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Biography #2 (for The Whole Ten Yards)As one of the funniest actors of his generation, Matthew Perry continues to impress critics and make audiences laugh in his Emmy-nominated role as Chandler Bing on NBC's Friends. The show, which is soon ending its tenth and final season, is consistently the highest-rated comedy on television.
Perry's feature film debut was in 1988 in A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon, starring River Phoenix. In 1997, he appeared in the romantic comedy Fools Rush In, with Selma Hayek. A year later, he joined the late Chris Farley and Eugene Levy in the hilarious Almost Heroes. In 1999, Perry starred with Neve Campbell, Dylan McDermott and Oliver Platt in Three to Tango, followed by the hit comedy The Whole Nine Yards with Bruce Willis and Amanda Peet in 2000. He was most recently seen in Serving Sara with Elizabeth Hurley.
Perry realized one of his personal challenges when he made his stage debut in London's West End last summer in David Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago. He co-starred in this stage performance alongside Minnie Driver, Hank Azaria and Kelly Reilley. The play broke the record for the largest box-office advance for a West End show.
Born in Williamstown, Massachusetts, Perry was raised in Ottawa, Canada. At age 15, he moved to Los Angeles to live with his father, actor John Bennett Perry. In addition to performing in several high school stage productions, he was an avid tennis player. He ranked number seventeen nationally in the junior singles category and number three in the doubles competition.
Perry continues to support and host the annual gala for the Lili Claire Foundation which raises funds for those born with Williams syndrome and other neurogenetic birth defects.
Biography #3 (for Friends)Born in Williamstown, Massachusetts, Matthew Perry was raised in Ottawa, Ontario, where he became a top-ranked junior tennis player in Canada. However, after moving to Los Angeles at the age of 15 to live with his father (actor John Bennett Perry), he became more interested in acting. In addition to performing in several high school stage productions, he remained an avid tennis player--and was even ranked 17th nationally in the junior singles category and third in the doubles category.
Upon graduating from high school, Perry intended to enroll at the University of Southern California. However, when he was offered a leading role on the television series Boys Will Be Boys, he seized the opportunity to begin his acting career.
Perry recently starred with Elizabeth Hurley in the comedy film Serving Sara. He also co-starred appeared in the hit comedy film The Whole Nine Yards, as the neighbor of a hit man played by Bruce Willis. Perry's other film credits include Fools Rush In, A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon, She's Out of Control and Parallel Lives. He also co-starred with Chris Farley in the buddy comedy Almost Heroes and in the romantic comedy Three to Tango, opposite Neve Campbell. Perry currently resides in Los Angeles. He enjoys playing ice hockey and softball in his spare time.
Bio courtesy NBC for "Friends" (01-Jan-2000)