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Matthew Perry Biography

American Actor

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Biography

Matthew Perry is an American-Canadian actor best known for his role as Chandler Bing on the hit sitcom Friends. He has also starred in films such as Fools Rush In, The Whole Nine Yards, and 17 Again, while battling drug and alcohol addictions. Perry has been open about his struggles and his road to sobriety.

Matthew Perry
Full Name Matthew Langford Perry
Born August 19, 1969 (age 54)
Nationality American
Occupation Actor
Relationship Status Unknown
Education Buckley School
Awards TV Guide Award for Editor’s Choice (2000)
Organization Hollywood

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Early Life

  • Matthew Langford Perry (born August 19, 1969) known as Matthew Perry, is an American-Canadian actor who hails from Williamstown, Massachusetts.
  • He was born to American actor John Bennett Perry and Canadian journalist Suzanne Marie Morrison. His parents divorced when he was a baby.
  • >Perry was raised by his mother in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and attended Rockcliffe Park Public School alongside future Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
  • As a teen, Perry pursued a tennis career and was ranked top junior player in Canada before discovering acting.

Education

  • At age 15, Perry moved to Los Angeles and studied improvisational comedy at L.A. Connection.
  • He attended The Buckley School and graduated in 1987.

Career

  • Perry got his start as a teen actor in the late 1970s and 80s with roles on shows like 240-Robert and Silver Spoons.
  • His first film role was in A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon in 1988.

Breakthrough Role on Friends

  • Perry’s breakthrough came when he was cast as Chandler Bing on NBC’s Friends in 1994.
  • The role made him an international celebrity and earned him Emmy and SAG award nominations.
  • Perry appeared in all ten seasons until the show ended in 2004.

Dramatic Roles

  • Perry took on more dramatic roles such as The Ron Clark Story (2006) for which he received Golden Globe and Emmy nominations.
  • He also starred as Matt Albie on Aaron Sorkin’s Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006-2007).

Recent Work

  • Recent credits include The Odd Couple (2015-2017), The Kennedys: After Camelot (2017) and a 2021 Friends reunion special.
  • Perry made his playwriting debut with The End of Longing (2016) which premiered in London.

Awards and Nominations

  • Screen Actors Guild Award for Friends (1996)
  • TV Guide Award for Editor’s Choice (2000)
  • Nominated for Emmy Awards and Golden Globes

Personal Life

  • Perry has been open about his struggles with drug and alcohol addictions which started in his mid-20s at the height of his Friends fame.
  • He has been to rehab multiple times and had health complications related to substance abuse.
  • As of 2020, Perry says he is sober and advocates for rehabilitation programs and drug courts.

Source: Wikipedia.

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