6 facts about Matthew Perry you probably didn't know

Written by Henrik Rothen

Oct.29 - 2023 7:21 PM CET

Photo: Friends: The Reunion
Photo: Friends: The Reunion
6 facts about Matthew Perry you probably didn't know.

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The tragic loss of Matthew Perry on October 28 has left fans and the global community in mourning. The actor, best known for his role as Chandler Bing in the iconic sitcom "Friends," has had a life filled with both public and private experiences, some of which might not be widely known.

Here are six lesser-known facts about Matthew Perry:

  1. Early Life: Matthew Langford Perry was born in Williamstown, Massachusetts, to parents Suzanne Marie (Langford), a Canadian journalist, and John Bennett Perry, an American actor. The family relocated to Ottawa, Ontario, where Perry was raised​.

  2. Tennis Prodigy: Before venturing into acting, Perry was a top-ranked junior tennis player in Canada. He considered pursuing a professional tennis career before moving to Los Angeles at age 15, where the competition was stiffer​.

  3. Alcohol Struggles: Perry began drinking alcohol at age 14, and by the age of 18, he was drinking daily. His struggles with addiction have been a significant part of his life, which he has openly discussed in public forums​.

  4. Impact on Dating Life: His time on "Friends" had a significant impact on his dating life, making it challenging for him to have a normal dating routine as his dates often garnered media attention​.

  5. Dual Citizenship: Thanks to his parentage, Perry holds dual citizenship in both the United States and Canada​.

  6. Not just Chandler Bing: While most recognized for his role as Chandler Bing, Perry has had a diverse acting career, featuring in movies, other TV shows, and even stage plays.

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