Matthew Perry Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 11 Nov, 2020
Facts of Matthew Perry
Date of Birth: 1969 , August-19
Age: 52 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 6 Feet
Name Matthew Perry
Birth Name Matthew Langford Perry
Nick Name Matt
Father John Bennett Perry
Mother Suzanne Marie Langford
Nationality Canadian-American
Birth Place/City Williamstown, Massachusetts
Profession Actor, Comedian, Director, Producer
Net Worth $120 million
Famous for Friends, 17 Again
Married No
Children No
Education West Carleton Secondary, Ashbury College, The Buckley School
Movies 17 Again, Birds of America, Fools Rush In
TV Show Friends, Mr. Sunshine, The Good Wife
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Matthew Perry is a Canadian-American Tv and movie actor, comedian, playwright, and director. He gained widespread popularity as part of an ensemble cast in the popular sitcom, Friends. He portrayed Chandler Bing and became a household name and a mainstay of television and cinema. 

Matthew Perry Holds Dual Citizenship

Matthew Langford Perry, better known as Matthew Perry, was born on August 19, 1969, in Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA. He was born to a Canadian journalist, Suzanne Marie Langford, and American actor and model, John Bennett Perry. Matthew is of English, Irish, German, Swiss-German, and French-Canadian ancestry. 

Matt’s parents divorced before Matt was even one, and he was raised by his mother and new stepfather, the Canadian broadcast journalist, Keith Morrison in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He holds dual citizenship in Canada and the USA. Matt’s alma mater includes West Carleton Secondary and Ashbury College.   

Matthew Perry Played Chandler Bing In Friends

When Matt moved to Los Angeles to live with his father, he became interested in acting. He attended The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, California, and started acting in theatre productions for his school. He tried his hand at stand-up comedy, performing at the LA Connection in Sherman Oaks while studying.  

After graduating from school in 1987, he intended to enroll in the University of Southern California but was offered a role as the lead in the television series, Boys Will Be Boys. He made his movie debut the next year in the 1988 drama movie, A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon 

Matthew went on to make numerous appearances in television and movies before making it big as part of the cast of the American sitcom, Friends. He was one of six central cast members that included Jennifer AnistonCourteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer 

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Friends was an overwhelming success with audiences and critics. Its highly successful decade-long run made stars out of all the central cast and was nominated for 62 Primetime Emmy Awards throughout its 10-season run.  

Matthew has had a very illustrious career, and some of the highlights include starring in the 1997 comedy-drama, Fools Rush In alongside his biological father, John Bennett Perry; a role in the 2009 teenage-comedy-drama, 17 Again, as Zac Efron’s older self;  and voice-acting for the apocalyptic action game, Fallout: New Vegas

His role as Ron Clark in the TNT movie, The Ron Clark Story, earned him nominations in the Primetime Emmy Awards as well as the Golden Globe Awards

Besides being an acclaimed actor, he is also an acclaimed director and producer. He is the executive producer in television series such as Mr. Sunshine, Go On, The Odd Couple, and The Kennedys After Camelot. He also directed an episode of the medical comedy-drama, Scrubs in 2004. 

His theatre credits include the Broadway play, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, at the West End theater in London, England, and the off-Broadway play, The End of Longing, at the Playhouse Theater in London, England.  

Matthew Perry's Net Worth Is $120 Million

As of 2019, Matthew Perry is reportedly worth $120 million.  A majority of his vast wealth came off his role in the highly popular sitcom, Friends. The series was highly popular and frequently appeared in critics list of the best television shows of all time.

Besides being critically acclaimed, the entire series was also a massive commercial success, and the cast members were some of the highest-paid cast in Hollywood at the time. The details of his yearly salary as part of the cast of Friends is listed below: 




Salary Per Episode (In $) 

Total Salary Each Season (In $) 















1.875 million 





2.04 million 





2.5 million 





3.125 million 





18 million 





18 million 




1 million 

24 million 




1 million 

18 million 


90 million 

 The cast members still get royalties and backend cheques for their time in Friends. It is reported that the sitcom still makes $1 billion yearly for rights to stream and royalties. Each cast member makes nearly $10-20 million annually in royalties alone.

In a Business Insider article, it was reported that Matthew was worth $80 million in 2018, and due to his royalties and backend cheques, his net worth increased to $120 million in 2019. 

Matthew resides in Malibu in a beachfront home that he purchased in 2011 for $11 million. He listed a penthouse apartment in Century City, California, for sale in 2019 for $35 million that he bought in 2017 for $20 million.  

He sold his Malibu home in 2015 for $10.65 million and a Los Angeles home in 2018 for $12.5 million.  

Matthew Perry Has Dated Yasmine Bleeth, Julia Roberts, And Lizzy Caplan

Matthew Perry has been involved with some of Hollywood’s most famous ladies. He dated actress Yasmine Bleeth in 1994. Later in the same year, Matthew dated the acclaimed actress, Julia Roberts. They separated in 1996.

After Julia, Matthew was in a long relationship with actress and model, Lizzy Caplan, that lasted from 2006 through to 2012. 

The 6 feet tall comedian has been open about his struggles with substance abuse. In 1997, he entered rehab for Vicodin addiction. He again entered rehab for Vicodin, methadone, amphetamines, and alcohol addiction in 2001. 

His own struggles prompted him to turn his Malibu home into a sober living facility. He was awarded the Champion of Recovery in May 2013 by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. 

Besides his addiction issues, Perry also suffers from pancreatitis, and his weight has fluctuated drastically over the years. He also underwent surgery in 2018 for gastrointestinal perforation and rehabbed for the next few months.  

Despite being plagued by his issues, he keeps an optimistic view on life, and his quick wit is the stuff of Hollywood legend. In his free time, Matthew enjoys playing ice hockey and softball.