Matthew Perry Biography
Matthew Perry is a Canadian-American actor, best known for his role as Chandler Bing on the long-running NBC television sitcom Friends, as well as his portrayal of Ron Clark in the 2006 television movie The Ron Clark Story.
Matthew Perry Family
The Friends star was born on August 19, 1969 in Williamstown, Massachusetts his full name Matthew Langford Perry. His parents are Suzanne Marie Morrison, a Canadian journalist and former press secretary to Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and father, John Bennett Perry, 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 Career
At the age of 15, Perry moved 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. He made a 1989 guest appearance on the series Growing Pains.
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. He made a guest appearance on Beverly Hills in 1991, 90210 as Roger Azarian.
The project (LAX 2194) was slow to take off, so as a back-up 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 of Chandler Bing.
The program 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.
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.
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. 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 2010, he expanded his résumé 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 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 however canceled on May 10, 2013.
Matthew Perry Spouse
The Go On actor was romantically linked to Julia Roberts (1995-1996), Jennifer Capriati and Neve Campbell, among others. His most recent relationship being with Lizzy Caplan from 2006 to 2012, after meeting on a studio lot in Hollywood.
Matthew Perry Substance Abuse
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). 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 suffered severe stomach pains. Perry flew to Los Angeles and checked into Marina del Rey’s Daniel Freeman Hospital. Perry’s publicist Lisa Kasteler confirmed his rehab stay.
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.
Matthew Perry TV Shows and Movies
- The Kennedys – After Camelot (TV Show)
- The Good Fight (TV Show)
- The Odd Couple (TV Show)
- The Kennedys: Decline and Fall (TV Show)
- Cougar Town (TV Show)
- Go On (TV Show)
- The Good Wife (TV Show)
- Sunshine (TV Show)
- 17 Again (Movie)
- Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (TV Show)
- The Ron Clark Story (TV Show)
- Scrubs (TV Show)
- Friends (TV Show)
- The Whole Ten Yards (Movie)
- The West Wing (TV Show)
- Ally McBeal (TV Show)
- Serving Sara (Movie)
- The Whole Nine Yards (Movie)
- Three To Tango (Movie)
- Almost Heroes (Movie)
- Fools Rush In (Movie)
- Getting In (Movie)
- Parallel Lives (Movie)
- Home Free (TV Show)
- Beverly Hills, 90210 (TV Show)
- Who’s the Boss? (TV Show)
- Sydney (TV Show)
- Growing Pains (TV Show)
- Empty Nest (TV Show)
- She’s Out Of Control (Movie)
- Highway to Heaven (TV Show)
- A Night In The Life Of Jimmy Reardon (Movie)
- Second Chance (TV Show)
- Boys Will Be Boys (TV Show)
Mathew Perry Awards
Perry has received multiple awards and nominations for his work in film and television. His most awarded role is as Chandler Bing on the sitcom Friends (1994-2004), which earned him one Primetime Emmy award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 2002, and 7 Screen Actors Guild award nominations for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series one of which he won in 1996.
- 2007 American Comedy Awards for Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series on The Ron Clark Story
- 2012 American Comedy Awards for Best Guest Actor i a Drama Series on The Good Wife
- 2013 Huading Award for Best Global Actor in a Television Series on Go On
- 1997 Online Film & Television Association awards for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series on Friends
- 1996 Screen Actors Guild awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series on Friends
- 2000 TV Guide awards for Editor’s Choice award on Friends