Matthew Perry was born in Williamstown (Massachusetts, United States) on August 19, 1969 with dual US and Canadian nationality. And right in Ontario he grows up with his mother.
Mathew’s father is an actor, John Bennett Perryand the mother is Suzanne Marie Morrison Langfordformer press secretary of Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, father of the current one, Justin Trudeau.
Parents separate when Perry is less than a year old. During the early years of school, the future Chandler becomes passionate about tennis and grows by cultivating the love for this sport: he even gets to practice it at a good level, even if only at a level juniors.
Precocious is also his passion for acting, an art that would become his true profession. He moved to Los Angeles at the age of 15 years to study and become an actor. In California he finds his father, with whom he goes to live.
At first he collects several appearances with minor parts until the late 1980s when he was offered the role of Chazz Russell in the television program Second Chance and begins to make itself known in the environment. In 1991, she appears in Beverly Hills – 90210 and soon after it gains space in Home Free. Just in these years she participates in an audition for Six of Onethe series that would later become Friends.
Friends, the cast yesterday and today, waiting for the reunion. PHOTO
At first, Perry is not considered, also because he is engaged in other projects. Later, however, he manages to snatch an audition from producers Marta Kauffman and David Crane. From this moment on there are no more doubts: the part of Chandler it’s his.
Perry is 24 years old and in a short time he becomes one of the most famous and paid sitcom actors. Among his flirtations there is also the one with Julia Roberts. Along with the success, however, the first problems related to the use of alcohol and drugs also begin.
After years of battling addiction, Perry has become one of the ambassadors of National Association of Drug Court Professionals. And in 2013, when the US president was Barack Obama, he received the Champion of Recovery Award for its civil commitment.
His face will forever remain associated with the TV series Friends and his character, Chandler Bing, one of the most loved by fans. Critical acclaim, however, came especially with the series West Wing – All the President’s men. Her two appearances earned her as many Emmy nominations. In the photo, however, it is with Katie Holems on the set of The Kennedys.
At 49, Matthew Perry is rushed to hospital for one gastrointestinal perforation. In his 2022 autobiography, the actor reveals that the cause of the disease: opioid abuseas a result of which he spent two weeks in a coma and five months in the hospital before being able to return home.
Despite the difficulties in private life, Matthew Perry’s career does not stop. Beyond Friends And West Wing – All the President’s menamong other things it also appears in Appointment for three, FBI: Witness protection and in the sequel FBI: Witness Protection 2on the Aaron Sorkin sitcom Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip And 17 Again – Back to high school.
Perry’s directorial debut comes with an episode of Scrubs – Doctors at their first ironsprecisely the episode number 11 of the fourth season, where he also appears as an actor together with his father.
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Problems related toabuse of opioids however, they return regularly. In one of the latest interviews, released after he made his story public drug addictionthe actor thanked the affection shown by his former cast mates Friends who, in his words, behaved as the penguins with a similar wounded: “They supported me until I did it alone”.
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The actor does not even neglect his career a theater. To date, there are two recognized shows in which she soon takes part: Sexual Perversity in 2003, staged in Chicago under the direction of Lindsay Posner, e The End of Longing, written by himselfalso directed by Posner and staged in 2016 both at the Playhouse Theater in London and at the Lucille Lortel Theater in New York.
After speaking publicly about his problems with substance abuse, the actor has never shied away from answering even the most uncomfortable questions. In 2016, for example, during an interview with Chris Evans of BBC Radio 2 he thus answered the question of what his favorite episode from Friends: “I think the answer to this question is that I don’t remember three seasons of Friends.” Pictured is with Jennifer Morrison at the 32nd award ceremony Annual Lucille Lortel Awards.
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The scandals related to Perry’s private life have always been balanced by a large dose of affection from fans and colleagues towards him. To date, the actor has been over 10 times in rehabilitation and has undergone several stomach surgery: After the heavy hospitalization caused by the perforation of the colon, he was forced to wear a colonoscopy bag for several months.
Matthew Perry, the autobiography “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir”
Even the period of lockdown 2020 was tough for Matthew Perry. Despite his dedication to sobriety, he has appeared publicly transformed in recent years and confinement in the home has proved very difficult in his personal battle against addiction. In a photo dating from that period, he appears overweight, with gray hair and an unkempt beard. In response, his Instagram followers filled him with messages of support and closeness.
2021 was the year of the highly anticipated reunion of the cast of Friends: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer and Matthew Perry they returned to the set of the unforgettable series and retraced all the important moments on stage and behind the scenes. The emotion, during the shoot, was palpable.
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Matthew Perry, now 53, has decided to publish his autobiography entitled Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir. The actor talks about himself without filters, he leaves nothing out. With this book, the actor has declared that he wants to give his testimony of him to help other people to overcome difficult moments: in his words there is so much hope and, above all, his inevitable and proverbial humor of him.
Matthew Perry’s confession: “I was in a coma for weeks from an opioid overdose”