Matthew Perry Biography

Matthew Perry is an actor cum comedian best known for portraying Chandler Bing on the highly popular television sitcom ‘Friends’. This biography provides detailed information about his childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline.

Matthew Perry
Quick Facts

Birthday: August 19, 1969

Nationality: American

Famous: Quotes By Matthew Perry Actors

Age: 50 Years, 50 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Leo

Also Known As: Matthew Langford Perry

Born in: Williamstown, Massachusetts, United States

Famous as: Actor

Height: 6'0" (183 cm), 6'0" Males


father: John Bennett Perry

mother: Suzanne Perry

siblings: Caitlin Morrison, Emily Morrison, Madeleine Morrison, Mia Perry, Willy Morrison

Personality: ENTP

U.S. State: Massachusetts

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education: The Buckley School, Sherman Oaks, Ashbury College, Ottawa

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Matthew Perry is an actor cum comedian famous for playing Chandler Bing on the television sitcom ‘Friends’ for which he received an Emmy Award nomination. He has appeared in several other television series and has also played supporting roles in numerous films like ‘Fools Rush’, and ‘The Whole Nine Yards’. The talented actor has been nominated for the Golden Globe for his performance in the television movie ‘The Ron Clark Story’. The product of a broken family, he spent his childhood with his mother and moved to be with his father as a teenager. Young Matthew was an avid sports enthusiast and was very skilled at playing tennis; he was a top-ranked junior player. Acting was another one of his loves—he used to perform in various high school stage productions and landed on his first film role while still in school. Unfortunately the film ‘A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon’ did not do much to launch his career. He was planning to get into university to study when opportunity knocked again—he was offered the lead role of Chazz Russell in the television series ‘Second Chance’. This role gave him visibility and the actor went on to carve a niche for himself not just in the field of comedy but also in drama.

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Matthew Perry
Childhood & Early Life
  • He is the son of Suzzane Marie and John Bennett. His mother was a Canadian journalist while his father an American actor and model. He parents divorced when Matthew was just a baby.
  • He studied at Rockcliffe Park Public School where he was a very proficient tennis player.
  • He attended high school at The Buckley School. During this time he developed an interest in acting and appeared on several of the school’s stage productions. He was also involved with LA Connection where he performed improv comedy and was a regular performer.
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  • He started making guest appearances in television shows during the early 1980s. He got a major break when he was offered the role of Chazz Russell in the television series ‘Second Chance’. He appeared in 21 episodes of the show from 1987 to 1988.
  • He was cast as Fred Roberts in the movie ‘A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon’ in 1988 when he was just 18 years old. However, the film did not perform well at the box office.
  • He played a rookie cop, Billy in the sitcom ‘Sydney’ that premiered on CBS in 1990. The main cast also included Valerie Bertinelli and Craig Bierko.
  • During the early 1990s he appeared in a number of television movies that included ‘Call me Anna’ (1990), ‘Deadly Relations’ (1993), and ‘Parallel Lives’ (1994).
  • He landed his most famous role in 1994 when he was selected to play Chandler Bing in the sitcom ‘Friends’ that ran for ten seasons till 2004. The series which revolved around the life of a group of friends in New York City was a critical as well as commercial success.
  • He starred along with Bruce Willis, Amanda Peet and Michael Clarke in the 2000 adventure crime comedy ‘The Whole Nine Yards’. In spite of receiving mixed reviews, the movie was a commercial success.
  • He reprised the role of Nicholas "Oz" Ozeranski in the 2004 movie ‘The Whole Ten Yards’ which was sequel to the movie ‘The Whole Nine Yards’. The film was however panned by the critics and was a box office flop.
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  • He played the lead role in ‘The Ron Clark Story’ (2006), a television film based on the real life educator Ron Clark who brings about a difference in the lives of his minority students whom nobody believed in. His performance was critically acclaimed.
  • In 2011 he played Ben Donovan in the television sitcom ‘Mr. Sunshine’ which he also co-created. However, the show was short lived and cancelled due to low ratings.
  • He starred as Ryan King in the sitcom ‘Go On’ which is about a sports talk radio host who is trying to move on with life after the death of his wife. The show ran from 2012 to 2013.
Major Works
  • His best known work is his portrayal of the character Chandler Bing in the long-running NBC television sitcom ‘Friends’. He received several awards and nominations for this role.
Awards & Achievements
  • He won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for ‘Friends’ in 1995 which he shared with other members of the main cast.
  • He received the Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor – Comedy for the series ‘Friends’ in 2004.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • He has dated several beautiful women like Julia Roberts, Lauren Graham and Yasmine Bleeth in the past. Currently he is in a relationship with Lizzy Caplan since 2006.
  • He has been treated for his drug addiction and alcoholism.
  • This actor’s real-life father played the role of his reel-life father in the movie ‘Fools Rush In’.
  • His favourite song is ‘Don't Give Up’ by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush.

1. The Whole Nine Yards (2000)

  (Comedy, Crime)

2. Numb (2007)

  (Comedy, Romance, Drama)

3. 17 Again (2009)

  (Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy)

4. Fools Rush In (1997)

  (Comedy, Romance, Drama)

5. Birds of America (2008)

  (Drama, Comedy)

6. The Kid (2000)

  (Fantasy, Family, Comedy)

7. Three to Tango (1999)

  (Romance, Comedy)

8. Almost Heroes (1998)

  (Adventure, Comedy, Western)

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