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‘Friends’ Star Matthew Perry Dies At 54

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The beloved actor tragically dies from an apparent drowning

On Saturday, October 28, well-renowned actor and comedian Matthew Perry tragically passed away at the age of 54. The Friends star was found unresponsive at his Los Angeles home and appeared to have drowned in his hot tub. However, there is still an ongoing investigation with the medical examiner yet to give an autopsy report. The police have officially ruled out foul play. 

The Actor’s Iconic Career 

Perry’s career started in 1979 when he had a small role in an episode of 240-Robert (1979-1981). He would go on to have a handful of guest appearances in shows such as Not Necessarily the News (1983-1990), Charles in Charge (1984-1990), and Silver Spoons (1984-1987). In 1989, Perry had a brief recurring role on the sitcom Growing Pains (1982-1989), where he played the character Sandy, Carol Seaver’s (Tracey Gold) boyfriend. His character tragically died after getting into a car accident while under the influence of alcohol. 

Of course, Perry’s career became more prominent when he co-starred in the ensemble hit series Friends (1994-2004), where he played the role of Chandler Bing across ten seasons and 236 episodes. The character was beloved by fans and critics for his sarcastic remarks and witty humor. There are even compilation videos on YouTube of many of his best moments. Fans also praised his friendship with his roommate, Joey Tribbianni (Matt LeBlanc), and his relationship with Monica Gellar (Courtney Cox). Perry later appeared in a reunion special on Max alongside his fellow co-stars, including Courtney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, and David Schimmer. The special would be the last time the iconic cast would reunite.

Outside of Friends, the actor also starred in some films such as Fools Rush In (1998), in which he appeared alongside Salma Hyeck, and 17 Again (2009), where his character Mike O’Donnell gets transformed into his younger version portrayed by Zac Effron.

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Perry’s Personal Life and Struggles

For years, Matthew Perry suffered from both alcohol and drug addiction, particularly Vicodin, methadone, and amphetamines. He would later go into rehab and Alcoholics Anonymous. In 2011, Perry became an advocate for the National Court of Drug Court Professionals. In 2013, he sold his mansion to become a rehab center, which earned him a Champion of Recovery Award. Perry would go on to release a memoir that details his struggle with addiction as well as his career entitled Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing (2022). 

Matthew Perry’s Legacy

Since his passing, many have spoken out in remembrance of the actor. The president of SAG-AFTRA herself, Fran Drescher, went on record saying, “So sad that on the eve of the brightest moon, we lost one of our brightest stars.” Warners Bros. Television, the studio that owns Friends, released the following statement, “We are devastated by our dear friend Matthew Perry. Matthew was an incredibly gifted actor and an indelible part of Warner Bros. Television Group. The impact of his comedic genius was felt around the world, and his legacy will live on in the hearts of so many.” As of now, none of the main cast from Friends. have released any comment on the actor’s passing, but many of the crew and supporting cast have paid tribute. Maggie Wheeler, who had a memorable recurring role as Chandler’s on-again-off-again girlfriend Janice, posted on her 

Instagram about Perry saying, “What a loss. The world will miss you Matthew Perry. The joy you brought to so many in your too-short lifetime will live on. I feel so very blessed by every creative moment we shared”. 

Matthew Perry may be gone, but his spirit lives on through his work. Whether it be his quick wits, loveable charm, or impeccable line deliveries, he will never be forgotten. 

The entire series of Friends is currently streaming on Max. 

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Friends: The Reunion (2021) Max Official Trailer

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I am from Michigan. I am a recent graduate of Bowling Green State University majoring in Film Production with a minor in Media Production.
Matt Keyser is a recent graduate of Cal State Fullerton University with a bachelor's in Communications-Journalism. He is a freelance entertainment reporter with a focus on film and television. As a former senior programming coordinator for the Newport Beach Film Festival, Matt's experience with critiquing narratives and documentaries has helped showcase his passion for television and cinema through his writing.