Reflecting on the life of Matthew Perry through pictures.

Reflecting on the life of Matthew Perry through pictures.

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.found dead

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.cause of death

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.

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In 1988, Matthew Perry, an actor from Canada and America, was photographed at the Limelight in New York City. Getty Images

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.

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On September 22, 2002, in Los Angeles, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, and Matt LeBlanc took a photo together after “Friends” was awarded outstanding comedy series at the 54th Primetime Emmy Awards. Reed Saxon / AP

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.

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Matthew Perry, circa 1985. Getty Images
Martha And Matthew

Martha Plimpton and Matthew Perry were photographed at the Limelight in New York City in 1988. Getty Images

Friends - Season 1

The primary actors of the TV show “Friends” are Courteney Cox Arquette as Monica Geller, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, and Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green. Reisig & Taylor/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images

Screening of the NBC Original Movie 'Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story'

In 1995, Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry were present at the NBC Fall Preview event at Lincoln Center in New York City.
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Courtney Cox and Matthew Perry at Emmy Awards

On September 10, 1995, Courtney Cox and Matthew Perry attended the 47th Primetime Emmy Awards Show in Pasadena, California. Getty Images

A now-iconic promotional picture for one of the early seasons of “Friends,” taken circa 1995. Pictured, from left, are: Matthew Perry, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow.
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Actor Matthew Perry and actress Julia Roberts

Matthew Perry and actress Julia Roberts embrace on the set of the television show “Friends.” Roberts made a guest appearance on the sitcom in the episode “The One After The Super Bowl – Part 2” in 1996. Getty Images

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On May 5, 2002, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox Arquette, David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, and Matt LeBlanc attended NBC’s 75th Anniversary celebration in New York City. Tina Fineberg / AP


On September 23, 2012, Amy Poehler and Matthew Perry were present at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards hosted by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California. Tonya Wise/Invision for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences/AP Images

Drug Court and Veterans Treatment Court Conference

On May 31, 2014, Matthew Perry gave a speech at the Anaheim Convention Center in California for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals’ 20th Annual Training Conference closing ceremony. He served as an ambassador for the association.
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Matthew Perry, Thomas Lennon

On August 10, 2015, Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon attended the Summer TCA CBS, CW, Showtime Party at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. Rich Fury/Invision/AP

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On May 19, 2015, Yvette Nicole Brown, Matthew Perry, and Thomas Lennon were present at the SAG Foundation Actors Center in Los Angeles for the SAG Foundation Conversations Series featuring the cast of “The Odd Couple.” Tibrina Hobson / Getty Images

Matthew Perry's "The End Of Longing" - Photocall

On February 8, 2016, Matthew Perry was photographed at a media event for his play “The End of Longing” at The Playhouse Theatre in London, England. David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images

Matthew Perry,Katie Holmes

On March 30, 2017, Matthew Perry and Katie Holmes were involved in the BUILD Speaker Series at AOL Studios in New York, where they talked about “The Kennedys After Camelot” mini-series. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

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In Los Angeles on April 22, 2023, Matthew Perry discusses his novel “Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing” with interviewer Matt Brennan at the 28th Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books held at the University of Southern California. Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images