A United States (US) actor, Matthew Perry, who rose to global fame as one of the stars of the beloved sitcom Friends, has died at the age of 54.
Perry was best known for playing wisecracking Chandler Bing in the hit ’90s TV sitcom Friends.
The actor was reportedly found unresponsive in the hot tub of his Los Angeles home, according to police sources.
Here are some of the things to know about Perry:
1. When he was 15, Perry moved from Ottawa to Los Angeles to live with his father, and pursued acting there.
2. He made his big screen debut in the 1988 film A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon.
3. In 1989, Perry had a three-episode arc on the series Growing Pains, where he portrayed Carol Seaver’s boyfriend Sandy who dies in hospital after a drunk-driving crash
4. Perry was cast as a regular on the 1990 CBS sitcom Sydney, playing the younger brother of Valerie Bertinelli’s character.
5. He gained international recognition in the 1990s for playing Chandler Bing on the NBC television sitcom Friends (1994–2004) and earned a Screen Actors Guild Award for the role.
6. Perry starred in the television series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and films including Fools Rush In, Almost Heroes, The Whole Nine Yards, The Whole Ten Yards, The Ron Clark Story, and 17 Again.
7. By 2002, Perry and the six-member main cast were making US$1 million per episode.
8. The programme earned him an Emmy nomination in 2002 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.
9. Perry appeared in films such Fools Rush In, Almost Heroes, Three to Tango, The Whole Nine Yards and its sequel The Whole Ten Yards, and Serving Sara.
10. Perry played Associate White House Counsel Joe Quincy in Aaron Sorkin’s The West Wing, for which he received two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 2003 and 2004.
11. In 2010, he provided the voice of Benny in the video game Fallout: New Vegas.
12. Perry was co-creator, co-writer, executive producer, and star of the ABC sitcom Mr. Sunshine, which ran from February to April 2011.
13. In 2011, Perry lobbied the U.S. Congress as a celebrity spokesperson for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals in support of funding for drug courts.
14. He received a Champion of Recovery award in May 2013 from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy for opening Perry House, a rehab center in his former mansion in Malibu, California.
About his death, Los Angeles Police Department officers said they found Perry dead in a hot tub at his Los Angeles home, and detectives were investigating.
Police sources told journalists that Perry apparently drowned, and that there were no drugs found at the scene nor any evidence of foul play.
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