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Matthew Perry
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Perry at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards on August 29, 2010
Born(1969-08-19) August 19, 1969 (age 44)

Williamstown, Massachusetts, U.S.
CitizenshipCanadian, American (dual)
Alma materThe Buckley School
OccupationActor, director, writer, producer
Years active1979; 1983–present
Known forFriends
ParentsJohn Bennett Perry (father)
Matthew Langford Perry (born August 19, 1969) is a Canadian-American actor. He is well known for his Emmy-nominated role as Chandler Bing on the popular, long-running NBC television sitcom Friends. He also received acclaim for his portrayal of Ron Clark in the television movie The Ron Clark Story, accompanied by another Emmy nomination as well as a Golden Globe nomination. Perry also starred in the short-lived series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and has appeared in a number of films, including Fools Rush In (1997), The Whole Nine Yards (2000), and 17 Again (2009). In 2010 he expanded his resume 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 short-lived 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 comedy Go On. The series was cancelled on May 10, 2013. In December 2013, it was announced that Perry would be starring, co-writing, and executive-producing a remake of The Odd Couple. Perry will play Oscar Madison, a known slob. Perry is also going to make his UK TV comedy debut in the one-off Sky Arts comedy The Dog Thrower to be shown in May 2014.


    Early life

    Perry was born in Williamstown, Massachusetts. His mother, Suzanne Marie (née Langford), is a Canadian journalist and former press secretary to Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, and his father, John Bennett Perry, is 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 moved from Ottawa to Los Angeles to pursue acting. For high school, he attended The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks. While at Buckley, Perry was featured as George Gibbs in Our Town and appeared as a junior in a production of The Miracle Worker. Patty Duke attended and praised the young Perry's convincing role as Helen's brother Jimmy. He was also featured in The Sound of Music as a junior. In his senior year, director Tim Hillman had planned a production of "The Elephant Man" specifically to feature Perry as John Merrick along with Vanessa Smith, and future Les Misérables star Lisa Capps. He then got his professional break at age 18. On being cast in A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon with River Phoenix, Perry withdrew from Elephant Man and ended his high school acting career. Perry also pursued improv comedy at the LA Connection in Sherman Oaks while still in high school, quickly becoming a featured performer.

    After some guest appearances in mid 1980s television, it was his intention to enroll at the University of Southern California, but when he was offered the lead role of Chazz Russell in Second Chance he became noticed on the acting scene. Perry originally starred alongside Kiel Martin when the series premiered in 1987, but after 13 episodes the format changed: Second Chance became Boys Will Be Boys, Perry was elevated to top-billing status, and the plots re-focused on the adventures of Chazz and his teenage friends. Despite the shift, the show ran for only one season. When it concluded, Perry stayed in Los Angeles and made guest appearance on the television program Growing Pains in which he portrayed Carol's boyfriend who dies from injuries in the hospital sustained in a drunk driving accident.


    Perry departing rehearsal for the 1995 Emmy Awards.
    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. In 1991, he made a guest appearance on Beverly Hills, 90210 as Roger Azarian. Perry landed his next TV starring role on the ABC sitcom Home Free, which aired only 11 episodes in the spring 1993. By then, Perry was making his mark, and was instantly cast in a new dramatic pilot titled LAX 2194. The project was slow to take off, so as a backup 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 he is best known for, the role of Chandler Bing.

    The program was hugely successful and Perry, along with his co-stars, gained wide renown among television viewers. The program also earned him Emmy nominations in 2002 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series along with Matt LeBlanc, but he lost to Ray Romano. As well as his successful career on Friends, Perry has appeared in films such as Fools Rush In (alongside father John Bennett Perry and Salma Hayek), Almost Heroes, Three to Tango, The Whole Nine Yards (alongside Bruce Willis) and its sequel The Whole Ten Yards, and Serving Sara.


    Perry at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.
    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. Perry is referred to in the show prior to his guest appearance - Donna Moss seeks him out (off screen) in the episode "20 Hours in LA." He also appeared as attorney Todd Merrick in two episodes near the end of Ally McBeal's five season run, including a 2-hour special intended to revive the legal comedy-drama.

    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. Murray is asked to donate a kidney to his father Gregory (played by Perry's real father).

    He starred in the TNT movie, The Ron Clark Story which premiered August 13, 2006. 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 2006-2007, Perry appeared in Aaron Sorkin's drama Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Perry played Matt Albie alongside Bradley Whitford's Danny Tripp, a writer-director duo brought in to help save a failing sketch show. Perry's character was considered to be substantially based on Sorkin's own personal experiences, particularly in television.

    In 2006 he began filming Numb, a film based on a man suffering from depersonalization disorder. The film's tentative release date was pushed back several times, but was finally released to DVD on May 13, 2008. He also appeared in David Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago in London. In 2009 he starred in the film 17 Again playing the older Mike O'Donnell.

    In 2008, Perry starred in the offbeat film Birds of America as Morrie Tanager, an uptight man who has to deal with his siblings.

    Showtime passed on a pilot called The End of Steve, a dark comedy starring, written and produced by Perry and Peter Tolan.


    Perry speaking about drug courts at think-tank Policy Exchange in December 2013
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    Perry in a video talking about the National Drug Control Policy program
    Perry's new comedy pilot, Mr. Sunshine, based on Perry's original idea, was bought by ABC. Perry was set to portray a middle-aged man with an identity crisis. ABC canceled the series after nine episodes.

    On March 1, 2012, it was reported that Perry had signed on to star on the NBC comedy pilot Go On, written and produced by former Friends writer/producer Scott Silveri. The project was picked up to series in May 2012. Perry portrays Ryan King, a charming yet irreverent sportscaster who tries to move on after the death of his wife through the help of mandatory therapy sessions. The pilot aired on August 8, 2012, as a "sneak preview" post the 2012 Summer Olympics. The series premiered on September 11, 2012. On October 2, 2012, NBC ordered a full season of 22 episodes. The series was cancelled by NBC in May 2013, shortly after the conclusion of its first season.

    In 2012, Perry guest-starred on the critically acclaimed CBS drama The Good Wife, as attorney Mike Kresteva. In 2013, he reprised his role in the fourth season.

    In December 2013, it was announced that Matthew Perry is starring, co-writing, and executive-producing a remake of The Odd Couple. The multi-camera comedy will start airing sometime in 2014 at CBS. Perry will play Oscar Madison, a known slob; the role of his clean freak roomie Felix Unger was given to Thomas Lennon, who had previously worked with him on 17 Again (as Ned Gold, Mike O'Donnell's (Matthew Perry) friend) and on Friends (as Joey's (Matt LeBlanc) identical hand twin). Perry's Go On co-star Sarah Baker will also join him in the show. Baker will play Oscar’s assistant Sam, who spends most of her work day on the phone apologizing to assorted high-and-mighty people who have been offended by Oscar’s latest rant.

    In 2014, Perry will also make his British TV debut in the one-off comedy program The Dog Thrower, which is set to air on May 1 as part of Sky Arts' Playhouse Presents strand. Perry will play "a charismatic man" who enchants onlookers by throwing his dog in the air. The strand will include eight standalone comedy and drama programmes. The Dog Thrower will also star Tim Key, and is written by author and journalist Jon Ronson, who also makes his directorial debut.

    Personal life

    Perry dated actress Lizzy Caplan from 2006 to 2012.

    Perry holds dual American-Canadian citizenship.

    Perry completed a 28-day program in 1997 for a Vicodin addiction. Matthew Perry's weight fluctuated drastically over the next few years and once dropped down to 145 pounds (66 kg). He lost 20 pounds in 2000 due to pancreatitis. 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 had such severe stomach pains that he called a local doctor, who advised rehab. Perry flew to Los Angeles and checked into Marina del Rey's Daniel Freeman Hospital. Perry's publicist Lisa Kasteler confirmed his rehab stay.


    1988Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon, AA Night in the Life of Jimmy ReardonFred Roberts
    1988Dance 'til DawnRogerTelevision film
    1989She's Out of ControlTimothy
    1990Call Me AnnaDesi Arnaz, Jr.Television film
    1993Deadly RelationsGeorge WesterfieldTelevision film
    1994Getting InRandall Burns
    1994Parallel LivesWillie MorrisonTelevision film
    1997Fools Rush InAlex Whitman
    1998Almost HeroesLeslie Edwards
    1999Three to TangoOscar Novak
    2000Whole Nine Yards, TheThe Whole Nine YardsNicholas "Oz" Oseransky
    2000Disney's The KidMr. VivianUncredited
    2002Serving SaraJoe Tyler
    2004Whole Ten Yards, TheThe Whole Ten YardsNicholas "Oz" Oseransky
    2005Hoosiers II: Senior YearCoach Norman Dale Jr.Short film
    2006Ron Clark Story, TheThe Ron Clark StoryRon ClarkTelevision film
    2007NumbHudsonAlso executive producer
    2008Birds of AmericaMorrie Tanager
    200917 AgainAdult Mike O'Donnell

    1979240-RobertArthurEpisode: "Bank Job"
    1983Not Necessarily the NewsBobEpisode: "Audrie in Love"
    1985Charles in ChargeEd StanleyEpisode: "The Wrong Guy"
    1986Silver SpoonsDaveyEpisode: "Rick Moves Out"
    1987–1988Second ChanceChazz RussellMain cast; 21 episodes
    1988Just the Ten of UsEdEpisode: "The Dinner Test"
    1988Highway to HeavenDavid Hastings2 episodes
    1989Growing PainsSandy3 episodes
    1989Empty NestBill aged 18Episode: "A Life in the Day"
    1990SydneyBilly KellsMain cast; 13 episodes
    1990Who's the Boss?Benjamin DawsonEpisode: "Roomies"
    1991Beverly Hills, 90210Roger AzarianEpisode: "April Is the Cruelest Month"
    1992SibsN/AEpisode: "What Makes Lily Run?"
    1992Dream OnAlex FarmerEpisode: "To the Moon, Alex!"
    1993Home FreeMatt BaileyMain cast; 13 episodes
    1994–2004FriendsChandler BingMain cast; 236 episodes
    1995John Larroquette Show, TheThe John Larroquette ShowStevenEpisode: "Rachel Redux"
    1995Caroline in the CityChandler BingEpisode: "Caroline and the Folks"
    1997Saturday Night LiveHimselfHost; episode: "Matthew Perry/Oasis"
    2001Simpsons, TheThe SimpsonsUltrahouse 3000's Matthew Perry voiceEpisode: "Treehouse of Horror XII"
    2002Ally McBealAttorney Todd Merrick2 episodes
    2003West Wing, TheThe West WingJoe Quincy3 episodes
    2004ScrubsMurray MarksEpisode: "My Unicorn"; also director
    2006–2007Studio 60 on the Sunset StripMatt AlbieMain cast; 22 episodes
    2011Mr. SunshineBen DonovanMain cast and co-creator; 13 episodes
    2011Childrens HospitalHimselfEpisode: "The Black Doctor"
    2012–2013Good Wife, TheThe Good WifeMike Kresteva4 episodes (1 uncredited)
    2012–2013Go OnRyan KingMain cast; 22 episodes
    2013Hollywood Game NightHimselfEpisode: "The One with the Friends"
    2014Cougar TownSamEpisode: "Like a Diamond"
    2014Dog Thrower, TheThe Dog ThrowerThe charismatic manOne-off episode

    Video games
    2010Fallout: New VegasBennyVoice

    Awards and nominations

    YearAwardCategoryTitle of workResult
    1995Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - with rest of main castFriendsWon
    1996American Comedy AwardsFunniest Supporting Male Performer in a TV Series - with David SchwimmerNominated
    2000TV Guide AwardsEditor's Choice - with whole cast along with Jane Sibbett and John Christopher AllenWon
    2002Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesNominated
    Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Television ActorNominated
    2003Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesThe West WingNominated
    Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actor - ComedyFriendsWon
    2006Satellite AwardsBest Actor in a Series, DramaStudio 60 on the Sunset StripNominated
    TV Land AwardsMost Wonderful Wedding - with Courteney CoxFriendsNominated
    2007Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or MovieThe Ron Clark StoryNominated
    Golden GlobesBest Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionNominated
    Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or MiniseriesNominated

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