Matthew Perry, one of the stars of the hit series Friendsdied at the age of 54.
Perry, known for his role as prankster Chandler Bing, was found dead at his home in Los Angeles on Saturday. Emergency services found Perry unconscious in a hot tub at his home and were unable to revive him. The extremely popular Friendsseries aired for 10 seasons, from 1994 to 2004.
At the height of his success, Perry struggled for years with addiction to pain medication and alcohol and suffered health problems as a result.
In his memoirs Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thingpublished last year, Perry described spending millions of dollars on repeated rehabilitation efforts.
Perry was born in 1969 in Massachusetts. His mother was a Canadian journalist who served as press secretary to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. His father was an American actor.
As a teenager, Perry was a national tennis star in Canada before moving permanently to California and taking up acting. In the 1980s he had guest roles in popular shows such as Charles in Charge and Growing Pains.
She stars as Chandler Bing Friends however, brought him worldwide fame and his character quickly became a fan favorite.
Perry and his co-stars – Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer – sat on top of Friends ‘s success to earn $1 million each per episode.
a Friends‑reunion show aired in 2021 and the six actors reportedly pocketed $2.5 million each. Perry’s appearance and slurred speech caused concern among fans.
Perry has been nominated for five Emmy Awards in his career, including two for guest appearances The West Wing, but never won the prestigious television award. He also acted in films like Fools Rush In and The Whole Nine Yards appear.
Perry never married, but was in relationships with celebrities such as Julia Roberts and Neve Campbell. He was engaged to Molly Hurwitz, but their love boat sank in 2021.