Matt LeBlanc

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Matt LeBlanc
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LeBlanc in 2011
Born Matthew Steven LeBlanc
(1967-07-25) July 25, 1967 (age 51)
Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation Actor, television host, comedian
Years active 1987–present
Known for Friends
Man with a Plan
Top Gear
Melissa McKnight
(m. 2003; div. 2006)
Partner(s) Andrea Anders (2006–2015)
Aurora Mulligan (2016–present)
Children 1[1]

Matthew Steven LeBlanc (/ləˈblɒŋk/; born July 25, 1967)[2] is an American actor, comedian and television host. He received international recognition for his portrayal of dim-witted womaniser 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 fictionalized 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. From 2016 to 2018, LeBlanc hosted the BBC series Top Gear. He plays Adam Burns in the CBS sitcom Man with a Plan since 2016.

Early life

LeBlanc was born in Newton, Massachusetts. His mother, Patricia (née 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]


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, in 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 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 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 the last with LeBlanc.[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]



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' Nominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst New Star
Nominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Couple (shared with the Mechanical Monkey)
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 N/A Executive producer
2014 Lovesick Charlie Darby


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
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (1996)
Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series (1997)
TV Guide Award for Editor's Choice award (2000)
Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor - Comedy (2002)
Nominated – American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Male Performer in a Television Series (2000)
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical (2003, 2004)
Nominated – Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Award for Favorite Television Actor (2002)
Nominated – Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Ensemble in a Series (1997, 1998)
Nominated – Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series (1997–2001)
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (2002–2004)
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical (2003)
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical (2004)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series (2003)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (1999–2004)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor, Comedy (2003, 2004)
Nominated – Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy (2002)
2004–2006 Joey Series regular; 46 episodes
People's Choice Award for Favorite Male Television Star (2005)
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical (2005)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor, Comedy (2005)
2011–2017 Episodes Matt LeBlanc Series regular; 41 episodes
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical (2012)
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical (2013)
Nominated – Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series (2015)
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (2011, 2013-2015)
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical (2011)
2012, 2016–2018[19] 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 N/A Television movie


2016–present Man with a Plan Adam Burns Series regular; 37 episodes
Also executive producer
People's Choice Award for Favorite Actor in a New Television Series


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