Matthew Langford Perry
August 19, 1969
|Occupation(s)||Actor, comedian, producer|
Matthew Langford Perry (born August 19, 1969) is an American-Canadian actor, comedian and producer. He is best known for his role as Chandler Bing on the NBC television sitcom Friends (1994–2004).
As well as starring in the short-lived television series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Perry has appeared in several films, including Fools Rush In, Almost Heroes, The Whole Nine Yards, 17 Again and The Ron Clark Story. In 2010, he worked in both voice-over and video games doing the voice of Benny in the video game Fallout: New Vegas.
Perry was co-creator, co-writer, executive producer, and star of the 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 sitcom Go On. The series was canceled on May 10, 2013. Perry co-developed and starred in the CBS sitcom The Odd Couple portraying Oscar Madison from 2015 to 2017.
Perry was born in Williamstown, Massachusetts, on August 19, 1969. His mother, Suzanne Marie Morrison née Langford (born 1948), is a Canadian journalist and served as press secretary to former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. His father, John Bennett Perry (born 1941), is an American actor and former model.
His parents divorced before his first birthday and his mother married Canadian-born broadcast journalist Keith Morrison. He was raised by his mother in Ottawa, Ontario (although he lived briefly in Toronto and Montreal, Quebec), and was educated at both the Rockcliffe Park Public School, alongside Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and at Ashbury College. While growing up, he took a keen interest in tennis and became a top-ranked junior player.
When he was 15, Perry moved from Ottawa to Los Angeles to pursue acting and attended The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, graduating in 1987. He pursued improvisational comedy at the LA Connection in Sherman Oaks while still in high school.
After graduating, he took the role of Chazz Russell in the TV series Second Chance. After 13 episodes, Second Chance became Boys Will Be Boys, with the plots refocused on the adventures of Chazz and his friends. After the show's single season, Perry stayed in Los Angeles and made his screen debut in the 1988 film A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon. In 1989, Perry had a three-episode arc on the series Growing Pains, in which he portrayed Carol Seaver's boyfriend Sandy who dies in the hospital after 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 of 1993, followed by a sitcom pilot titled LAX 2194.
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 of Chandler Bing. He was the youngest of the main cast at age 24.
Friends was hugely successful, and Perry, along with his co-stars, became international celebrities – something Perry had long hoped for. "There was steam coming out of my ears, I wanted to be famous so badly," he told The New York Times in 2002. "You want the attention, you want the bucks, and you want the best seat in the restaurant." Due to the immense popularity of the sitcom, Perry and the rest of the six-member main cast ensemble were each making $1 million per episode by 2002. The program earned him an Emmy nomination in 2002 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, along with Matt LeBlanc, but the two lost to Ray Romano. Perry 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 two-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, also known as "The Triumph," 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.
From 2006 to 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. Showtime passed on a pilot called The End of Steve, a dark comedy starring, written and produced by Perry and Peter Tolan.
Perry's new comedy pilot, Mr. Sunshine, based on Perry's original idea for the show, 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 portrayed Ryan King, a 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" after the 2012 Summer Olympics. The series premiered on September 11, 2012. On October 2, 2012, NBC ordered a full season of 22 episodes. NBC canceled Go On in May 2013, shortly after the conclusion of its first season.
In 2014, Perry made his British TV debut in the one-off comedy program The Dog Thrower, which aired on May 1 as part of Sky Arts' Playhouse Presents. Perry portrayed "a charismatic man" who enchanted onlookers by throwing his dog in the air. From 2015 to 2017, Perry starred in, co-wrote, and served as executive producer of a revival of the sitcom The Odd Couple on CBS. Perry played Oscar Madison opposite Thomas Lennon as Felix Unger.
Perry played the lead role in a new production of his play The End of Longing, which premiered on February 11, 2016, at the Playhouse Theatre in London. The play transferred Off-Broadway to MCC Theater, which opened on June 5, 2017, with Jennifer Morrison.
Perry holds both Canadian and American citizenship.
Perry is a fan of the Fallout video game series. On a 2009 episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, he gave DeGeneres a copy of Fallout 3. This prompted game studio Obsidian Entertainment to cast him in the next installment of the series, Fallout: New Vegas.
In August 2018, it was reported that Perry had abdominal surgery to repair a gastrointestinal perforation. On September 15, 2018, he revealed in a tweet that he had spent three months recovering in the hospital, suggesting the surgery had taken place in June 2018.
He became engaged to Molly Hurwitz, a literary manager, in November 2020. In June 2021, Perry announced he had called off the engagement, telling People magazine, "Sometimes things just don't work out and this is one of them. I wish Molly the best."
He has described his politics as "left of center".
Drug and alcohol addiction
Perry became addicted to Vicodin after a jet-ski accident in 1997, and completed a 28-day rehab program later that year. His weight fluctuated drastically over the next few years and once dropped to 145 pounds (66 kg). He lost 20 pounds (9.1 kg) in 2000 due to pancreatitis. He again entered rehab in February 2001 for addiction to Vicodin, methadone, amphetamines, and alcohol. He was filming Serving Sara in Texas when he suffered severe stomach pains, and flew to Los Angeles to check into Marina del Rey's Daniel Freeman Hospital. Perry's publicist, Lisa Kasteler, confirmed his rehab stay. He says he has spent around $9 million to get sober. He has revealed that due to his addiction issues, he does not remember three years of the time he was acting on Friends, "somewhere between season three and six."
In 2011, as a celebrity spokesperson for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, Perry went to Capitol Hill to lobby members of Congress in support of funding for drug courts. Perry received a Champion of Recovery award in May 2013 from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy for opening Perry House, a sober living home situated in his former mansion in Malibu, California. Perry later sold the home and shuttered the rehab center in 2015. Perry has been completely sober since 2021.
|1988||A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon||Fred Roberts||Credited as Matthew L. Perry|
|1989||She's Out of Control||Timothy|
|Fat Man and Little Boy||Bomb Technician||Uncredited|
|1994||Getting In||Randal 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|
|The Kid||Mr. Vivian||Cameo (uncredited)|
|2002||Serving Sara||Joe Tyler|
|2004||The Whole Ten Yards||Nicholas "Oz" Oseransky|
|2006||The Ron Clark Story||Ron Clark|
|2007||Numb||Hudson Milbank||Also executive producer|
|2008||Birds of America||Morrie|
|2009||17 Again||Older Mike O'Donnell|
Episode: "Bank Job"
|1983||Not Necessarily the News||Bob||Episode: "Audrie in Love"|
|1985||Charles in Charge||Ed||Episode: "The Wrong Guy"|
Credited as Matthew L. Perry
|1986||Silver Spoons||Davey||Episode: "Rick Moves Out"|
|1987||Morning Maggie||Bradley McAllister||Television movie|
Credited as Matthew L. Perry
|1987–1988||Boys Will be Boys||Chazz Russell||Series regular; 21 episodes (also known as Second Chance)|
|1988||Dance 'til Dawn||Roger||Television movie|
|1988||Just the Ten of Us||Ed||Episode: "The Dinner Test"|
Credited as Matthew L. Perry
|1988||Highway to Heaven||David Hastings||2 episodes|
|1989||Empty Nest||Bill at 18||Episode: "A Life in the Day"|
|1989||Growing Pains||Sandy||Recurring role; 3 episodes|
|1990||Sydney||Billy Kells||Series regular; 13 episodes|
|1990||Who's the Boss?||Benjamin Dawson||Episode: "Roomies"|
|1990||Call Me Anna||Desi Arnaz Jr.||Television movie|
Credited as Matthew L. Perry
|1991||Beverly Hills, 90210||Roger Azarian||Episode: "April Is the Cruelest Month"|
|1992||Dream On||Alex Farmer||Episode: "To the Moon, Alex!"|
|1992||Sibs||Chas||Episode: "What Makes Lily Run?"|
|1993||Deadly Relations||George Westerfield||Television movie|
|1993||Home Free||Matt Bailey||Series regular; 13 episodes|
|1994||Parallel Lives||Willi Morrison||Television movie|
|1994||L.A.X. 2194||Blaine||Television movie|
|1994–2004||Friends||Chandler Bing||Main role; 236 episodes|
|1995||Caroline in the City||Episode: "Caroline and the Folks"|
|1995||The John Larroquette Show||Steven||Episode: "Rachel Redux"|
|1997||Saturday Night Live||Host||Episode: "Matthew Perry/Oasis"|
|2001||The Simpsons||Himself (voice)||Episode: "Treehouse of Horror XII"|
|2002||Ally McBeal||Todd Merrick||2 episodes|
|2003||The West Wing||Joe Quincy||Recurring role; 3 episodes|
|2004||Scrubs||Murray||Episode: "My Unicorn"|
|2005||Friday Night Lights Short Scene||Football Player||Television short|
|2006||The Ron Clark Story||Ron Clark||Television movie|
|2006–2007||Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip||Matt Albie||Series regular; 21 episodes|
|2011||Childrens Hospital||Himself||Episode: "The Black Doctor"|
|2011||Mr. Sunshine||Ben Donovan||Series regular; 13 episodes|
Also creator/executive producer/writer
|2012–2013||The Good Wife||Mike Kresteva||Recurring role; 4 episodes|
|2012–2013||Go On||Ryan King||Series regular; 22 episodes|
Also executive producer
|2014||Cougar Town||Sam Johnston||Episode: "Like a Diamond"|
|2014||Playhouse Presents||The Charismatic Man||Episode: "The Dog Thrower"|
|2015||Web Therapy||Tyler Bishop||2 episodes|
|2015–2017||The Odd Couple||Oscar Madison||Series regular; 38 episodes|
Also executive producer/writer
|2017||The Good Fight||Mike Kresteva||Recurring role; 3 episodes|
|2017||The Kennedys: After Camelot||Ted Kennedy||Television miniseries; 4 episodes|
Also executive producer
|2021||Friends: The Reunion||Himself||HBO Max special; also executive producer|
|2003||Sexual Perversity in Chicago||Danny||Broadway play at West End theater in London, England|
|2016||The End of Longing||Jack||Off-Broadway play at Playhouse Theater in London, England|
|2010||Fallout: New Vegas||Benny|
|2013||TSN: The Hangover||Angry Matthew Perry||Cameo|
Awards and nominations
- Perry, Matthew (2022). Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir. Flatiron Books. ISBN 978-1-250-86644-8.
- "Matthew Perry - Awards & Nominations". MSN. Archived from the original on November 8, 2009. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
- "Matthew Perry Credits". Hollywood.com. Archived from the original on January 25, 2013. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
- "Matthew Perry". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
- "Fallout: New Vegas Voice Cast Includes Matthew Perry, Wayne Newton, Zach Levi". Cinemablend.com. August 10, 2010. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
- Gorman, Bill (December 6, 2010). "ABC's 'Mr. Sunshine' Will Bump 'Cougar Town'; Plus Dates For 'Happy Endings' & 'Off The Map'". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on December 8, 2010. Retrieved March 4, 2011.
- Kondolojy, Amanda (May 10, 2013). "'Go On' Canceled by NBC After One Season". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on June 6, 2013. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
- Idato, Matthew (February 26, 2014). "Friends star Matthew Perry set for Odd Couple reboot". The Sydney Morning Herald.
- "Matthew Perry". TV Guide. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
- Perry, Matthew. “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing.” Flatiron Books, 2022.
- "Matthew Perry Biography". Film Reference. Retrieved September 26, 2010.
- Kennedy, Dana (August 18, 2002). "The Fame He Craved Came, but It Wasn't Enough". The New York Times. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
Mr. Perry, whose parents divorced when he was a baby, was raised by his mother, Suzanne Morrison,
- "Mr. and Mrs. John Bennett Perry". Ottawa Citizen. September 23, 1968.
The marriage of Suzanne Marie Langford...
- "Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing". CBC Books. Retrieved December 30, 2022.
- "Is this the playground where Matthew Perry beat up Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau?". March 17, 2017.
- "Justin Trudeau challenges actor Matthew Perry to fight rematch".
- Imperiale, Nancy (October 15, 1995). "Matthew Perry Was Tennis Whiz". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
- Summer, Sydne (May 21, 2007). "My Reunion with Matthew Perry". E!. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
- "Matthew Perry". Yahoo! Movies. Archived from the original on January 18, 2012. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
- Kennedy, Dana (August 18, 2002). "FILM; The Fame He Craved Came, but It Wasn't Enough". The New York Times. Retrieved June 21, 2021.
- Pomarico, Nicole. "How much the cast of 'Friends' is estimated to be worth today". Business Insider. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
- "Matthew Perry". Television Academy.
- "'Variety' announces Matthew Perry in 'Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip'". Variety. January 26, 2006. Archived from the original on June 5, 2011. Retrieved September 26, 2010.
- Smith, Neil (May 15, 2003). "Perry debuts in tame Perversity". BBC News. Retrieved September 10, 2007.
- Frankel, Daniel (October 13, 2008). "Showtime picks up 'End of Steve'". Variety.
- Bryant, Adam. "Matthew Perry Comedy Lands at ABC". TV Guide. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
- "Matthew Perry: ABC officially greenlit my pilot". Retrieved September 26, 2010 – via Twitter.
- "ABC picks up Matthew Perry comedy pilot". Digital Spy. January 13, 2010. Retrieved September 26, 2010.
- "Updated: 'V' Cancelled; 'Brothers & Sisters', 'Mr. Sunshine', 'Detroit 187', 'Off The Map', 'No Ordinary Family' Cancelled Too". TV By The Numbers. May 13, 2011. Archived from the original on May 16, 2011. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
- "Matthew Perry's new show Mr Sunshine gets panned". The Week. February 9, 2011. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
- Ausiello, Michael (March 1, 2012). "Scoop: Matthew Perry Returning to NBC as Star of Comedy Pilot Go On". TV Line. Retrieved August 11, 2012.
- Collins, Scott (August 9, 2012). "London Olympics: NBC draws crowd for Matthew Perry sitcom 'Go On'". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on January 4, 2013. Retrieved August 11, 2012.
- "NBC Fall 2012 Premiere Dates: 'Go On' Premieres Early, 'Community' Returns In October". HuffPost. June 14, 2012. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
- Bibel, Sara. "NBC Orders Full Seasons of 'Revolution', 'Go On' & 'The New Normal'". TV By the Numbers. Archived from the original on October 4, 2012. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
- Andreeva, Nellie (November 10, 2012). "Matthew Perry Returning To 'The Good Wife'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
- "Former Friends star Matthew Perry to make UK TV debut". BBC News. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
- Ausiello, Michael (March 13, 2014). "The Odd Couple Pilot Scoop: Look Who's Playing the Felix to Matthew Perry's Oscar". TVLine. Retrieved March 14, 2014.
- "The End Of Longing". London Box Office. Retrieved December 18, 2015.
- "'The Good Fight': Here's How Matthew Perry's Character Returns". TV Guide. January 13, 2017. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
- "Matthew Perry Cast as Ted Kennedy in Reelz Miniseries". TV Guide. March 15, 2016.
- "EXCLUSIVE: Katie Holmes Admits to Co-Star Matthew Perry That She Was a 'Huge' 'Friends' Fan". Entertainment Tonight.
- Pomarico, Nicole. "How much the cast of 'Friends' is estimated to be worth today". Business Insider. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
- "Matthew Perry Memoir Hits No. 1 on Amazon Charts Four Days After Release". finance.yahoo.com.
- Hardy, Liberty (September 9, 2022). "30 of the Buzziest, Best Fall Books 2022 Has To Offer". BOOK RIOT. Retrieved September 28, 2022.
- "Matthew Perry's Student Body Hookup". TMZ. November 16, 2006. Retrieved August 12, 2012.
- Fisher, Kelly (September 10, 2011). "Matthew Perry And Lizzy Caplan: Another Hollywood Odd Couple? (PHOTO)". HuffPost.
- Takeda, Allison (October 18, 2013). "Matthew Perry, Lizzy Caplan Quietly Split, "Haven't Been Together for a Long Time"". Us Weekly. Retrieved October 19, 2013.
- Yoon, Andrew (August 14, 2010). "How Ellen DeGeneres got Matthew Perry his role in Fallout: New Vegas". Engadget. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
- "Matthew Perry on the mend after abdominal surgery". BBC News. August 8, 2018. Retrieved August 12, 2018.
- Perry, Matthew [@MatthewPerry] (September 14, 2018). "Three months in a hospital bed. Check" (Tweet). Retrieved November 25, 2018 – via Twitter.
- Haring, Bruce (September 16, 2018). "Matthew Perry Gets Online Sympathy After Revealing Health Issue". Deadline. Retrieved May 29, 2021.
Earlier information from his representative revealed he underwent surgery to repair a gastrointestinal perforation. He is 49 years old, and no updates on why the surgery required the extensive hospital stay was revealed...Perry's condition is sometimes known as a ruptured bowel. It is a hole in the gastrointestinal tract and could lead to a serious infection or other complications if not treated.
- "Matthew Perry Splits from Fiancée Molly Hurwitz: 'Sometimes Things Just Don't Work Out'". People. Retrieved June 2, 2021.
- "Matthew Perry Talks about his Drunken Days". YouTube.
- Chang, Rachel. "Matthew Perry's Addiction Struggle: He Doesn't Remember Three Years of 'Friends'". Biography. A&E Television Networks, LLC. Retrieved May 29, 2021.
He first went to rehab in 1997, spending 28 days at a Hazelden Betty Ford facility in Minnesota.
- Smolowe, Jill (March 12, 2001). "Show Stopper - Substance Abuse, Friends, Rocky Road Rehab, Matthew Perry". People. Retrieved September 26, 2010.
- Corlliss, Richard; Ressner, Jeffrey (March 19, 2001). "Who's Feeling No Pain?". Time. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010. Retrieved November 14, 2010.
- "Friends Star Perry Enters Rehab". CBS News. February 26, 2001. Retrieved November 14, 2010.
- Kirkpatrick, Emily (October 24, 2022). "Matthew Perry Has Spent Around $9 Million Trying to Get Sober". Vanity Fair. Retrieved October 25, 2022.
- Jones, Nate (January 25, 2016). "Matthew Perry Doesn't Remember Filming 3 Seasons of Friends". Vulture. Retrieved December 10, 2019.
- "Matthew Perry joins NADCP to ensure $86 million for Drug Courts and Veterans Treatment Courts". National Association of Drug Court Professionals. October 26, 2011. Archived from the original on September 9, 2015. Retrieved September 23, 2015.
- "Matthew Perry Says 'I Don't Think So' to 'Friends' Reunion". ABC News. May 30, 2013. Retrieved September 23, 2015.
- Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "'Friends' Reunion Exclusive: Cast Reflects on Beloved Show Before "Emotional" Special". People. Retrieved May 29, 2021 – via YouTube.
Matthew sat down with the cast of Friends for a "three question" interview with PEOPLE last week about the upcoming HBO Max special.
- "Why Matthew Perry Sold His Addiction Recovery Facility". The Hollywood Reporter. August 27, 2015. Retrieved June 1, 2021.
- Egan, Elisabeth (October 23, 2022). "The One Where Matthew Perry Writes an Addiction Memoir". The New York Times.
- Goldberg, Lesley (March 18, 2020). "'Friends' Reunion Special Delayed at HBO Max". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 13, 2021.
- Andreeva, Nellie (February 21, 2020). "'Friends' Reunion Special Officially A Go At HBO Max With Cast Returning". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 24, 2020.