Today we celebrate another member of the Friends cast. He was the funniest and the one who was most committed to relationships. Since the end of the show, he has been in three movies and starred in three television shows. His most recent is slated to be one of the biggest hits of NBC this fall, “Go On” But let’s take a look at where the journey started. . .
Matthew Langford Perry was born August 19, 1969 to John Bennett and Suzanne Perry. Suzanne is also a Canadian , which makes Matthew one of the other wonderful actors that hails from the North. Matthew may have been born in Williamstown , Massachusetts, but he has dual citizenship from the United States and Canada. Sadly, John and Suzanne separated and eventually divorced . Suzanne took Matthew back to Canada where she worked for the Prime Minister of Canada. While spending time with his father , Matthew found out that he wanted to follow in his footsteps and be an actor. His first appearance on television was in the seventies on a show called “240 Robert” with his dad. John Bennett Perry had cemented himself firmly as a fixture on television. He is most known for being the “Old Spice” man in commercials and was appearing regularly on such shows as “Falcon Crest” .
After outstanding reviews in high school in the play “Our Town.” , Matthew started to make the rounds in Hollywood. He made appearances on such shows of the time as “Charles in Charge,” Just the Ten of Us,” “Silver Spoons,” and “Who’s the Boss” . His first appearance on the big screen was in the movie “The Life and Times of Jimmy Reardon” with the late River Phoenix .
Matthew’s roles began to get larger on television. One of his most outstanding young roles was when he played a young man who was manipulated by his father on “Beverly Hills 90210.” “Roger” was living what his father wanted and then was hospitalized for trying to commit suicide. The only person that really tried to help him was Brandon . This showed Matthew had a talent for drama. Matthew was also on several series before he finally hit in 1994 as Chandler Bing on FRIENDS. Perry was originally helping his friend Craig Bierko audition for the part and then decided to audition himself. As the youngest cast member at 24 , he made his mark in pop culture as the sarcastic , but lovable Chandler Muriel Bing. This would open a whole new world to him as he starred in movie after movie as a romantic lead. He would play this kind of part in movies like “Fools Rush In” “Almost Heroes ” Serving Sara” and “Three to Tango” “Friends” also allowed him to stretch himself by appearing on the critically acclaimed “West Wing” These roles would gain him critical and popular acclaim. But the ride had to end, and on May 6, 2004 , the last episode of “Friends” aired.
Matthew had established himself as a comic actor . He had made his first hit film in 2000 with the hilarious mob comedy “The Whole Nine Yards” . His co- star Bruce Willis was no stranger to television either. He had made his own mark on tv two decades before on the ABC series “Moonlighting” .
Now Matthew was ready to try his hand at drama. Meeting Aaron Sorkin when he did the “West Wing” , Perry had been cast as comedy writer Matthew Albie in the critically acclaimed drama “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” Sadly, the show lasted one season and it was well loved by the critics. His co star was former “West Wing” star Bradley Whitford.
Matthew also was making waves at the festivals with his movie roles. His movie “Numb” was part of the Tribeca Film Festival. In it , he played Hudson , who was a writer that had a severe mental disorder that destroyed all of his relationships. He also played superteacher Ron Clark in “The Ron Clark Story” which gained him another Emmy nomination.
Matthew also made his debut as a director. In 2006, he appeared on the NBC series “Scrubs” playing a guy named Murray whose father needed a kidney. Ironically enough, Murray’s father was played by John Bennett Perry. John and Matthew had come full circle.
Matthew also was a writer as well. Little known fact is that Matthew was working on a script about twenty somethings hanging out in a coffee shop just before Marta Kauffman and David Crane beat him to it. Matthew made his vision come to light with ABC’s “Mr Sunshine” Matthew managed to use his love for sports in a show where he was the manager of a sports arena discontented with life. Coincidentally, Andrea Anders played Ben’s girl friend. Andrea first was discovered on “Joey” and became the real life girl friend to Matt LeBlanc.
Matthew once again made his mark on television in a dramatic role. He played Mike Kresteva on “The Good Wife” to rave reviews. He hopes to be returning to this challenging role this season.
Currently Matthew returns to the network that made him a star NBC in “Go On” a dark comedy about a radio sports talk show host who loses his wife and is ordered to attend grief therapy. High hopes are pinned on this one.
Matthew is a huge sports fan. His favorites are hockey and tennis. At one time, he was one of the ranking tennis players in Canada. He also roots for all teams Canadian.
Matthew has a few close friends, but his closest is Hank Azaria . Hank is most known for his talents as several characters on “The Simpsons” Hank also played David the Science Guy on” Friends. “David was one of Phoebe’s love interests.
So here at Chitownstar connections we would like to wish you a very happy birthday Matthew and we will be watching !!!