“I’m not great at the advice. Can I interest you in a sarcastic comment?” – Chandler Bing, aka Matthew Perry from Friends.
Friends, a popular comedy, family sitcom, where some people come together, become friends, and face all the difficulties together, sharing everything. The famous character from friends, Chandler Bing, the sarcasm king is played by Matthew Perry.
Matthew Perry’s performance till the end was exquisite. The role of Chandler Bing he played left the viewers laughing with joke after joke. The character was stereotypical, as he made fun of many things in and people loved his jokes. The entrance of Chandler Bing sometimes used to bring a lot of laughing.
Due to his remarkable performance in Friends, it gets difficult to disconnect Matthew Perry from Chandler Bing. Similar to Chandler Bing, Matthew Perry has had a pretty colorful life. We know the life of Chandler Bing, and however, we don’t know much about the achievements and struggles of the actor behind Matthew Perry. Here we will share some of the hidden secrets of Matthew Perry’s Life.
Matthew Perry & Molly Hurwitz: Engaged
Being famous for the character Chandler Bing, Friends, Matthew had various high-profile relationships. However, he found the love of his life in his long-term relationship with Molly Hurwitz.
The report states that Matthew Perry proposed to Molly Hurwitz, and she said ‘Yes.’ The relationship wasn’t easy for anyone, as there were many ups and downs. And Matthew said that they called it off and went separate ways in between. However, apart from everything they faced, they followed their way together and got engaged.
Matthew Perry: Forgot 3 Years of Friends
People will know that Matthew Perry struggled through substance abuse in his life, and the results made him forget about 3 years while working as Chandler Bing on Friends. In an interview, Matthew Perry mentioned that he doesn’t recall much of the shooting in those years when he was using drugs.
The Friends cast had some idea that something was going on because Matthew, whenever asked, says that he’s going through a big problem. But eventually, when he got worse, everyone figured it out, as the pills and alcohol started to show on his body.
Matthew Perry Convinced Julia Roberts to Appear on Friends
In the sitcom, various high-profile actors appear during the 10 seasons. The most exciting part was when Julia Roberts, remembered as a lead actor from the movie ‘Pretty Woman,’ appeared on the show.
Julia played the role of Matthew, Chandler Bing’s former classmate, and that episode named “The One After the Superbowl” got more than 50 million reviews. Matthew Perry mentioned that he wrote Julia to appear on the show, and she agreed to do it.
Matthew Perry became an Advocate
As mentioned earlier, Matthew Perry struggled many years through addiction, and he realized, “You have to want the help.” After it, he got the help he needed, because of which he went on the path of advocacy to help those going through the same difficulties he faced.
He was also a vocal advocate in the drug courts, and he was so genuine that he granted treatment to non-violent addicts instead of imprisonment. During the addiction phase, it made him worse, but he became empathic towards the addicts and took up advocacy to help the same.
Matthew Perry was an Athlete
The character Matthew played in Friends, Chandler Bing, was never up to exercising or any other form of sports activities. However, he chose an athletic career for ten years of his life in real life. He was terrific in tennis and was ranked nationally when he was 13 years old in Ottawa, Canada, his home country.
Matthew Perry moved to the United States when he was 15 years old; he realized that he wasn’t so great in L.A. and opted for another career path, acting.
Matthew Perry Turned his Home for Rehabilitation
After struggling for sobriety for a long time, he changed his life when he got over it. In an interview with ABC News, he said, “Everybody in the bar would go, ‘You, you can’t do that. I just read that you can’t do that. You can’t. You can’t.”
When he overcame the difficulties regarding addiction, he made his home in Malibu, California, into a Rehabilitation open for people struggling with drug abuse. The house helped addicts get back in their lives during their transition phase. For this act, Matthew and Earl Hightower (addiction specialist working with him on this project) were awarded a Champion Recovery Award by Obama Administration.
Matthew Perry in Political Realm
Matthew took the path of advocacy after the challenges he faced to help others. This might not be so shocking to hear that Matthew placed himself in the Political Realm, and however, the entered politics to help the unfortunate ones.
Matthew joined with the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) as a CEO in West Huddleston. As a board member in Washington, D.C., Matthew met with congressmen to discuss the funding for drugs court.
Matthew Perry said, “I’m here, of course, to talk about Drug Courts because they save money. They save lives. They save prison space. They save families. They save veterans.”
Matthew Perry got a film in high school
After leaving Canada behind, Matthew Perry moved to Los Angeles when he was 15 years old. A 15-year-old kid in high school got his first acting gig when he chose acting as his career.
In 1988 he made his debut in ‘A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon.’ In an interview, he mentioned that he was sitting in a restaurant, and a director passed him a note on a napkin sharing his interest in casting Matthew in a teen-related movie.
Feelings of Matthew Perry, Friends Reunion
In Friends Reunion, Matthew Perry expressed his thought on social media, even though he couldn’t attend it. He shared a video honoring the success of the director James Burrows which was played during the taping of the Friends Reunion.
Even though he couldn’t attend, he shared various hilarious posts on Instagram, looking back to his days as Chandler Bing. He shared some videos of some Chandler dance moves while making fun of it, some montages of his previous looks, and his picture in a bunny costume in Friends sitcom.
Matthew Perry dated Hollywood Biggest Stars
Matthew Perry, a charming and hilarious person with a gold heart, which is not surprising that he dated many biggest Hollywood actresses. As mentioned earlier, he was with Julia Roberts from 1995 till 1996.
Matthew dated another star of Hollywood, Yasmine Bleeth, from ‘Baywatch,’ the name which you might have heard a lot in the Friends show. Matthew got romantically linked to Lauren Graham, one of the girls from the show ‘Gilmore Girls. During the movie Mean Girls, he went out with Lizzy Caplan for six years but ended the relationship in 2012.
Matthew Perry: Famous Stepfather
One of the biggest hidden secrets of Matthew Perry is that he was a popular stepfather. The renowned journalist Keith Morrison was the stepson of Matthew Perry, shocking right. Keith proudly stated about his relationship with Matthew Perry.
Matthew married Keith Morrison’s mother in 1981, and Keith stated that Matthew is an intense, talented, and focused person and called him a ‘remarkable’ actor. Keith added that when he got the role of Chandler Bing in the Friends series, the role’s sense of humor matched Matthew’s personality.
Chandler Bing: Another actor got an Offer for the Same Role
Well, it isn’t easy to imagine any other actor, apart from Matthew Perry, to play Chandler Bing in Friends Show. However, Jon Cryer from the show ‘Two and a Half Men’ offered to play Chandler Bing. Apart from Jon, Craig Bierko was also in the running for the role.
When the auditions for the character Chandler Bing were decreasing, the actor Jon Favreau was finalized – yes, unimaginable. Fortunately, Jon Favreau turned the role down, and we got Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, the sole perfect candidate for it.
Matthew Perry’s Career Setbacks
Matthew was no exception to the struggles of life, as he faced numerous setbacks in his career. Matthew Perry’s first sitcom, ‘Second Chance’ was a dead show, which didn’t stay on airways for long. However, it focused on Matthew’s work as Chazz Russell’s character, the younger self of the leading actor, Kiel Martin.
Due to the show, Matthew showed up on a few shows as a guest, which are Growing Pains, Home Free, etc. However, the show Home Free was also canceled after being released for a few months.
Despite all the sufferings, he is a successful person, and Matthew Perry’s Net Worth is 80 million dollars.
Matthew Perry distant from his Father
John Bennett, a famous and hardworking actor, Father of Matthew Perry. Matthew’s got his acting qualities from his father, but he mentioned that he was never close to his Father because of the early separation of his parents.
Matthew said that he only saw his Father through the T.V. shows like ‘Days of Our Lives, ‘Murder, She Wrote.’ “That was mostly the way that I saw my Father when I was young — on T.V. shows, and you know, getting shot through a door on Mannix, or something like that. That’s my Dad,” – Matthew Perry added.