Matthew Perry was an American-Canadian actor, comedian, and producer. He gained international recognition in the 1990s for playing Chandler Bing on the NBC television sitcom Friends (1994–2004), and earned a Screen Actors Guild Award for the role.
Perry was born in Williamstown, Massachusetts, on August 19, 1969. His parents divorced before his first birthday, and he was raised by his mother in Ottawa, Ontario. He began acting in high school, and moved to Los Angeles at the age of 15 to pursue a career in acting.
Perry landed his first major role in the 1987 television sitcom Boys Will Be Boys. He went on to appear in several other television shows and films, including A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon (1988), She’s Out of Control (1989), and Sydney (1992–1993).
In 1994, Perry was cast as Chandler Bing in the NBC sitcom Friends. The show became a huge hit, and Perry’s performance was widely praised. He remained on the show for all 10 seasons, and earned a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2002.
After Friends ended in 2004, Perry starred in the NBC sitcom Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006–2007). He also appeared in several films, including Fools Rush In (1997), Almost Heroes (1998), The Whole Nine Yards (2000), and 17 Again (2009).
Perry was also a successful playwright. His play, The End of Longing, premiered in London in 2012 and then moved to Broadway in 2013. He also starred in the play, which was about a group of friends struggling with love and addiction.
Perry was a vocal advocate for addiction recovery. He struggled with addiction for many years, but eventually got sober in 2001. He wrote a memoir about his experiences with addiction, titled Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, which was published in 2022.
Perry died on October 28, 2023, at the age of 54. He was survived by his mother and his sister, Suzanne Perry.
Perry was a talented actor and comedian who brought joy to millions of people around the world. He was also a courageous advocate for addiction recovery. He will be deeply missed.
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