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Matt LeBlanc

He earned his popularity by playing "Joey Tribbiani" on "Friends". During the successful ten year run of "Friends" LeBlanc was nominated twice for an Emmy in the Lead Actor in a Comedy Series category, and received multiple Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations as well.Matt LeBlanc was seen last on the big screen in "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle," where he reprised his role as Jason Gibbons, an actor and boyfriend to Lucy Liu's Alex. Prior to that, LeBlanc appeared in “Charlie’s Angels” in the summer of 2000. Both films set box-office records worldwide. In 1998, LeBlanc appeared opposite Gary Oldman as Major Don West in the feature "Lost in Space." The Stephen Hawkins-directed film re-tells the story of the Robinson's family quest to find their way back to Earth after a mission in space goes awry. Other film credits include “All the Queen’s Men,” “Ed,” and “The Killing Box.” MattLeblanc was born on July 25, 1967 in Newton, Massachusetts. Leblanc and his wife, Melissa Mcknight, have a daughter, Marina. He resides in Los Angeles.

Matt Leblanc Encourages New Stars

Matt Leblanc always offers advice to aspiring actors seeking fame and fortune when they guest on his sitcom Joey - because their enthusiasm reminds him of the ambitions he had when Friends started.

The 37-year-old admits his career is no longer as important to him now since settling down with wife Melissa Mcknight and their 11-month-old daughter Marina.

However, he remains a hard worker on the set of Joey and tries to create an atmosphere where his co-stars can flourish.

He says, "When I talk about not caring so much about my career, I don't want you to think that when I'm here, I don't care very deeply. I work really, really hard to make it as good as I can and show a good work ethic for everybody, help the new players arrive at the most creative place."

"Because I'm very comfortable - I've done it for so long - but it's really neat to watch them stretch their funny bones. It's kind of nostalgic. It takes me back to when Friends first started."

Matt LeBlanc turns down movie offers so not to be a failure!

Matt LeBlanc has revealed he turned down a string of movie offers - because he didn't want to risk becoming a failure.

The former 'Friends' actor, who previously starred in Hollywood blockbuster 'Lost in Space', prefers being on television as he feels much more comfortable in that environment.

Matt, who stars in 'Friends' spin-off show 'Joey', said: "I do look at movies, but they are so hard. They are such a different animal - you're coming into a completely new set of circumstances.
"You don't know if the director's good unless they are a really big director, and I haven't had that luxury. Also, you don't know who the crew is, or know the environment - you're usually filming in a foreign place. I like to be able to go to sleep in my own bed at night."

Matt, 37, recently said that filming 'Joey' brings back great memories of the days he spent shooting 'Friends' when it first came out. He told Britain's Culture magazine: "We've had some growing pains, finding the voices of the new characters. But we're making progress. It's really neat to watch the new players stretch their funny bones.

It's kind of nostalgic. It takes me back to when 'Friends' first started."

Matt Leblanc fights tabloid gay sex slur

Former FRIENDS star MATT LeBLANC is fighting allegations he once hired a chauffeur to set him up with backseat gay sex trysts, by insisting he has never had sex with a man.

LeBlanc is furious with former driver DAMIAN PLUMLEIGH after the chauffeur took his story to American tabloid NATIONAL ENQUIRER and even passed a lie detector test as he revealed all about the actor's alleged seedy past.

LeBlanc insists he doesn't care what the results of a polygraph test were - Plumleigh is a liar.
The actor, who is a happily married father and stepfather, fumes, "I have never asked to be set up with gay hustlers. It's absolutely not true. I am not bisexual.

I am not gay. I have never had sex with men.

"Setting the record straight is not only important because of me and my life, but also because of my family."

The outraged star insists even Plumleigh's claims he used to work for the actor are untrue.

He adds, "Plumleigh drove me on a few occasions. When he says he hooked me up for gay sex, it's a 100 per cent lie.

"He worked for the company that WARNER BROTHERS used. He was part of a hired limo service.

He was not employed by me. I was uncomfortable with him so I stopped using him."

 

LeBlanc and Berlanti Back Frog's 'Prince'

"Joey" star Matt LeBlanc and "Everwood" creator Greg Berlanti are teaming up for a pilot at The WB.
The two are among the executive producers of "The Prince," a drama project that's received the green light from the Frog, the Hollywood trade papers report.

The show is a family drama set in the upper echelons of New York society, revolving around the relationship between a father and son following the death of the kid's older brother. Jesse Wigutow ("It Runs in the Family") wrote the pilot script and will receive a co-exec producer credit.


The pilot is one of LeBlanc's first forays into producing via his production company, Fort Hill Productions. The Warner Bros.-based company is also developing a comedy project that will star Dennis Hopper. On "The Prince," LeBlanc and John Goldstone will serve as executive producers along with Berlanti and Mickey Liddell, who serve the same capacity on The WB's "Everwood" and "Jack & Bobby."

'Friends' spin-off faces the axe

Matt LeBlanc's 'Friends' spin-off, 'Joey', show is reportedly facing the axe - after just six month son air. Producers of the sitcom, which sees LeBlanc reprise his role as struggling actor Joey Tribbiani, are said to be concerned at viewing figures in the US and want to boost ratings by bringing in LeBlanc's old 'Friends' co-stars for guest appearances.

They are reportedly in talks with David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox, to try and help the show. Executive producer Kevin Bright said: "That could well happen." Other plans for the ailing sitcom include bringing in "more interesting" characters.

The show was launched last year as a spin-off from 'Friends', which ended after ten huge successful series, and saw Joey move from New York to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career. It won rave reviews to begin with and was a ratings success, but audiences have fallen rapidly and critics have branded it dull.

People's Choice Awards go to Will & Grace, Matt LeBlanc, Marg Helgenberger


The season of awards shows kicked off Sunday night with Will and Grace winning favourite TV comedy at the People's Choice Awards, and Renee Zellweger taking home the prize for favourite leading lady. "There's been a lot of ink spilled lately about the death of the traditional sitcom, but thanks to you we're still here, we're still queer - get used to it," said Eric McCormack as he accepted the trophy for Will and Grace.

Marg Helgenberger of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation was voted favourite female TV star and Matt LeBlanc of Joey was favourite male TV star. Ellen DeGeneres won the prize for daytime talk show host.

Jason Alexander shared hosting duties with Malcolm-Jamal Warner, who stars with him in the new sitcom Listen Up.

Presenters for the evening included Jessica Simpson, Nick Lachey and William Shatner. The awards' 31st ceremony included new categories, among them favourite movie, movie drama, smile and cartoon star.

The nomination and awards process, formerly based on a national poll, was revised to be compiled by Entertainment Weekly, the People's Choice production team and pop culture fans. The public chose the winners online.

 

Matt LeBlanc loves being a dad

Matt LeBlanc told Seventeen magazine he loves being a dad. "I change diapers all the time," the "Joey" star said. "That's kinda fun, actually. I look at it like a little NASCAR pit stop ... go in, change the tires, put a little fuel in the tank, clean the windshield - and off she goes."

 

LeBlanc's Baby Has A Brain Disorder


Former FRIENDS star Matt LeBlanc is nursing a New Year heartache after reportedly discovering his baby daughter has a brain disease.

According to American publications, the actor and wife Melissa McKnight have learned their 11-month-old daughter Marina Pearl is suffering from focal cortical dysplasia, which affects the tot's motor neurone skills and leaves her unable to crawl like normal babies. Instead, when the baby tries she falls to one side.

But there's hope for LeBlanc and his wife - the condition can be treated when Marina is a little older.

A source tells America's NATIONAL ENQUIRER, "The doctors have told Matt and Melissa everything they need to know and after the surgery there's a chance that Marina will recover very well."

Matt LeBlanc Is Doin' Just Fine, Thank You

For every successful spinoff like Frasier, there's, well, not much else. Most spinoffs disappoint. So, LeBlanc--whose own star vehicle, Joey, airs in Friends' old (and highly coveted) time slot--could have something to worry about this fall, but somehow this new dad seems to have it all under control...
Is it a little stressful having to carry your own show?
The pressure doesn't really bother me, because I feel like I'm in good hands. I mean, Friends was a high-pressure environment. The pressure surrounding this is a little more focused on me, but I feel like I have good training to deal with that. It's about making as good a show as we can--and not about anything else.

And now Joey is in Hollywood. Will he finally make it big?
I don't think so. That's not my department, but me personally, I like him as the underdog.

Is it strange being on the same stage?
It was weird initially, but at this point it's very comforting. You know, we have about 99 percent of the same crew as well. That was one of the things I personally fought for. I wanted to keep that same crew and be around those same faces. I had grown with everybody for 10 years, and a lot of them had children now, so I felt it was my responsibility to keep that ball rolling, keep that income coming in.

Are you in the same dressing room?
I changed it. I took over Courteney and Lisa's dressing room. I was in the small one for a long time. It doesn't really matter, but now my wife has a baby, so when they come down it's a more comfortable place.

Does the little one take after you?
She's an eater, yeah. Like me. [Laughs.] I got good advice from some people who have grown children. They say this is the beginning, and you really need to make time, because it goes by so fast. That's definitely true with her, because she has already doubled in size.

Have you kept in touch with your old Friends?
I saw Matthew, and I've seen David and Jennifer. I'm the only one with a schedule that keeps me in L.A. Everyone else is traveling, so we keep in touch on the phone, but it's tough to actually see each other. I haven't even been able to meet Coco--Courteney's baby--yet, so it's a little sad. But that's the way life is. I don't see my mother enough either.

Matt LeBlanc with Friends forever

SOMEWHERE in Los Angeles every month or so, six of the biggest names in television gather quietly for a very private dinner.

Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox-Arquette, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer became more than just co-stars during their 10 years on – and they have tried to stay that way since wrapping their farewell show in February in the US. The final episode screens tomorrow on Nine at 7.30pm.
"We've tried to institute a monthly cast dinner but everybody's just spread out all over the place and doing other things and working, so it's been difficult," said LeBlanc, who played Joey Tribbiani.

"But we have one coming up, so I'm really looking forward to that. We need a weekly newsletter." Failing that, the six stars follow each other's careers in various ways, and there's always the phone. "If I call Courteney, she's maybe spoken to Jen and Lisa, so I can catch up on them through her," LeBlanc said. "If I speak to David, he's maybe talked to Matthew, so I don't have to make five calls to find out what's going on."

Months down the track from that final episode, LeBlanc can still become emotional recalling the day that the laughter finally died down on one of television's most successful sitcoms and the team which had been together since 1994 – becoming multi-millionaires along the way – went their own ways.

"To put it in a nutshell, it sucked," he said. "It was a painful thing. It was like a death. Friends was the greatest 10 years of my life and the ending was really significant in my life. I grew up there.

"I was really fortunate to work with five really dynamite actors who were so diverse and so individual and I think we all grew as a team to a different level that we're all really proud of.

"That was an environment that was more than just a TV show. The six of us had grown with the show over the years and it had become group therapy for all of us.

"Anyone who had a problem could bring it to the group. It had become group decision-making. It was a lot of different things rolled into one and when it ended, I guess it was kind of denial and then it moved to acceptance. "Now everybody's moving on."

To exacerbate LeBlanc's anxiety as the Friends finale approached, he was on tenterhooks as his wife, Melissa McKnight, prepared to give birth to their first child. "That was the big joke my wife was making – that she was going to go into labour while we were shooting the finale," he said. "I said, `Please go into labour in the morning, not tonight'."

As it turned out, young Marina LeBlanc displayed perfect timing and did not arrive until after the series had wrapped. McKnight has a son, Tyler, 14, and daughter Jacqueline, 10, from a previous relationship.

Matt LeBlanc starts new show ''Joey''

Joey goes to Hollywood. LeBlanc, 37, is starring in the Friends spin-off Joey, in which his character, a charming but inept actor, moves from New York to "make it" in Tinseltown.

We discover he has a surgically-enhanced sister Gina (Drea de Matteo, who played Adriana on The Sopranos), who moved west years ago after a teenage pregnancy, and a 20-year-old nephew Michael (Paulo Costanzo) who, unlike his mother and uncle, is a genius.

Matt LeBlanc was the only Friend who wanted to go on. Interestingly, this is not the first (or even second) time for LeBlanc. He played a dimwit in Top of the Heap, a spinoff from Married ... With Children. For some unfathomable reason, when Top of the Heap failed, LeBlanc's character was spun off again into Vinnie & Bobby. Other dumbed-down spinoffs include Enos from The Dukes of Hazzard; The Tortellis from Cheers; The Ropers from Three's Company and The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo from B.J. and the Bear. Let's face it, Laverne & Shirley, spun from Happy Days, and Gloria, an offspring of All in the Family, weren't Mensa candidates, either.

A lover of fast cars and motorcycles, LeBlanc recently moved his extended family to a coastal ranch north of Santa Barbara, California, where his newest prized possession is a bulldozer.


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