Matt LeBlanc was born on 25 July 1967 in
Newton, MA, a suburb of Boston. His mother, Patt Grossman, is Italian,
and his father, Paul LeBlanc, is of Irish, English and French ancestry.
Matt LeBlanc graduated from Newton North
High School in 1985. Young LeBlanc was a motorcycle enthusiast, and
considered pursuing a career in motorcycle racing. After high school
LeBlanc began modeling, appearing in “Damron,” a gay travel guide for
men. In 1987 Matt LeBlanc earned a role in a commercial for Heinz Ketchup. Until the end of the decade Matt LeBlanc was known as “King of Commercials,” starring in ads for Levis Jeans, Doritos, and Coca-Cola.
Matt LeBlanc earned fame in 1994 when
the then struggling actor earned the role of Joey Tribbiani in the hit
series “Friends.” LeBlanc’s stardom continued until 2004, when
“Friends” went off the air. The same year Matt LeBlanc starred in the “Friends” spin-off, “Joey,” but the show proved unpopular among the loyal “Friends” audience.
In 2003 Matt LeBlanc married longtime
girlfriend, Missy McKnight. The couple had one child, Mariana LeBlanc,
who was sadly diagnosed with a rare brain disorder that affects her
motor skills. Soon after the birth of their daughter, Matt
LeBlanc issued a public apology to his wife for having inappropriate
contact with an exotic dancer. In 2006 the couple filed for divorce,
citing irreconcilable differences.
Though Matt LeBlanc is the only cast
member of “Friends” who was never invited to host Saturday Night Live,
he is still pursuing a television and screen actor. LeBlanc’s hobbies
include carpentry, parachute jumping, and landscape photography. He
lives with his three dogs, Lady, Shadow, and Jay.