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Overview (4)

Born in Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA
Birth NameMatthew Langford Perry
Nicknames Matty
Matt
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Matthew Perry was born in Williamstown, Massachusetts, to Suzanne Marie (Langford), a Canadian journalist, and John Bennett Perry, an American actor. His ancestry includes English, Irish, German, Swiss-German, and French-Canadian.

Perry was raised in Ottawa, Ontario, where he became a top-ranked junior tennis player in Canada. However, after moving to Los Angeles at the age of 15 to live with his father, he became more interested in acting. In addition to performing in several high school stage productions, he remained an avid tennis player. Perry ranked 17th nationally in the junior singles category and third in the doubles category. Upon graduating from high school, Perry intended to enroll at the University of Southern California. However, when he was offered a leading role on the television series, Boys Will be Boys (1987), he seized the opportunity to begin his acting career.

Perry appeared in the hit comedy film The Whole Nine Yards (2000), as the neighbor of a hit man, played by Bruce Willis. His other feature film credits included Fools Rush In (1997), A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon (1988), She's Out of Control (1989) and Parallel Lives (1994). He also co-starred with Chris Farley in the buddy comedy Almost Heroes (1998) and in the romantic comedy, Three to Tango (1999), opposite Neve Campbell. Perry resides in Los Angeles. He enjoys playing ice hockey and softball in his spare time.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: C G Zeh

Trade Mark (1)

Sarcastic disposition

Trivia (46)

Attended Ashbury College, a private school in Ottawa, Canada.
Raised in Ottawa, Canada.
Mother, Suzanne Morrison, was the press agent for Pierre Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, during the seventies and eighties.
he asked that his name be removed from the Best Actor in a Comedy Emmy list. Friends (1994) co-stars have all agreed that they would only be nominated in supporting roles. [June 2000]
Missing part of his middle finger on his right hand due to an unfortunate door-shutting accident in nursery school.
Used to be ranked nationally in junior tennis in Canada. He has said on interviews that he tried to play in the States but he wasn't good enough.
He completed a 28-day programme in 1997 for Vicodin addiction and then another stint in rehab for addiction to opioids and alcohol in 2001. He was hospitalised again in 2002 while filming Serving Sara with Elizabeth Hurley and checked himself into a rehab facility in Marina del Rey, California. Perry has also battled huge weight loss and gains throughout his career.
A 75 year old woman ran a stop sign and smashed into the side of Matthew's BMW. Neither party was injured. [April 2001]
Stepson of Keith Morrison, NBC newscaster. Half-brother of Caitlin (b. 1981); Emily (b. 1985); Willy (b. 1987); Madeleine (b. 1989); and Marie Perry.
Friends (1994) castmate Jennifer Aniston offers to be his personal trainer after he received threats from bosses Warner Brothers about his increasing weight problems [2002]
Friends (1994) castmates agree to enter themselves for consideration in the leading role catagories at the Emmys. [2002]
Turned down a role in Independence Day (1996). The part he was offered was eventually taken by Harry Connick Jr..
Has dual US and Canadian citizenship.
Made his world stage debut in the West End in London alongside Minnie Driver. [May 2003]
Appeared in the top 30 of Forbes Top 100 Celebrity rich list for the first time [2003]
He is the only central cast member of Friends (1994) who has not been nominated for a Razzie.
Following the May 6, 2004, airing of the Friends (1994) series finale, he and the rest of the show's cast were on the Jay Leno broadcast from the Central Perk set in the Friends (1994) studio.
His father appeared on the Friends (1994) episode Friends: The One with Rachel's New Dress (1998), as the father of one of Jennifer Aniston's boyfriends.
The part of Maj. Don West in Lost in Space (1998) was originally offered to him, but eventually went to Friends (1994) co-star Matt LeBlanc.
His favorite NHL team is the Ottawa Senators. He often attends the playoff games in Ottawa, Canada. He attended this year's playoff games between Ottawa and Toronto Maple Leafs (2004).
According to an interview, Matthew claimed that when he was filming A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon (1988) he had formed a star complex and would cockily ask his fellow co-stars what they planned on doing now that "they were on their way". He then said that reality settled in once the movie was released and nothing happened.
He spoke the last line in the final episode of Friends (1994). When it's suggested that they all go out for coffee, his character Chandler says "Where?".
His father, John Bennett Perry, played his father in Fools Rush In (1997).
He enjoys playing ice hockey and softball in his spare time.
Is the youngest cast member of Friends (1994).
When auditioning for the part of Chandler Bing, he didn't need a script because he knew the pilot by heart. He had been helping a friend with the part before auditioning himself.
Auditioned for Chandler Bing on a Friday and started work the following Monday.
Behind the scenes of Friends (1994), Perry was very close friends with co-star Jennifer Aniston.
Matthew's wit is so legendary that directors often used his gags and suggestions on the show
Is on the board of directors for the soon-to-be-opened Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. Ron Clark is a world-renowned educator who Perry depicted in the TNT original film The Ron Clark Story (2006).
His real-life father, John Bennett Perry, played his father when he guest-starred on the Scrubs (2001) episode Scrubs: My Unicorn (2004).
Was the Ottawa Loggers 10th selection in the 1996 RHI (Roller Hockey International) draft.
Close friends with Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006) co-star Bradley Whitford and actor Hank Azaria.
Is a Toronto Blue Jays fan.
In season 1, episode 16 of The West Wing (1999), he was mentioned as a guest at a party the president was attending in L.A. He later played the character of Joe Quincy in three episodes during the fourth and fifth seasons.
Godfather of Reagan "Fletch" Holder, the son of Christine Cameron and Mark Holder.
Both in The Whole Nine Yards (2000) and Three to Tango (1999), his characters are asked "Are you always this nervous?". Both times the response is "yes.".
Said on his Twitter account that his favorite song is "Don't Give Up" by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush.
Lives in Los Angeles, Studio City, and Malibu, California.
The first time he ever got onto the cover of "People" magazine he sent it to one of his old teachers, Dr. Web, who said he would never amount to anything if he kept joking around all the time.
He is of English, Irish, German, Swiss-German, and French-Canadian ancestry.
He starred in 6 shows that lasted one season only: Boys Will be Boys (1987), Sydney (1990), Home Free (1993), Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006), Mr. Sunshine (2011) and Go On (2012).
Perry went out with actress Julia Roberts from 1995-1996, Lauren Graham in 2003, and Lizzy Caplan from 2006 to 2012.
Was classmates in high school with the 23rd Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau.
Received the Champion of Recovery award from U.S. drug czar Gil Kerlikowske.[May 2013].

Personal Quotes (8)

I learned to fall down early in life - I was like six - because I realized it was a way to make girls laugh.
[on originating the show 'Mr. Sunshine'] Some of it is based on me. I like to think I'm a little less selfish than this character, but at times in my life I certainly have been that way. I've been accused of not really paying attention to a sentence unless my name comes up in it twice.
When I did 'Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip' I would look over and see Aaron Sorkin pacing around in the corner of the stage, mumbling to himself. I thought, Well, he's crazy. And then I realized what he was actually doing was playing out the next week's scenes as he was writing them. And that was intriguing to me. So now I've become one of the people that mumbles in the corner of the room.
[on his sports-based series 'Go On'] Whenever I come across a famous athlete, I'm shameless. I'll just ask them to be on the show. To my face they've all said yes so far.
I gravitate towards sort of broken characters who try to be better people.
[With all my roles] I just keep playing myself.
[In high school] there was a group of cool kids and a group of really dorky kids, and I was probably the coolest of the really dorky kids.
I need a woman to have a quirky sense of humor. There's a bunch of jokes I use, and if she doesn't get them, she's probably not for me.

Salary (7)

Friends (1994) $24,000,000 (2002-3 season)
Friends (1994) $750,000 / episode
Friends (1994) $1,000,000 per episode (series 9)
Fools Rush In (1997) $1,000,000
Three to Tango (1999) $2,500,000
The Whole Nine Yards (2000) $3,000,000
The Whole Ten Yards (2004) $5,000,000

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