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Matthew Perry

Perry smoking with friends in 2007
Born Matthew Langford Perry
August 19, 1969 (1969-08-19) (age 40)
Williamstown, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1979–present

Matthew Langford Perry (born August 19, 1969) is an American-Canadian actor who is best known for his role as Chandler Bing on the NBC sitcom Friends, for ten years between 1994 and 2004, earning a Primetime Emmy Award nomination in 2002. He was nominated for another Emmy and a Golden Globe for his role in The Ron Clark Story.




Perry moved from Ottawa to Los Angeles to pursue acting. For high school, he attended The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks. While at Buckley, Perry was featured as George Gibbs in Our Town and appeared as a junior in a production of The Miracle Worker. Patty Duke attended and praised the young Perry's convincing role as Helen's brother Jimmy. He was also featured in The Sound of Music as a junior. In his senior year, director Tim Hillman had planned a production of "The Elephant Man" specifically to feature Perry as John Merrick along with Vanessa Smith, and future Les Misérables star Lisa Capps. He then got his professional break at age 18. On being cast in A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon with River Phoenix, Perry withdrew from Elephant Man and ended his high school acting career. Perry also pursued improv comedy at the LA Connection in Sherman Oaks while still in high school, quickly becoming a featured performer.

After some guest appearances in late 1980s television, it was his intention to enroll at the University of Southern California, but when he was offered the lead role of Chazz Russell in Second Chance he became noticed on the acting scene. Perry originally starred alongside Kiel Martin when the series premiered in 1987, but after 13 episodes the format changed: Second Chance became Boys Will Be Boys, Perry was elevated to top-billing status, and the plots re-focused on the adventures of Chazz and his teenage friends. Despite the shift, the show ran for only one season. When it concluded, Perry stayed in Los Angeles and made guest appearance on the television program Growing Pains in which he portrayed Carol's boyfriend who dies in a drunk driving accident.


In 1991, Perry made a guest appearance on Beverly Hills, 90210 as Roger Azarian. In the midst of his many continuing guest roles on TV, Perry was a regular on the 1990 CBS sitcom Sydney, playing the younger brother of Valerie Bertinelli's title character. Three years later, he landed his second TV starring role on the ABC sitcom Home Free, which only lasted 13 episodes in the spring of 1993. In 1993, he also played the role of football manager in the classic "Rudy," wearing Buddy Holly glasses. By then, Perry was making his mark, and was instantly cast in a new dramatic pilot titled LAX 2194. The project was slow to take off, so as a backup option, he attempted to secure an audition for the pilot Six of One, later to be known as Friends, by Marta Kauffman and David Crane, both of whom he had worked with on Dream On. However, due to previous commitments to the pilot LAX 2194, he was not initially considered for an audition. When he did eventually get a reading, he landed the part he is best known for, the role of Chandler Bing.

The program was hugely successful and Perry, along with his co-stars, gained wide renown among television viewers. The program also earned him Emmy nominations in 2002 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series along with Matt LeBlanc, but he lost to Ray Romano. As well as his successful career on Friends, Perry has appeared in films such as Fools Rush In (alongside father John Bennett Perry and Salma Hayek), Almost Heroes, Three to Tango, The Whole Nine Yards (alongside Bruce Willis) and its sequel The Whole Ten Yards, and Serving Sara.


While known primarily for his comic roles, Perry has carved out a career in drama as well, particularly in his portrayal of Associate White House Counsel Joe Quincy in Aaron Sorkin's The West Wing. His three appearances in that series (twice in the fourth season and once in the fifth) earned him two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 2003 and 2004. Perry is referred to in the show prior to his guest appearance—Donna Moss seeks him out (off screen) in the episode "20 Hours in LA." He also appeared as attorney Todd Merrick in two episodes near the end of Ally McBeal's 5-season run, including a 2-hour special intended to revive the legal comedy-drama.

After Friends wrapped up, Perry made his directorial debut in an episode of the 4th season of the American comedy-drama Scrubs (which he also guest starred in, as "Murray Marks" an operator of a small airport's traffic control team. Murray is asked to donate a kidney to his father Gregory, played by Perry's real father).

He starred in the TNT movie, The Ron Clark Story, which premiered on August 13, 2006. Perry played Ron Clark, a small town teacher who relocates to the toughest class in the country. He received a Golden Globe nomination as well as an Emmy nomination for the performance.

In 2006–2007, Perry appeared in Aaron Sorkin's hour-long drama Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Perry played Matt Albie alongside Bradley Whitford's Danny Tripp, a writer-director duo brought in to help save a failing sketch show. Perry's character was considered to be substantially based on Sorkin's own personal experiences, particularly in television.[1]

In 2006 he began filming Numb, a comedy drama about a chronically depressed writer. The film's tentative release date was pushed back several times, but was finally released to DVD on May 13, 2008. He also appeared in David Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago in London.[2] In 2009 he starred in the film 17 Again playing the older Mike O'Donnell.

Showtime has passed on a pilot called The End of Steve, a dark comedy starring, written and produced by Perry and Peter Tolan.[3]

Matthew Perry's hotly sought-after new comedy pilot ended up in the hands of ABC, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The deal for the untitled comedy is said to include penalties if the pilot doesn't make it to series, almost guaranteeing that the project will get a green light, THR reports. It is based on an original idea by Perry, and will be written by Perry as well as Alex Barnow and Marc Firek, who have both signed as executive producers. Thomas Schlamme is in talks to direct.[4] The new pilot is called Mr. Sunshine.[5] In January 2010, it was announced that ABC has greenlit Mr. Sunshine. It was also revealed that the project is a single-camera sitcom starring Perry as a man who has a minor identity crisis on his 40th birthday. The venture comes from Sony TV and Jamie Tarses' Fanfare Productions.[6]


Personal Life

Despite relationships with such well-known figures as Julia Roberts and Yasmine Bleeth, Perry remains unmarried.[7] He is reportedly dating fashion student Rachel Dunn. [8]

Perry did a 28 day program in 1997 for a Vicodin addiction.[9]

Perry again entered rehab in March 2001 to treat an addiction to Vicodin, methadone, speed, and alcohol. Perry was in Dallas filming Serving Sara with Elizabeth Hurley when he had such severe stomach pains that he called a local doctor, who advised rehab. Perry flew to Los Angeles and checked into Marina del Rey's Daniel Freeman Hospital. Perry's publicist Lisa Kasteler confirmed his rehab stay.[10]



Year Film Role Notes
1988 A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon Fred Roberts Credited as Matthew L. Perry
1989 She's Out of Control Timothy Credited as Matthew L. Perry
1994 Getting In Randall Burns
1997 Fools Rush In Alex Whitman
1998 Almost Heroes Leslie Edwards
1999 Three to Tango Oscar Novak
2000 The Whole Nine Yards Nicholas 'Oz' Oseransky
Disney's The Kid Mr. Vivian Uncredited
2002 Serving Sara Joe Tyler
2004 The Whole Ten Yards Oz
2005 Hoosiers II: Senior Year Coach Norman Dale Jr.
2007 Numb Hudson Executive producer
2008 Birds of America Morrie Tanager
2009 17 Again Adult Mike O'Donnell


Year Series Role Notes
1979 240-Robert Arthur Episode 1.6: "Bank Job"
1983 Not Necessarily the News Bob Episode 1.10: "Audrie in Love"
1985 Charles in Charge Ed Stanley Episode 1.20: "The Wrong Guy"
Credited as Matthew L. Perry
1986 Silver Spoons Davey Episode 5.6: "Rick Moves Out"
1987-1988 Second Chance
(a/k/a Boys Will Be Boys)
Chazz Russell Main cast member; appeared in all 21 episodes
1988 Dance 'Til Dawn Roger TV film
Just the Ten of Us Ed Episode 2.4: "The Dinner Test"
Credited as Matthew L. Perry
Highway to Heaven David Hastings Episode 5.2: "Hello and Farewell"
1989 Empty Nest Bill aged 18 Episode 1.21: "A Life in the Day"
Growing Pains Sandy Appeared in three episodes
1990 Sydney Billy Kells Appeared in 13 episodes
Who's the Boss? Benjamin Dawson Episode 7.8: "Roomies"
Call Me Anna Desi Arnaz, Jr. TV film
1991 Beverly Hills, 90210 Roger Azarian Episode 1.18: "April Is the Cruelest Month"
1992 Sibs Unknown Episode 1.18: "What Makes Lily Run?"
Dream On Alex Episode 3.23: "To the Moon, Alex!"
1993 Home Free Matt Bailey Main cast member; appeared in all 13 episodes
Deadly Relations George Westerfield TV film
1994 L.A.X. 2194 Blaine Pilot
Parallel Lives Willie Morrison TV film
1994-2004 Friends Chandler Bing Main cast member
1995 The John Larroquette Show Steven Episode 2.21: "Rachel Redux"
Caroline in the City Chandler Bing Episode 1.6: "Caroline and the Folks"
2001 The Simpsons Ultrahouse Matthew Perry voice option Episode 13.1: "Treehouse of Horror XII"
2002 Ally McBeal Attorney Todd Merrick Episodes 5.16 and 5.17: "Love Is All Around" Parts 1 and 2
2003 The West Wing Joe Quincy Appeared in three episodes
2004 Scrubs Murray Marks Episode 4.11: "My Unicorn"; also director
2006 The Ron Clark Story Ron Clark TV film
2006-2007 Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Matt Albie Appeared in all but one of the 22 episodes, The Disaster Show
2009 The End of Steve Steve Episode 1.1: "Pilot"
Co-creator and writer
2010 Mr. Sunshine Co-creator


Emmy Awards

Golden Globes

American Comedy Awards

  • Nominated - Funniest Supporting Male Performer in a TV Series for Friends (1996) - with David Schwimmer

Kids' Choice Awards

  • Nominated - Favorite Television Actor for Friends (2002)

Satellite Awards

Screen Actors Guild Awards

TV Guide Awards

  • Won - Editor's Choice for Friends (2000) - with whole cast along with Jane Sibbett and John Christopher Allen

TV Land Awards

  • Nominated - Most Wonderful Wedding for Friends (2006) - with Courteney Cox

Teen Choice Awards

  • Won - Choice TV Actor - Comedy for Friends (2004)


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Matthew Perry in 2007

Matthew Langford Perry (born August 19, 1969) is an American, Canadian film and television actor, best known for his work as Chandler Bing in the sitcom Friends.


  • I think actors look for good material and I had heard about this script by Aaron and I read it and thought I had to come back to television. I'm here mostly because of how good the script is and how bad The Whole 10 Yards was.
  • I thought it would be interesting if I came back to television to play somebody somewhat dark. What's bizarre is that we're shooting seven feet from the 'Friends' stage. I know how long it takes to get here from my house.
    • Marc Peyser (September 4, 2006) "Falling for Fall: What's Cool and Coming Your Way: Summer's ending. Get over it. Here's a look at the riches of autumn. First up, 'West Wing' creator Aaron Sorkin rides again with the terrific TV drama 'Studio 60.'", Newsweek, Newsweek Inc., p. 54.
  • I have a dark side; it's been pretty well documented. It wouldn't be bad to show that in some light in my work...It's something I no longer fear doing and am actually excited about doing.
    • Lawrie Masterson (October 10, 2004) "Prime Time", The Sunday Telegraph, News Limited, p. V05.
  • "I'm not as funny as Chandler is. Because Chandler has thirty people writing for him."
- Matthew Perry na revista "GQ" Novembro de 2000 .
  • It's odd. Fifty percent of me feels it's the right time to be closing this. The other 50 percent of me is saying it's more than a show. It's a group of people that love each other. It's a group of people that come together every day trying to make America laugh, and what better thing is there to do than that?
    • On the end of the television program Friends – Susan Young (May 6, 2004) "Adios, amigos: ' Friends ' signs off after a decade of good times", Alameda Times-Star.
  • It's been more than a show. It's been a wonderful support group. It's a group of people that love each other, that come together every day to try to make America laugh. What better thing is there to do than that?
    • Gail Pennington (May 2, 2004) "Farewell, "Friends": Sitcom's Finale on Thursday Night May Draw Up to 85 Million Viewers", The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, p. F1.
  • In television or a movie I bring my own ego and consequently can mess up. In the theatre I learnt very quickly to shut up and listen. Now I am able to get out of my own way.
    • Neil Norman (May 1, 2003) "Back from the brink: Fame almost destroyed Friends star Matthew Perry. Now, as he makes his West End stage debut, he tells Neil Norman how he beat his addictions", Evening Standard, Associated Newspapers Company, p. 20.
  • I've been in the public eye for nine years, and I've gone through different phases with it. At first I loved it. Finally, there's a light shining on me and I've wanted that all this time. Then there were a couple of years where I almost became reclusive because it bothered me so much. The trick is to be able to look at it as something that's ethereal and not real. Fame, or whatever that is, isn't tangible. You can't hang your hat on it. You must be able to sit under your covers and giggle about the nonsense of all of it.
    • Newsday staff (September 13, 2002) "START / Fast Chat Matthew Perry", Newsday, Newsday Inc., p. D03.
  • Even as a child, I had that sort of defense mechanism. If something was awkward, I would try to lighten it up by making people laugh. But like Chandler, I've grown up a little bit in the last eight years and become a lot more comfortable with my serious side. I feel the need to fill the silences a lot less with jokes.


  • He doesn't have to be the funniest guy in the room. Now, he's a guy who is much more secure. He's not afraid to look in the mirror anymore. Underneath all the (stuff) that used to get in his way was a heart of gold. He's really a super-compassionate human being. He's so smart. He's always got good advice. I've gotten free therapy from him for years. He's very intuitive.
    • Matt LeBlanc, interview in Donna Freydkin (April 1, 2004) "A brush with happiness", USA Today, Gannett Co., Inc., p. 01D.
  • Matthew is a complete pro. Everyday that we were shooting, we were getting great material.
  • Even when he was going through some painful times of his own, he was always incredibly funny and cheerful and always making me laugh.

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Matthew Perry
Born Matthew Langford Perry
August 19, 1969 (1969-08-19) (age 41)
Williamstown, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1987 – present

Matthew Langford Perry (born August 19, 1969) is a Golden Globe and Emmy nominated American Canadian film and television actor, best known for his work as Chandler Bing in the sitcom Friends.

Early life and education

Matthew Perry was born in Williamstown, Massachusetts. His mother, Suzanne Jane Louise Morrison (née Langford), is a Canadian journalist and was a press secretary to Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, and his father, John Bennett Perry, is an American actor and was a model.[1][2][3] Matthew Perry holds US and Canadian citizenship. He is very good at French. His parents divorced (broke-up) before his 1st birthday and his mother is re-married to Keith Morrison, a broadcast journalist. Matthew Perry was raised by his mother in Ottawa. While growing up in Ontario, Matthew Perry was very interested in tennis and started playing and soon became a top-ranked junior player (he has been good friends with professional tennis player Jennifer Capriati). The schools he went to were Rockcliffe Park Public School, Lisgar Collegiate Institute, and Ashbury College, all of which are in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

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