Biography

Born in the U.S. but raised in Canada, this handsome actor began appearing on TV as a teen and had already survived a number of short-lived series when he shot to stardom on the seminal sitcom Friends. During the show's 10-year run, Perry perfected his signature shtick—a combination of sarcasm and slapstick—and earned three Emmy nods for his work. He also launched a big-screen career, starring in a string of unfunny comedies (Serving Sara, Almost Heroes, Fools Rush In) and one amusing blockbuster, The Whole Nine Yards, which spawned a laughless sequel. Off screen, Perry was linked to a bevy of lovely ladies (Yasmine Bleeth, Julia Roberts) and publicly battled drug addiction and questions about his fluctuating frame. After Friends ended in 2004, he was back cracking wise as a cheeky late-night sketch-show writer in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. But the series only lasted one season—bad luck that seems to be happening a lot for Perry and nearly all of his Friends costars, who have yet to find box-office or small-screen gold.

Fast Facts

  • His mother, Suzanne Perry Morrison, was a press secretary for Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau.
  • Before moving to L.A., he was a top-ranked junior tennis player in Canada.
  • Appeared on the '80s sitcoms Charles in Charge, Silver Spoons and Growing Pains before finding stardom on Friends.
  • His father, character actor John Bennett Perry, played his onscreen dad in the 1997 movie Fools Rush In and in a 2004 episode of Scrubs, which was directed by Matthew. 
  • In 2003, he costarred with Hank Azaria and Minnie Driver in a London stage production of David Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago.
  • Portrayed inspirational educator Ron Clark in the 2006 TV-movie The Ron Clark Story and is a board member of the Ron Clark Academy, an alternative Atlanta middle school for low-income children.

Awards

  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2002, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1995, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2003, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2007, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee

Relationships

  • Caitlin Morrison — Half Sister
  • Marie Perry — Half Sister
  • Emily Morrison — Half Sister
  • John Bennett Perry — Father
  • Madeleine Morrison — Half Sister
  • Suzanne Perry Morrison — Mother
  • Elizabeth Hurley — Ex-significant Other
  • Debbie Perry — Stepmother
  • Yasmine Bleeth — Ex-significant Other
  • Julia Roberts — Ex-significant Other
  • Keith Morrison — Stepfather
  • Willy Morrison — Half Brother

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Details

  • Birth Name: Matthew Langford Perry
  • Birth Place: Williamstown, MA
  • Birthday: August 19, 1969, Leo
  • Profession: Actor, Producer, Director
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