Los Angeles, CA — Renowned actor Matthew Perry, famed for his portrayal of Chandler Bing on the hit TV series “Friends,” passed away at age 54. The actor was discovered deceased on Saturday at his home in the Los Angeles area. Authorities have stated there were no drugs found at the scene and no indications of foul play. Reports suggest Perry suffered cardiac arrest while in a jacuzzi.
Warner Bros. Television Group, with whom Perry had a long-standing relationship, expressed their profound sorrow over his passing, highlighting his “comedic genius” and enduring impact on audiences worldwide. The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed responding to a call at Perry’s residence regarding a male in his 50s’ death but did not formally identify the deceased as Perry. His representatives have yet to release a statement.
Perry, born in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and raised in Ottawa, Canada, had a vibrant life and career that spanned continents and industries. His mother, Suzanne Morrison, a journalist and former press secretary to Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, and his stepfather, Keith Morrison of “Dateline,” influenced his early years. His father, John Bennett Perry, was also an actor and model. Perry’s acting career began in earnest in Los Angeles, where, after several guest spots on TV shows, he secured a role on “Boys Will Be Boys.”
His rise to fame was cemented by his iconic role on “Friends,” beginning in 1994. The series, which became a 90s cultural touchstone, saw Perry and his co-stars — Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer — become household names, eventually earning $1 million per episode. Reflecting on the impact of the show, Perry once commented on the challenges and transformations he experienced during those formative years.
Behind his successful career, Perry grappled with addiction, seeking treatment in 1997 and 2001. He publicly admitted to struggles with alcohol and pills, especially following a Jet Ski accident in 1997. These struggles did not overshadow his accomplishments, including founding Perry House, a men’s sober living facility, and being recognized for his advocacy work by Phoenix House.
After “Friends,” Perry continued to pursue various projects, though none matched the success of the iconic sitcom. His work included starring in “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” creating “Mr. Sunshine,” and appearing in “The Odd Couple” reboot and several films. Perry’s life and challenges were candidly addressed in his memoir, where he discussed overcoming his health and addiction issues.
The passing of Matthew Perry marks the end of an era for many fans and colleagues who admired his talent and resilience. His legacy as an actor and advocate endures, touching many lives with his humor and honesty.