Matthew Langford Perry (born on August 19, 1969) in Williamstown, Massachusetts. His parents divorced when he was less than a year old, and Perry moved with his mother, Suzanne, to her hometown of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, where Suzanne later worked as a press secretary for Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
A talented tennis player, Perry was ranked No. 2 among junior players in Canada when he was 13 years old. At virtually the same time, he discovered acting, earning his first applause for his role in a seventh-grade production called 'The Life and Death of Sneaky Fitch' When he was 15, Perry decided to move to Los Angeles to spend some time with his father, John Bennett Perry, an actor best known to audiences as the smooth-faced sailor on a series of commercials for Old Spice.
Soon after he lost his first big U.S. tennis match, his acting career kicked into gear when director William Richert spotted Perry in a Los Angeles restaurant and asked him to audition for his movie, 'A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon' (filmed in 1986; released 1988), starring River Phoenix. Perry landed the role, which marked his first significant professional acting experience.
Matthew Perry - A host of stars were snapped as they attended the 3rd Annual CBS Television Studios Rooftop Summer Soiree which was held at the London Hotel in West Hollywood, California, United States - Tuesday 19th May 2015
Lindsay Sloane, Matthew Perry and Yvette Nicole Brown - Celebrities attend the 3rd Annual CBS Television Studios Rooftop Summer Soiree at The London Hotel. at The London Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 19th May 2015
Matthew Perry - A host of stars were photographed as they attended the Los Angeles premiere of 'Ride' which was held at the ArcLight cinema in Hollywood, California, United States - Wednesday 29th April 2015
Given the first round of reviews, 'The Odd Couple' could be heading for a separation.
A remake of the classic sitcom and movie about two divorced men who become roommates even though they are polar opposites. Sounds dreadful doesn't it? 'Remake' is enough to send the alarm bells ringing but when you throw in the fact that what we're discussing here is Odd Couple - a remake of the Jack Lemon and Walter Matthau movie now starring Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon - then that's when our palms begin to get clammy.
Matthew Perry has been looking to remake The Odd Couple for over 10 years
"The first few minutes include some unfunny lines followed by ridiculous bursts of canned laughter" said Nancy DeWolf of the Wall Street Journal.
Continue reading: Matthew Perry's 'The Odd Couple' Savaged By Critics
Even though the final episode of the beloved sitcom aired a decade ago, Perry is still amazed at its ongoing success.
Matthew Perry first became a television star when he was cast as Chandler Bing on arguably one of the most loved sitcoms of all-time, ‘Friends,’ and even though the final episode aired over a decade ago, it is still finding success.
Perry is still astonished at the success of 'Friends'
The 45-year-old actor, along with his five other co-stars, may be the most shocked at how popular ‘Friends’ became, and while attending 2015 TCA Winter Press Tour to promote his new CBS sitcom ‘The Odd Couple,’ he opened up about being part of the iconic show.
10 years on we look at what it was that made TV series 'Friends' so special.
We’re feeling pretty nostalgic (and old) because it’s been ten years since the final episode of Friends aired. We’d sort of been getting by on the hope that a reunion episode would take place, but mean Matt LeBlanc ruined that dream. The actor, who played Joey, recently said: “That show was about a finite period of time in life, after college and before your relationship and family starts and where your friends are your support system. That’s what the magic of the show was - everyone goes through that and can relate to that.”
The cast of Friends with Jay Leno [Photo: Getty images]
That wasn’t the only magic that Friends had. The reason that the show was so popular for so long was a combination of a dozen or so factors that just worked. The chemistry between the cast was palpable, you could just tell that Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox were best friends in real life and that translated onto their onscreen friendship.
Continue reading: Just What Was It That Made 'Friends' So Great?
The 44 year-old actor will be starring alongside Thomas Lennon in one of the television network's brand new TV shows, 'The Odd Couple.'
CBS has had a major shakeup of its programming by ordering 5 new dramas and 2 new comedies.
One of the new shows will see the return of Matthew Perry to the small screen in a remake of the 1970’s television series, ‘The Odd Couple.’
The 'Friends' star will portray the character Oscar Madison in the multi-camera comedy, which was first introduced as a Broadway play, before being adapted for TV.
Continue reading: Matthew Perry's 'Odd Couple' Remake Will Hit CBS This Fall
A 'Friends' reunion is not going to happen and Courteney Cox has said so.
It must be hard for the former cast members of our favourite 90’s sitcom ‘Friends’. It seems wherever they go and whatever they might be doing now, the big question still is, will there be a 'Friends' reunion? Courteney Cox was the latest victim of the oh so familiar question when she appeared on the ‘Late Show with David Letterman' on Monday. Unsurprisingly the answer was “it’s not going to happen”
Is a 'Friends' reunion happening? Absolutely not, says Courteney Cox
Whilst it might break the hearts of many ‘Friends’ fans, Courteney did her best on ‘The Late Show’ to try and put the reunion rumors to bed once and for all. When quizzed by the chat show host the actress firmly stated, “it’s not going to happen”. The former Monica also added that if she did say she’d like it to happen then all the other cast members would have to be contacted and told “well Coutneney’s into it” and she just doesn't want to be responsible for that headache.
Continue reading: Courteney Cox Has Said It, 'Friends' Reunion Is Not Going To Happen
Wouldn't a Friends reunion just be a terrible idea?
Twenty years ago we welcomed ‘Friends’ on to our television screens and ten years ago we bid the series an emotional farewell. But for some fans, the decade of laughs the show provided simply wasn't enough and talk of a ‘Friends’ reunion still persists, most recently when a faked poster appeared on twitter. The question is, why? Surely when the show gave us such a perfect ending, a ‘Friends’ reunion would just be a really really bad idea.
Jennifer Aniston Played Rachel Green on Friends
With the constant re-runs, we’ve never really been able to escape ‘Friends’ since it ended a decade ago and we’re not really complaining. The show has that comfortable familiarity with the viewer that ever sitcom strives for and when watching a re-run who hasn't thought ‘I wonder what these guys are up to now’? But that thought should really be followed by a somber slice of pure logic, a reunion just wouldn't be feasible. When the show began, the characters were in their mid twenties, figuring out their lives by way of failed relationships and jobs. Creator Marta Kauffman put it perfectly saying, ‘Friends was about that time in your life when your friends are your family.’ Bar Ross who was already one divorce in by the first series and also became a father, the ‘Friends’ gang were all initially free of serious relationships and children. As the show progressed we got the Ross and Rachel on and off saga and Monica and Chandler’s friendship blossoming into romance. Now, well, they’d all be over 40. Monica and Chandler would be raising the twins and Ross and Rachel would have a 12 year old daughter. So its difficult to imagine how the characters could be the same personalities we’d grown to love. Could you really imagine Phoebe being that ditzy pushing 50 or Joey being, well Joey, now well into his 40s? It would all just seem a little far fetched.
Continue reading: Why We Definitely Don't Need A 'Friends' Reunion
After getting a script commitment late last year, CBS have finally ordered a pilot of Matthew Perry's 'Odd Couple' remake.
The 'Friends' star will portray the character Oscar Madison in the multi-camera comedy, which was first introduced as a Broadway play, before being adapted into a TV series.
Perry, along with Joe Keenan (Glee), will write the script and be executive producing the upcoming show.
Continue reading: Matthew Perry's 'Odd Couple' Remake Picked Up By CBS
'The One Where They Reunite': will there ever be an end to the rumour of a 'Friends' reunion?
The rumour of the Friends 2014 return is doing the rounds again and seems to be as unfounded as ever. Fake reunion movie and episode posters are once again circling the internet and simultaneously driving hardcore Friends fans wild as well as provoking a collective cry of "just let it go already!!"
The 'Friends' Reunion Rumours Seem To Be Unfounded For Now.
Fans of the show are divided into two camps: those who salivate at every tidbit of reunion gossip, ready to jump back on the sofa for those first jangly strains of 'I'll Be There For You,' and those who for whatever reason, feel the franchise is best left at its rather neat finale which aired in May 2004 and are perfectly content with their Burj Khalifa-rivalling skyscraper of all ten Friends box sets.
Continue reading: Friends 2014 Reunion Rumour Enrages Fans. Are We Doing This Again?
The actor laid into the journalist over claims that drug addiction was not real.
Matthew Perry has marked a temporary shift from comedy acting by moving into the more serious spheres of political debate and current affairs. The Friends actor appeared on the BBC's news analysis programme Newsnight last night (16th Dec.) to defend his views on drug addiction and specialist courts.
Matthew Perry Appeared On 'Newsnight' To Defend His Views On Drugs.
Perry, 44, has battled drug addiction with stays in rehab since the late 90s and was invited on the programme as part of a of a debate on specialist courts - in which former addicts sit as lay magistrates dealing with abuse-related crimes. Perry firmly argued for the use of specialist courts, saying "I know that they work. People that go through drug court have a 55% less chance of ever seeing handcuffs ever again."
The series hasn't been given a firm commitment yet, but here's hoping.
Can we get three cheers for The Odd Couple returning to television? Not only that, according to TV Guide, the CBS reboot of the beloved classic will be co-written by and star Matthew Perry. We caven’t seen the hilarious actor in any significant TV roles since the Friends days, so for 90s kids, this is pretty much a dream come true.
Let's see if Perry can do this old favorite justice.
The Odd Couple story has had a long and illustrious history. It started out as a highly successful 1965 Broadway show by Neil Simon. The story of two polar opposite roommates was then remade into a movie in 1968, starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon and finally ended up as a TV show in the 70s. The series ran between 1970 and 1975 on ABC and starred Jack Klugman and Tony Randall.