Born: August 19, 1969
Date of Birth: August 19, 1969
Although Matthew Perry was born in Williamstown, Massachusetts, he was raised in Ottawa where his mother was a press agent for Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. (His stepafather is NBC news anchor Keith Morrison.) Joking about the land of ice and snow where he was brought up, Matthew says, "I started playing hockey when I was four years old because that's the law in Canada."
After making the move out west to try his luck in Hollywood, Matthew did guest appearances on nearly every television series, including Charles in Charge, Silver Spoons, Highway to Heaven, Growing Pains, Empty Nest, Who's the Boss, Beverly Hills 90210, but he just wasn't getting the breakthrough he needed until the script for a TV pilot called Friends landed in his lap. "I desperately -- desperately -- needed the money," Matthew says about that time in 1994 when he was broke and out of work. "The part of Chandler leapt off the page, shook my hand, and said, 'This is you, man!'"
And him it was. Matthew was cast in the role of Chandler and the show, of course, went on to become a huge hit, paving the way for Matthew's feature film career, although that career hasn't been too solid to date. His first film role of any substance was Fools Rush In with Salma Hayek. About that movie he recalled: "I come from a history of doing failed TV shows. Fools Rush In was the first movie I'd been offered, they paid me a lot of money, and suddenly I'm in Las Vegas pretending that I'm confident knowing what the hell I'm doing. I was terrified." Matthew went on to join an all-star cast in the hit film The Whole Nine Yards (2000). However, his next film, Serving Sara (2003) starring opposite Liz Hurley, was a box office bomb.
Friends finally halted production in 2004 after ten years, and after doing the feature film sequel The Whole Ten Yards (2004), Matthew took a well-deserved break. He returned to the big screen to play the older version of Zac Efron in 17 Again, which was a box office hit, but since then he has mostly done television work.
Matthew lives in Los Angeles and enjoys playing tennis, hockey and softball in his spare time.