Role Michael, Y&R
Show The Young and the Restless
BIRTHDATE: August 25
YEARS ON SHOW: 1991-1993; 1997-present
MARITAL STATUS: Single
Christian J. LeBlanc began his career all wet — literally. Born in Fayetteville, NC, LeBlanc grew up in New Orleans as the second oldest of eight children whose father, retired Major Andre Victor LeBlanc, is a decorated veteran and winner of the Bronze Star. As a college student at Tulane University, LeBlanc was a pre-med major until a fateful meeting changed his life. LeBlanc was doing laps in the school’s swimming pool when he was approached by a photographer who suggested he look into modeling. He did, acting soon followed, then AS THE WORLD TURNS came calling.
After his contract was up, LeBlanc went West, where he did a string of appearances in prime-time, including a one-year gig as Deputy Junior Abernathy on IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT. LeBlanc was let go when producers decided to change the direction of the drama. Consequently, the actor hit the audition circuit and notched several more guest gigs in his belt, until YOUNG AND RESTLESS offered him the plum role of slick, smart, sociopathic attorney Michael Baldwin.
LeBlanc was a great fit, but Michael was written into a corner after sexually harassing pristine Christine, and later attacking her in her apartment. LeBlanc’s character was written off, though then-Executive Producer/Head Writer William J. Bell told the actor that he’d be back. LeBlanc hit the boards, and in 1995, he appeared opposite stage legends Julie Harris (ex-Lilimae, KNOTS LANDING) and Eileen Brennan in Ladies in Retirement.
Bell stayed true to his word, and in 1997, Michael, having done the time for his crimes, was paroled and returned to the Genoa City fold, where he remains to this day.
Never content to be complacent, LeBlanc has immersed himself in other activities outside of the studio. An award-winning artist who is currently writing and illustrating his first children’s novel, LeBlanc’s premiere art show opened at Anton’s Gallery in Washington D.C. to critical acclaim. In 2000, he produced and starred in his first short film, Puppy Love, which co-starred Tricia Cast (ex-Nina, Y&R) and fellow New Orleanian Grace Zabriskie (ex-Sarah, TWIN PEAKS; ex-Theda, SANTA BARBARA). The film was named Best Short American Film at the Los Angeles International Short Film Awards in 2001, and at the New York International Film and Video Festival that same year.
A world traveler, LeBlanc’s journeys have taken him to Europe, Australia and the Middle East, but after New Orleans, he considers Genoa City his home. His official Web site is www.christianjleblanc.com.
- Once worked as a busboy at New York's Helmsley Palace under the infamous "Queen Of Mean," Leona Helmsley. "She was terrifying," he told Digest in 1992.
- An avid fan of genealogy, LeBlanc has traced his family roots back to the 1800s.
- Worked as a substitute teacher in the Los Angeles school district.
- Won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in 2007.
- He is 5' 10".