Matthew Perry, known for his role as Chandler Bing on the popular sitcom “Friends,” is an actor, comedian, and producer who has gained widespread recognition.
On Saturday, at only 54.
According to the LAPD watch commander, authorities received a 911 call for a water rescue in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles. Upon arrival, they found the individual unresponsive in his home jacuzzi and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The police department has announced that an official statement will be released on Sunday.
Perry’s identity remained undisclosed and was awaiting a coroner’s inquiry, with no apparent evidence of injury.
Born in 1969 in Williamstown, Massachusetts, Perry was the child of actor John Bennett Perry and journalist Suzanne Marie Langford. Langford had previously worked as a press secretary for Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. Perry spent part of their childhood in Canada and part in the United States.
As a young actor, he began his career in the entertainment industry in Hollywood. He starred in popular TV shows such as “Beverly Hills 90210” and made his first appearance on the big screen in the coming-of-age film, “A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon,” alongside River Phoenix.
He rose to prominence when “Friends” first aired in 1994, and he continued to star in the show for 10 seasons with Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, and Matt LeBlanc.
The show received high praise, along with Perry’s performance as Chandler Bing, earning him an Emmy nomination for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series in 2002.
During a 2015 interview with CBS News, he expressed his joy and gratitude for the time he spent on “Friends,” saying, “It’s fantastic, it’s a fantastic time in my life.” He also mentioned that he often gets approached by fans who were not even born when the show was filmed and they are surprised by his aging appearance.
Several years after the final episode of “Friends,” Perry reunited with his fellow cast members for a special on HBO Max in 2021. During the reunion, he expressed heartfelt sentiments about the strong bond that remained between the group even after filming had ended.
Perry explained that after the show ended, at a party or social event, if they ran into each other, that was the end of the night. They would spend the rest of the evening together.
Perry has appeared in various TV shows and movies since his role as Chandler in “Friends.” Some of his notable works include “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” “Fools Rush In,” “Growing Pains,” “Ally McBeal,” “17 Again,” “The Whole Nine Yards,” and “The West Wing,” as well as a remake of “The Odd Couple.” He was recognized for his acting in the 2007 miniseries, “The Ron Clark Story,” receiving nominations for both a Golden Globe and an Emmy.
Perry faced challenges with substance addiction and was vocal about his journey. He served as a representative for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and recently published a book called “Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing” which gained widespread success and became a bestseller on the New York Times list.
In a 2015 interview with CBS News, Perry expressed his belief that many individuals do not comprehend the fact that addiction is a disease. He highlighted that the American Medical Association officially recognized it as a disease in 1955, yet even those struggling with addiction may not realize that they are battling an illness and may instead blame themselves. Therefore, it is crucial to openly discuss and acknowledge addiction as a disease in order to seek the necessary help.
Marta Kauffman, David Crane and Kevin Bright, the co-creators and the executive producer of “Friends,” mourned Perry’s death in a statement to CBS News on Sunday, which came amid an outpouring of commemorative messages from his friends and former colleagues online.
“We are incredibly saddened by the passing of our dear friend Matthew. It is still difficult to comprehend. We are grateful to have had him in our lives.”
The speaker expressed, “He possessed exceptional talent. It may be a cliché to say an actor truly embodies a role, but in Matthew’s case, it couldn’t be more accurate. From the very first time we heard him depict the character of Chandler Bing, there was no one else who could compare. We will forever hold onto the happiness, the brightness, and the remarkable intellect he brought to every moment – not just in his work, but in life as well. He was always the most hilarious person in the room. Beyond that, he was the kindest, with a generous and selfless heart. We extend all of our love to his loved ones and friends. This truly is The One Where Our Hearts Are Shattered.”
Let’s take a glance at fragments of Perry’s life and professional journey.