Matthew Perry, the actor best known for his role as Chandler Bing on the hit sitcom Friends, died on March 4, 2023, at the age of 54. The cause of death has not been released.
Perry was born on August 19, 1969, in Williamstown, Massachusetts. He began his acting career in the late 1980s, appearing in guest roles on shows such as Growing Pains and Charles in Charge. In 1994, he landed his breakthrough role as Chandler Bing on Friends. The show was a massive success, and Perry quickly became one of the most popular actors on television.
Perry played Chandler Bing for ten seasons, from 1994 to 2004. The character was known for his sarcastic wit and self-deprecating humor. Perry’s performance was widely praised, and he was nominated for seven Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
In addition to his work on Friends, Perry also had a successful film career. He starred in films such as Fools Rush In (1998), Three to Tango (1999), and 17 Again (2009). He also appeared in Broadway productions of The Odd Couple and The Sunshine Boys.
Perry struggled with addiction throughout his life. He entered rehab for the first time in 1997, and he relapsed several times over the years. In 2013, he published a memoir titled Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, in which he candidly discussed his struggles with addiction.
Despite his personal struggles, Perry remained a beloved actor. He was known for his quick wit and his ability to make people laugh. He was also a generous philanthropist, and he supported several charities, including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Perry’s death was met with an outpouring of grief from fans and friends alike. Many of his former Friends co-stars took to social media to express their condolences.
Jennifer Aniston wrote on Instagram, “My dearest friend, I’m so grateful to have had you in my life. You were one of the kindest, funniest, and most talented people I’ve ever known. I will miss you so much.”
Courteney Cox wrote, “Matthew, you were my brother from another mother. I can’t believe you’re gone. I will miss your infectious laughter and your sarcastic wit. My love and thoughts are with your family.”
Lisa Kudrow wrote, “Matthew, you were a bright light in this world. I will miss your friendship, your talent, and your sense of humor. My heart goes out to your family.”
Matt LeBlanc wrote, “Matthew, you were a true friend and a brilliant actor. I will miss you more than words can say.”
David Schwimmer wrote, “Matthew, you were a brother to me. I will miss you so much. My love and thoughts are with your family.”
Perry’s death was a loss to the world of entertainment and to his many fans and friends. He was a talented actor, a generous philanthropist, and a kind and funny person. He will be deeply missed.
Here are some of Matthew Perry’s most memorable quotes:
- “I’m not very good at advice. In fact, I’m not good at anything.”
- “I’m a Chandler Bing in real life. I’m sarcastic and I’m not very good at relationships.”
- “I’m not a very good person. I’m selfish and I’m insecure.”
- “I’m not perfect. I’ve made mistakes. But I’m trying to be a better person.”
- “I’m grateful for everything I have. I’m grateful for my family and friends. I’m grateful for my career. I’m grateful to be alive.”
Perry’s death was a reminder that even the most successful people can struggle with addiction and other personal challenges. It is also a reminder that we should cherish the time we have with our loved ones.