Born August 19, 1969 in Massachusetts but raised in Ottawa, Canada, Matthew Perry is a Canadian actor and comedian. He grew up playing tennis, at one point becoming a nationally ranked Junior Tennis player. He was educated at Rockcliffe Public Park School, Lisgar Collegiate Institute, and Ashbury College. After moving to Los Angeles at 15, he became interested in acting. He attended The Buckley School during his teenage years, and was cast as George Gibbs in the school’s production of Our Town. He was featured in a number of school plays, and was praised for his performances.
At 18, Matthew Perry got his first professional acting break. He was given a role opposite River Phoenix in A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon. He then pursued improvisational comedy at the LA Connection in Sherman Oaks. He became noticed in the acting scene when he played the lead role in Second Chance. After 13 episodes, the series changed and became Boys Will Be Boys. Upon the show’s cancellation, Perry turned to being a guest star on other series like Growing Pains and Beverly Hills 90210. During the early 1990s, he became a regular cast member of the CBS farcical sitcom Sydney and had a starring role on ABC’s Home Free. He attempted to audition for the early version of Friends, which was then titled Six of One. Soon, he received his breakthrough role on the series, portraying Chandler Bing on the long-running sitcom Friends. He has also appeared in films like The Whole Nine Yards with Bruce Willis, and its sequel The Whole Ten Yards. Perry was later seen doing drama in his portrayal of Joe Quincy in the series The West Wing. His guest appearance earned him two Emmy nominations.
After Friends, Matthew Perry made his directorial debut on an episode of the sitcom Scrubs. In 2006, he was given the role of Matt Albie in Aaron Sorkin’s drama Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. There, he played a former writer of the studio, who is asked to return to the show, with Bradley Whitford’s Danny Tripp. That year, he also filmed Numb, a comedy drama about a chronically depressed writer, which was released on DVD in 2008. The next year, he starred alongside Zac Efron on the film 17 Again before he landed the lead role in the fall 2010 comedy from ABC called Mr. Sunshine. After the cancellation of the series, he moved on to star on the NBC series Go On as a sportscaster who reluctantly joins a grief counseling support group after the death of his wife.
Attended Ashbury College, a private boys' school in Ottawa, Canada.
Missing part of his middle finger on his right hand, this is due to an unfortunate door-shutting accident in nursery school.
Used to be ranked nationally in junior tennis in Canada. He has said on interviews that he tried to play in the States but he wasn't good enough.
Has dual citizenship in Canada and the USA.
Stepson of Keith Morrison, NBC newscaster. Half-brother of Caitlin (b. 1981); Emily (b. 1985); Willy (b. 1987); Madeleine (b. 1989); and Marie Perry.
His father, John Bennett Perry, played his father in Fools Rush In (1997).
He enjoys playing ice hockey and softball in his spare time
Is the youngest cast member of "Friends" (1994).
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 16 nominations.
2000: TV Guide Award
Shared with: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, Jane Sibbett, John Christopher Alle
2012: Go On
2010: Mr. Sunshine
2009: 17 Again - Mike O' Donnell
2008: Birds of America - Morrie Tanager
2007: Numb - Hudson
2006: The Ron Clark Story - Ron Clark
2006-2007: Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip - Matt Albie
2004: The Whole Ten Yards - Nicholas "Oz" Oseransky
2002: Serving Sara - Joe Tyler
2000: The Whole Nine Yards - Nicholas "Oz" Oseransky
1999: Three to Tango - Oscar Novak
1998: Almost Heroes - Leslie Edwards
1997: Fools Rush In - Alex Whitman
1994: Getting In - Randall Burns
1994-2004: Friends - Chandler Bing
1993: Deadly Relations - George Westerfield
1993: Dance 'Til Dawn - Roger
1990: Sydney - Billy Kells
1990: Call Me Anna - Desi Arnaz Jr.
1989: She's Out of Control - Timothy
1988: A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon - Fred Roberts
1987-1988: Second Chance - Chazz Russell
"I learned to fall down early in life - I was like six - because I realized it was a way to make girls laugh."