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Matt LeBlanc

LeBlanc at the 1995 Emmy Awards
Born Matthew Steven LeBlanc
July 25, 1967 (1967-07-25) (age 42)
Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation Actor, television producer
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Melissa McKnight
(2003-2006)

Matthew Steven "Matt" LeBlanc (born July 25, 1967) is an American actor, best known for his role as Joey Tribbiani in the NBC sitcoms Friends and Joey.

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Early life

LeBlanc was born in Newton, Massachusetts, the son of Patricia Grossman, an office manager, and Paul LeBlanc, a mechanic.[1] His mother is Italian American.[2] LeBlanc graduated from Newton North High School in 1985. Before Newton North, Matt attended Frank Ashley Day Junior High School and Williams Elementary School, both located in Newton. After high school he attended college at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA. He left shortly after starting his second semester.

Career

In the late 1980s, LeBlanc began appearing in a number of television ads, including well-known spots for Heinz, Levi's, 7 Up and Coca-Cola He did a Coca-Cola commercial just outside of Yuma, Arizona.[citation needed]

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 the Young Guns II sound track. In 1991 he starred in the music video for Alanis Morissette's single "Walk Away", in which he played her boyfriend. Later in 1991, he went on to star in a spin-off of Married... with Children entitled Top of the Heap. The short lived series only lasted 7 episodes in April and May 1991. He also played his Top of the Heap character Vinnie Verducci in a number of Married With Children episodes. LeBlanc also appeared in one episode of Red Shoe Diaries in 1991. In 1994, he starred in Bob Seger's "Night Moves" music video.

LeBlanc found most success in the role of Joey Tribbiani in 1994 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 television viewers. On the Jay Leno show, LeBlanc iterated that when he went for the audition, he was broke. However, after the show he was one of the highest paid actors on television.

LeBlanc's most notable movie roles have been in the films Ed (1996), Lost in Space (1998), Charlie's Angels (2000) and All the Queen's Men (2001).

LeBlanc is due to star in Episodes, a Showtime/BBC television series about a fictional British television series that is remade for an American audience. The series will be written by Friends co-creator David Crane and his partner Jeffrey Klarik, and will star LeBlanc as "himself".[3]

LeBlanc's production company, Fort Hill Productions, co-produced the made-for-TV movie, The Prince in 2006.

Personal life

On May 3, 2003, LeBlanc married his girlfriend of six years, Melissa McKnight. Together they have a daughter, Marina, who was born in 2004.

The couple separated on January 1, 2006, and in March of that year, LeBlanc filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. Their divorce became final on October 6, 2006. As of April 2006, LeBlanc was dating his former Joey co-star Andrea Anders.[4]

Filmography

Film

Year Film Role Notes
1990 Anything to Survive Billy Barton TV Movie
as Matthew LeBlanc
1993 Grey Knight Terhune USA Video Title: Ghost Brigade
International Title: The Killing Box
Red Shoe Diaries 3: Another Woman's Lipstick Kyle
1994 Reform School Girl Vince TV movie
1996 Ed Jack 'Deuce' Cooper
1997 Red Shoe Diaries 7: Burning Up Jed
1998 Lost in Space Major Don West
Lookin' Italian Anthony Manetti USA Video Title: Showdown
2000 Charlie's Angels Jason Gibbons
2001 All the Queen's Men O'Rourke
2003 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Jason Gibbons

Television

Year Series Role Notes
1988-1989 TV 101 Chuck Bender 13 episodes
1989 Just the Ten of Us Todd Murphy Episode: "Quarterback Sneak"
Episode: "That Championship Season"
1990 Monsters Tommy Episode: "A Shave and a Haircut, Two Bites"
1991 Top of the Heap Vinnie Verducci 7 episodes
Married... with Children Vinnie Verducci Episode: "Oldies But Young 'Uns"
Episode: "Top of the Heap"
Episode: "Kelly Does Hollywood: Part 1"
Vinnie & Bobby Vinnie Verducci 7 episodes
Red Shoe Diaries Tom's Brother Episode: "Just Like That"
Episode: "Kidnap"
1993 Class of '96 Frank Goodman Episode: "Bright Smoke, Cold Fire"
1994 - 2004 Friends Joey Tribbiani 238 episodes
2004 - 2006 Joey Joey Tribbiani 46 episodes
2010 Episodes Himself Pre-production[3]

Awards

Emmy Award

  • 2002 Nominated, "Outstanding Lead Actor - Comedy Series" - "Friends"
  • 2003 Nominated, "Outstanding Lead Actor - Comedy Series" - "Friends"
  • 2004 Nominated, "Outstanding Lead Actor - Comedy Series" - "Friends"

Primetime Emmy Award

  • 2002: Won, "Outstanding Comedy Series" - Friends (shared w/ co-stars)

Golden Globe Award

  • 2003 Nominated, "Best Performance by An Actor in a Musical or Comedy" - "Friends"
  • 2004 Nominated, "Best Performance by An Actor in a Musical or Comedy" - "Friends"
  • 2005 Nominated, "Best Performance by An Actor in a Musical or Comedy" - "Friends"

TV Guide Awards

  • 2000, Won, "Editor's Choice" - "Friends"

Teen Choice Awards

  • 2002, Won, "TV Choice Actor" - Comedy" - "Friends"

People's Choice Awards

  • 2005, Won, "Favorite Male Television Star" - "Friends"

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Matt LeBlanc
File:Matt leblanc 1995 emmy
Born Matthew Steven LeBlanc
July 25, 1967 (1967-07-25) (age 43)
Newton, Massachusetts, United States

Matthew Steven LeBlanc (born April 12, 1967) is an Emmy and Golden Globe nominated American actor, famous for his role as Joey Tribbiani on the TV sitcoms Friends (1994-2004) and Joey. In 2000, he won Editor's Choice in TV Guide Awards (as Friends). In 2002, he won TV - Choice Actor - Comedy at the Teen Choice Awards (as Friends). In 2005, he won Favorite Male Television Star at the People's Choice Awards.

He is married to Melissa McKnight.

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