Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani is an adorably funny guy fictional character on the popular US television sitcom Friends (1999/2005 , and the title character in the spin-off, Joey (2004–2006) played by Matt LeBlanc.


Joey comes from an Italian family of 8 children, of which he is the only male. He has 7 sisters, Mary Theresa, Mary Angela (with whom Chandler fooled around at Joey's birthday party), Dina, Gina, Tina, Veronica, and Cookie. Joey is from, and was presumably born in, Queens, NY. As a child, he was extremely accident prone. He also had an imaginary friend, Maurice, who was a space cowboy. He changed apartments four times in the series. In the first time, he moved to his own lavish apartment away from Chandler (with whom the psychotic Eddie moved in) after he got the role Dr. Drake Ramoray in Days of Our Lives, though he moved back soon afterward due to his loss of the role. The other times was when he and Chandler moved into what is usually Monica's apartment after winning it from her in a game in "The One with the Embryos" and then moved back with Chandler into their own apartment. Joey is a "stereotypical" actor: oversexed, under-educated and constantly looking for work. He was ordained a minister in The One with the Truth About London, and officiated at both Monica and Chandler and Phoebe and Mike's weddings. It is revealed in The One After "I Do" that Joey has a size seven foot, which he is secretive and defensive about. He also has a soft toy penguin named Hugzey (his "bedtime penguin pal") of which he is very fond, and does not like to share. In sports, Joey likes the New York Yankees in baseball, New York Knicks in basketball, New York Jets in football, and New York Rangers in hockey. Also, Joey's favourite actor is Dwayne Johnson.



The character of Joey is known for his simple-mindedness, trouble with understanding negative criticism of his acting, love of food, as well as his protectiveness of his friends. He particularly loves meatball sub sandwiches. In The One with the Ride Along he appears to be saving Ross from a putative gunshot, when it was actually his meatball sandwich that he was trying to save; it was just near Ross. He also loves the "Joey Special"—two pizzas. He is something of an idiot savant in matters of romance, which generated the popular catchphrase "How you doin'?" (his pickup line). This is alluded to in the episode "The One Where Ross Dates a Student", when Chandler, referring to Joey, says "A hot girl's at stake and suddenly he's Rain Man." In another example, Joey made up an anecdote referred to as the "Europe story" or the "magic story"; apparently, anyone who hears it will immediately want to have sex with the teller.. This was proven to have the effect in "The One With the Videotape", when it was discovered that Rachel used the story on Ross. He has also displayed practical common-sense, despite a lack of general knowledge. For example, while the other five friends sat around at Central Perk pondering why their bosses don't like them, it was Joey who pointed out "maybe it's because you're all sitting around here at 11.30 on a Wednesday." On another occasion, he managed to turn the heater off in their 'tropical' Christmas party, when all the other friends had been attempting to do so for the whole episode. He simply turned it off from underneath, and mentioned it to them all, causing them to turn around in disbelief.

Joey is also extremely promiscuous with women. In "The One with Monica's Thunder" that takes place late at night, Chandler noted that Joey has had a lot of sex, and Joey said, "Today? Some ... not a lot." He sleeps with many of the interns and extras on shows that he works on. He has apparently been sexually active for a very long time; when he was nine, he undid a sixteen-year-old girl's bra; slept with his teacher in the seventh grade; and he had a wild spring break when he was thirteen. He is very charming with all women and can never seem to get into a proper relationship.


Joey has a career in acting that has been marked by both success and humiliating failure. His roles varied from neurosurgeon on a popular soap opera to being the headshot in a public health poster for VD. Joey's agent was Estelle Leonard, a brash, smoking woman who has only one other client besides Joey.

Joey's most famous acting role (and longest lasting) was as Dr. Drake Ramoray on the serial drama Days of our Lives. However, when he claimed in an interview that he wrote many of his own lines, the writers of the show became annoyed and killed him off a few episodes later (by falling down an elevator shaft). His character later returned to Days of our Lives in a bizarre plot twist which resurrected him, after blowing an opportunity to become Dr. Drake Ramoray's twin brother Stryker. The plot line which brought him back is never fully explained, except that a female character's brain (portrayed by Susan Sarandon) is transplanted into Ramoray's body, effectively forcing Joey to play a woman with a dominant personality. Later on, other characters refer to him as Drake, while still alluding he has the woman character's brain, and following that he appears to completely be Drake again. In Season 7 of Friends, Joey was up for a Soapie for Best Returning Male Character. He lost, so he tried to steal one.

Other known roles of Joey's during the run of Friends include a spot in a commercial for "Lipstick for Men" that aired only in Japan, an infomercial for a device that lets you pour milk out of milk cartons, a leading role in the World War I period film Over There, and a starring role in a very short-lived cop show called Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E. In terms of stage work, he appeared in a play called Boxing Day in which his character of "Victor" goes to outer space, played the leading role of Sigmund Freud in the play Freud! Monica and Chandler also once discussed having seen Joey in a version of Macbeth. In season one Chandler also states having seen Joey in a remake of "Pinocchio"

In one episode, Joey was up for a starring role in a film in which he had to play a Catholic immigrant. The film called for a nude sex scene, but Joey didn't realize until after he landed a casting call that he lacked an essential piece of equipment for the role. When Monica explained the situation to him, they frantically tried to artificially create one using luncheon meats. All seemed to go well until Joey stripped nude at the casting call and his 'foreskin' fell off, prompting him to respond, "Well, that's never happened before."

In addition to the quick cancellation of Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E., Joey also had some other remarkably bad luck in terms of his acting career. He filmed a role in a Law & Order episode that was cut from the completed episode—Joey was only "seen" as a corpse in a body bag. He was also cast in the independent film Shutter Speed, but it was shut down before filming began. Also, he was fired from a Burger King commercial. Later, on the spin-off show Joey, Joey turned down a role in a sitcom called 'Nurses to star in a different series pilot. His pilot did not get picked up, while Nurses became a huge hit.

However, his acting career has had some better moments. In Joey, it is revealed that Joey's character of Dr. Drake Ramoray died again on Days of our Lives when a nurse stabbed him while he was operating on her husband ("Joey and the Wrong Name"). He won a Daytime Soap Award for "Best Death Scene". In later Joey episodes, Joey landed a starring role on the prime time soap Deep Powder. When he got fired from that job, he almost immediately bounced back by snagging a leading role in the big-budget action picture Captured.

Joey briefly mentions to the gang that Al Pacino is his idol. In Friends, Joey has the poster for the 1983 Al Pacino film Scarface in his apartment room. The same poster is seen in his house in Joey. In one episode, Joey was hired as Al Pacino's "butt double"—a role he later lost due to overacting. He also mentioned that his favorite movie is Die Hard.

Additional InfoEdit

Joey was also briefly employed at Central Perk as a waiter. Facing a dry spell in his career as an actor, Joey was persuaded by Gunther to take a job serving coffee. At first Joey tried to hide his new job from his friends, but they eventually figured it out. He did not like the work but, true to his nature, soon found a way to use his position to meet and ingratiate himself to attractive women by giving them free food, a practice to which Gunther quickly put a stop. Joey didn't take his job very seriously and spent a lot of his working hours sitting and talking to his friends. Eventually he was fired for closing the coffeehouse in the middle of the day to go to an audition while Gunther was running a personal errand. Rachel later persuaded Gunther to give Joey back his job, but once Joey found more steady acting jobs he eventually just stopped showing up. His absence was barely noticed, with a later episode having a closing scene in which Joey realizes he forgot to tell Gunther he quit, and Gunther saying he would've eventually fired him anyway.

In addition to his acting career, Joey was persuaded by Ross to write a film to branch out in his film career. After penning a few words he gave up after Chandler's game 'Fire Ball' distracted him. Joey soon lost interest in screenwriting.

Another one of Joey's jobs when he was low on money was a sperm donor for an experiment a hospital was conducting; at the end, the hospital would pay any donors $700. This was later mentioned when Monica was trying to get over her breakup with Richard Burke. She decided that she wanted a baby so she was looking for sperm donors and realized that one of the anonymous donors was Joey. Joey was later very offended when he learned that his sperm had not been very popular.

Some of Joey's other jobs have included selling Christmas trees, dressing as Santa Claus and as a Christmas elf, working as a tour guide at the Museum of Natural History where Ross worked, offering perfume samples to customers at a department store and appearing as "Mario" on a VD poster (when he really wanted to be on Lyme disease).

He also worked at the restaurant "Alessandro's" where Monica was head chef, nicknaming himself "Dragon" while on the job. Monica hired him so she could fire him to intimidate the other employees who paid Monica no respect, but he made a lot of tips and backed out of the deal, only to realize how important his getting fired was to Monica and then set himself up to be fired the next day.

He spent one episode working with Chandler as an entry-level processor. He treated the job like another acting role where he was "Joseph the Processing Guy" and created a complex back-story for the character. Chandler began to dislike the Joseph character when he started showing up Chandler while working. Joey eventually left after Chandler pretended to sleep with Joey's pretend wife and he realized that Chandler disliked the Joseph character.



Joey was originally shunned by Chandler when he came in for a roommate interview, and Joey thought Chandler was gay. However, Mr. Heckles, another building resident, interfered with Chandler's originally selected roommate, allowing Joey to move in. Joey's first couple of days involved a brief, mutual attraction with Monica. This subsided and Chandler and Joey began to grow close and become best friends, as Joey's relaxing lifestyle began to grow on Chandler. Later in the series, they bought a chick and a duck together. A long-running gag depicted Joey and Chandler occasionally fighting with each other like an old married couple, with Chandler often assuming the wife role while Joey assumed the husband role—this eventually ended when Chandler became permanently paired with Monica. Joey moved out temporarily when he found success as Dr. Drake Ramoray, but soon moved back in. At the end of the series, Chandler and Monica made it clear to Joey that their new house outside of the city would have a specially designated room over the garage where he could grow old; ironically, Chandler had previously feared growing old alone in the wake of Mr. Heckles death, and asked Joey to promise to invite him over for holidays with him and the future Mrs. Tribbiani.

When Chandler moved out to pursue a relationship with Monica, Joey was joined by Janine (Elle MacPherson) for a few episodes.

Joey also offered to stand up for Ross and Chandler when they were being bullied at Central Perk.

Ross Edit

Joey's relationships with the other Friends have always been very friendly. He is best friends with Chandler, and Ross is a close second. At a time when Joey and Chandler had problems, when Chandler had kissed Joey's girlfriend, Joey had stopped acting as Chandler's best friend and replaced him with Ross although this only remained until Chandler spent Thanksgiving in a box in order to show his respect and apology towards him. Joey and Chandler had remained best friends ever since.


Monica Edit


He allowed Monica to hire and fire him to prove to her employees that she was not a pushover. When he discovered that Monica and Chandler had developed a romantic relationship, he agreed to keep it secret until the two were ready to reveal it to the rest of their group. He also called Chandler moments after suspecting Monica of having an affair with a mystery male he had heard in her apartment. He was also the only one who knew that Chandler is afraid of dogs and that Ross doesn't like ice cream.

Rachel and the other women on the show have been the object of many sexist comments from Joey, especially Monica. Chandler once put it, "Your long-standing offer to have sex with my wife is much appreciated." This apparent boorishness notwithstanding, however, he always enjoyed a close relationship with Monica, Rachel, and Phoebe; LeBlanc once speculated that Joey saw the girls as sisters more than potential romantic interests.

he only meantions his persona to get him into Trouble he shakes their hand and says Hi Im Ken Adams and uses this to get girls to do it with him he even as a Europe story he used it on Ross in the Sweater


Joey and Rachel share romantic feelings for each other at separate times. Joey first and then Rachel on seeing Joey as Dr. Drake Ramoray. Rachel and Joey also date towards the end of the seasons, but are unable to have a sexual relationship, owing to their friendship supposedly closer than what Monica and Chandler shared. During Rachel's pregnancy, Joey realized how hard it would be for her to take all the finances etc. so he offers her marriage and creates a speech in order to persuade her. Only that before he knew that Rachel was the pregnant one, he thought Phoebe was the one carrying a child so used the same speech to propose to her. This created a sense of joke and sarcasm- Phoebe feeling betrayed having still the ring on her finger.

Phoebe Edit

Phoebe did like Joey


When Phoebe was a surrogate mother for her brother's triplets and suddenly craved meat, Joey offered to eat no meat until the babies were born, to compensate for her consumption and, in a way, preserve her vegetarianism. In The One With All the Cheesecakes, it is shown that the two tried to meet once a month for dinner in order to discuss the other Friends. When Phoebe was upset because she'd turned thirty-one without having had the perfect kiss, Joey kissed her so that she could cross that off of her list (also adding that he was one-sixteenth Portuguese when she mentioned that she hadn't met any Portuguese people).

Interestingly Joey never shares romantic feelings for Phoebe. Joey thinks Monica is hot and Rachel too, and is shown flipping for them at several instances. Joey dates Phoebe's sister Ursula, to which Phoebe opposes. According to Joey "Phoebe is Phoebe, Ursula is Hot".phh

When Monica finds out that Joey sees a friend in a different way, she assumes it to be Phoebe. Phoebe overwhemled by the news approaches Joey, only to find that it is Rachel for 'heaven sakes'. Phoebe also has Joey as a backup for her marriage.

When Friends realize that the group may have to split up, Phoebe and Rachel conspire to form a separate group by themselves, but Phoebe insists that Joey be invited to their new group as well. Phoebe's loyalty is proved again when she states that she could live in Las Vegas, since it has everything she needs, "Including Joey!". He in turn invites her to live with him in the mansion he expected to own when he becomes rich from having a hand twin. Phoebe also once says, "When the Revolution comes, I will have to destroy you all." After a moment's pause, she adds with a smile, "Not you, Joey".

In one episode, when Joey believed Phoebe to be pregnant, he proposed marriage, claiming the world is too scary for a single mother. This proposal was apparently made without entirely romantic intentions. Phoebe says yes and accepts his ring, but Monica tells Joey that it is Rachel who is pregnant, so Joey proposes to Rachel and must retrieve the ring from a reluctant Phoebe.

Phoebe also sets up Joey with many of her friends. On a double date, Joey sets her up with a stranger, Mike, whom she marries eventually.


Joey's age is not consistently treated. In "The One with the Birth", which aired on May 11, 1995, Joey says he is 25 which would make him younger than Monica who said she was 26. In "The One Where Joey Moves Out", which aired less than a year later in February, 1996, Joey says he is 28. The latter would put his birth in 1967 or early 1968, which allows him to be older than Chandler, which he must be if the events in "The One Where They All Turn Thirty" are correct. In "The One With Russ", which aired in January, 1996, Joey says he has been acting for 10 years. This is consistent with birth in 1967 or 1968, assuming he began his acting career at about age 18. In "The One with Joey's Fridge", Joey refers to his activities during spring break in 1981 and Monica comments "You were 13", likewise consistent. In "The One With The Red Sweater" (2001) Chandler says that Joey is 32, which would put Joey's year of birth at 1969. In "The One with Monica's Thunder" (2000), Rachel says Joey is 31, and when telling them he is supposed to play a nineteen-year-old, Chandler comments "So by get up early do you mean 1986?", which is inconsistent with his birth in 1969. By the first season of Joey, Michael reveals that Joey is 35.

Post-Friends /JoeyEdit


After the 2003/2004 final season of Friends, Joey Tribbiani became the main character of Joey, a spin-off TV series, where he moved to L.A. to polish his acting career. His sister Gina Tribbiani and her son Michael were two other central characters of the show. Gina is a straightforward woman who proudly dresses in revealing clothing. Michael is a shy science major at Caltech who is not good at socializing with women. Joey becomes good friends with an attractive female attorney named Alex, who, along with her husband, a travelling musician named Eric, is Joey's landlord. Joey hires a new agent named Bobbie Morgenstern, who is herself rather boorish, and not very sympathetic to Joey. Michael, wanting to get out on his own away from his mother, moves in with Joey, though Gina is still a frequent presence at Joey and Michael's apartment (still appearing to do Michael's laundry, for example).

Lucy Liu eventually joins the cast as the executive producer of Deep Powder. Joey also begins a romantic relationship with a neighboring photographer named Sarah (Mädchen Amick), his first ongoing relationship that lasts more than one episode since his fling with Rachel on Friends. This too, however, ends when Sarah leaves Joey for her new job in Washington DC, feeling that their relationship wasn't serious enough for her to stay.

Following Sarah's departure, Alex separates from Eric and finds solace in the arms of Joey, but this too does not last.

Then, after being killed off Deep Powder, for being too demanding, because he thought "America loves me", Joey got his first real big break on the blockbuster movie Captured. now Jason Dolley takes over this role as he gets his Tenner

He later buys a house that burns down and sees his sister reunited with the father of her child. As the series ends he is in a committed relationship with Alex and watches his sister marry the father of her child creating a new family.

Joey's final line was, to Alex, "There it is, you did it

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