Matthew Perry, the actor best known for his role as Chandler Bing on the hit TV sitcom Friends, has died at the age of 54. Perry died in an apparent drowning at his home in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, on October 28, 2023.
Perry’s publicist confirmed his death in a statement: “It is with the deepest sorrow that I confirm that Matthew Perry has passed away at the age of 54. He was found at his home in Pacific Palisades on October 28, 2023, and the cause of death appears to be an accidental drowning. Perry was a beloved actor and friend, and he will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and fans.”
Perry was born in Williamstown, Massachusetts, on August 19, 1969. He began his acting career in the late 1980s, appearing in guest roles on shows like Growing Pains and Empty Nest. In 1994, he landed his breakthrough role as Chandler Bing on Friends.
Friends was a critical and commercial success, and Perry quickly became one of the show’s most popular stars. He was known for his sharp wit and his ability to deliver comedic timing. Perry was nominated for seven Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on Friends, and he won one in 2002 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
In addition to his work on Friends, Perry also appeared in a number of other films and television shows. He starred in the movies Fools Rush In (1997), Three to Tango (1999), and Serving Sara (2002). He also had recurring roles on the TV shows Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006-2007), Mr. Sunshine (2011-2013), and The Odd Couple (2015-2017).
Perry’s death has shocked and saddened the entertainment world. His former Friends co-stars took to social media to express their grief. Jennifer Aniston wrote on Instagram, “My sweet Matty, I’m so sorry. I’ll love you to the moon and back.” Courteney Cox wrote, “Matthew, my friend. I’m so grateful for our time together. You will be missed by so many.” Lisa Kudrow wrote, “I can’t believe you’re gone, Matthew. You were the funniest, most kind, and most loving man I knew. I’ll miss you every single day.”
Perry’s death is a reminder of the fragility of life. He was a talented actor and a beloved friend, and he will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Perry’s legacy is one of laughter and love. He brought joy to millions of people around the world with his role as Chandler Bing on Friends. He was a talented actor, a gifted comedian, and a kind and generous person.
Perry was also a vocal advocate for mental health awareness. He spoke openly about his own struggles with addiction and depression, and he inspired others to seek help if they needed it.
Perry’s death is a loss to the entertainment world, but his legacy will live on. He will be remembered for his talent, his humor, and his compassion.
Fans React to Perry’s Death
Fans of Perry and Friends have taken to social media to express their grief and share their memories of the actor. Many fans have posted photos and videos of Perry, and they have written about how much his work meant to them.
“Matthew Perry was a comic genius,” wrote one fan on Twitter. “He made me laugh for so many years. I’m so sad to hear of his passing.”
“Friends was my favorite show growing up, and Matthew Perry was one of my favorite actors,” wrote another fan. “He was so funny and talented. I’m going to miss him.”
“Matthew Perry was a role model for me,” wrote a third fan. “He showed me that it’s okay to be yourself, even if you’re different. I’m so grateful for his impact on my life.”
Perry’s death is a loss for the world, but his legacy will live on in the hearts of his fans. He will be remembered as a talented actor, a gifted comedian, and a kind and generous person.
Perry’s Impact on the Entertainment Industry
Matthew Perry’s impact on the entertainment industry is undeniable. He was one of the most popular and successful sitcom actors of all time, and his role as Chandler Bing on Friends is still beloved by fans around the world.
Perry’s comedic timing and ability to deliver one-liners were unmatched. He created a character that was both funny and relatable. Chandler was the sarcastic, self-deprecating friend who always had a witty comeback. He was also the most vulnerable of the six friends, and Perry was able to portray his insecurities and fears with honesty and sensitivity.
Perry’s performance on Friends helped to make the show a global phenomenon. He was also one of the highest-paid actors on television at the time. His success helped to pave the way for other sitcom actors, such as Jason Segel and Jim Parsons.
Perry’s impact on the entertainment industry extended beyond his work on Friends. He also starred in a number of successful films, including Fools Rush In and Three to Tango. He also had recurring roles on several other television shows, such as Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Mr. Sunshine.
Perry was also a talented writer and producer. He wrote and produced the episode of Friends titled “The One Where Chandler Takes a Bath.” He also created and produced the sitcom Go On, which aired on NBC from 2012 to 2013.
Perry’s legacy is one of laughter and love. He brought joy to millions of people around the world with his work on Friends and other projects. He was a talented actor, a gifted comedian, and a kind and generous person.