "Episodes: The one where Matt LeBlanc plays himself..." The Independent. Retrieved 2011. 
  13. ^ "Matt LeBlanc Spoofs Himself On Comedy 'Episodes'". Access Hollywood. January 4, 2011. Retrieved 2011. 
  14. ^ Parks, Tim (September 30, 2009). "LeBlanc to star as himself on 'Episodes'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2009. 
  15. ^ "Nominations & Winners". Golden Globes. Archived from the original on January 8, 2010. Retrieved 2012. 
  16. ^ "'Episodes' Renewed for Nine Episode Season Five by Showtime". TV by the Numbers. June 10, 2015. Retrieved 2015. 
  17. ^ "Matt LeBlanc joins Top Gear!". Top Gear. Retrieved 2016. 
  18. ^ "Top Gear: Matt LeBlanc signs two-series deal". BBC News. September 26, 2016. Retrieved 2017. 
  19. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-44320696
  20. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 21, 2016). "CBS Sets Fall 2016 Premiere Dates, Slates JonBenet Ramsey Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2016. 
  21. ^ a b c d Wulff, Jennifer (April 17, 2006). "Matt Leblanc's Surprise Split". People. Vol. 65 no. 15. Retrieved 2010. 
  22. ^ 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 2017. 
  23. ^ a b "Matt LeBlanc's Other Woman". People. April 6, 2006. Retrieved 2009. 
  24. ^ Beard, Lanford (January 7, 2015). "Matt LeBlanc and Andrea Anders Break Up". People. 
  25. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-44320696

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