Matthew Perry Biography

(Best Known for His Role of 'Chandler Bing' on the TV Sitcom 'Friends')

Birthday: August 19, 1969 (Leo)

Born In: Williamstown, Massachusetts, United States

Matthew Perry was an actor and comedian, famous for playing ‘Chandler Bing’ in the television sitcom series ‘Friends’ for which he received an ‘Emmy Award’ nomination. He appeared in several other television series and also played supporting roles in numerous films like ‘Fools Rush In’ and ‘The Whole Nine Yards.’ The talented actor was nominated for a ‘Golden Globe’ for his performance in the television movie ‘The Ron Clark Story.’ Being part of a broken family, he spent his childhood with his mother and then 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 one of his passions—he used to perform in various high school stage productions and landed 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 enroll at a university when the opportunity knocked on his door 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.

Quick Facts

Canadian Celebrities Born In August

Also Known As: Matthew Langford Perry

Died At Age: 54


father: John Bennett Perry

mother: Suzanne Perry

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

Partner: Lizzy Caplan (2006–2012)

Born Country: United States

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

Died on: October 28, 2023

place of death: Los Angeles County, California, United States

Ancestry: American Canadian, Canadian American

Notable Alumni: Ashbury College, Lisgar Collegiate

Cause of Death: Drowning

U.S. State: Massachusetts

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education: Lisgar Collegiate, Ashbury College

Childhood & Early Life

Matthew Perry was born on August 19, 1969, in Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA, to Suzanne Marie and John Bennett. His mother, a Canadian journalist, also served as press secretary to former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. His father is an American actor, singer, and former model. His parents divorced when he was still a baby.

He studied at ‘Rockcliffe Park Public School’ where he was a proficient tennis player.

He attended high school at ‘The Buckley School.’ During this time, he developed an interest in acting and appeared in several of the school’s stage productions. He also went to ‘West Carleton Secondary School’ and ‘Ashbury College.’ He was also involved with ‘LA Connection’ where he performed improv comedy quite regularly.

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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 named ‘Billy’ in the sitcom ‘Sydney’ which 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, including ‘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 series ‘Friends’ which 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 and 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 his role as ‘Nicholas ‘Oz’ Oseransky’ in the 2004 movie ‘The Whole Ten Yards’ which was a sequel to ‘The Whole Nine Yards.’ The film was panned by the critics and was a box office flop.

He played the lead role in ‘The Ron Clark Story’ (2006), a television film based on real-life educator Ron Clark, who brings about a difference in the lives of his minority students. His performance was critically acclaimed.

In 2011, he played ‘Ben Donovan’ in the television sitcom ‘Mr. Sunshine’ which he also co-created. Unfortunately, the show was short-lived as it was canceled due to low ratings.

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He starred as ‘Ryan King’ in the sitcom ‘Go On,’ a series about a radio host who tries to move on with life after the death of his wife. The show ran from 2012 to 2013.

He guest-starred in the ‘CBS’ drama ‘The Good Wife.’ He then went on to reprise his role as attorney ‘Mike Kresteva’ in ‘The Good Fight,’ a sequel to the ‘CBS’ drama ‘The Good Wife.’

Perry made his British TV debut in 2014 when he appeared in ‘The Dog Thrower.’ He also played the lead role in a play titled ‘The End of Longing.’ In 2015, he portrayed ‘Tyler Bishop’ in the American comedy series ‘Web Therapy.’ That same year, he joined the cast of the American multi-camera sitcom television series ‘The Odd Couple’ as ‘Oscar Madison.’ The series ran for 3 seasons and aired its final episode in 2017.

In 2017, he played the role of ‘Mike Kresteva’ in the legal drama ‘The Good Fight.’ He also portrayed ‘Ted Kennedy’ in the 2017 American television drama miniseries ‘The Kennedys: After Camelot.’ In 2021, he appeared in ‘Friends: The Reunion,’ the reunion special of the popular sitcom ‘Friends.’ This was his final on-screen appearance.

In 2022, he released his memoir, ‘Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing,’ which became an Amazon best-seller and also peaked high on the New York Times charts.

Major Works

His best-known work was his portrayal of ‘Chandler Bing’ in the long-running ‘NBC’ television sitcom ‘Friends.’ He received several awards and nominations for his role in the series.

Awards & Achievements

He won the ‘Screen Actors Guild Award’ for ‘Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series’ for ‘Friends’ in 1995. He shared the award with other members of the main cast.

In 2004, he received the ‘Teen Choice Award’ for ‘Choice TV Actor – Comedy’ for his role in the series ‘Friends.’

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Personal Life & Death

He dated several beautiful women like Julia Roberts, Lauren Graham, and Yasmine Bleeth. In 2006, he started dating Lizzy Caplan. However, he broke up with her in 2012.

In November 2020, Matthew Perry got  engaged to literary manager Molly Hurwitz, but the engagement ended in 2021.

Perry was treated for drug addiction and alcoholism. In 2018, he had abdominal surgery to repair a gastrointestinal perforation, which took him three months to recover.

Matthew Perry died on October 28, 2023, at his home in Los Angeles. He was found unresponsive in his hot tub by one of his assistants, and the LAPD later pronounced him dead. While the cause of death was not declared, the authorities, in their initial investigation, suggested no foul play.

Perry’s death shocked the entertainment industry with many expressing shock and sadness over the actor’s sudden demise.


This actor’s real-life father played his on-screen father in the movie ‘Fools Rush In.’

‘Don't Give Up’ by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush was his favorite song.

At the time of his death, Matthew Perry's worth was $120 million.

He was a fan of the role-playing videogame series ‘Fallout’ and voiced the character ‘Benny’ in ‘Fallout: New Vegas.’

He was center-left in his political ideology.

Matthew Perry Movies

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. Three to Tango (1999)

  (Romance, Comedy)

6. Birds of America (2008)

  (Drama, Comedy)

7. The Kid (2000)

  (Fantasy, Family, Comedy)

8. Almost Heroes (1998)

  (Adventure, Comedy, Western)

9. The Whole Ten Yards (2004)

  (Thriller, Crime, Comedy)

10. A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon (1988)

  (Comedy, Drama, Romance)

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