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Matthew Perry

Highest Rated:   55% 17 Again (2009)
Lowest Rated:   4% The Whole Ten Yards (2003)
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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.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Friends: The Movie
  • Actor
2015
36% Misery Loves Comedy
  • Actor
$5.8k 2014
55% 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
33% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
100% The Good Fight
2017
  • Actor
  • 2017
0% The Kennedys - After Camelot
2017
  • Ted Kennedy
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Odd Couple
2015
  • Oscar Madison
  • Screenwriter
  • Creator
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2012
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2016
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2011
76% Cougar Town
2009-2015
  • Sam
  • 2014
No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night
2013
  • Appearing
  • 2013
59% Go On
2012-2013
  • Ryan King
  • 2013
  • 2012
98% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Mike Kresteva
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2002
  • 2000
No Score Yet Jim Rome on Showtime
2012-2015
  • Guest
  • 2012
47% Mr. Sunshine
2011
  • Ben
  • Creator
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • 2011
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2011
  • 2004
No Score Yet Punk'd
2003-2012
  • Appearing
  • 2004
No Score Yet Scrubs
2001-2010
  • Murray
  • Director
  • 2004
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Joe Quincy
  • 2003
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Todd Merrick
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2001
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Host
  • 1997
No Score Yet Growing Pains
1985-1992
  • Sandy
  • 1989
  • 1987
No Score Yet Friends
2004
  • Actor

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