American actor Matthew Steven LeBlanc was born on July 25, 1967 (pronunciation: /lblk/). Playing Joey Tribbiani on Friends and its spinoff Joey, he became a household name throughout the world. LeBlanc was recognized with three Emmy Award nominations for his performance on Friends.
Episodes (2011-2017), in which he played a fictionalized version of himself, garnered him a Golden Globe Award and four Emmy Award nominations. From 2016 to 2019, he hosted Top Gear as a co-host. On CBS’s comedic series Man with a Plan, he portrayed patriarch Adam Burns from 2016 until 2020.
Matt Had Discussed His Weight Gain on The Set of “Episodes” Before
Former Friends star Matthew Perry admitted in 2014 that his own battle with self-esteem inspired a plot point in Episodes, his Emmy-nominated comedy series that aired from 2011 to 2017.
As Matt put it to The Sun at the time, recalling an awkward poolside situation, “the stuff we did last year on Episodes about me growing overweight — that all really occurred.” “I was chubby and staying in a motel. I had the distinct impression of privacy as I lay on a chaise.”
“This dad was in the pool with his 2-year-old son and his workout bag,” the comic said. “He grabs his kid from the water, puts him on the side of the pool, opens his gym bag, pulls out his camera, and shoots across the water in my direction. The next day, it was featured on the cover of the National Enquirer.
The headline read, “Beached Male,” which was a bit hurtful, as Matt admitted. “There was a second one that just read “Fat LeBlanc.” That is a very astute observation.”
The Golden Globe Winner Said
“It doesn’t really matter,” in response to body-shaming comments. He can take it far more easily than we can.
Matt continued by saying that he is frequently mocked because of his grey hair.
The guy from Massachusetts just never has any luck. Fans of the sitcom Friends, which has been rebroadcast countless times and is available on numerous streaming services, are having a hard time accepting the idea that Matt has grown — *GASP* — older since the series first aired.
The former host of Top Gear said in an appearance on The Graham Norton Show in 2015, “It’s always on someplace, so there is a new crop of youngsters finding it for the first time.” “The common question is “What’s up with the grey hair?” Is that your dad Joey Tribbiani?”
Even though his spin-off Joey was a huge failure, Matt said to The A.V. Club that he wished Friends had continued until Season 10.
“Joey Tribbiani was a wonderful character. Personally, I think I’m one of his biggest supporters “The single dad explained. “If I had my time over, I would have continued… There was yet hope for it, I thought. The choice to depart wasn’t mine to make.”
Episodes, a show about an American copy of a fictional British television series, premiered in 2011 with LeBlanc as a fictionalized version of himself. David Crane, who co-created Friends with Matthew Perry, and his partner, Jeffrey Klarik, are the show’s writers. In 2012, at the 69th Golden Globe Awards, LeBlanc took home the trophy for Best Actor in a Television Series, Musical, or Comedy. He also received nods for four Primetime Emmys.
In the second episode of Season 18 of Top Gear, broadcast in February 2012, LeBlanc drove a Kia Cee’d and recorded the segment’s quickest lap time. His time of 1:42.1 shaved down 0.1 seconds from Rowan Atkinson’s previous record on the show. In addition, he raced the New Kia Cee’d in the nineteenth season’s fourth episode and finished faster than ever before.
LeBlanc signed a two-year contract with the BBC in February 2016, confirming the network’s announcement that he would be joining the Top Gear hosting team.
After co-hosting for three years, he announced his departure from the show in May 2018. The show, he said, was “wonderful fun,” but “My time commitments and frequent travel keep me away from home and friends more often than I’d like.