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Date of Birth: 25 July 1967, Newton, Massachusetts, USA

Birth Name: Matthew Steven LeBlanc

Nickname: Matty

Height: 5′ 9¼” (1.76 m)

 

Born in July 25, 1967, Matt LeBlanc is very well known for his character Joey Tribbiani, in the series Friends and Joey.

Matt was born to an Italian mother and a father who is a mix of Irish, Dutch, English and French. That’s why, his last name, LeBlanc, is French, and means, “The White”, while his character Joey, has an Italian last name. When he was a kid, he was interested in motorcycling, more than in acting. At the age of 8 he got his first motorcycle, and stated to participate in competitions. But his mother didn’t like the idea and forced him to find a better career. He learned carpentry.

He graduated from his local high – Newton North High School, in the year 1985. That’s when he wanted to make himself a life in New York. Starting 1987, he began appearing on many commercials, making him famous. He managed to advertise many companies, and one commercial was even won the Gold Lion Award at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival.

In the year 1988 he started learning formal acting. Less than a year later, a got his first starring role as Chuck Bender in the TV series TV 101. By then, he moved to Los Angeles. He guest-starred on Red Shoe Diaries.

He also appeared on several movies, not being a real success comparing his Television career. Some of them were: The Killing Box (1993), Ed (1996), Lookin’ Italian (1998), and All The Queen’s Men (1999).

In the year 1994 he jumped into the knowledge on millions around the world in the award-winning comedy Friends. He starred there for 10 years, as Joey Tribbiani, the woman-chaser friend, who cares about his 5 friends as no-one else in the world.

Friends ended in 2004, and from there he continued to Joey, the only Friends’s daughter series so far. He is again Joey Tribbiani, who went to Hollywood to succeed in the entertainment world. Joey currently airs its 2nd season.

He was nominated for innumerable awards for his roles in Friends and in Joey, and won 3 of them: Favorite Male Television Star in People’s Choice Award (2005), TV – Choice Actor, Comedy in Teen Choice Awards (2002), and Editor’s Choice (as part of Friends) in TV Guide Awards (2000).

Matt has married Melissa McKnight on May 3, 2003, after being engaged for 5 years. They have a shared daughter, Marina Pearl LeBlanc, who was born on February 8th, 2004. They also have two kids, Tyler and Jacquelyne, from Melissa’s previous marriage.

 

Other facts about the actor

 

• 2000: Named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine.

• Also works as a model. Is a trained carpenter. Interested in parachute jumping, car racing and landscape photographing.

• Born at 4:18am-EDT

• Is of mixed heritage: French, Irish, Italian, Dutch and English.

• At one time he was known as the king of the commercials. As well as a 1987 Heinz ketchup commercial that won top prize at Cannes, he appeared in slots for Levi’s 501 jeans, Doritos and Coca-Cola. One of his commercials can be seen on a TV screen in Tequila Sunrise (1988).

• Has a half brother named Justin who lives in Australia.

• Is a motorcycle enthusiast and hosted his own TV show, “The 5 Coolest Things” (2003), based on the 5 coolest things in each motorcycle specialty (off-road, motocross, road racing, freestyle).

• Is the only cast member of “Friends” (1994) not to have appeared on “Saturday Night Live” (1975).

• Daughter, Marina LeBlanc, was recently diagnosed with a rare brain disorder that affects her motor skills. Matt and Melissa were concerned when their 11 month old started having seizures. They are currently searching for treatment for Marina.

• Early modeling jobs included posing for cover of a gay travel guide, Damron Travel Guide For Men.

• Has three dogs: Lady,Shadow and Jay.

• His role of “Maj. Don West” in Lost in Space (1998) was originally offered to his “Friends” (1994) co-star Matthew Perry.

• Romantically involved with former “Joey” (2004) co-star Andrea Anders.

• Matt was in one of Alanis Morisette’s early videos, “I’ll Walk Away and Say Goodbye”; shot in Toronto.

• Confessed himself to being a Momma’s boy.

 

Personal Quotes

 

I really like the half-hour comedy. I really do. I know people that are in movies all the time and they, you know, they don’t see their families as much. And that takes its toll over time. And I don’t want to be one of those families. I want to sleep in my own bed every night. I want to, you know, help the kids with homework. And I like that. That’s fun.

As an actor, the biggest compliment you can get, in my book is for someone to believe that you’re the character.

Comedy is just to me, maybe it’s a natural knack, if I can see where the joke is in the writing and I can see where the setup is and I can tell this is the way to make it.

Having kids has been great for me. I have two beautiful step- kids, as well as my own new daughter. They’ve really helped me to keep my feet firmly on the ground, and life is good. I feel like I’m the luckiest guy here.

I am not bisexual. I am not gay. I have never had sex with men.

I don’t like silk underwear. They don’t do the job, you know?

I find the earth to be a place of misery in which I am surrounded by the conformity that kills society.

I keep waiting for the roof to cave in. I was raised to follow the Golden Rule, you know, treat people the way you wish to be treated. That’s kind of the way I live my life. Maybe someone up there likes me for that.

I’ve grown tremendously as an actor by being there. It is comic writing the likes of which I don’t know that I’ll ever see again and it’s been a great, great experience.

In comedy, you have to be unafraid to hang from the tree branch naked in the high wind and you have to be absolutely unafraid to look ridiculous and silly.

The more cynical you become, the better off you’ll be.

You basically have a group of four spies who are chosen for a mission they feel for the fact of how competent they are and how their expertise and they’re the right one for the job. But ultimately they find out they’ve been actually chosen for their incompetence.

When I was younger and studying acting, I never ever saw myself in the sitcom world; it was drama that really turned me on and still does.

This whole acting thing was always just for me and was always an absolute shot in the dark. If it didn’t pan out, I had my hammer and tool belt, banging nails again tomorrow if I had to.

 Source: imdb.com and tv.com

 

Date of Birth: 2 November 1966, Astoria, New York, USA

Birth Name: David Larry Schwimmer

Nickname: Schwimmer

Height: 6′ 1″ (1.85 m)

 

The tall, gangly dark-haired Schwimmer first caught the attention of TV audiences in 1992 as the hippie boyfriend of Olivia d’Abo’s Karen Arnold on the nostalgia-laden ABC sitcom “The Wonder Years”. A turn as an ambitious lawyer on the Stephen Bochco-produced “L.A. Law” (NBC, 1992-93) followed before the actor garnered additional attention as an uptight lawyer turned vigilante on the initial episodes of the ABC drama “NYPD Blue”, also produced by Bochco. True small screen stardom arrived in 1994 when Schwimmer was cast as Ross Geller, the geeky paleontologist, in NBC’s hit ensemble sitcom “Friends” (1994-2004).

 

Born in Queens, NY and raised by his lawyer parents in Southern California, Schwimmer got his first taste for acting at age 10 when he was cast as the fairy godmother in a Jewish version of Cinderella. He continued to appear on stage at Beverly Hills High School where his classmates included Jonathan Silverman. Schwimmer went on to attend Chicago’s Northwestern University and during his senior year co-founded The Lookingglass Theater Company. After graduating in 1988, he returned to L.A. to pursue his acting career. After landing the role of a Long Islander who murders his girlfriend’s abusive father in “A Deadly Silence” (ABC, 1989), the actor returned to Chicago and devoted the next few years working at his theater company.

 

When he next headed West, Schwimmer began to find roles on television. He landed his first regular series gig as the liberal son of a conservative talk show host in the failed Henry Winkler vehicle “Monty” (Fox, 1993-94) before finding success on “Friends”. Schwimmer successfully used his hangdog looks as Ross, the heartbroken hopeless romantic of the group and his anxious delivery coupled with the somewhat nebbish manner made him a standout on the show. He earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 1995.

 

Prior to his small screen success, Schwimmer had appeared in the coming-of-age story “Crossing the Bridge” (1992) and the short “The Waiter” (1993), alongside Jon Cryer and Sally Kellerman. He landed his first leading role as an architect asked to deliver the eulogy for a high school friend he doesn’t remember in “The Pallbearer” (1996). Critics dismissed the film as a pale imitation of 1967’s “The Graduate” and audiences virtually ignored the film. Like most of his “Friends” co-stars, Schwimmer has been unable to fully translate his small screen appeal to the big screen. Nevertheless, based on the strength of the success of the sitcom, he was signed to a multi-picture non-exclusive deal by Miramax under which he directed “Since You’ve Been Gone” (lensed summer 1996; aired on ABC in 1998), about a high school reunion. Perhaps attempting to reposition himself in the marketplace, the actor began accepting supporting roles in major releases like Bryan Singer’s “Apt Pupil”, based on a Stephen King novella, and Ivan Reitman’s comedy “Six Days/Seven Nights” (both 1998), in which he played the noncommittal boyfriend of Anne Heche.

 

Schwimmer subsequently appeared opposite Woody Allen and Sharon Stone in Alfonso Arou’s straight-to-cable comedic misfire “Picking Up the Pieces”(2000), had a terrific uncredited cameo in the underrated indie “Love & Sex” (2000) and took smaller roles in the ensembles of “The Thin Pink Line” (1998), “All the Rage” (1999) and Mike Figgis’ “Hotel” (2001). The actor fared better on the small screen with roles as an Army captain in Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ acclaimed HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers” (2001) and as a Jew in the Warsaw ghetto in that cable network’s powerful film “Uprising” (2001), directed by Jon Avnet. Also on HBO, the actor had a fine recurring stint playing an uptight version of himself in the 2004 season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” where he was cast opposite Larry David in a stage version of Mel Brooks’ “The Producers” and soon engaged in a rivalry with his co-star.

 

As the final season of “Friends” came to close in 2004—promising closure on the long-running Ross-Rachel relationship—Schwimmer set his sights on the future early on, directing episodes of the show’s spin-off “Joey” (NBC, 2004- ) starring his co-star Matt LeBlanc. In 2005 the actor made his London stage debut at the Gielgud Theater in the play “Some Girls” opposite Lesley Manville and Saffron Burrows. He also voiced Melman the Giraffe in “Madagascar” (2005), Disney’s animated adventure about four zoo animals who escape and inadvertently find themselves in Africa where the city slickers struggle to survive in the wild.

 

Other facts about the actor

 

• Born on his mother’s birthday.

• Along with best friend & fellow actor Joey Slotnick, he helped found the Looking Glass Theater Company, based in Chicago, Illinois.

• Has worked extensively on the stage both as actor and director.

• Is on the board of directors of the Rape Foundation for the Rape Treatment Center of Santa Monica.

• Dated Australian singer/actress Natalie Imbruglia.

• Member of Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity.

• January 2003 – Premiered his play “Turnaround” at the 99-seat West Hollywood Coast theater. All of his “Friends” were in attendance.

• He graduated Beverly Hills High School in 1984 and performed in stage productions there under the direction of John Ingle.

• Went to the same High School as Angelina Jolie, Michael Klesic, Nicolas Cage, Lenny Kravitz, Jonathan Silverman, Gina Gershon, Rhonda Fleming, Jackie Cooper, Rob Reiner, Antonio Sabato Jr., Pauly Shore, Michael Tolkin, Betty White, Corbin Bernsen, Elizabeth Daily, Albert Brooks and Crispin Glover.

• David once said in an interview, he would like to become a public school teacher after Friends ended.

• Was so busy filming The Pallbearer (1996) that he missed Lisa Kudrow’s wedding.

• Allergic to cats.

• Revealed that he had conflict with writers and cast members of “Friends” (1994).

• He was awarded the 1991 Joseph Jefferson Award Citation for Director of a Play for “The Jungle” at the Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.

• Joy Gregory and he were nominated for a 2003 Joseph Jefferson Award for New Adaptation for “Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About” at the Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.

 

Personal Quotes

 

I’ve made a good amount of money. I’m very happy that I can now support my theatre company and support friends and family, and I’m ready to maybe go back to school and change careers.

 

To be perfectly honest, I feel I have a duty to use my celebrity status in a positive way. Most rape victims are women, so the bulk of the discussion is loaded towards women. I thought I could find a way to approach the subject of rape in such a way that men are going to respond to it. My most devastating moment was when a 13-year-old girl told me her story. At that moment, I realized just how important this center really is. Nothing else had ever made me connect with reality like that.

 

[On his post-‘Friends’ activity in live theatre] The best thing about going back to drama was discovering how good I feel as a leader. I feel I’m a natural collaborator, but I’m also good at bringing people together..People really have to know their opinion matters. And I can remember the days when I was happiest as an actor were those days when my opinion seemed to make a difference.

Source: imdb.com

 

Date of Birth: 30 July 1963, Encino, California, USA

Birth Name: Lisa Marie Diane Kudrow

Nickname: Smart

Height: 5′ 8″ (1.73 m)

Born on July 30, 1963 in Encino, CA, Kudrow was raised in the San Fernando Valley by her father, Lee, a renowned physician who specialized in headaches, and her mother, Nedra, a travel agent. After attending Portola Middle School in nearby Tarzana, Kudrow went to Taft High School in Woodland Hills, where she played varsity tennis. Her tennis skills were put to good use on the varsity team at Vassar College, where she majored in biology with the intention of entering the medical research field and working for her father. Though she had her path set before her, Kudrow felt the tug of wanting to perform. Following a brief stint where she performed headache research with her father, Kudrow finally succumbed to the impulse to be an actress. Her brother, David, who himself became a neurologist, was childhood friends with comedian John Lovitz. It was Lovitz who encouraged his friend’s sister to join The Groundlings, the famed improv group that launched the careers of numerous comedians. While she failed to make the cut on her first try, Kudrow was impressive enough to be referred to acting teacher Christine Szigeti.

Eventually, Kudrow was accepted as a member of the troupe where she honed her impeccable deadpan delivery and comic timing, while beginning to develop the ditzy characters for which she later became acclaimed. By 1989, Kudrow had made inroads as a guest actor on television sitcoms, beginning with an appearance as a kooky acting classmate of bartender Woody (Woody Harrelson) in an episode of “Cheers” (NBC, 1982-1993). She landed other roles on prominent shows, including the final episode of “Newhart” (CBS, 1982-1990) and “Coach” (ABC, 1989-1997). She then made her feature film debut in the Sandra Locke-directed thriller, “Impulse” (1990), though her performance never made the final cut. Her first released feature was the forgettable thriller, “The Unborn” (1991), followed by the softcore thriller “In the Heat of Passion” (1991). Following a recurring role on the short-lived sitcom, “Bob” (CBS, 1992-93), Kudrow established her television presence as the bumbling, forgetful waitress Ursula Buffay on “Mad About You” (NBC, 1992-99). Meanwhile, she flubbed her chance to play radio producer Roz Doyle on “Frasier” (NBC, 1993-2004), a role eventually landed by Peri Gilpin.

Kudrow bounced back after being referred for an audition and landing the star-making part of Phoebe Buffay, the loopy would-be folksinger and twin sister to her “Mad About You” character, Ursula, on “Friends,” one of the most watched and loved sitcoms of all time. Over the course of the show’s 10-year run, Kudrow’s character – naïve and innocent on one hand; promiscuous and nonchalant on the other – was the most eccentric and street smart of the six friends, which included an obsessive-compulsive chef (Courtney Cox), her formerly popular best friend from high school (Jennifer Aniston), a dim struggling actor (Matt LeBlanc), a sharp-tongued corporate manager (Matthew Perry) and a whiney paleontologist (David Schwimmer). Though she worked as a masseuse, Phoebe was a struggling folk singer whose awful, but hysterical song list included the infamous “Smelly Cat,” an ode to a foul-smelling feline, which Kudrow later likened to a Chrissie Hynde song. In fact, “Smelly Cat” proved so popular that it was used in an actual cat litter commercial. Also of note, Kudrow would occasionally appear on “Friends” as her twin sister, Ursula, from “Mad About You,” using split screens and body doubles shot from behind. Meanwhile, she earned her share of critical kudos over the year, receiving an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 1998, while earning nominations in the same category in 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2001.

Throughout her run on “Friends,” Kudrow continued to work outside of the show, often finding feature roles that subverted the ditzy blonde image she created with Phoebe. She landed her first important film role after her small screen success playing a pushy blind date to Albert Brooks in “Mother” (1996). The following year, “Clockwatchers” (1997) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, which cast her as a promiscuous aspiring thespian working as an office temp alongside Parker Posey, Alanna Urbach and Toni Collette. Reprising a favorite stage role, she undertook a variation of her television persona as half of a pair of underachievers who attend a class reunion in the uneven comedy “Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion” (1997), co-starring Mira Sorvino. In 1998, Kudrow had one of her best roles to date as the sexually repressed spinster, Lucia, in the black comedy “The Opposite of Sex.” Downplaying her looks by wearing little make-up and unflattering hairstyles, while adopting a reserved tone, she offered a well-rounded portrait of a woman stung by life’s disappointments and nearly stole the film from its superlative cast that included Christina Ricci, Martin Donovan, Lyle Lovett and Ivan Sergei.

Continuing her hot streak, Kudrow was tapped to play the wife of psychiatrist (Billy Crystal) treating a mobster (Robert De Niro) in the comedy “Analyze This” (1999), a role she reprised for the sequel, “Analyze That” (2002). Her subsequent film roles in “Hanging Up” (2000) and “Lucky Numbers” (2000), however, were both unworthy of her talents, while her turn as a woman who suffers a nervous breakdown and becomes convinced she’s a dog in “Bark” (2002) failed to win many admirers. Meanwhile, the long-shelved “Marci X” (2003), a critically reviled comedy that barely saw the light of day, cast Kudrow as the spoiled daughter of a record industry titan (Richard Benjamin) who takes over his hip-hop record label and strikes up an unlikely romance with a controversial rapper (Damon Wayans). But as she headed into the much ballyhooed final season of her sitcom, Kudrow demonstrated her potent dramatic chops when she appeared in the dizzying, but ultimately uneven “Wonderland” (2003), playing Sharon Holmes, the estranged wife of porn legend John Holmes (Val Kilmer), who became embroiled in the real-life 1981 drug murders on Los Angeles’ Wonderland Avenue.

As “Friends” wound down to its final episode in 2004, Kudrow was perhaps the cast member best positioned to continue her career on the big screen in roles both comedic and dramatic. She was also – apart from perhaps David Schwimmer – the one cast member most eager to put her “Friends” days behind her. To the comedic end, she inked a pact with HBO and teamed with “Sex in the City” writer-producer Michael Patrick King to co-create “The Comeback” (2005), a single camera, 30-minute comedy that cast her as Valerie Cherish, a neurotic, fading one-time sitcom star desperately hoping to revive her career with a new series, while also having her return to primetime documented by a reality television crew. Kudrow multi-tasked as the show’s star, co-writer and producer, and provided a knowing glimpse into fragile Hollywood ego. Though the series certainly had its share of admirers, Kudrow’s characterization of a self-centered and desperate person trying to reclaim her lost stardom was considered by many to be more painful than funny. The show was canceled after one lackluster season, though Kudrow did earn an Emmy nod for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

On the dramatic – or at least seriocomic – side, Kudrow reunited with writer-director Donald Roos for the ensemble film “Happy Endings” (2005) to play a part specifically written for her: Mamie, a tightly controlled woman whose teen dalliance with her step-brother resulted in her giving away her child, only to be confronted by a young wannabe filmmaker who claims to know her son’s identity and is drawn into a elaborate scheme to obtain the information. Exploring her character’s sometimes absurd course of self-discovery, Kudrow delivered another sharply etched performance. After a brief return to the small screen to voice a character on the animated series “American Dad” (Fox, 2005- ), Kudrow made a foray into romantic drama territory, playing the best friend of a young grieving widow in “P.S. I Love You” (2007), then went under the radar to play a housewife struggling to care for her two children when her slacker husband is shipped off to Iraq with his National Guard unit in “Kabluey” (2008). Kudrow went for lighter fare with “Hotel for Dogs” (2009), a family comedy about to mischievous orphans who hide dozens of stray dogs in an abandoned hotel.

 

Other facts about the actress

 

• Son, Julian Murray Stern (born May 7, 1998), with husband Michel Stern.

• Chosen by “People” magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. [1997]

• She was a member of the comedy troupe, the Groundlings.

• Measurements: 36B-26-36 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).

• Played tennis in high school.

• Father is a doctor.

• She waited to marriage (age 31) to lose her virginity. Said in “People” magazine that her mother told her it was a special gift for her husband.

• Her character Phoebe Buffay in “Friends” (1994) became pregnant with her brother’s triplets (by artificial insemination) to cover up Kudrow’s own pregnancy.

• On the day she gave birth to her son Julian, NBC aired the season finale of “Friends” (1994) – “The One With Ross’ Wedding Parts 1 & 2”. She sent these episodes as her Emmy tape submissions and subsequently won the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Emmy.

• Is a major fan of Diane Keaton.

• Until 2004 was the only cast member of “Friends” (1994) to have a child. Matt LeBlanc’s daughter Marina Pearl was born February 8, 2004, and Courteney Cox’s daughter Coco Riley was born June 13, 2004.

• She was terrified of the duck that showed up in Season 3 of “Friends” (1994).

• Received a degree in Biology from Vassar College, and Mira Sorvino received a degree in Asian Studies from Harvard University, so during production of Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997), they nicknamed each other “Smart” and “Smarter”.

• Out of the six “Friends” (1994) stars she was the first to win an Emmy Award for her performance. She has also been nominated for the Emmy Award more times than any other “Friends” (1994) actor.

• Is a vegetarian.

 

Personal Quotes

 

For me, doing Wonderland (2003) wasn’t about strategy. The story was compelling, it was written really well, I thought I understood the characters, and I just wanted to be in it. I’ve never gone wrong whenever I’ve done that, and I haven’t done that a lot of times”

We treat sex so casually and use it for everything but what it is – which is ultimately making another human being with thoughts and feelings and rights who will grow up to be an adult.

There are some issues I’m more conservative on. As a parent, I’m concerned that there are so many young, young, young kids – like 12 years old – that are starting to have sex.

[4/06] I think, on network TV, I’m still Phoebe to people and it would be hard to convince them otherwise in the bright lights of a sitcom.

[about “Friends” (1994)] It was the best experience, an unusually good one in TV. We all got along. The producers were great. It was wonderful being involved. I was extraordinarily lucky.

I started watching reality shows and being horrified at people signing up to be humiliated in front of the entire country. I saw one show, “The Amazing Race” (2001), in which people were eating spicy soup and vomiting and crying. Why would you do that? Also, I was fascinated by these actors and actresses who would sign up to be followed around by cameras in their life. You become a celebrity, not because of your work or what you do, but because you have no privacy. I’ve been careful to keep my life separate because it’s important to me to have privacy and for my life not to be a marketing device for a movie or a TV show. It’s worth more than that. I’m worth more than that.

To me it was like being on a roller coaster and making that climb. I spend a lot of time bracing myself for the drop. [on becoming famous]

 

Salary

 

“Friends” (1994) $1,000,000 / episode (2001)

 Source: imdb.com and movies.yahoo.com

 

Date of Birth: 19 August 1969, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA

Birth Name: Matthew Langford Perry

Nickname: Matty

Height: 6′ (1.83 m)

Born in America, Matthew Perry was raised in Canada, where his mother worked as a press secretary to the then Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau.

At school it soon became clear that he had a natural talent for tennis and had high hopes of pursuing a professional career as an athlete. But after losing an important tournament in 1984 his dreams turned sour and he decided to turn his back on tennis for good.

The same year he moved to Los Angeles to live with his father, an actor, and, although still interested in tennis, he joined the high school drama club.

Just one week after college graduation, he was offered the lead in a Fox sitcom called ‘Second Chance’ which was later cancelled. Putting faith in Perry’s abilities, Fox conjured up another sitcom, ‘Boys Will Be Boys’, around the would-be star, but this also failed.

Perry then began to appear as a guest on a series of TV programmes, ranging from Michael Landon’s ‘Highway to Heaven’, to Aaron Spelling’s ‘Beverly Hills 90210’.

His big break was to come when he was ‘discovered’ in true Hollywood fashion, while skipping university classes and hanging out in a restaurant. His waitress delivered the sixteen-year-old a napkin with the telephone number of director William Richert, who wanted to audition him for a movie. Though sceptical, Perry obligingly called Richert and later accepted a small part, opposite River Phoenix, in ‘A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon’ (1988).

In 1993, he tapped into his savings and began writing his own TV comedy and one year later sold the pilot to Universal Television. Titled ‘Maxwell’s House’, Perry’s programme was based on group of six caffeine-charged attractive twenty-somethings, who moaned about their jobs, relationships, and getting old.
Sounds familiar? NBC thought so too, when Perry and Universal pitched them the show. The network declined the pilot because it was already developing a similar sitcom, called ‘Friends’.

Although they didn’t want his programme, NBC and the producers of ‘Friends’ did want Perry, and they cast him as Chandler. ‘Friends’ debuted to immediate success in 1994, and its six co-stars shot to international stardom.

Like the other cast members, Perry has capitalised on his success and attempted to move into the world of the big screen, but after starring in several films including ‘Fools Rush In’ (1996) with Salma Hayek and ‘The Whole Nine yards’ (2000) alongside Bruce Willis, he’s yet to achieve acclaim away from the shadow of Chandler.

And his success has not been without strife. During his time working on ‘Friends’, Perry became reliant on alcohol to fuel him for the day and following a jetski accident in 1997 he became addicted to the prescription drug, Vicodin, which led to a spell in rehab. In 2000 he was taken to hospital suffering from pancreatitis, which was onset because of his addictions. ‘Friends’ fans will have noted that Perry’s weight fluctuated dramatically during the years the series was filmed – most notably in the seventh series where he had lost 20 pounds following his hospitalisation. He has been in and out of rehabilitation centres ever since and was lucky that the ‘Friends’ filming schedule was often altered so that his scenes were shot last.
 
The media and Hollywood bigwigs haven’t been deterred though and Perry also branched out during his time on the number one sitcom to take roles in other hit US series, ‘Ally McBeal’ in 2002 and ‘The West Wing’ in 2003.

After ‘Friends’ finally wrapped up in 2004, ten years after it first aired, Perry made his directing debut in an episode of the hit American comedy ‘Scrubs’, in which he also guest starred as a character who has to donate his kidney to his father, played by Perry’s real father, John.

Having already worked on ‘The West Wing’ to critical applause, its creator Aaron Sorkin approached Perry with his script for ‘Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip’ in 2006, an insider look at a ‘Saturday Night Live’-type sketch show. He jumped at the chance to return to an ensemble cast again and the series ran for a year until 2007, with the buzz and overall success largely attributed to Perry’s return to regular series work.

Meanwhile, Perry earned additional critical kudos for his performance in ‘The Ron Clark Story’ (2006). The TNT movie was based on a true story about a school teacher who relocated from the Deep South to the tough inner city New York. He received Golden Globe and Emmy award nominations for his dues.

With the directing and acting door still firmly wedged open for him, who knows what the future holds for Perry but it’s unlikely he’ll bow out of the limelight for many years to come.

 

Other facts about the actor

 

• Missing part of his middle finger on his right hand, this is due to an unfortunate door-shutting accident in nursery school.

• Entered a rehabilitation clinic for treatment of an undisclosed condition. [27 February 2001]

• Has dual citizenship in Canada and the USA.

• Appeared in the top 30 of Forbes Top 100 Celebrity rich list for the first time [2003]

• He is the only central cast member of “Friends” (1994) who has not been nominated for a Razzie.

• His father appeared on an episode of “Friends” (1994), as the father of one of Jennifer Aniston’s boyfriends.

• His favorite NHL team is the Ottawa Senators. He often attends the playoff games in Ottawa, Canada. He attended this year’s playoff games between Ottawa and Toronto Maple Leafs (2004).

• He spoke the last line in the final episode of “Friends” (1994). When it’s suggested that they all go out for coffee, his character Chandler says “Where?”.

• His father, John Bennett Perry, played his father in Fools Rush In (1997).

• He enjoys playing ice hockey and softball in his spare time

• Is the youngest cast member of “Friends” (1994).

• Behind the scenes of “Friends” (1994), Perry was very close friends with co-star Jennifer Aniston.

• Matthew’s wit is so legendary that directors often used his gags and suggestions on the show

• Is on the board of directors for the soon-to-be-opened Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. Ron Clark is a world-renowned educator who Perry depicted in the TNT original film The Ron Clark Story (2006) (TV).

• Was the Ottawa Loggers 10th selection in the 1996 RHI (Roller Hockey International) draft.

• Is a Toronto Blue Jays Fan.

• Said on his Twitter account that his favorite song is “Don’t Give Up” by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush.

 

 Personal Quotes

 

I learned to fall down early in life – I was like six – because I realized it was a way to make girls laugh.

I love the idea of “the one” but I actually believe that there isn’t a Miss Right. There are 12,000 Miss Rights out there and it’s all timing.

I’m a sensitive guy. If you are a woman and you’re in any kind of emotional duress and you write a song about it, I’ll buy your album.

If there’s a silence in a room I’ll try to fill it as soon as humanly possible.

The goal is to have to do the shot again because the camera guy shook a little bit as he was laughing. Without that happening, I’m not happy because there’s nothing better for me than a world that everybody’s just trying to make each other laugh.

There are two ways to go when you hit that crossroads in your life: There is the bad way, when you sort of give up, and then there is the really hard way, when you fight back. I went the hard way and came out of it okay. Now, I’m sitting here and doing great.

Vicodin, I got addicted to that little pill. The reason I don’t talk about it too much in the press is because it isn’t funny, and I love to be funny in interviews. If you joke about that period in your life, it doesn’t seem right.

Well, I was lucky enough to be involved in about 19 failures at an early age, so I’m realistic about the success I’m having and how quickly it can go away. What’s important is to be smart about it.

 

Salary

 

The Whole Ten Yards (2004) $5,000,000
The Whole Nine Yards (2000) $3,000,000
Three to Tango (1999) $2,500,000
Fools Rush In (1997) $1,000,000

 Source: imdb.com and brainyquote.com

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