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Actor Matthew Perry played the role of Chandler Bing on the hit TV sitcom Friends from 1994 to 2004.
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Perry tried to launch a film career and battled addiction.
Actor, screenwriter. Born on August 19, 1969, in Williamstown, Massachusetts. A talented performer, Matthew Perry is most famous for his portrayal of Chandler Bing on the long-running television sitcom Friends. His actor father, John Bennett Perry, split up with his mother, Suzanne, while Matthew was still an infant. He went to live with his mother in Ottawa, Canada.
Growing up, Perry developed two passions—playing tennis and acting. He moved to Los Angeles around the age of 15 to live with his father. There Perry got his first film part while still in high school. In A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon (1988), he had a supporting role opposite star River Phoenix who was playing the title character. Unfortunately, the film came and went without much notice.
In September 1987, Perry starred in his first sitcom Second Chance. The show had a fantastical premise with Kiel Martin starring as a man who dies and gets a chance to go back to mentor a younger version of himself (played by Perry). The show was later retooled, dropping Martin and focusing on the teenage misadventures of Perry’s character. Despite its new direction and new title, Boys Will Be Boys, the sitcom failed to attract enough of an audience to stay on the air.
After the series ended, Perry landed a series of small parts and guest spots on such as Empty Nest and Growing Pains. He also had a supporting role on the short-lived Valerie Bertinelli comedic vehicle Sydney in 1990. This same year, Perry gave a strong performance as Desi Arnaz Jr. in the television biopic Call Me Anna about the life of actress Patty Duke.
Three years later, Perry tried again for sitcom success with Home Free. He starred as a young reporter who lives at home with his mother and his sister and her two kids. After a few months, the series was cancelled. Perry was cast in a pilot called LAX 2194, which was a futuristic look at an airport. It never aired, but he soon found the perfect project. Perry won a leading role in a new sitcom about a group of young men and women in New York City.
Debuting in September 1994, Friends became one of the most popular television sitcoms of all time. Perry played the witty and sarcastic Chandler Bing who shared an apartment with an aspiring actor named Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and was a longtime friend of Ross (David Schwimmer). Completing the cast, Courteney Cox played Monica, Ross’s sister, Jennifer Aniston played Rachel, Monica’s roommate and Ross’s love interest, and Lisa Kudrow played Phoebe, the kooky, offbeat friend to all.
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