Here Is Everything You Should Know About Matt Leblanc’s Failed Marriage, Family And His Best Works

It is sometimes said that life imitates art and this timeless adage certainly holds true in the case of Matt LeBlanc. For several years, the American actor held sway as the dim-witted but lovable ladies’ man, Joey Tribbiani, on the hit sitcom, Friends. LeBlanc’s portrayal of the good-natured womanizer endeared him to national and global audiences. It also brought him several accolades including three Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. Away from the screens, Matt also seemed to be a real-life lothario and this fact played a pivotal part in the crashing of his very first marriage. Here’s the true story.

Matt Leblanc’s Rise From Commercials To An Iconic TV Star

Matthew Steven LeBlanc was born on July 25, 1967, in Newton, Massachusetts. He grew up in Newton and attended the Newton North High School. While there, he was classmates with popular comedian, Louis CK, and they both graduated in 1985. Right after high school graduation, Matt dived into show business, starting as a model. He appeared in a commercial for Heinz Tomato Ketchup in 1987 and by 1988, scored his first major acting gig in the TV series, TV 101. He went on to land roles in other TV shows, such as Married… with Children, Vinnie & Bobby, and Class of ’96, before landing his big break on Friends.

Friends was an NBC sitcom that chronicled the reckless adventures of six pals living in Manhattan. The series debuted in 1994 and featured an ensemble cast comprising of Courtney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer. Matt LeBlanc was also a major cast member and portrayed the clueless hunk, Joey Tribbiani. Friends ran for a total of ten seasons and 236 episodes, and LeBlanc appeared in every single one of them. His performances catapulted him to global stardom.

Matt LeBlanc
LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow on the set of Friends: Image Source

It also fetched him many accolades including three consecutive Primetime Emmy nominations for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series. Asides the fame and critical praise, Friends was also financially rewarding. LeBlanc and his co-stars earned $22,500 per episode in the first season of the sitcom. This amount increased to $75,000, $125,000, and $750,000 per episode for seasons 3, 6 and 7 respectively. For the final season in 2004, LeBlanc and his fellow amigos pocketed $1.3 million for each episode. This still remains the highest paycheck ever received by TV actors in America.

His Post-Friends Work

Following the end of Friends in 2004, Matt LeBlanc launched his own-spinoff show titled Joey. The series failed to gain much traction and was canceled after just two years. This disappointment, in addition to some personal issues, left the actor burnt out. He, therefore, embarked on an unplanned but much-needed hiatus from Hollywood between 2006 and 2010. The Newton native subsequently returned in 2011 and proved that he still had his mojo as he quickly brought unmatched entertainment to the small screen in the form of the Showtime/BBC comedy series, Episodes.

Episodes ran for five seasons, 2011-2017, during which LeBlanc basically portrayed a fictionalized version of himself. His performance fetched him a Golden Globe Award for Best leading Actor and set the stage for his next show, Man with a Plan, which premiered on CBS in October 2016. In addition to these successful TV shows, LeBlanc has had a handful of feature film appearances most notably in Charlie’s Angels (2000) and its 2003 sequel. The Friends alum also hosted popular British motoring magazine, Top Gear, from 2016 to 2019. He, however, left the show to be able to spend more time with his family.

READ   The Life, Career Achievements, Husband And Eventual Death Of Jim Nabors

Matt’s Family Life And Marital Problems With Melissa McKnight

Speaking of family, Matt LeBlanc was previously married to the British-American model, Melissa McKnight. The two first crossed paths in 1997 after they were introduced by mutual friends in the showbiz industry. They started dating and got engaged in 1998. They subsequently tied the knot, five years later, in 2003 in a magical twilight ceremony held in Hawaii. The guest list included Friends’ stars such as Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, and Lisa Kudrow. It also featured McKnight’s two children from her previous marriage namely son, Tyler, and daughter, Jacqueline. Following the nuptials, LeBlanc and McKnight settled down to family life in their Encino ranch. The actor happily acted as a stepfather to Tyler and Jacqueline and they also welcomed a daughter, named Marina, in 2004.

Matt Leblanc
Leblanc, his ex-wife, Melissa and their daughter, Marina

Marina suffered from a few health challenges and this put a strain on the family. The whole situation was further compounded after a drunken LeBlanc was spotted groping a stripper during a vacation in British Columbia in August 2005. The actor apologized for his actions and McKnight forgave him. They continued living as a family up until January 2006 when LeBlanc packed out of the family home without much warning. He subsequently hooked up with actress, and his Joey co-star, Andrea Anders. The whole affair shocked McKnight but she was reportedly willing to salvage her wobbling marriage. Her husband, however, refused and instead filed for divorce in April 2006. The divorce was finalized in December of that same year and the couple got joint legal and physical custody of Marina. They waived spousal support but Leblanc agreed to pay 15,000 monthly child support, as well as medical, childcare, and school tuition for his daughter.

Here’s The Latest About Him

Matt LeBlanc and Anders remained together for nearly a decade (2006-2014). They however later went their separate ways in 2014. The Friends star is now in a budding relationship with BBC presenter, Aurora Mulligan. Mulligan is a native of Northern Ireland and was born in the year 1985. She studied political science and government at Liverpool University and has worked for various British TV stations. Leblanc and Aurora first met in the course of his work as Top Gear host in 2016. They have been together ever since then and their love shows no signs of waning.

See Also: Tim Allen Net Worth and The Movies or TV Shows That Made The Most Money

Another great love of LeBlanc’s life is his daughter, Marina. Marina was diagnosed with cortical dysplasia, (a devastating condition that can affect the brain, bones, and motor skills), at the age of two. She luckily outgrew the condition and now lives a normal life, hiking and going horseback riding with her superstar dad. Matt LeBlanc has meanwhile confessed that spending time with her is the best thing that he has ever done and that nothing will make him stop loving her, not even if she were to crash his Ferrari.

Uwa Echebiri
Uwa Echebiri
Uwa has extensive professional writing and editing experience including report and technical writing, product reviews, informational and persuasive articles, creative and content writing on nearly any topic, from entertainment to lifestyle, finance, sports and more. As a lifelong movie buff, Uwa is either bingeing on new movies during leisure, or giving someone a whopping on the latest FIFA edition

Recommended

20 Richest Black Women in The World and their Net Worth

Several women of African and Afro-American descent have risen to the top in today's world, leaving indelible marks in different areas of business, entertainment,...

What Is Nick Foles’ Net Worth And Who Is His Wife Tori Moore?

Nick Foles is an American football player who mans the quarterback position for the Chicago Bears of the NFL. The Bears acquired him from...

Marlon Mack: 6 Interesting Facts You Need To Know About The NFL Running Back

There is no doubt that Marlon Mack has all it takes to make it big in the National Football League. The American football running...

We Bet You Didn’t Know These Things About Maroon 5 Members

The world can never have enough of the Los Angeles-based pop band group called the Maroon 5. The group has continued to make waves...

Untold Truth Of Cher And How She Accumulated Her Net Worth

Cher is an American singer and actress dubbed by fans as the Goddess of Pop. She is a legend by many standards and arguably one...

A Closer Look At Kid Rock’s Net Worth, Wife and Details Of His Relationships

Kid Rock is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and record producer from Romeo, Michigan. He went professional with his music in 1990 but gained international...

All About J. J. Watt’s Net Worth and Family Life With Wife Kealia Ohai

J. J. Watt is among the best defenders making waves in the National Football League (NFL). He started his professional career with the Houston...

Truth About Brock Lesnar’s Net Worth, Wrestling Career and Family

Brock Lesnar is an American professional wrestler who is signed to WWE's Raw brand as of 2017. Also a mixed martial artist, Lesnar had...

Inside Jared Goff’s Exceptional Career and Relationship With Model Girlfriend Christen Harper

American football prodigy Jared Goff is currently among the fast-rising stars in the National Football League. He has been a prominent member of the...

Tori Brixx Personal Details And Whereabout Since Fighting With Rich The Kid

A stunning American model and Instagram star, Tori Hughes, popularly known by her professional name, Tori Brixx, is one of those celebrities who earned...

The Dynamics Of Tony Hawk Pro Skateboarding Fame and Net Worth Vs His Unsuccessful Marriages

Tony Hawk, also known as "The Birdman", is an American professional skateboarder, businessman, and actor. Regarded as one of the most influential pioneers of...

A Deeper Look At Drew Brees’ Net Worth, His Wife Brittany and Their Children

Once upon a time, Drew Brees was just a little lad who loved football and hoped to go pro. Many however discouraged him, pointing...

Featured Today

What Is Wrong With Barron Trump, Is He Really Autistic? Where Is He Now?

Autism is prevalent and can affect people of all ethnic, racial and socioeconomic groups. The disorder, which limits a person's ability to relate and...

Who Is Cheerleader Elizabeth Barry – Alex Smith’s Wife?

Due to the level of popularity the sport brings to them, the lives of American football players are always under scrutiny, and that includes...

Fredricka Whitfield – Husband (John Glenn), CNN & Other Family Facts

CNN may no longer be the leading news network in the United States in terms of ratings but it still boasts of some of...

Who is Zack Snyder’s Daughter Autumn Snyder and Why Did She Commit Suicide?

It could be hard to understand why someone would ever take their own life; leaving their family and loved ones to suffer in a...

Related Stories