Matthew Perry (actor)

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Matthew Perry
Perry in 2013
Matthew Langford Perry

(1969-08-19)August 19, 1969
DiedOctober 28, 2023(2023-10-28) (aged 54)
  • United States
  • Canada
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • producer
Years active1979–2022

Matthew Langford Perry (August 19, 1969 – October 28, 2023)[1] was a Golden Globe and Emmy nominated American and Canadian movie and television actor. He was best known for his work as Chandler Bing in the sitcom Friends.

Early life and education[change | change source]

Matthew Perry was born in Williamstown, Massachusetts. His mother, Suzanne Jane Louise Morrison (née Langford), is a Canadian journalist. She was a press secretary to Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. Perry's father, John Bennett Perry, is an American actor and model.[2][3][4] Perry was a citizen of both the United States and Canada. He was very good at speaking French.

His parents divorced (broke-up) before his 1st birthday. His mother is re-married to Keith Morrison, a broadcast journalist. Perry was raised by his mother in Ottawa. While growing up in Ontario, Matthew Perry was very interested in tennis. He soon became a top-ranked junior player. He had been good friends with professional tennis player Jennifer Capriati. By age 10, Perry started to steal money, smoke, and beat up fellow student and future Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau.[5] The schools he went to were Rockcliffe Park Public School, Lisgar Collegiate Institute and Ashbury College. All of them are in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Drug problems and recovery[change | change source]

In the past, Perry had problems with alcohol, and addiction to drugs. He started drinking alcohol at an early age. He also was addicted to different drugs, also legal ones, such as painkillers.

He received a Champion of Recovery award in May 2013 from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy for opening Perry House, a rehab center in his former mansion in Malibu, California.[6] In 2015, Perry sold the mansion and relocated its services.[7]

Death[change | change source]

Perry died on 28 October 2023 at the age of 54.[8] He was found dead in his hot tub at his Los Angeles home. Foul play was not suspected.[9] On December 15, 2023, Perry's death was revealed to have been "acute effects of ketamine".[10] Other causes of death included the effects of buprenorphine, drowning, and coronary artery disease.[10]

References[change | change source]

  1. "'Friends' Star Matthew Perry Dead at 54 After Apparent Drowning". TMZ. Retrieved 29 October 2023.
  2. "Matthew Perry Biography (1969-)". Retrieved 29 October 2023.
  3. "Matthew Langford Perry". Archived from the original on 2008-01-11. Retrieved 2009-02-27.
  4. FILM; The Fame He Craved Came, but It Wasn't Enough New York Times
  5. "Matthew Perry obituary: Friends brought fame but couldn't quell personal demons". BBC News. Archived from the original on October 29, 2023. Retrieved October 29, 2023.
  6. "Matthew Perry Says 'I Don't Think So' to 'Friends' Reunion". ABC News. May 30, 2013. Archived from the original on June 6, 2021. Retrieved September 23, 2015.
  7. Gardner, Chris (August 27, 2015). "Why Matthew Perry Sold His Addiction Recovery Facility". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on June 3, 2021.
  8. Blankstein, Andrew; Dasrath, Diana; Melas, Chloe; Romero, Dennis (October 29, 2023). "Matthew Perry, 'Friends' actor, dies of apparent drowning at 54". NBC News. Archived from the original on October 29, 2023. Retrieved October 29, 2023.
  9. "'Friends' Star Matthew Perry Dead at 54 After Apparent Drowning". TMZ. Retrieved 29 October 2023.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Wynne, Kelly (December 15, 2023). "Matthew Perry's Cause of Death Determined". People. Retrieved December 15, 2023.

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