Matthew Perry Dies at 54
Matthew Perry, who was best known for playing Chandler Bing for ten seasons on the hit NBC sitcom Friends, has died. He was 54.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Perry was found dead in a hot tub at his home in Los Angeles. The cause of death is not currently known, and a source said there was no sign of foul play. The outlet noted robbery-homicide detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department are currently investigating Perry’s death.
Perry’s career began in the ’80s. The actor racked up one-off or small arc appearances in a number of popular TV shows. They included Silver Spoons, The Tracey Ullman Show, Just the Ten of Us, Empty Nest and Growing Pains.
Perry, of course, reached incredible levels of stardom along with the rest of the cast of Friends. The series ran for 234 episodes from 1994-2004. During the show’s run, Perry received one Primetime Emmy Award nomination in 2002 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Friends won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2002.
Perry ventured into film acting thanks to his elevated status from Friends. Some of his notable film credits include 1997’s Fools Rush In, 1998’s Almost Heroes, 2000’s The Whole Nine Yards, 2004’s The Whole Ten Yards and 2009’s 17 Again.
Like other Friends stars, Perry returned to television following the hit series, albeit with varying results. Notable post-Friends TV credits include Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Mr. Sunshine, Go On and a reboot of The Odd Couple.
Perry made a memorable guest appearance opposite Friends alum Courtney Cox in a 2014 episode of Cougar Town.
In 2021, Friends: The Reunion aired exclusively on HBO Max (now rebranded as Max). The special featured the entire main cast revisiting the show’s original sets. It even featured the cast playing a round of Friends trivia, which can be viewed below.