Matthew Perry

Matthew Perry

His role as Chandler Bing on NBC comedy Friends (1994-2004)

Background:

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

Attractive leading man Matthew Perry had a variety of parts in television
sitcoms before finally attaining victory with his role as Chandler Bing in the
worldwide hit “Friends” (1994-2004), where he took home a Screen Actors Guild
award and received countless nominations. He has effectively transformed the
popularity he gained from “Friends” into an increasingly successful film career
as a romantic comic lead. Among his notable movie credits are Fools Rush In
(1997), the hit comedy The Whole Nine Yards (2000) and its sequel The Whole Ten
Yards (2004). He currently stars as Matt Albie in “Studio 60 on the Sunset
Strip” (2006) and is set to play Del in the forthcoming The Beginning of Wisdom
and Numb (2007).

Perry, who earned $750,000 an episode for “Friends” in 1994, and $5,000,000 for
The Whole Ten Yards (2004), is no longer doing Hanes commercials with basketball
superstar Michael Jordan. His position has been replaced by actor Kevin Bacon.
Off screen, he was rumored to have checked into a drug rehab center for chemical
dependency on prescription medication in 1997 and entered a rehabilitation
clinic for treatment four years later. As for his romantic life, one of Forbes’
“100 Most Powerful Celebrities” (2003), Perry has been involved with several
celebrity beauties like Yasmine Bleeth, Julia Roberts (dated briefly in late
1995 to early 1996) and Renee Ashton (together from 1999-2000). He also dated
executive Jamie Tarses (1998), screenwriter Gabrille Bober (2000) and her
girlfriend of two years, Rachel Dunn (reportedly separated in July 2005). The
dual citizenship actor (Canadian and American) is currently romancing actress
Piper Perabo. He currently resides in a 4.5 million dollar home in Los Angeles,
which he bought in January 2006. When not working, he loves playing ice hockey,
softball and tennis.


Tennis

Childhood and Family:

Matthew Langford Perry was born to John Bennett Perry (actor) and Suzanne
Morrison (political assistant who later became a press secretary for Prime
Minister Pierre Trudeau) on August 19, 1969, in Williamstown, Massachusetts. His
parents separated when Matthew was still a baby. They both remarried, earning
Matthew a total of five half-brothers and half-sisters: Marie, Madeleine, Willy,
Emily and Caitlin. After the divorce, he lived with his mother in Ottawa,
Ontario, until relocating to Los Angeles at age 15 to join his father.

Matthew excelled in tennis as a youth. He once ranked No. 17 in the junior
singles category and became a top-three contender in a doubles competition in
Canada. At the same time, he developed a passion for acting and participated in
numerous school plays. After suffering a shocking loss during a main tennis
event in 1984, Matthew decided to quit and focus on acting. He studied at
Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, California, and Ashbury College in Ottawa,
Ontario, Canada.


The Whole Nine Yards

Career:

15-yaer-old Matthew Perry moved to Los Angeles with the hope of becoming both a
professional tennis player and a working actor. Unfortunately, an upsetting
defeat in a 1984 major tennis competition forced the talented player to abandon
his sport’s career and focus solely on acting.

Making his TV debut appearance in his father’s show “240- Robert,” at age 10,
Perry took on guest roles in ”Charles in Charge” (1985) and “Silver Spoons”
(1986) before scoring a regular role in the short-lived comedy “Second Chance”
(1987). Spotted by director William Richert while in a restaurant, Perry
progressed to the big screen when Richert cast him opposite River Phoenix in the
drama/romance A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon, in 1988. He continued with a
series of TV projects, including the TV movie Dance ‘Til Dawn (1988), before
returning to the big screen with the small part of Timothy in the Tony Danza
comedy She’s Out of Control (1989). The same year, Perry received a recurring
role as Sandy in the popular series “Growing Pains.”
In 1990, Perry was seen as Billy Kells in the serial “Sydney.” Though it was
soon cancelled, it marked the beginning of his professional guest-star career,
which led to spots in a number of shows, including “Who’s the Boss” (1990) and
“Beverly Hills, 90210” (1991). Perry moved to another short-lived series in 1993
when he was cast opposite Marian Mercer in Tim O’Donnell’s “Home Free.” The same
year, he played George Westerfield in the made-for-TV film Deadly Relations,
starring Robert Urich, Shelley Fabares and Gwyneth Paltrow.

A veteran of short-lived series, Perry finally hit the big time when he was
hired to costar in the NBC new sitcom “Friends” in 1994. Playing Chandler Bing
from 1994-2004, Perry rose to fame with the massive success of the acclaimed
show. With other costars, he was handed a 1995 Screen Actors Guild for
Outstanding Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Series and earned five Screen
Actors Guild nominations for the same category in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003 and
2004.

He also appeared in the comedy Getting In (1994), the James Belushi and Liza
Minnelli thriller Parallel Lives (1994, TV) and guest starred in other series
like “The John Larroquette Show” and “Caroline in the City” (both 1995). In
1997, Perry’s movie career received a boost when he was cast as the lead for the
first time in Andy Tennant’s Fools Rush In. The victorious, romantic comedy also
starred Salma Hayek.

The following years, Perry was seen in such films as the chum comedy Almost
Heroes (1998, with Chris Farley), the romantic comedy Three to Tango (1999,
opposite Neve Campbell and Dylan McDermott), the Jonathan Lynn hit comedy The
Whole Nine Yards (2000, costarred with Bruce Willis and Rosanna Arquette),
Disney’s The Kid (2000, made an unaccredited cameo as Mr. Vivian) and the comedy
romance Serving Sara (2002, starred with Elizabeth Hurley). On TV, he had
recurring roles as Attorney Todd Merrick in the well-liked “Ally McBeal” (2002)
and offered a memorable guest appearance as Joe Quincy in three episodes of “The
West Wing” (2003). Perry’s good performance in the latter earned him a
nomination for a 2003 Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.


“I didn’t cry, but I felt like I was about to for like seven years. There was a
sweet moment where my girlfriend and I went for a walk on the stage. That’s
something we just have to deal with.” Matthew Perry after filming the final
episode of Friends

The same year “Friends” came to an end (2004), Perry reprised his Oz role for
the sequel The Whole Ten Yards, re-teaming with Bruce Willis and costarring with
Amanda Peet and Kevin Pollak. He returned to TV movies the next year by having
the title character in The Ron Clark Story and appearing as a football player in
Friday Night Lights Lost Scene.

The 37-years-old actor is making his way back to prime-time with the starring
role of Matt Albie in the NBC “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” (2006), created by
the Emmy-winning The West Wing alumni Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme. The show
also stars Amanda Peet, Sarah Paulson, D.L. Hughley and Steven Weber. As for
film, Perry is scheduled to play Del in the forthcoming Howard Deutch-helmed The
Beginning of Wisdom and join writer/director Harris Goldberg for the comedy film
Numb, due for a 2007 release.


Awards:

TV Guide: Editor’s Choice, 2000
Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Series
(shared award with series cast), Friends, 1995
Chandler's the guy everybody thinks will do well with women, but he thinks too much and says the wrong thing.More Matthew Perry quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
To be a comedian, you have to have some darkness behind it. I certainly draw on my past, and it helps.More Matthew Perry quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I really lived life to its fullest and that got me in trouble from time to time.More Matthew Perry quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Vicodin, I got addicted to that little pill. The reason I dont talk about it too much in the press is because it isnt funny, and I love to be funny in interviews. If you joke about that period in your life, it doesnt seem right.More Matthew Perry quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I have a huge interest in hockey because I grew up in Canada, where it's kind of the law that you love hockey.More Matthew Perry quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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