Matt LeBlanc On His Relationship With His Father

By: Lindsay McCane - June 18, 2014

Matt Leblanc, who is most well-known for his role as Joey on Friends, recently opened up about his troubled relationship with his father.

Matt was raised by a single mother, Patricia, and didn’t meet his father Paul until he was eight years old. “You can learn valuable lessons from unpleasant people too,” Matt told Britain’s The Times Magazine. “My dad wasn’t around when I was born and I only met him for the first time when I was eight.”

Matt and Paul were able to somewhat salvage their relationship when Matt was a child, but Matt cut him out of his life when he landed the role on Friends in the 1990s. Once Matt hit it big with his role on the comedy, Paul started selling stories about Matt to the tabloids for money.

“We had a good relationship when I was a kid – he taught me how to ride a motorcycle, how to sail a boat, how to tie knots. Since then he has sold stories about me to the tabloids. We don’t really speak any more,” Matt said.

Speaking of Friends, Matt recently talked about his time spent on the show, and how he wouldn’t change a thing. “I’ll always be known for Friends—so will Matthew [Perry], David [Schwimmer], Courteney [Cox],” LeBlanc told the Boston Common of the show that also starred Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow. “It’s OK with me. I can only speak for myself, but I’m very proud of it. I wouldn’t do anything differently.”

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  • Easy Apple

    What a shame for Le Blanc. His father left him when he was born and the again when he sold him out.

  • Mike Willing

    LeBlanc should be proud of HIS work on “Friends.” He and Lisa Kudrow were the only two TALENTED actors on that series.

    • USAgent

      LMBO, I’m glad your not a writer.

  • Rambling Man

    I agree somewhat with Matt. LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow seem to have roles which required some good acting. Of course I think Courtney Cox and Mathew Perry are fine actors also.
    Its sad about LeBlanc and his dad don’t communicate but given the facts I certainly understand as I went through basically the same scenario with my dad.
    That being said I think Matt should try to mend those fences before its too late.

    • USAgent

      And there are 2 sides to every story,

      • William Malmstrom

        Well I suppose Matt could have been really obnoxious between the time he was born and when he was 8, leading his father to abandon the family. And the old man, when he sold out to the tabloids, might have just been trying to recoup his losses from being forced to move out because Matt was such an annoying baby. .. (but I doubt it)