Matthew Perry is one of the world’s influential entertainers. He is an actor, scriptwriter, and comedian all wrapped up together. As an actor, Matthew came to widespread notice after portraying Chandler Bing in the widely-talked-about situational comedy, Friends (1994 to 2004). His roles in 17 Again, Fools Rush In and The Whole Nine Yards also helped to push him further to the limelight. He additionally expanded his résumé in 2010 when he started voiceover and video games, with Fallout: New Vegas as the most notable. Read on to know more about his career and personal life.
Matthew Perry – Bio, Age
The actor was born on the 19th day of August 1969 in Williamstown, Massachusetts, U.S.A. While his father, John Bennet Perry was an actor, his mother, Suzzane Morrison worked as the press mediator of Canadian Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau, throughout the ’80s and ’90s. Perry has American nationality and belongs to white ethnicity.
Matthew Perry studied at the Ashbury College in Ottawa where he ranked as the top junior tennis player across Canada. Although he performed numerous shows and acts in his college days, he maintained the status of an enthusiastic tennis player, ranking 17th countrywide in the Junior Singles groups and third in Doubles Sort. At 15, Matthew moved to Los Angeles with his father, after which he developed an interest in acting. Upon completing high school, he gained admission into the University of California.
Matthew Perry started his acting career during his university days when he landed a major role in the 1987 sitcom, Second Chance. Following this, he was given many guest roles in several TV series. He, however, later got a regular role in the 1990 CBS sitcom Sydney. In 1991, he guest-starred as Roger Azarian in Beverly Hills 90210. In 1993, he got his next television role in Home Free, an ABC sitcom.
Following his lead role in the very successful Friends – between 1994 and 2004, Matthew Perry acquired wide recognition, subsequently earning an Emmy nomination for the 2002 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. While filming Friends, he starred in some of his most prominent movies such as Fools Rush In (1997) and The Whole Nine Yards (2000). In 2003, Perry featured in David Mamet’s Broadway play, Sexual Perversity in Chicago which was performed at the West End theatre in London, England. He later starred as the lead in the 2007 drama film, Numb and also played the older Mike O’Donnell in the 2009 film 17 Again. Other notable movies and TV series he has starred in include: Getting In (1994), Three To Tango (1999), The Odd Couple (2015), and The Kennedy’s After Camelot (2017).
In 2011, Matthew Perry was a co-creator/co-writer, executive producer and cast member of Mr. Sunshine, an ABC television sitcom. He also co-developed, as well as starred in The Odd Couple, a 2015 CBS situation comedy series. So far in his acting career, Perry has received multiple awards. Some of his accolades include TV Guide Awards Editor’s Choice (2000), Gold Derby Awards Television Movie/Miniseries Lead Actor (2007), and Huading Awards Best Global Actor in a Television Series (2013).
His Net Worth
Matthew Perry has an estimated net worth of $80 million. This he gathered from his comedy career, as well as his movie roles. The Friends’ actor reportedly makes a per episode salary of $150,000. Perry stands a chance of multiplying his worth beyond the current figure if he continues to keep his career alive.
If you’re wondering if the actor has a wife or not, wonder no more! Perry may have severally gotten married on the screens but in real life, he is yet to tie the knot. Meanwhile, people, especially fans are quite eager to know Perry’s dating timeline. The American actor was in a relationship with his colleague and now ex-girlfriend, Julia Roberts in 1995. However, in 1996, they went their separate ways. Later in 2006, he was secretly going out with yet another American actress, Lizzy Caplan. Unfortunately, the six-year-long relationship went down the drain as Perry didn’t want to get married.
Perry stands tall at a height of 6 feet. He has charming brown colored eyes and salt paper hair. Matthew Perry’s other outstanding feature is that he has a shortened right-hand middle finger. He lost the tip of the finger as a kid when it got stuck in a door.
Where Is He Now?
Although Matthew Perry has not retired from acting, it has not been easy to hunt him down these days due to the state of his health. Perry has been an addict to alcohol and hard drugs, including methadone, Vicodin, and amphetamines. He has, however, gained successful recovery after several rehab time. Perry has also turned his former beach-front Malibu house into a sober-living home to help him transition into the real world. He calls it Perry House.
In 2018, Perry underwent abdominal surgery to stitch up a gastrointestinal opening. His September 15, 2018 tweet revealed that he had spent three months in the hospital, suggesting that the surgery took place in June 2018. Fans are hoping he recovers and bounces back to the screens once more.