Matthew Langford Perry (born August 19, 1969) is an actor with dual American and Canadian citizenship. He is well known for his Emmy-nominated role as Chandler Bing on the popular, long-running NBC television sitcom Friends. He also received acclaim for his portrayal of Ron Clark in the television movie The Ron Clark Story, accompanied by another Emmy nomination as well as a Golden Globe nomination. Perry also starred in the short-lived series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and has appeared in a number of films, including Fools Rush In (1997), The Whole Nine Yards (2000), and 17 Again (2009). In 2010 he expanded his resume to include both video games and voiceover work when he voiced Benny in the role-playing game Fallout: New Vegas.
1. A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK THAT ADDICTION IS A CHOICE. A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK IT’S A MATTER OF WILL. THAT HAS NOT BEEN MY EXPERIENCE. I DON’T FIND IT TO HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH STRENGTH.
2. MY FAVORITE SIX WORDS IN RECOVERY ARE: TRUST GOD, CLEAN HOUSE, AND HELP OTHERS.
3. IT’S NOT FOREIGN FOR ME TO BE TALKING ABOUT MY PROBLEMS IN CIRCLES.
4. I DON’T HAVE A VERY ‘MASCULINE’ TASTE IN MUSIC. I GET A LOT OF HEAT FROM MY FRIENDS ABOUT THAT.
5. TO BE A COMEDIAN, YOU HAVE TO HAVE SOME DARKNESS BEHIND IT. I CERTAINLY DRAW ON MY PAST, AND IT HELPS.
6. TO ME, WRITING IS REMEMBERING SOMETHING FUNNY THAT HAPPENED, OR MAYBE SOMETHING I SAID SEVEN YEARS AGO.
7. I WOULD ALWAYS BE THE KID THAT GOT IN TROUBLE IN SCHOOL, THAT’S FOR SURE, FOR JOKING AROUND.
8. IF I COULD WALK INTO THE ‘FRIENDS’ AUDITION AGAIN AND GO OR NOT GO, I HAVE TO SAY IT’S 50-50.
9. I BECAME A BIG KINGS FAN, AND THEN LATER ON MY HOMETOWN OF OTTAWA GOT A TEAM, SO THEN I WAS VERY, VERY TORN. I JUST LOVE BOTH OF THOSE TEAMS VERY MUCH.
10. AFTER I GOT MY FIRST LAUGH ON STAGE, I WAS HOOKED.
11. THE THING IS, IF I DON’T HAVE SOBRIETY, I DON’T HAVE ANYTHING.