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Forever imprinted in viewers' minds as the long-on-looks-but short-on-brains Joey Tribbiani on the sitcom "Friends," Matt LeBlanc was working as a model when a role in a Heinz ketchup commercial brought him public attention and convinced him to seriously pursue acting.

Born July 25, 1967, in Newton, Mass., LeBlanc moved to Los Angeles in the late 1980s after landing a role on the short-lived television series "TV 101." He continued to appear on shows such as "Married with Children" and "The Red Shoe Diaries" before becoming a "friend" in 1994.

During the 10-year run of "Friends" -- for which LeBlanc scored three Emmy nominations -- he also made a number of films, including Ed (1996), Lost in Space (1998) and Charlie's Angels (2000). The only member of the "Friends" class to immediately slip into another sitcom, LeBlanc resurrected his character for the spin-off series "Joey."

Matt LeBlanc in Lost in Space

Lost in Space

1998 PG-13

In this film reboot of the 1960s sci-fi television series, the prospects for continuing life on Earth in the year 2058 are grim. So the Robinsons are launched into space to colonize Alpha Prime, the only other inhabitable planet in the galaxy.

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