As one of the funniest actors of his generation, Matthew Perry has impressed critics and made audiences laugh in his Emmy®-nominated role as Chandler Bing on NBC's Friends. The show, which ended its 10-year run in 2004, was consistently the highest-rated comedy on television.
Perry's feature-film debut was in 1988 in A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon, starring River Phoenix. In 1999, Perry starred with Neve Campbell, Dylan McDermott and Oliver Platt in Three to Tango. His other feature-film credits include Almost Heroes, with the late Chris Farley and Eugene Levy; Fools Rush In, with Salma Hayek; and Serving Sara, with Elizabeth Hurley.
In 2004, Perry starred alongside Bruce Willis in the Warner Bros. film The Whole Ten Yards, the sequel to the box-office hit The Whole Nine Yards, in which he also appeared. Perry received critical acclaim once again for his undeniably unique talent for physical comedy.
He also received an Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Joe Quincy on The West Wing and is currently working on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, a new series from The West Wing's Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme. That same year Perry made his directorial debut with an episode of the off-beat hit comedy Scrubs. Perry also guest-starred in the episode, playing the role of a man willing to donate a kidney to his ailing father until complications arise. The role of the ailing father was played by John Perry, Matthew's real-life father.
In July 2005, Perry took his talents to the athletic arena as he hosted the 2005 ESPY Awards. The broadcast earned the EPSYs its highest rating in its 12-year history.
Perry realized one of his personal challenges when he made his stage debut in London's West End in spring 2003 in David Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago. He co-starred alongside Minnie Driver, Hank Azaria and Kelly Reilley. The play broke the record for the largest box-office advance for a West End show.
Matthew continues to support and host the annual gala for the Lili Claire Foundation, which raises funds for people born with Williams Syndrome and other neurogenetic birth defects. br>