1. Matthew Steven “Matt” LeBlanc was born on July 25, 1967.
2. He is an American actor, comedian, and producer, best known for his role as the dim-witted womanizing actor Joey Tribbiani on the popular NBC sitcom Friends, which ran from 1994 to 2004.
3. LeBlanc also stars as a fictional version of himself in Episodes.
4. He won a Golden Globe award for his work on Episodes, and was nominated for an Emmy three times for his work on Friends and four times for Episodes.
5. In 2016, LeBlanc started to host on the BBC motoring show Top Gear.
6. LeBlanc was born in Newton, Massachusetts.
7. His mother, Patricia, was an office manager, and his father, Paul, was a mechanic.
8. His mother is of Italian ancestry and his father of French-Canadian.
9. LeBlanc first appeared in a 1987 Heinz Tomato Ketchup commercial.
10. In 1988, he starred in the television drama TV 101 for one season.
11. He went on to star in a spin-off of Married… with Children titled Top of the Heap. The Fox series lasted seven episodes airing in April and May 1991.
12. LeBlanc found success in the role of Joey Tribbiani on Friends, and went on to play this character for 12 years — 10 seasons of Friends and two seasons of Joey.
13. Friends was successful and LeBlanc, along with his co-stars, gained wide recognition among viewers.
14. He has appeared in the films Lookin’ Italian (1994), Ed (1996), Lost in Space (1998), Charlie’s Angels (2000), and All the Queen’s Men (2001).
15. He appeared in two of Jon Bon Jovi’s music videos: “Miracle”, from the Young Guns II soundtrack in 1990, and “Say It Isn’t So” in 2000.
16. He also appeared in Alanis Morissette’s single “Walk Away” in 1991, the last seconds of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers “Into the Great Wide Open” in which he is seen getting a tattoo, and in Bob Seger’s “Night Moves” in 1994.
17. His production company, Fort Hill Productions, co-produced the made-for-TV movie, The Prince, in 2006.
18. In 2011, LeBlanc began appearing as a fictional version of himself in Episodes, a BBC/Showtime television series about a British television series that is remade for an American audience. The series is written by Friends co-creator David Crane and his partner Jeffrey Klarik.
19. LeBlanc won the 2012 Golden Globe for Best Actor in a TV Series Comedy for his performance.
20. The latest season of Episodes, its fifth, is scheduled to begin filming in 2016.
21. In February 2012, LeBlanc appeared in the second episode of the eighteenth series of Top Gear, where he set the fastest time of 1:42.1 in the Kia Cee’d, narrowly beating previous holder Rowan Atkinson by 0.1 seconds.
22. He also appeared in Series 19 Episode 4 to race the New Kia Cee’d, and beat the old car time.
23. In August 2015, he joined model Sean O’Pry and comedic actor Chris Rock on the runway for Taylor Swift’s 1989 World Tour at LA’s Staples Center while she performed her hit single “Style”.
24. In February 2016, the BBC announced LeBlanc is to be one of the new presenters of Top Gear.
25. In May 2003, LeBlanc married Melissa McKnight, a former model
26. McKnight and LeBlanc had been introduced in 1997 by her friend Kelly Phillips, wife of actor Lou Diamond Phillips, and LeBlanc proposed to her a year later.
27. Their daughter Marina, born in 2004, began suffering seizures when she was eight months old. By the time she was two years old, however, the condition, thought to be a form of dysplasia, had mostly subsided.
28. LeBlanc and McKnight separated on January 1, 2006. In March of that year, LeBlanc filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. The divorce became final on October 6, 2006.
29. After his divorce, LeBlanc began dating actress Andrea Anders. The two met while filming the short-lived sitcom Joey. A representative for the pair confirmed the couple had split in January 2015.
30. 2000: Named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine.
31. Also works as a model. Is a trained carpenter. Interested in parachute jumping, car racing and landscape photography.
32. Born at 4:18am-EDT
33. 1985: Graduated from Newton North High School, Newton, Massachusetts.
34. He is of French-Canadian (father) and Italian (mother) descent.
35. Has a half brother named Justin who lives in Australia.
36. Is a motorcycle enthusiast and hosted his own TV show, The 5 Coolest Things (2003), based on the 5 coolest things in each motorcycle specialty (off-road, motocross, road racing, freestyle).
37. Former stepfather to Tyler and Jacquelyne from his ex-wife’s first marriage.
38. Is the only cast member of Friends (1994) not to have appeared on Saturday Night Live (1975).
39. Early modeling jobs included posing for cover of a gay travel guide, Damron Travel Guide For Men.
40. Attended the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston for just over a semester, leaving during the second semester of his freshman year.
41. Has three dogs: Lady,Shadow and Jay.
42. His role of “Maj. Don West” in Lost in Space (1998) was originally offered to his Friends (1994) co-star Matthew Perry.
43. In November 2006 (right after his divorce) he paid $7.4 million for a four-bedroom, 3930-square-foot house in Los Angeles’ Pacific Palisades area.
44. Sold his six-bedroom, 11,158-square-foot mansion in Hidden Hills, California for $9,139,000. He purchased it in late 2005 for exactly $9 million.
45. Lives in Pacific Palisades and Los Alamos, California.
46. Fluent in French.
47. Matt and his Friends (1994) co-star Matthew Perry both guest starred in the short-lived sitcom Just the Ten of Us (1988), although not in the same episodes.
48. Dated Kate Hudson in 1996. They were photographed in bars when she was a minor.