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Updated: April 21, 2024

Matt LeBlanc was born in Newton, Massachusetts, the son of Patricia Grossman, an office manager, and Paul LeBlanc, a mechanic.

Career: In the late 1980s, LeBlanc began appearing in a number of television ads, including spots for Heinz, Levi's, 7 Up and Coca-Cola.

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 Alanis Morissette single "Walk Away". He also appeared in the last seconds of the music video for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers's "Into the Great Wide Open." In 1991, he went on to star in a spin-off of Married... with Children titled Top of the Heap. The Fox Broadcasting series lasted seven episodes airing 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 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".

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. The series is written by Friends co-creator David Crane and his partner Jeffrey Klarik.

Personal Life: In May 2003, LeBlanc married Melissa McKnight, an ex-model. 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. Their daughter Marina, born in 2004, began suffering seizures at age eight months, severely affecting her motor skills. By the time she was two years old, however, the condition, thought to be a form of dysplasia, had largely receded.

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

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