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Matthew Perry

Matthew Perry

Canadian-American actor
Matthew Perry
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Intro Canadian-American actor
Known for Friends
A.K.A. Matthew Langford Perry
Is Actor Television actor Film director Writer Film producer Film actor Screenwriter
From United States of America Canada
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio Literature
Gender male
Birth 19 August 1969, Williamstown, USA
Age 51 years
Star sign Leo
Residence Los Angeles, USA
Family
Father: John Bennett Perry
Stats
Height: 1.83 m
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Biography

Matthew Langford Perry (born August 19, 1969) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian and playwright who gained worldwide recognition for his role as Chandler Bing on the NBC television sitcom Friends, which ran from 1994 to 2004. Due to the vast popularity of the sitcom, Perry and the rest of the six-member main cast ensemble were each making $1 million per episode by 2002. Along with starring in the short-lived television series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Perry 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 voice-over work when he voiced Benny in the video game Fallout: New Vegas.

Perry was the 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 2015 CBS sitcom The Odd Couple portraying Oscar Madison. The series was renewed for a second season on May 11, 2015 and for a third season on May 16, 2016.

Early life

Perry was born in Williamstown, Massachusetts on August 19, 1969. His mother, Suzanne Marie Morrison (née Langford), is a Canadian journalist and former press secretary to 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 subsequently married broadcast journalist Keith Morrison. He was raised by his mother in Ottawa, Ontario, and was enrolled at West Carleton Secondary School and Ashbury College. While growing up, he took a keen interest in lawn tennis and became a top-ranked junior player.

Career

Perry departing rehearsal for the 1995 Emmy Awards

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 improv comedy at the LA Connection in Sherman Oaks while still in high school.

He went on to play 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 teenage 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 arch on the series Growing Pains, in which he portrayed Carol Seaver's boyfriend, who dies from injuries 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 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.

Perry in 2007

Friends was hugely successful, and Perry, along with his co-stars, gained wide recognition among television viewers. 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 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 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.

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.

Perry in 2010

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 2012, Perry guest-starred on the CBS drama The Good Wife, as attorney Mike Kresteva. In 2013, he reprised his role in the fourth 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.

In March 2017 Perry again reprised his role as attorney Mike Kresteva, in The Good Fight, a sequel show to the CBS drama The Good Wife.

Later in 2017, he starred as Ted Kennedy in the mini-series The Kennedys: After Camelot.

In 2018, Business Insider reported Perry's net worth to be around $80 million.

Personal life

Perry talking about the National Drug Control Policy program in 2011

Perry holds both Canadian and American citizenships.

Perry dated Yasmine Bleeth in 1995, Julia Roberts from 1995 to 1996 and Lizzy Caplan from 2006 to 2012.

Perry completed a 28-day program in 1997 for a Vicodin addiction. His weight fluctuated drastically over the next few years and once dropped down 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. Perry later revealed that due to his addiction issues he doesn't remember three years of his time on Friends, "somewhere between seasons three and six.

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 Bethesda to cast him in the next installment of the series, Fallout: New Vegas.

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.

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 3 months recovering in the hospital, suggesting the surgery took place in June 2018.

Awards and nominations

Association Year Category Title Result
American Comedy Awards 1996 Funniest Supporting Male Performer in a Television Series Friends Nominated
Gold Derby Awards 2004 Comedy Lead Actor Friends Nominated
2005 Comedy Guest Actor Scrubs Nominated
2007 Television Movie/Miniseries Lead Actor The Ron Clark Story Won
2009 Television Movie/Miniseries Lead Actor of the Decade The Ron Clark Story Nominated
2012 Drama Guest Actor The Good Wife Won
2013 Drama Guest Actor The Good Wife Nominated
Golden Globe Awards 2007 Best Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television The Ron Clark Story Nominated
Huading Awards 2013 Best Global Actor in a Television Series Go On Won
Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards 2002 Favorite Television Actor Friends Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Awards 1997 Best Supporting Actor in a Series Friends Nominated
1997 Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Friends Nominated
1997 Best Ensemble in a Series Friends Nominated
1997 Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series Friends Won
1998 Best Supporting Actor in a Series Friends Nominated
1998 Best Ensemble in a Series Friends Nominated
1998 Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series Friends Nominated
1999 Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series Friends Nominated
2000 Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series Friends Nominated
2001 Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series Friends Nominated
2003 Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series The West Wing Nominated
2007 Best Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries The Ron Clark Story Nominated
2012 Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series The Good Wife Nominated
People's Choice Awards 2017 Favorite Comedic Television Actor The Odd Couple Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards 2002 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Friends Nominated
2003 Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series The West Wing Nominated
2004 Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series The West Wing Nominated
2007 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie The Ron Clark Story Nominated
Satellite Awards 2006 Best Actor in a Series – Drama Studio 60 in the Sunset Strip Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards 1996 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Friends Won
1999 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Friends Nominated
2000 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Friends Nominated
2001 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Friends Nominated
2002 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Friends Nominated
2003 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Friends Nominated
2004 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Friends Nominated
2007 Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries The Ron Clark Story Nominated
Teen Choice Awards 2004 Choice TV Actor – Comedy Friends Nominated
TV Guide Awards 2000 Editor's Choice Award Friends Won
TV Land Awards 2006 Most Wonderful Wedding () Friends Nominated
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