Perry at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards on August 29, 2010
|Born||Matthew Langford Perry
August 19, 1969
Williamstown, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Citizenship||Canadian, American (dual)|
|Alma mater||The Buckley School|
|Occupation||Actor, director, writer, producer|
|Years active||1979; 1983–present|
|Parents||John Bennett Perry (father)|
Matthew Langford Perry (born August 19, 1969) is an actor with dual American and Canadian citizenship. He is well known for his Emmy-nominated role as Chandler Bing on the popular, long-running NBC television sitcom Friends. He also received acclaim for his portrayal of Ron Clark in the television movie The Ron Clark Story, accompanied by another Emmy nomination as well as a Golden Globe nomination. Perry also starred in the short-lived series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and has appeared in a number of films, including Fools Rush In (1997), The Whole Nine Yards (2000), and 17 Again (2009). In 2010 he expanded his resume to include both video games and voiceover work when he voiced Benny in the role-playing game Fallout: New Vegas.
Perry was the co-creator, co-writer, executive producer and star of the short-lived ABC sitcom Mr. Sunshine, which ran from February to April 2011. In August 2012, Perry began starring as Ryan King, a sportscaster, on the NBC comedy Go On. The series was cancelled on May 10, 2013. In December 2013, it was announced that Perry would be starring, co-writing, and executive-producing a remake of The Odd Couple. Perry will play Oscar Madison, a known slob. Perry is also going to make his UK TV comedy debut in the one-off Sky Arts comedy The Dog Thrower to be shown in May 2014.
Perry was born in Williamstown, Massachusetts. His mother, Suzanne Marie (née Langford), is a Canadian journalist and former press secretary to Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, and his father, John Bennett Perry, is an American actor and former model. His parents divorced before his first birthday and his mother subsequently married Keith Morrison, a broadcast journalist. Perry was raised by his mother in Ottawa, Ontario, and was enrolled at Rockcliffe Park Public School and Ashbury College. While growing up, he took a keen interest in tennis and became a top-ranked junior player.
Matthew 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 mid 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 from injuries in the hospital sustained in a drunk driving accident.
In the midst of his many continuing guest roles on TV, Perry was cast as a regular on the 1990 CBS sitcom Sydney, playing the younger brother of Valerie Bertinelli's title character. In 1991, he made a guest appearance on Beverly Hills, 90210 as Roger Azarian. Perry landed his next TV starring role on the ABC sitcom Home Free, which aired only 11 episodes in the spring 1993. 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 five 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, in which he also guest starred 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 August 13, 2006. Perry played small town teacher Ron Clark who relocates to the toughest class in the country. Perry received a Golden Globe nomination as well as an Emmy nomination for his performance.
In 2006-2007, Perry appeared in Aaron Sorkin's 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.
In 2006 he began filming Numb, a film based on a man suffering from depersonalization disorder. 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. In 2009 he starred in the film 17 Again playing the older Mike O'Donnell.
In 2008, Perry starred in the offbeat film Birds of America as Morrie Tanager, an uptight man who has to deal with his siblings.
Perry's new comedy pilot, Mr. Sunshine, based on Perry's original idea, was bought by ABC. Perry was set to portray a middle-aged man with an identity crisis. ABC canceled the series after nine episodes.
On March 1, 2012, it was reported that Perry had signed on to star on the NBC comedy pilot Go On, written and produced by former Friends writer/producer Scott Silveri. The project was picked up to series in May 2012. Perry portrays Ryan King, a charming yet irreverent sportscaster who tries to move on after the death of his wife through the help of mandatory therapy sessions. The pilot aired on August 8, 2012, as a "sneak preview" post the 2012 Summer Olympics. The series premiered on September 11, 2012. On October 2, 2012, NBC ordered a full season of 22 episodes. The series was cancelled by NBC in May 2013, shortly after the conclusion of its first season.
In December 2013, it was announced that Matthew Perry is starring, co-writing, and executive-producing a remake of The Odd Couple. The multi-camera comedy will start airing sometime in 2014 at CBS. Perry will play Oscar Madison, a known slob; the role of his clean freak roomie Felix Unger was given to Thomas Lennon, who had previously worked with him on 17 Again (as Ned Gold, Mike O'Donnell's (Matthew Perry) friend) and on Friends (as Joey's (Matt LeBlanc) identical hand twin). Perry's Go On co-star Sarah Baker will also join him in the show. Baker will play Oscar’s assistant Sam, who spends most of her work day on the phone apologizing to assorted high-and-mighty people who have been offended by Oscar’s latest rant.
In 2014, Perry will also make his British TV debut in the one-off comedy program The Dog Thrower, which is set to air on May 1 as part of Sky Arts' Playhouse Presents strand. Perry will play "a charismatic man" who enchants onlookers by throwing his dog in the air. The strand will include eight standalone comedy and drama programmes. The Dog Thrower will also star Tim Key, and is written by author and journalist Jon Ronson, who also makes his directorial debut.
Perry holds dual American-Canadian citizenship.
Perry completed a 28-day program in 1997 for a Vicodin addiction. Matthew Perry's weight fluctuated drastically over the next few years and once dropped down to 145 pounds (66 kg). He lost 20 pounds in 2000 due to pancreatitis. Perry again entered rehab in February 2001 to treat an addiction to opioids (specifically vicodin and methadone), amphetamines and alcohol. Perry was in Dallas, Texas, 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.
|1988||Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon, AA Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon||Fred Roberts|
|1988||Dance 'til Dawn||Roger||Television film|
|1989||She's Out of Control||Timothy|
|1990||Call Me Anna||Desi Arnaz, Jr.||Television film|
|1993||Deadly Relations||George Westerfield||Television film|
|1994||Getting In||Randall Burns|
|1994||Parallel Lives||Willie Morrison||Television film|
|1997||Fools Rush In||Alex Whitman|
|1998||Almost Heroes||Leslie Edwards|
|1999||Three to Tango||Oscar Novak|
|2000||Whole Nine Yards, TheThe Whole Nine Yards||Nicholas "Oz" Oseransky|
|2000||Disney's The Kid||Mr. Vivian||Uncredited|
|2002||Serving Sara||Joe Tyler|
|2004||Whole Ten Yards, TheThe Whole Ten Yards||Nicholas "Oz" Oseransky|
|2005||Hoosiers II: Senior Year||Coach Norman Dale Jr.||Short film|
|2006||Ron Clark Story, TheThe Ron Clark Story||Ron Clark||Television film|
|2007||Numb||Hudson||Also executive producer|
|2008||Birds of America||Morrie Tanager|
|2009||17 Again||Adult Mike O'Donnell|
|1979||240-Robert||Arthur||Episode: "Bank Job"|
|1983||Not Necessarily the News||Bob||Episode: "Audrie in Love"|
|1985||Charles in Charge||Ed Stanley||Episode: "The Wrong Guy"|
|1986||Silver Spoons||Davey||Episode: "Rick Moves Out"|
|1987–1988||Second Chance||Chazz Russell||Main cast; 21 episodes|
|1988||Just the Ten of Us||Ed||Episode: "The Dinner Test"|
|1988||Highway to Heaven||David Hastings||2 episodes|
|1989||Growing Pains||Sandy||3 episodes|
|1989||Empty Nest||Bill aged 18||Episode: "A Life in the Day"|
|1990||Sydney||Billy Kells||Main cast; 13 episodes|
|1990||Who's the Boss?||Benjamin Dawson||Episode: "Roomies"|
|1991||Beverly Hills, 90210||Roger Azarian||Episode: "April Is the Cruelest Month"|
|1992||Sibs||N/A||Episode: "What Makes Lily Run?"|
|1992||Dream On||Alex Farmer||Episode: "To the Moon, Alex!"|
|1993||Home Free||Matt Bailey||Main cast; 13 episodes|
|1994–2004||Friends||Chandler Bing||Main cast; 236 episodes|
|1995||John Larroquette Show, TheThe John Larroquette Show||Steven||Episode: "Rachel Redux"|
|1995||Caroline in the City||Chandler Bing||Episode: "Caroline and the Folks"|
|1997||Saturday Night Live||Himself||Host; episode: "Matthew Perry/Oasis"|
|2001||Simpsons, TheThe Simpsons||Ultrahouse 3000's Matthew Perry voice||Episode: "Treehouse of Horror XII"|
|2002||Ally McBeal||Attorney Todd Merrick||2 episodes|
|2003||West Wing, TheThe West Wing||Joe Quincy||3 episodes|
|2004||Scrubs||Murray Marks||Episode: "My Unicorn"; also director|
|2006–2007||Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip||Matt Albie||Main cast; 22 episodes|
|2011||Mr. Sunshine||Ben Donovan||Main cast and co-creator; 13 episodes|
|2011||Childrens Hospital||Himself||Episode: "The Black Doctor"|
|2012–2013||Good Wife, TheThe Good Wife||Mike Kresteva||4 episodes (1 uncredited)|
|2012–2013||Go On||Ryan King||Main cast; 22 episodes|
|2013||Hollywood Game Night||Himself||Episode: "The One with the Friends"|
|2014||Cougar Town||Sam||Episode: "Like a Diamond"|
|2014||Dog Thrower, TheThe Dog Thrower||The charismatic man||One-off episode|
|2010||Fallout: New Vegas||Benny||Voice|
Awards and nominations
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- Ausiello, Michael. "The Odd Couple Pilot Scoop: Look Who's Playing the Felix to Matthew Perry's Oscar". TVLine.com. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
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