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Matthew Perry Bio
Matthew Perry was born on August 19, 1969 in
Williamstown, Massachusetts but raised in Ottawa, Ontario. He is the only child
of Suzanne and John Perry, who were divorced when he was less than a year old.
Perry's dad is known as the guy in the Old Spice commercials. Perry's mom is a
former Canadian TV anchor and onetime press secretary for Prime Minister Pierre
Perry is a tennis-lover. He started at the age of 4. At 13, he was ranked as the
No.2 player in Ottawa. Perry began acting in seventh grade when he played a
gunslinger named Arriba Arriba Geneva in his Ashbury College production of a
play called The Life and Death of Sneaky Fitch.
His mother married Canadian anchorman Keith Morrison when Perry was 10 and
proceeded to have four more children: Caitlin, Emily, Willy, and Madeline. At
15, Perry moved to L.A. to test his tennis and acting skills. He moved in with
his father, John's second wife, Debbie, and their daughter Marie. He was
prepared for his first big U.S. tennis match. Unfortunately, things didn't go
well so Perry decided to pursue an acting career instead.
In 1985, Perry starred as George Gibbs in the 1985 Buckley School production of
Our Town. At 16, Perry got his first big break from a waitress in a San Fernando
Valley restaurant. She gave him a napkin with a note written on it by a director
who had spotted Perry while dining. Perry auditioned and won a small role in the
1988 River Phoenix film A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon.
In 1993, Perry and good friend Andrew Hill Newman decided to write their own
sitcom, Maxwell's House, which was about the lives of twentysomething friends.
Too bad NBC already had a similar sitcom in the works. This sitcom was later
known as Friends. In 1994, Perry auditioned for the show and got the part of
As of now, Perry is enjoying the fame and fortune he is receiving from Friends.
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