Matthew Perry

Matthew Perry

Highest Rated: 56% 17 Again (2009)

Lowest Rated: 4% The Whole Ten Yards (2003)

Birthday: Aug 19, 1969

Birthplace: Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA

Handsome leading man Matthew Perry has managed to translate the fame and popularity he garnered from playing Chandler Bing on the hit NBC sitcom Friends into an increasingly successful film career as a romantic comedy lead. Born in Massachusetts, the son of actor John Bennett Perry, his parents divorced when he was still a baby. His mother got full custody and moved Perry to Ottawa, Canada, where she worked as a political assistant (years later, Perry's mother would work as a press secretary for prime minister Pierre Trudeau). As a youth, Perry was an extremely talented tennis player and was once ranked third in Canada's doubles competition. At the same time, the teenaged Perry was interested in acting and had been appearing in school productions since he was 13. At age 15, he relocated to L.A. to join his father, in hopes of becoming both a tennis pro and a working actor. However, in 1984, Perry suffered a devastating loss during a major tennis event and decided that he would have more success as an actor. Shortly after the fateful sporting match, he debuted on an episode of the sitcom Charles in Charge. Though Perry was still in high school, it rapidly became apparent that his education would take a backseat to acting. While in a restaurant, he was spotted by director William Richert, who offered the 16-year-old a small role opposite River Phoenix in A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon (1988). Though Perry wanted to become a successful professional actor, his father was pressuring him to attend U.C.L.A. As a compromise, Perry agreed that if he could not find an acting job in the first year after high school graduation, he would attend college. Not long after that, he was hired by Fox television to star in the series Boys Will Be Boys. The series bombed, but Perry was then starred opposite Valerie Bertinelli in a new series, Sydney. While this show too was short-lived, it started Perry on a professional guest-star career that would land him roles on such series as Beverly Hills 90210, Growing Pains, and his father's show 240 Roberts. He made his sophomore film appearance in She's Out of Control (1989) opposite Ami Dolenz and Tony Danza. In the early '90s, Perry and his colleague, Andrew Hill, penned the pilot to a situation comedy about a bunch of friends in their twenties who like hanging out. They called their show Maxwell House and sold it to Universal. They pitched the idea to NBC, but the network had a similar vehicle in the works. Instead of taking Perry and Hill's show, they offered to co-star Perry in their program, Friends. The first episode aired in 1994 and became a Top Ten hit. In features, Perry had his first success with the romantic comedy Fools Rush In (1997), though it was The Whole Nine Yards -- released the same year that Friends went off the air -- that really got moviegoers laughing. A return to television in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip was shortlived after being eclipsed by the similar-themed 30 Rock, and in 2007 Perry erceived an Emmy nomination for his turn as a devoted high school teacher working with inner-city teens in The Ron Clark Story. In 2011 Perry could be seen as a sports arena manager experiencing a mid-life crisis in the ABC series Mr. Sunshine, though it was promptly cancelled by the network after failing to perform. Nevertheless, subsequent small screen roles in Go On and The Good Wife showed an actor determined to persevere at all costs.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Friends 25th: The One with the Anniversary Actor 2019
No Score Yet Friends - 25 års jubileum Chandler Bing 2019
No Score Yet Friends: The Movie Actor 2015
36% Misery Loves Comedy Actor $5.8K 2014
56% 17 Again Mike O'Donnell (Adult) $64.1M 2009
No Score Yet Birds of America Morrie 2008
No Score Yet Numb Hudson Milbank Executive Producer 2007
No Score Yet The Ron Clark Story Ron Clark 2006
No Score Yet Zombie Planet 2: Adam's Revenge Actor 2005
4% The Whole Ten Yards Nicholas Oseransky $16.3M 2003
No Score Yet Fever Actor 2003
4% Serving Sara Joe Tyler $16.9M 2002
45% The Whole Nine Yards Nicholas `Oz' Oseransky $57.3M 2000
28% Three to Tango Oscar Novak 1999
No Score Yet The Real Macaw Screenwriter 1998
8% Almost Heroes Leslie Edwards 1998
32% Fools Rush In Alex Whitman 1997
No Score Yet Getting In Randall Burns 1994
No Score Yet Parallel Lives Willie Morrison 1994
No Score Yet Deadly Relations George 1993
11% She's Out of Control Timothy 1989
33% A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon Fred Roberts 1988
No Score Yet Dance 'til Dawn Roger 1988


0% The Kennedys - After Camelot
Ted Kennedy 2018
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Guest 2018
No Score Yet Cash Cab
Appearing 2017
96% The Good Fight
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
Guest 2017
No Score Yet The Odd Couple
Executive Producer Oscar Madison Producer Screenwriter Creator 2017
No Score Yet The Talk
Guest 2017
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
Guest 2017
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
Guest 2016
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
Guest 2016
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
Guest 2016
No Score Yet The View
Guest 2016
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
Guest 2016
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
Guest 2015
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
Guest 2015
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
Guest 2015
No Score Yet Conan
Guest 2015
89% Cougar Town
Sam 2014
No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night
Appearing 2013
54% Go On
Ryan King 2013
94% The Good Wife
Mike Kresteva 2013
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Guest 2013
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
Guest 2013
No Score Yet Jim Rome on Showtime
Guest 2012
47% Mr. Sunshine
Executive Producer Ben Producer Creator Screenwriter 2011
No Score Yet Real Time with Bill Maher
Guest 2011
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Guest 2011
74% Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
Matt Albie 2007
No Score Yet Punk'd (2003)
Appearing 2004
83% Scrubs
Murray Director 2004
75% The West Wing
Joe Quincy 2003
61% Ally McBeal
Todd Merrick 2002
85% The Simpsons
Voice 2001
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Host Guest 1997
78% Friends
No Score Yet Beverly Hills, 90210
67% Sydney
Billy Kells 1990
No Score Yet Who's the Boss?
Benjamin 1990
No Score Yet Empty Nest
No Score Yet Growing Pains
Sandy 1989
No Score Yet Highway to Heaven
David Hastings 1988
No Score Yet Charles in Charge
Ed 1985
14% Home Free
Matthew Bailey


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Bartholomew Hunt says: Tell him the ending, that's the best part.

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