Former colleagues and stars have paid tribute to the beloved actor Matthew Perry, who tragically passed away on Saturday night at his home in Los Angeles. The 54-year-old actor, best known for his iconic portrayal of Chandler Bing in the hit sitcom Friends, was found dead in an apparent drowning, leaving the entertainment industry and fans worldwide in shock.
Perry’s fellow Friends cast members shared emotional messages to honor their friend and celebrate his impact on their lives. Maggie Wheeler, who played Chandler’s on-again, off-again girlfriend Janice, expressed her gratitude for the joy Perry brought to “so many” throughout his life. She shared on Instagram, “I feel so very blessed by every creative moment we shared.”
Morgan Fairchild, who portrayed Chandler’s mother Nora Bing, expressed heartbreak over the loss of the “brilliant young actor.” She acknowledged the shock and sadness felt by many in the industry, emphasizing the tremendous talent and potential that Perry possessed.
Beyond his Friends family, Perry touched the lives of many others in the entertainment industry. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who knew Perry from childhood, highlighted their shared memories and the impact Perry had on people around the world. Trudeau warmly reminisced about their schoolyard games and the everlasting laughter Perry brought to so many. “Thanks for all the laughs, Matthew. You were loved – and you will be missed,” Trudeau said.
Wendell Pierce, Perry’s co-star in the remake of The Odd Couple, described Perry as his boss, colleague, and a kind-hearted and funny man. Pierce expressed his hope that Perry has found peace.
Selma Blair, who considered Perry her “oldest boy friend,” shared a heartfelt message on Instagram. She expressed her unconditional love for him and described her broken heart. Blair cherished the memories and the special bond they shared, bidding Perry “sweet dreams.”
Mira Sorvino, Perry’s co-star in the 1994 movie Parallel Lives, remembered Perry as a sweet and troubled soul. She wished him peace and happiness in heaven, where his unique wit would continue to make everyone laugh.
Paget Brewster, who played Chandler’s girlfriend Kathy on Friends, fondly remembered Perry’s kindness towards her during their time on the show and in the years that followed. She encouraged fans to read Perry’s book, which she considered his legacy of helping others. Brewster playfully added that Perry is already busy making everyone laugh in the afterlife.
Meredith Salenger, Perry’s co-star in A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon, shared photos of her and Perry together, reminiscing about their friendship since they were 16 years old. Salenger expressed her shock and sorrow, bidding Perry a peaceful rest.
The news of Perry’s passing also resonated beyond the entertainment industry. Actor George Takei expressed his condolences to Perry’s loved ones and Friends castmates, while Canadian-American comedian Tom Green recounted Perry’s success story as a talented actor from their shared hometown of Ottawa, Canada.
Broadcaster Piers Morgan remembered Perry as both a great actor and a tormented soul. He highlighted the power, honesty, and revealing nature of Perry’s autobiography, calling it one of the most impactful books he had ever read.
Warner Bros Television Group, the production company behind Friends, expressed their devastation upon hearing the news of Perry’s passing. They described him as an incredibly gifted actor and an integral part of their television family. Perry’s comedic genius touched hearts around the world, leaving behind a lasting legacy.
NBC, the network that aired Friends, acknowledged Perry’s immense contribution to the show’s success. They praised his impeccable comedic timing and wry wit, stating that his legacy will continue to be treasured by generations to come.
Matthew Perry will forever be remembered for his incredible talent, his ability to make people laugh, and the indelible mark he left on the entertainment industry. His loss is deeply felt by his loved ones, friends, and devoted fans worldwide. Rest in peace, Matthew Perry.