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Also Known As: Matthew Langford Perry Died:
Born: August 19, 1969 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter, producer

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

One of the best-loved stars of one of the most popular television sitcoms in history, Matthew Perry would forever be associated with his character Chandler Bing from the ensemble comedy "Friends" (1994-2004). This master of double-takes and sardonic wit enjoyed a coveted spot on NBC's Thursday night lineup prior to defying youth and remaining forever "twenty-something" in endless reruns around the world. While Perry maintained a huge fan following, his ensuing movie career proved hit-or-miss, with his biggest successes coming in the form of broad comedies "The Whole Nine Yards" (2000) and "17 Again" (2009). When given the opportunity to showcase some versatility post-"Friends," Perry fared well with a guest stint on "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006) which inevitably led to a lead role in the short-lived series "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (NBC, 2006-07) - both of which showcased his considerable dramatic chops. However, due in large part to creating one of the most iconic characters in sitcom history, audiences were, not surprisingly, most responsive when he stuck close to the wisecracking persona that earned him his initial fame.

One of the best-loved stars of one of the most popular television sitcoms in history, Matthew Perry would forever be associated with his character Chandler Bing from the ensemble comedy "Friends" (1994-2004). This master of double-takes and sardonic wit enjoyed a coveted spot on NBC's Thursday night lineup prior to defying youth and remaining forever "twenty-something" in endless reruns around the world. While Perry maintained a huge fan following, his ensuing movie career proved hit-or-miss, with his biggest successes coming in the form of broad comedies "The Whole Nine Yards" (2000) and "17 Again" (2009). When given the opportunity to showcase some versatility post-"Friends," Perry fared well with a guest stint on "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006) which inevitably led to a lead role in the short-lived series "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (NBC, 2006-07) - both of which showcased his considerable dramatic chops. However, due in large part to creating one of the most iconic characters in sitcom history, audiences were, not surprisingly, most responsive when he stuck close to the wisecracking persona that earned him his initial fame.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 17 Again (2009)
2.
 Birds of America (2008)
3.
 Numb (2007)
4.
5.
 Serving Sara (2002) Joe Tyler
6.
 Whole Nine Yards, The (2000) Nicholas 'Oz' Oseransky
7.
 Three to Tango (1999) Oscar Novak
8.
 Almost Heroes (1998) Leslie Edwards
9.
 Fools Rush In (1997)
10.
 Parallel Lives (1994) Willie Morrison
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Milestones close milestones

:
Became a top-ranked junior tennis player in Ottawa, Ontario
1984:
While still in high school, moved to Los Angeles to live with his father and pursue acting
:
Appeared on episodes of "Silver Spoons" (NBC) and "Charles in Charge" (CBS)
1987:
Debut as a series regular on "Second Chance" (FOX); format changed after 13 episodes and re-named "Boys Will Be Boys"
1988:
Feature debut, "A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon" (film was shot in 1986)
1988:
TV-movie debut, "Dance 'Til Dawn" (NBC)
1989:
Cast in two episodes of "Growing Pains" (ABC) as Carol's boyfriend who dies in a drunk driving accident
1989:
Played the boyfriend of Tony Danza's daughter in the film, "She's Out Of Control"
1990:
Cast on the CBS sitcom "Sydney" as the younger brother of Valerie Bertinelli's title character
1993:
Starred in the short-lived ABC sitcom, "Home Free"
1994:
Played the slightly neurotic Chandler Bing on NBC's ensemble comedy series, "Friends"; nominated for an Emmy Award in 2002
1997:
First leading role in a feature, opposite Salma Hayek, in "Fools Rush In"; his on-screen father was played by his real-life father
1998:
Teamed with Chris Farley (in his last feature role) for Christopher Guest's "Almost Heroes"
1999:
Co-starred with Neve Campbell and Dylan McDermott in the romantic comedy, "Three to Tango"
2000:
Played a neurotic dentist who befriends a hitman (Bruce Willis) in "The Whole Nine Yards"
2002:
Joined Elizabeth Hurley for the comedy, "Serving Sara"
2002:
Appeared as attorney Todd Merrick in two episodes of "Ally McBeal" (FOX)
2003:
Co-starred with Hank Azaria and Minnie Driver in a 13-week run of David Mamet's "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" in London
2003:
Guest starred as Joe Quincy in three episodes of NBC's "The West Wing"; earned two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Guest Actor in 2003 and 2004
2004:
Re-teamed with Bruce Willis for the sequel, "The Whole Ten Yards"
2005:
Made TV directorial debut with an episode of "Scrubs" (NBC); also acted in the episode with his real-life father, John Bennett Perry
2006:
Returned to NBC to star as writer, Matt Albie in Aaron Sorkin's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip"
2006:
Played Ron Clark, a small town teacher who relocates to the toughest class in the country in the TNT movie, "The Ron Clark Story"; earned Golden Globe, SAG and Emmy nominations for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
2009:
Played the adult Mike O'Donnell (Zac Efron played the younger version) in the comedy, "17 Again"
2010:
Cast in the starring role of a sports-arena manager in ABC's "Mr. Sunshine"
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Education

Ashbury College: -
Buckley School: Sherman Oaks , California -
LA Connection Comedy Theater: Sherman Oaks , California -
Rockcliffe Park Public School: -
Lisgar Collegiate Institute: -

Notes

"Well, I was lucky enough to be involved in about 19 failures at an early age so I'm realistic about the success that I'm having and how quickly it can go away. What's important is to be smart about it." --Matthew Perry to Empire, November 1997.

"I desperately--DESPERATELY--needed the money." --Perry on why he accepted the role of Chandler Bing on "Friends", quoted in Entertainment Weekly, January 24, 1997.

"He is a sweetheart." --"Friends" co-star Matt LeBlanc quoted in People, September 25, 1995.

"Matthew's one of the funniest people I know, genuinely funny." --"Friends" co-star Courteney Cox in Empire, November 1997.

Perry checked himself into Hazelden Foundation of Minnesota for treatment for dependency on prescription medicine in June 1997.

Shortly after being released from the hospital (where he had been treated for a stomach ailment), Perry was involved in a car accident when he drove his Porsche into the porch of a home in the Hollywood Hills. According to the actor, the accident occurred when he swerved to avoid collision with with another car.

In February 2001, Perry again checked into a drug and alcohol treatment center.

"Last year I dedicated the summer to recovering and this year I enjoyed my newfound life."---Perry quoted in People September, 2002

"I've chosen not to be married and not have children yet because I still think there's a little bit of selfishness that I'm trying to break down on a daily basis. When I have a child, I want to be ready for that shift - though I feel I'm closer and closer to being ready to be that."---Perry to Movieline's Hollywood Life March/April 2004

"I was 24 when I got on the show. I'll be 34 when it's over, and those are really important years in somebody's life. So to do it all in public ... was difficult. At first you have the wave of 'I'm famous, and this is exactly what I've wanted my whole life.' But then you go through the whole recluse stage where you think, 'I wish everybody would stop staring at me.' And then you eventually, hopefully, get through all that. You find things in your life that are grounding, like your family and good friends."---Perry People April 19, 2004

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Yasmine Bleeth. Actor. Dated briefly.
companion:
Julia Roberts. Actor. Dated briefly in late 1995 to early 1996.
companion:
Jamie Tarses. Executive. Reportedly dated c. 1998; resumed relationship in fall 2000.
companion:
Renee Ashton. Actor. Dated in 1999; separated c. early 2000.
companion:
Gabrille Bober. Screenwriter. Born c. 1970; reportedly dated in spring 2000.
companion:
Andi O'Reilly. Makeup artist. Began relationship in 2001.
companion:
Jennifer Capriati. Tennis player. Reportedly dating summer of 2002; both claim just a "strong friendship".
companion:
Rachel Dunn. Dating as of February 2003.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
John Bennett Perry. Actor. Appeared in such films as "Lipstick" (1976) and "Farewell to the King" (1989) and appeared as the sailor in commercials for Old Spice; played father to Perry in "Fools Rush In".
mother:
Suzanne Morrison. Canadian; former press secretary to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau of Canada; remarried to newcaster Keith Morrison.
step-father:
Keith Morrison. Newscaster. Works for NBC.
step-mother:
Debbie Perry.
half-sister:
Caitlin Morrison. Born c. 1981.
half-sister:
Emily Morrison. Born c. 1985.
half-brother:
Willy Morrison. Born c. 1987.
half-sister:
Madeleine Morrison. Born c. 1989.
half-sister:
Marie Perry.
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