Matthew Perry

Matthew Perry
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Matthew Perry Biography

Matthew Perry was born on August 19, 1969 in Williamstown, Massachusetts but raised in Ottawa, Ontario. He is the only child of Suzanne and John Perry, who were divorced when he was less than a year old. Perry's dad is known as the guy in the Old Spice commercials. Perry's mom is a former Canadian TV anchor and onetime press secretary for Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. Perry is a tennis-lover. He started at the age of 4. At 13, he was ranked as the No.2 player in Ottawa. Perry began acting in seventh grade when he played a gunslinger named Arriba Arriba Geneva in his Ashbury College production of a play called The Life and Death of Sneaky Fitch. At 15, Perry moved to L.A. to test his tennis and acting skills. He was prepared for his first big U.S. tennis match. Unfortunately, things didn't go well so Perry decided to pursue an acting career instead. Read Full Bio >>

Matthew Perry Awards

YearAwardCategoryForResult
2007 Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television The Ron Clark Story (2006) (TV). Nominated
2007 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie The Ron Clark Story (2006) (TV). Nominated
2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries The Ron Clark Story (2006) (TV). Nominated
2006 TV Land Awards Most Wonderful Wedding "Friends" (1994). Nominated
2006 Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Series, Drama "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (2006). Nominated

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Matthew Perry Trivia

  • Attended Ashbury College, a private school in Ottawa, Canada.
  • Son of John Bennett Perry.
  • 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, this is 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.
  • Entered a rehabilitation clinic for treatment of an undisclosed condition. [27 February 2001]
  • A 75 year old woman ran a stop sign and smashed into the side of Matthew's BMW. Neither party was injured. [18 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 citizenship in Canada and the USA.
  • 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 an episode of "Friends" (1994), 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 on that 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) (TV).
  • His real father, John Bennett Perry, played his father when he guest-starred on the Scrubs episode 'My Unicorn'.
  • Was the Ottawa Loggers 10th selection in the 1996 RHI (Roller Hockey International) draft.
  • Close friends with "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" co-star Bradley Whitford.
  • Is a Toronto Blue Jays Fan.
  • In season 1, episode 16 of "The West Wing", Matthew Perry 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 third and fourth season.
  • He is close friends with actor Hank Azaria.
  • Godfather of Reagan "Fletch" Holder, the son of Christine 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.


Matthew Perry Photos

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    2013 White House Correspondents Association Dinner - Arrivals

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    64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals

  • Matthew Perry, Matt Treanor (18)

    2012 MLB - San Diego Padres at Los Angeles Dodgers (4-3) - September 5, 2012

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    ABC 2010 Red Carpet Premiere Event

  • Kevin Pollak, Matthew Perry

    Los Angeles Premiere And Screaning of keving Pollak's "Vamped Out" - Arrivals

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    "17 Again" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

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