Matthew Perry was an actor hailing from both the United States and Canada, achieved renowned for his portrayal of Chandler Bing on the NBC television sitcom Friends. Perry’s presence extended to other notable shows like Ally McBeal, earning him Primetime Emmy Award nominations for his roles in The West Wing and The Ron Clark Story.
Age- 54 years
Height- 1.83 m
Weight- 82 kg
Full name-Matthew Langford Perry
Born- 19 August 1969
Birthplace- Williamstown, Massachusetts, United States
Died- 28 October 2023, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California, United States
Profession-American and Canadian
Nationality- American and Canadian
Cause of Death
Matthew Perry succumbed to the acute effects of the anesthetic ketamine, as revealed by the findings from an autopsy conducted on the 54-year-old Friends actor and released on Friday. The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner disclosed that Perry was discovered in the heated section of his pool, where he drowned; however, this was considered a secondary factor in his accidental death on October 28.
Individuals close to Perry informed investigators that he was undergoing ketamine infusion therapy, an experimental approach for treating depression and anxiety. Despite this, the medical examiner noted that the levels of ketamine in Perry’s system were within the range typically utilized for general anesthesia during surgery. The autopsy report indicated that the detected ketamine levels, which persisted even a week after his last treatment, were not explained by the timing of the therapy. Normally, the drug is metabolized in a matter of hours.
Medical toxicologist Andrew Stolbach, who reviewed the autopsy report, explained that the detected amount of ketamine would have been sufficient to cause loss of consciousness, posture, and the ability to stay above water. He emphasized the extreme risk associated with using sedative drugs in a pool or hot tub, particularly when alone.
Post-mortem blood tests indicated “high levels” of ketamine in Perry’s system, potentially affecting his blood pressure, heart rate, and impulse to breathe. The report highlighted Perry’s pre-existing conditions, including coronary artery disease and his use of buprenorphine to treat opioid use disorder, as potential contributing factors. The autopsy report underscored the risks associated with combining a central nervous system depressant like buprenorphine with ketamine, particularly given the additive respiratory effects at high ketamine levels. Perry, found unresponsive at his Pacific Palisades residence in Los Angeles, was declared dead, leading to an autopsy the following day.
Matthew Perry Parents
His mother, Suzanne Marie Morrison, served as the press secretary to Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and is a Canadian journalist. His father, John Bennett Perry, is an American actor and former model.
When Perry was just one year old, his parents separated, and his mother later married Canadian broadcast journalist Keith Morrison. Although primarily raised by his mother in Ottawa, Ontario, Perry also had brief periods of residence in Toronto and Montreal.
Matthew Perry Sibling
Perry had four younger maternal half-siblings—Caitlin, Emily, Will, and Madeline—and a younger paternal half-sister named Maria.
Matthew Perry Relationship
In 1995, he was in a relationship with Yasmine Bleeth, followed by dating Julia Roberts from 1995 to 1996, and later, Lizzy Caplan from 2006 to 2012. Perry’s romantic journey continued when, in November 2020, he proposed to literary manager Molly Hurwitz. However, their engagement came to an end in 2021.
Matthew Perry Career
By the age of ten, Perry began exhibiting disruptive behavior, engaging in activities such as stealing money, smoking, allowing his academic performance to decline, and even getting into physical altercations, including one with his fellow student and future Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. Perry later attributed these actions to his sense of being an outsider in his family, particularly when his mother started having children with Keith Morrison. He expressed feeling like the kid who was always on the outside looking in.
At 14, Perry started consuming alcohol, and by the time he reached 18, he was drinking on a daily basis. Despite being a promising junior tennis player in Canada, practicing up to 10 hours a day, Perry’s aspirations took a turn when, at the age of 15, he moved from Ottawa to live with his father in Los Angeles, exposing him to a more challenging competitive environment.
Upon turning 15, Perry pursued acting studies at Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, graduating in 1987. During high school, he also took improvisational comedy classes at L.A. Connection in Sherman Oaks. Perry’s acting career took off with his first credited role in 1979’s 240-Robert as a child actor. Following his move to Los Angeles, he began auditioning for various roles, making guest appearances on shows like Not Necessarily the News (1983), Charles in Charge (1985), and Silver Spoons (1986).
In 1987 and 1988, Perry portrayed Chazz Russell in the TV series Second Chance. He made his film debut in 1988 with A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon. Perry’s career continued with a three-episode arc on Growing Pains in 1989. He secured a regular role on the 1990 CBS sitcom Sydney and made a guest appearance on Beverly Hills, 90210 in 1991 as Roger Azarian. Perry starred in the ABC sitcom Home Free in 1993.
Perry’s involvement in the entertainment industry expanded, with roles such as co-creator, co-writer, executive producer, and star of the ABC sitcom Mr. Sunshine (2011), the NBC sitcom Go On (2012), and a revival of the CBS sitcom The Odd Couple (2015–2017). He had recurring roles in legal dramas The Good Wife (2012–2013) and The Good Fight (2017). Perry portrayed Ted Kennedy in The Kennedys: After Camelot (2017) and made a final television appearance as himself in Friends: The Reunion (2021). Additionally, he lent his voice to the character Benny in the video game Fallout: New Vegas (2010).
Perry was initially slated to have a role in “Don’t Look Up,” but in 2020, he had to withdraw from the project due to broken ribs sustained during CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). Subsequently, in October 2022, Perry released a memoir titled “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing,” which quickly ascended to bestseller status on both Amazon and The New York Times charts.
Matthew Perry Net Worth
At the time of his passing, he had accumulated a net worth of $120 million throughout his successful career.
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