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Also Known As: Matthew Steven Leblanc, Matthew Leblanc Died:
Born: July 25, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Newton, Massachusetts, USA Profession: actor, model

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A former model and commercial actor who utilized his working-class persona and easy charm for comedic effect, actor Matt LeBlanc struggled through a number of failed series before becoming one of the highest-paid performers on television as a cast member of the long-running "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004). As the dim-witted but good-natured Joey Tribiani, a struggling actor and serial lothario, LeBlanc became an instant household name alongside his co-stars Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox. But just like his cast mates, LeBlanc struggled to translate his small screen success to feature films. LeBlanc had the toughest time with his big screen career despite a major supporting role in the critically maligned "Lost in Space" (1998) and the monster hit "Charlie's Angels" (2000). LeBlanc returned to series television with "Joey" (NBC, 2004-06), which depicted the continuing adventures of Joey Tribiani in Los Angeles. Despite heavy promotion, audience interest in "Joey" waned by season's end, leading to the show's cancellation in the middle of season two. He would go on to critical acclaim by lampooning himself on "Episodes" (Showtime, 2010- ). Regardless of his...

A former model and commercial actor who utilized his working-class persona and easy charm for comedic effect, actor Matt LeBlanc struggled through a number of failed series before becoming one of the highest-paid performers on television as a cast member of the long-running "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004). As the dim-witted but good-natured Joey Tribiani, a struggling actor and serial lothario, LeBlanc became an instant household name alongside his co-stars Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox. But just like his cast mates, LeBlanc struggled to translate his small screen success to feature films. LeBlanc had the toughest time with his big screen career despite a major supporting role in the critically maligned "Lost in Space" (1998) and the monster hit "Charlie's Angels" (2000). LeBlanc returned to series television with "Joey" (NBC, 2004-06), which depicted the continuing adventures of Joey Tribiani in Los Angeles. Despite heavy promotion, audience interest in "Joey" waned by season's end, leading to the show's cancellation in the middle of season two. He would go on to critical acclaim by lampooning himself on "Episodes" (Showtime, 2010- ). Regardless of his post-"Friends" struggles, LeBlanc remained one of the more recognizable and beloved television actors working in the business.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Lovesick (2013)
2.
3.
 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003) Jason Gibbons
4.
 All the Queen's Men (2001) Steven O'Rourke
5.
 Charlie's Angels (2000) Jason
6.
 Lost in Space (1998) Don West
7.
 Ed (1996) Cooper
8.
 Showdown (1995) Anthony Manetti
9.
 Motorcycle Gang (1994)
10.
 Reform School Girl (1994) Vince
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Raised in Newton, MA
1984:
Moved to NYC at age 17
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Appeared in a number of national commercials including Levi's, Coca Cola, Heinz Ketchup and Doritos
1988:
TV series debut, "TV 101" (credited as Matthew LeBlanc)
1990:
TV-movie debut, "Anything to Survive" (ABC)
1991:
Co-starred as Vinnie Verducci on Fox's short-lived "Married...With Children" spinoff "Top of the Heap"
1992:
Co-starred on the short-lived "Top of the Heap" spinoff, "Vinnie and Bobby" (Fox)
1994:
Appeared in two Showtime "Rebel Highway" movies, "Motorcycle Gang" and "Reform School Girl"
1994:
Played loveable goof Joey Tribbiani on the hit NBC ensemble sitcom "Friends"
1996:
Feature debut, "Ed"
1998:
Played fighter pilot Don West in the feature version of "Lost in Space"
2000:
Made uncredited cameo appearance as Lucy Liu's love interest in the feature "Charlie's Angels"
2002:
Starred in "All the Queen's Men" as an American who leads a team of British agents in obtaining a coding device
2002:
Cast as Lucy Liu's love interest in "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle"
2004:
Reprised role of Joey Tribbiani on NBC's "Joey," a spin-off from the award winning sitcom "Friends"
2011:
Cast as a fictitious TV star (and "Friends" alum) named Matt LeBlanc on the Showtime series "Episodes"
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in Comedy Series
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Education

Newton North High School: Newton , Massachusetts -

Notes

"[Growing up with Joey has] changed my life. It's weird how you always have those kinds of profound moments where art imitates life, absolutely coincidentally. Joey's grown as a character quite a bit, and I've grown as a person quite a bit. But the fame thing is an uncomfortable suit for me. ... Fame is just a different set of problems."---LeBlanc talking about "Friends" to People April 19, 2004

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wife:
Melissa McKnight. Born c. 1965; announced engagement in November 1998; has a daughter (Jacki) and son (Tyler) from her former marriage to rock singer Anthony Esposito; married May 03, 2003 in Kauai, Hawaii.

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father:
Paul LeBlanc. Mechanic. Born c. 1941; divorced from LeBlanc's mother in 1974.
mother:
Pat Grossman. Office manager. Born c. 1941; divorced from LeBlanc's father in 1974.
daughter:
Marina LeBlanc. Born February 8, 2004; mother is wife Melissa McKnight.

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