Who is Melissa McKnight?
Melissa Sue ‘Missy’ McKnight was born under the sign of Pisces on 10 March 1965, in England UK. She is a 55-year-old (now) American fashion model and actress, but is probably best recognized for being the ex-wife of famous American actor, comedian and host Matt LeBlanc.
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How rich is she, as of now? Melissa McKnight Net Worth
As of early 2020, Melissa McKnight’s net worth is close to $1 million, earned from being active in the fashion and entertainment industries. Moreover, she increased her fortune through the divorce settlement from famous actor Matt LeBlanc, whose wealth is estimated to be over $80 million.
Early Life, Nationality, Ethnicity, Education
Melissa McKnight spent one part of her early years in England, until she moved with her family to the United States, so she holds both English and American nationalities, and belongs to White Caucasian ethnic group. She was raised the only child born to Regis McKnight and Nancy McKnight. Information regarding her education hasn’t been revealed.
Melissa McKnight started her professional career as a fashion model, signed to Elite Models based in New York City. She worked for various fashion and beauty companies, and even graced the cover of such magazines as ‘Vogue’, ‘Elle’, and ‘Cosmopolitan’.
In 2001, Melissa tried herself as an actress, making her debut in a small role in the short comedy video “Triangles And Tribulations”, directed by Amine Bitar. She also guest-starred in “The 31st Annual People Choice Awards” and “VH1: All Access”.
First Husband Anthony Robert Esposito
Melissa McKnight has been married twice. Her first husband was rock musician Anthony Robert Esposito and they married in 1990. They have two children, a son named Tyler Esposito born in 1991, and a daughter named Jacqueline Esposito in 1995. Melissa and Anthony divorced in the following year.
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Second Husband Matt LeBlanc
Melissa McKnight met famous actor and comedian Matt LeBlanc in 1997, through their mutual friend Kelly Phillips and her husband Lou Diamond Phillips. They soon became romantically involved, and Matt proposed in the following year; the couple eventually tied the knot at a ceremony held in Kauai, Hawaii on 3 May 2003. She gave birth to her third child and their first child, a daughter named Marina Pearl LeBlanc on 8 February 2004. Their daughter was diagnosed with cortical dysplasia, a rare brain disorder, at 11 months, but fortunately she outgrew her medical condition.
Divorce from Matt LeBlanc
After being married for three years, Melissa and Matt went their separate ways in early 2006, their divorced finalized in October that year. The main reason for the divorce was Matt’s infidelity, including being spotted with a stripper at an all-nude bar in British Columbia, and an affair with his “Joey” co-star, Andrea Anders. It is believed that Melissa is single as of early 2020, while Matt is dating actress Aurora Mulligan. Following the divorce, they shared the custody of their daughter.
Ex-Husband Matt LeBlanc Short Wiki/Bio
Matthew Steven ‘Matt’ LeBlanc was born on 25 July 1967 under the sign of Leo, in Newton, Massachusetts USA, of Canadian, French and Italian descent.
He was raised by his father, Paul LeBlanc, who worked as a mechanic, and his mother, Patricia, who was an office manager. He went to Newton North High School, and upon matriculation in 1985, Matt relocated to New York to pursue a career as a model.
After making an appearance in a Heinz Tomato Ketchup commercial, Matt made his acting debut in the role of GI Joe in the short film “Doll Day Afternoon” in 1987, then made his television debut as Chuck Bender in the CBS drama series “TV 101”, from 1988 to 1989. He guest-starred as Todd Murphy in two episodes of the ABC sitcom “Just The Ten Of Us” (1989), followed by his portrayal of Billy Burton in the made-for-television disaster survival film “Anything To Survive” (1990), aired on the ABC network.
During the next year, he was cast as Vinnie Verducci in the popular Fox sitcom “Married… With Children”, after which he reprised the role in its short-lived spin-offs entitled “Top Of The Heap” (1991) and “Vinnie And Bobby” (1992). He then featured as Terhune in the 1993 war horror film “Grey Knight”, after which he landed the role of Anthony Manetti in the 1994 crime film “Lookin’ Italian”.
Worldwide Recognition and “Friends”
Matt LeBlanc was next cast in the role of Joey Tribbiani in the NBC sitcom “Friends”. The series was created by Marta Kauffman and David Crane, and ran for 12 seasons from September 1994 to May 2004. The series became a commercial success, and gained him international fame alongside other cast members.
The role earned him three Golden Globe award nominations, three Primetime Emmy Award nominations, and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. He would later reprise the role in its spin-off, entitled “Joey”, which was broadcast on NBC between 2004 and 2006.
Concurrently Matt LeBlanc continued to work on other projects. He played Jack ‘Deuce’ Cooper in the 1996 sports comedy film “Ed”, starred as Major Don West in the 1998 sci-fi adventure “Lost In Space”, directed by Stephen Hopkins, and portrayed O’Rourke in the 2001 action comedy war film “All The Queen’s Men”.
Furthermore, Matt landed the role of Jason Gibbs in the action comedy “Charlie’s Angels” (2000), and reprised it later in its sequel, entitled “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” (2003), starring next to Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu.
In 2010, Matt was an executive producer for the western superhero film “Jonah Hex”, after which he was cast as a fictionalized version of himself in the Showtime sitcom “Episodes” between 2011 and 2017. The role earned him the 2012 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy, as well as four Primetime Emmy Award nominations.
He then starred as Nick Jericho in several episodes of the Showtime comedy series “Web Therapy” in 2013, followed by his portrayal of Charlie Darby in the 2014 comedy “Lovesick”, after which he produced the made-for-television drama film “The Prince” (2015).
Recent and Upcoming Projects
Additionally, Matt LeBlanc was chosen to serve as a co-host in the British automotive series “Top Gear” from 2016 to 2019. Moreover, he has been featured in the lead role of Adam Burns in the CBS sitcom “Man With A Plan” since 2016, also producing the series. It’s announced that he will be an executive producer on the upcoming television special “Untitled Friends Reunion”.