50 Greatest Soap Actors: #18 Christian LeBlanc

NAME: Christian LeBlanc
RANK: 18
SOAP ROLES: Michael Baldwin, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS (1991-1993, 1997-present); Weddding Guest, GUIDING LIGHT (2009); Michael Baldwin, AS THE WORLD TURNS (2005); Kirk McColl, AS THE WORLD TURNS (1983-1985)

AWARDS:
2009 Daytime Emmy win for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
2008 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
2007 Daytime Emmy win for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
2005 Daytime Emmy win for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
2005 Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor
2004 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
2003 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
2000 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
1999 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
1999 Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Favorite Return

COMMENTS FROM THE PANEL:
Nelson Aspen: From his youthful years on ATWT to commandeering the Baldwin Bunch on Y&R, Christian is like the Daytime Johnny Depp. He can seem to play almost anything and makes any scene he's in more fun to watch. It's also great to see a 50+ yr old leading man who's still as sexually viable as any of the kids running around Genoa City.

Damon L. Jacobs: He has been able to bring psychological complexity and subtext to the every page of dialogue since his debut on Y&R.  It is this depth that prevented Michael Baldwin from becoming a one-dimensional villain, and now is keeping the ageless lawyer from being presented as a one-dimensional hero.  LeBlanc simply excels at adding fresh layers of humor, frustration, anguish, and struggle to every scene. 

Alan Carter: Wasn't he on ATWT too!? Same actor? Hard to believe. Somewhere along the line, LeBlanc transformed himself from forgettable supporting player to compelling leading man. Very few actors, too, can make the seamless transformation from sleazebag to knight in shining armor.

2 comments:

  1. The nominations in 1999,2000,2003, 2004 were for Best Supporting Actor.... you're welcome :) xo

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  2. He is awesome, profile picture is HOT. WOW

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