Ten curiosities about the life of Matthew Perry, the legendary Friends actor
Matthew Perryeither 'Chandler', he ingenious character that made an epoch in the series Friends, passed away. A man of his time and his circumstances, he had a biography full of nuances and details typical of someone surrounded by fame. We gather 10 curious details of Perry's life, to remember his legacy
1. His full name was Matthew Langford Perry. He was born on August 19, 1969 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. He was the son of Suzanne Marie Morrison, a Canadian journalist, and John Bennett Perry, an American actor. His mother was also press secretary for former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau (father of the current Prime Minister). His parents divorced before his first birthday.and was raised by his mother in Ottawa, although he also lived briefly in toronto and Montreal.
2. Was nationally ranked in youth tennis in Canada. He tried to play for the United States but once commented that he was not good enough to be accepted.
3. At age 15, Perry moved to Los Angeles. to pursue a career in performance. The study in The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, and after graduating, he began to explore the world of comedy of improvisation. He landed the role of 'Chazz Russell' on Second Chance in the '80s; the show lasted only one season following a format change after 13 episodes. Perry later made an appearance on Growing Pains like Carol's boyfriend who dies in a car accident while driving drunk.
4. Perry was missing the top of his finger cordial from his right hand. His grandfather accidentally closed a car door on him and lost him there.
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5. Perry Didn't Need a Script for Chandler Bing's Audition on Friends because he knew the pilot by heart. This was because he had been helping a friend audition for the role before auditioning himself. However, he almost didn't participate after receiving the role because at the time he was in a pilot for a TV show called LAX 2194.
6. When Friends began filming, Perry was the youngest member of the main cast, aged 24 in 1994, followed by Jennifer Anniston (25), Matt LeBlanc (26), David Schwimmer (27), Courteney Cox (30) and Lisa Kudrow (32). He was very inventive, so much so that he was the only one among the six protagonists of Friends who sat down to outline the scripts with the writers. His wit was so legendary that directors often used his jokes and suggestions in the show.
7. Your ingenuity and prankster character were off the charts. When she appeared on the cover of "People" magazine for the first time, he sent a copy to one of his former teachers who had told him that he would never achieve anything if he kept joking all the time.
8. Perry had a relationship with Yasmine Bleeth between 1996 and 1997. Bleeth is an American actress and model known for her roles as Caroline Holden in Baywatch and Ryan Fenelli in Ryan's Hope.
9. His father, John Bennett Perry, was the "Old Spice Guy" in the '70s.. He later appeared in an episode of Friends, playing the father of Rachel's boyfriend, Joshua, in “The One With Rachel's New Dress.”
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10. His struggle with addictions began in 1997.after a jet ski accident, which led him to develop an addiction to Vicodin, a narcotic analgesic. He consumed up to 55 Vicodin a day and in 2019 suffered a colon rupture which left him in a coma for two weeks and required a colostomy bag. In the year 2000 He was hospitalized for pancreatitis related to alcohol. Despite his multiple attempts to stay sober, Perry had several relapses and attended rehabilitation more than 15 times throughout his life. In 2018, he was hospitalized for three months for a gastrointestinal perforation. In her memoir, Perry shared that her colon ruptured due to opioid use.
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