Who is Melissa McKnight?
Matt LeBlanc is a rather famed actor and TV host, and his personal life has been a constant theme in the media. He has one failed marriage behind him, to former model Melissa McKnight – however, her popularity stems from her marriage to Matt LeBlanc. The two met in 1997, and their romance lasted until 2006.
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Melissa McKnight Age, Childhood, and Career
Melissa McKnight was born on the 10th March 1965 in England. This is as deep as the information about this beauty goes about her childhood. She has never spoken about her parents, any siblings or education. Her family moved to the US when she was still young.
Former Friends star Matt Leblanc with wife, Melissa McKnight
Melissa is a former model, and her career brought her only so much popularity. She worked with several high profile modeling agencies, including Elite Models in New York City, and featured in numerous fashion magazines, which only increased her wealth and popularity. To speak further about her accomplishments, Melissa also made her acting debut in the 2001 film “Triangle and Tribulations”, while in 2006, she was a part of the “VH1: All Access”.
Melissa McKnight Net Worth and Personal Life
Her career has added a decent amount to her wealth, and her net worth is now estimated at $1 million, as of late-2019.
Melissa’s marriage to Matt was her second. She was married to the filmmaker Anthony Esposito, but hasn’t revealed when the two married or divorced. However, it is known that the couple was blessed with two children before their split, a son Tyler and a daughter Jacqueline Esposito. The reason for their failed romance was apparently a lack of commitment from both sides, as they were more focused on their careers and other matters rather than marriage.
Matt and Melissa met in 1997; the wife of actor Lou Diamond Phillips, who was Matt’s good friend, introduced him to Melissa, and the two hit it off immediately. Just a year into their relationship, Matt proposed Melissa, and the couple married in May 2003. Marina Pearl, the couple’s daughter, was born in 2004, and after eight months, started showing symptoms of dysplasia, however, as she got older the symptoms disappeared, and she is now a healthy teenager. The couple divorced in 2006 after Matt confessed several adulteries. Since then, Melissa hasn’t talked much about her romantic life, and according to sources, as of late-2019 she is single.
Matt LeBlanc Bio
Born Matthew Steven LeBlanc on the 25th July 1967, in Newton, Massachusetts, USA, he is the son of Patricia and Paul LeBlanc, a middle-class working family of Italian and French-Canadian ancestry. He went to Newton North High School, from which he matriculated in 1985 – one of his classmates was Louis C.K., now a famous comedian. After high school, Matt switched Newton for New York in pursuit of a career in show business. He desired to become a model, however, he later turned to acting.
Before “Friends”, Matt struggled to launch his career. It was in 1987 that he featured in the Heinz Tomato Ketchup commercial, then the following year portrayed Chuck Bender in the TV series “TV 101” (1988-1989), while with the start of the ‘90s, he was selected for the role of Vinnie Verducci in the TV series “Married… with Children”, which spawned spin-off series based on his character, “Top of the Heap” (1991), and “Vinnie and Bobby” (1992).
It was in 1994 that Matt secured the most successful role in his career, as Joey Tribbiani in the TV comedy series “Friends”.
The series lasted until 2004, and Matt featured in all 236 episodes, which launched him to stardom. He received two Golden Globe Award nominations, but more importantly he achieved fortune and fame. He made millions for his work on the series, especially with the last two seasons, as his salary was reputedly $24 million.
Further Work and Recent Projects
His character “Joey” became so popular that Matt got his own spin-off show at the same time. However, the series lasted for only two seasons and received mixed reviews from the fans, though Matt was nominated for another Golden Globe Award.
Tonight is the final episode of the whole series. Sad to see it end. Hope you all enjoy it. We did. Thanks for watching. pic.twitter.com/qNMprySEQ8
— Matt LeBlanc (@Matt_LeBlanc) May 11, 2018
After the end of “Joey”, Matt took a break from acting which lasted until 2011. He returned playing himself, though a fictional version in the TV series “Episodes”, which lasted until 2017, and won him a Golden Globe Award for his work on the set. In recent years, Matt has portrayed Adam Burns in the TV comedy series “Man with a Plan” (2016-2019), while from 2016 to 2018, he was also the co-host and presenter of the BBC show “Top Gear”.
Matt LeBlanc Net Worth and Personal Life
Matt has more than 30 film and TV credits to his name, some of which have added a considerable amount to his wealth, especially “Friends”, “Joey”, and “Episodes”.
According to sources, his wealth is as high as $80 million, as of late-2019. LeBlanc often speaks of his fantastic car collection, which features a Ferrari 360 Modena, Porsche Carrera 4 GTS, and Porsche 911 GT2 RS, among others.
Matt is known for his public romantic relationships, and besides his marriage to Melissa, has dated Kate Hudson, Andrea Anders and Jennifer Aniston. According to reports, he is now in a relationship with “Top Gear” producer Aurora Mulligan, who is 17 years younger. The two were seen together for the first time at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, held in New York.