Matt LeBlanc bio, family, relationships, career, and net worth

Who is Matt LeBlanc?

Matt LeBlanc is a name that needs no introduction. This American actor, TV producer, and comedian rose to fame with his role as Joey Tribbiani in the iconic NBC sitcom “Friends.”

Did you know that “Matt” is a shortened form of “Matthew,” a Hebrew name that means “gift of God”? It’s certainly fitting, as LeBlanc’s portrayal of Joey is a gift that keeps giving. Throughout the show, Joey’s character is known for his silly, food-loving, and womanizing ways and his loyalty to his friends. LeBlanc’s critically acclaimed performance in this role led to his immense success in the entertainment industry.

LeBlanc’s outstanding performance as Joey earned him several award nominations, including three Emmy Awards. His popularity inspired a spin-off show, “Joey,” which focused solely on his character.

Beyond “Friends” and “Joey,” LeBlanc has been involved in many other successful projects, such as “Episodes,” “Top Gear,” and “Man with a Plan.” His performance in “Episodes” earned him four Emmy Award nominations.

In his personal life, LeBlanc has been in a relationship with documentary film producer Aurora Mulligan. He was previously married to American actress Melissa McKnight, with whom he shares a daughter named Marina Pearl LeBlanc.

Keep reading if you want to learn more about Matt LeBlanc and his inspiring journey to success!

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Matt LeBlanc Biography

quick facts

Full nameMatthew Steven LeBlanc
NicknameMatty
BirthdayJuly 25, 1967
Age56 years old
Sun signLeo
TraitsPositive: energetic, outgoing, and strong
Negative: arrogant and egoistic
BirthplaceNewton, Massachusetts, USA
Current residenceLos Alamos, California, USA
NationalityAmerican
ParentsPaul LeBlanc,
Patricia Di Collo
SiblingsJustin LeBlanc
Marital statusDivorced
SpouseMelissa McKnight (2003–2006)
ChildrenMarina Pearl LeBlanc
EducationWentworth Institute of Technology – One Semester,
Newton North High School
ProfessionActor and producer
Net worthUSD 120 million
Social mediaInstagram,
Twitter,
Facebook
Height5’9 inch (1.77 m)
Eye colorDark Brown
Hair ColorDark Brown

Early life

Matt LeBlanc childhood photo
Matt LeBlanc childhood photo

Matt LeBlanc was born on July 25, 1967, in Newton, Massachusetts, USA, to Paul LeBlanc and Patricia (Di Collo) Grossman. Growing up, he had a typical middle-class American childhood.

Matt’s parents separated when he was just a child, and he moved in with his mother and stepfather, after which his mother married Ray Grossman. They had a daughter named Alison, Matt’s half-sister.

As a Leo, Matt LeBlanc shares several characteristic traits with those born under the sign of the Lion. Leos are often known for their outgoing, assertive, and natural leadership skills. In addition, they have a magnetic personality and are often the life of the party.

Leos are also known for being fiercely independent and determined, with a strong sense of self-confidence. They have a natural entrepreneurial spirit, and their progressive nature makes them dedicated to achieving their goals. Additionally, Leos have a strong creative streak, which they often channel into their work and hobbies.

LeBlanc completed his high school education at Newton North High School, where he actively participated in extracurricular activities like baseball and wrestling. Interestingly, he graduated in the same year as the famous American comedian Louis C.K.

Despite his love for sports, Matt’s passion for acting was always evident. He took part in several school plays and even won a drama award. However, during high school, he discovered his talent for comedy, which would later become his trademark as an actor.

Matt was raised in a household with strong Italian and French-Canadian cultural influences. This heritage has inspired several of his on-screen roles, often with him playing the part of an Italian-American character.

Despite facing challenges in his childhood, LeBlanc’s determination, talent, and hard work have earned him a place among the most successful performers in the entertainment industry.

Parents

Matt LeBlanc had a difficult relationship with his father, Paul LeBlanc, who abandoned him and his mother when he was just a baby. He didn’t meet his father until he was eight years old. Matt has spoken publicly about his parents’ complicated relationship, with his father’s infidelity being a major factor in their failed marriage.

In contrast, Matt’s mother, Patricia (Di Collo) Grossman, was a strong and supportive figure. After separating from his father, Patricia married Ray Grossman, who became Matt’s stepfather. Matt has spoken positively about his relationship with Ray, who he has credited with providing a positive male role model in his life.

Matt has a half-sister named Alison from his mother’s marriage to Ray Grossman. While there is limited information about their relationship, it is clear that Matt has maintained a strong connection with his mother and stepfather throughout his life. Despite his complicated relationship with his father, Matt’s strong family bonds have helped him navigate the ups and downs of his successful career.

relationships

Matt LeBlanc, the American actor and comedian, met his future wife Melissa McKnight in 1997 through mutual friends Kelly and Lou Diamond Phillips. The couple quickly hit it off and started dating. In 1998, they became engaged, and the couple officially tied the knot on May 3, 2003, after five years of dating.

Their wedding took place in Kauai, Hawaii, on an oceanfront bluff. More than 150 guests, including Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, and Lisa Kudrow, attended the ceremony. The reception featured a traditional Hawaiian luau, and the couple shared their first dance to “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain.

After their wedding, the couple settled in Encino, California, and Melissa became pregnant with their daughter, Marina. She was born on February 8, 2004. Unfortunately, when Marina was just eight months old, she was diagnosed with a rare brain disorder called cortical dysplasia. This caused a strain on Matt and Melissa’s marriage as they spent most of their time caring for their daughter.

Their relationship started to fall apart, and in 2005, Matt admitted to having an encounter with a Canadian lap dancer named Stephanie Stephen. It led to a significant strain in his relationship with Melissa. In 2006, the couple publicly announced their separation due to irreconcilable differences.

Despite the issues in their marriage, Matt and Melissa ended their relationship in an amicable atmosphere. They shared custody of their daughter and ended their marriage without a lawyer. The split’s main reason was Matt’s infidelity, which caused irreparable damage to their relationship.

After their divorce, Matt started dating his “Joey” co-star, Andrea Anders, but their relationship ended in 2015. Matt is currently in a relationship with Aurora Mulligan, a documentary filmmaker he met while filming “Top Gear.”

Melissa McKnight

Melissa McKnight and Matt LeBlanc
Melissa McKnight and Matt LeBlanc

Melissa McKnight was born in the United States on March 10, 1965. She was raised in Massachusetts and pursued a career in modeling. Melissa has worked as a model and actress in some TV commercials.

In 1997, she met Matt LeBlanc through a mutual friend, and the couple fell in love soon after. Melissa was previously married to Anthony Esposito, with whom she has a son, Tyler. After her marriage with Anthony ended, Melissa moved on to start a new life with Matt LeBlanc.

The couple dated for a year before getting engaged in 1998. However, they waited for five more years to get married

Marina Pearl LeBlanc

Matt LeBlanc has a daughter named Marina Pearl LeBlanc. She was born on February 8, 2004, in California, USA. Marina was diagnosed with cortical dysplasia when she was just 11 months old. According to medical sources, the disease occurs before a child’s birth when developing brain cells or neurons fail to reach the brain’s required parts. The condition affected the left side of her brain, leading her to suffer from seizures and stopping her ability to crawl and walk.

Matt LeBlanc and his daughter, Marina Pearl LeBlanc.
Matt LeBlanc and his daughter, Marina Pearl LeBlanc.

Marina’s health took a significant toll on her father’s mental health. In an interview with The Telegraph UK, Matt shared, “I didn’t feel like being funny. I had a lot going on in my personal life.” He even took a break from his career to spend more time with his daughter.

During this time, Matt moved to the Santa Barbara cattle ranch where his daughter and then-wife, Melissa McKnight, lived. Matt devoted his free time to his daughter and helped her with her condition.

Fortunately, Marina’s health has improved over the years. Today, although her parents divorced, she leads a happy and healthy life. Despite the split, Matt maintains a good relationship with his daughter. He rarely makes public appearances and prefers staying home with her, engaging in outdoor activities like horseback riding and hiking.

Matt is devoted to being a better father than what he remembers of his father. Although he did not have a father figure, he understood fatherhood’s power when Marina was born.

Aurora Mulligan

Matt LeBlanc with current girlfriend, Aurora Mulligan.
Matt LeBlanc with Aurora Mulligan.

Matt LeBlanc began dating Aurora Mulligan, a director, producer, and former actor born in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, in 2016. The couple first met on the sets of ‘Top Gear,’ where Aurora played a bride’s cameo role, and they have been together ever since.

Matt and Aurora’s relationship has been going strong, and the pair are often seen together at public events. In 2017, Matt confirmed their relationship when he affectionately called Aurora “honey” during an appearance on ‘The Late Late Show.’

The couple has shared several photos of each other on social media, with Matt posting a picture of himself and Aurora outside his dressing room, captioning it with, “I’m going to be on tonight, and my honey came to support me. How nice.”

Despite Matt’s previous relationships, he seems to have found love and happiness with Aurora. The Sun once reported other names previously linked to Matt, including Tonya Poole, Gabrielle Reece, Jenna Jameson, Minnie Driver, and Jennifer Aniston. However, Matt’s relationship with Aurora appears to be serious and committed.

Matt LeBlanc career

Matt Leblanc at the 69th annual Golden Globes Awards

Matt LeBlanc began his career as a model in 1984 when he moved to New York City at the age of 17. Despite being rejected for height, he landed various commercial roles and small parts in television shows and music videos. In 1994, he landed the breakthrough role of Joey Tribbiani in the popular sitcom “Friends,” which earned him critical acclaim and numerous award nominations.

After “Friends” ended in 2004, LeBlanc starred in various movies and the short-lived spin-off series “Joey.” He took a five-year break from acting due to personal issues, including his daughter’s illness, before returning in 2011 with the series “Episodes.”

He won a Golden Globe Award for his role in the series and received several Emmy nominations. In 2016, he co-hosted “Top Gear” and played the lead role in the sitcom “Man with a Plan,” which he also produced. “Man with a Plan” ended in 2020 after four seasons.

Filmography and awards

YearTitleRoleNotesAward / Nomination
2020Friends: The Reunion (The One Where They Get Back Together)HimselfTV Special
2019-2020Man with a PlanAdam BurnsTelevision seriesPeople’s Choice Awards for Favorite Actor in New TV Series
2016-2019Top GearHostTelevision show
2015The PrinceProducerTelevision movie
2014LovesickCharlie DarbyFilm
2013Web TherapyNick JerichoWeb series
2012Top GearHostTelevision series
2011-2017EpisodesMatt LeBlanc (Himself)Television seriesSatellite Awards for Best Lead Actor(nomination),
Primetime Emmy Awards for Lead Actor (nomination),
Golden Globe Awards for Best Performance (nomination),

2010Jonah HexExecutive ProducerFilm
2006-2019Top GearHostTelevision show
2004-2006JoeyJoey TribbianiTelevision seriesTeen Choice Awards (nomination),
Golden Globes Awards for Best Performance by an Actor (nomination),
2003Charlie’s Angels: Full ThrottleJason GibbsFilm
2001All the Queen’s MenO’RourkeFilm
2000Charlie’s AngelsJason GibbsFilm
2000Bon Jovi: Say It Isn’t SoFilm
1998Lost in SpaceMajor Don WestFilm
1997Red Shoe Diaries 7: Burning UpJedFilm
1996EdJack ‘Deuce’ CooperFilm
1994-2004FriendsJoey TribbianiTelevision seriesScreen Actors Guild Awards (1 win, 4 nominations),
American Comedy Awards (nomination),
Online Film & Television Association Awards (1 win, 4 nominations),
TV Guide Awards (1 win),
Golden Globe Awards (nomination),
Primetime Emmy Awards (nomination),
Teen Choice Awards (2 wins, 4 nominations),
People’s Choice Awards (1 win)
1994Reform School GirlVinceTelevision movie
1994Lookin’ ItalianAnthony ManettiFilm
1993Grey KnightTerhuneFilm
1993Class of ’96Frank GoodmanTelevision series
1992-1993Vinnie & BobbyVinnie VerducciTelevision series
1992-1993Red Shoe DiariesJed Cody/ KyleTelevision series
1991Top of the HeapVinnie VerducciTelevision series
1991Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Into the Great Wide OpenYoung manMusic Video
1991Married … with ChildrenVinnie VerducciTelevision series
1990MonstersTommyEpisode: “Shave and a Haircut, Two Bites”
1990Jon Bon Jovi: MiracleFriendMusic Video
1990Anything to Survive
YearTitleRoleNotes
1987Doll Day AfternoonGI JoeShort Film
1988-1989TV 101Chuck BenderTelevision series
1989Just the Ten of UsTodd MurphyTelevision series
1990Anything to SurviveBilly BurtonTelevision movie
1990Jon Bon Jovi: MiracleFriendMusic Video
1990MonstersTommyEpisode: “Shave and a Haircut, Two Bites”
1991Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Into the Great Wide OpenYoung manMusic Video
1991Top of the HeapVinnie VerducciTelevision series
1991Married … with ChildrenVinnie VerducciTelevision series (4 episodes)
1992-1993Vinnie & BobbyVinnie VerducciTelevision series
1992-1993Red Shoe DiariesJed Cody/ KyleTelevision series (2 episodes)
1993Class of ‘96Frank GoodmanTelevision series episode: “Bright Smoke, Cold Fire.”
1993Grey KnightTerhuneFilm
1994Lookin’ ItalianAnthony ManettiFilm
1994Reform School GirlVinceTelevision movie
1994-2004FriendsJoey TribbianiTelevision Series
1995FriendsJoey TribbianiMusic Video
1996EdJack Deuce CooperFilm
1997Red Shoe Diaries 7: Burning UpJedFilm
1998Lost in SpaceMajor Don WestFilm
2000Bon Jovi: Say It Isn’t So Film
2000Charlie’s AngelsJason GibbsFilm
2001All the Queen’s MenO’RourkeFilm
2003Charlie’s Angels: Full ThrottleJason GibbsFilm
2004-2006JoeyJoey TribbianiTelevision series
2010Jonah HexExecutive ProducerFilm
2011-2017EpisodesMatt LeBlanc (Himself)Television series
2012Top GearHimselfTelevision series (1 episode)
2013Web TherapyNick JerichoWeb series
2014LovesickCharlie DarbyFilm
2015The PrinceProducerTelevision movie
2016-2019Top GearHimself (host)A television show (24 episodes)
2016-2020Man with a PlanAdam BurnsTelevision series
2020Friends: The Reunion (The One Where They Get Back Together)HimselfTV special

Matt LeBlanc Net worth

Matt LeBlanc’s net worth is estimated to be around $120 million. Most of his wealth comes from his acting career, particularly his role in the popular TV show ‘Friends.’ He made $1 million per episode towards the end of ‘Friends.’ The show’s success allowed him to negotiate and earn higher salaries for subsequent roles, like in ‘Joey’ and ‘Episodes.’

Aside from his acting career, LeBlanc has also done several commercials for big brands such as Coca-Cola, Heinz Ketchup, and Doritos, which earned him considerable money. He has also been involved in car racing and has participated in various races, like the Celebrity Challenge at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Moreover, he has made money as a TV host for the car show ‘Top Gear’ and as an executive producer for his TV sitcom ‘Man with a Plan.’ LeBlanc has invested his wealth in real estate, owning properties in California, California, and London, UK. He also holds a cattle ranch in Santa Barbara, California.

Matt is known to be quite generous with his wealth and has donated to charities like the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Stand Up to Cancer, and the Red Cross.

Social media presence

Matt LeBlanc is active on various social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. On Twitter, he can be found as @Matt_LeBlanc, with over 550k followers.

Though he has not been active since 2020, he usually tweets about his TV shows. He is the most active on Instagram, with over 7.7 million followers. His handle is @mleblanc, and he usually shares photos of himself and his life. Finally, his Facebook account can be found under the username @MattLeBlancOfficial, where he has about 5 million followers.

He primarily promotes his projects on this platform and posts behind-the-scenes photos of his shoots.

FAQs

Can Matt LeBlanc speak French?

LeBlanc’s dad is of French Canadian descent, and his mother is of Italian descent. He can speak French fluently.

Who was the highest-paid actor in Friends?

Matt LeBlanc was the highest-paid actor among the cast in ‘Friends.’ Independent UK reported that Matt earned USD 130,000 annually by playing Joey.

Does the Friends cast still get paid?

According to USA Today, the show’s Warner Bros studio earns USD 1 billion annually by leasing its administrative rights to other television programs. All six casts earn two percent of the show’s syndication revenue, and like all the cast LeBlanc gets $20 million through the reruns.

Is Matt LeBlanc married?

Currently, he is happily in a relationship with Aurora Mulligan.

What is Matt LeBlanc doing now?

Matt LeBlanc has recently announced that he has quit “Top Gear” after hosting it for just two years.

Why did Matt LeBlanc leave his wife?

Matt LeBlanc and Melissa McKnight separated due to Matt’s adultery.

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