Matthew was intrigued by the darkness of his character, Joe Tyler, in the 2002 film, Serving Sara, as it was a different approach for his to take when portraying a character.
Matthew liked the script of the film, The Whole Nine Yards as soon as he read it, and was excited to work with Bruce Willis.
In May of 2000, Matthew managed to survive a car crash where his Porsche drove straight into the porch of a house.
In 1997, Matthew became addicted to painkillers, after he took some following a jet ski accident.
Matthew was so nervous before starting on his first film, Fools Rush In, with Salma Hayek, that he almost threw up on the first day of shooting.
Matthew knew he wanted to be a famous actor from a young age.
Matthew's Award Nominations:
1996 - Funniest Supporting Male Performer in a TV Series, American Comedy Award, Friends, shared with David Schwimmer
1999-2004 - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, SAG, Friends, shared with cast
2002 - Favorite Television Actor, Kids' Choice Awards, Friends
2002 - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Emmy Awards, Friends
2003 - Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, Emmy Awards, The West Wing
2004 - Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, Emmy Awards, The West Wing
2004 - Choice TV Actor - Comedy, Teen Choice Award, Friends
2006 - Most Wonderful Wedding, TV Land Award, Friends, shared with Courteney Cox
2006 - Best Actor in a Series, Drama, Satellite Award, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
2007 - Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries, SAG, The Ron Clark Story
2007 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television, Golden Globe Awards, The Ron Clark Story
2007 - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie, Emmy Awards, The Ron Clark Story
In the mid 90's, Matthew appeared in a Pepsi commercial with the whole cast of Friends. He appeared alongside Bruce Willis in an "I Love This Game" commercial ad for the NBA and was in a Hanes commercial with Michael Jordan.
In an episode of The Simpsons called "Treehouse of Horror XII", the Simpsons buy an electronic house with a voice and personality. They try out a few voices, one of which is Matthew Perry's, and when tested it says: "Yeah, could I be anymore of a house?", which sounds like something Matthew's character, Chandler, on Friends would say.
He is an active contributor of many charities, including Lili Clare Foundation, Prostate Cancer Foundation, Racquet Rumble, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Hollywood Helps Hollygrove, Sargent Cancer Care Fund and many more.
His character, Chandler, on Friends was an avid cigarette smoker. In reality, Matthew is also a smoker.
In one episode of Friends, Matthew had to act as if he was bad at tennis. This was hard for him as he is a fantastic player and really loves playing the game. He even sold his house because it didn't have a tennis court.
While filming Friends, Matthew appeared in two public service announcements for NBC's The More You Know. His topics were stay in school and teacher recruitment.
Matthew had the last line of dialogue in the TV show Friends. His line was 'Where?' after someone says 'Let's go to coffee'.
Matthew used to be ranked nationally in junior tennis in Canada. He ranked as the No.2 tennis player in Ottawa, at the age of 13. He has said in various interviews that he tried to play in the States but he wasn't good enough.
Matthew attended Asbury College, a private boys' school in Ottawa, Canada.
Matthew volunteered as an actor for the Young Storytellers program.
Matthew recorded the abridged audiobook version of Microserfs, a book by Douglas Coupland.
Matthew can speak French.
Matthew is the step son of Dateline NBC correspondent Keith Morrison.
Matthew is a huge hockey fan, his favorite NHL team is the Ottawa Senators and he attends a lot of their playoff games. He can be seen wearing an Ottawa Senators shirt in the movie The Whole Nine Yards.
Matthew auditioned for the role of Chandler Bing on Friends on a Friday and started work that Monday.
He is the only central cast member of Friends who has not been nominated for a Razzie.
Matthew appeared in the Top 30 of Forbes Top 100 Celebrity List for the first time in 2003.
Matthew Perry was so famous for missing his mark while taping Friends that he developed the backward slide that you see him do in almost every show. He would come bounding into his scene slide backwards looking down for his mark and then hit it.
Matthew is missing part of his middle finger on his right hand. This is due to an unfortunate door-shutting accident in nursery school.
Matthew's father John Bennett Perry, an actor, and his mother Suzanne, a TV anchor and press secretary for the Canadian Prime Minister, divorced when he was just a baby. His mom remarried when he was ten, and she had four girls.
Matthew's favorite lines he said on Friends are:
"Sometimes I wish I was a lesbian - did I say that out loud?"
"Joey, you have to stop the Q-tip when there's resistance!"
Matthew was originally unavailable to work on Friends due to a pilot he was shooting called LAX 2194. He helped his friends with auditions though, and realized he was similar to Chandler and got the part.
Matthew dated Kristin Davis, who played 'Charlotte' in Sex and the City. The pair met at the Beverly Hills Club and have been seen together in LA many times since, hand in hand. Mutual friends have confirmed the relationship.
Matthew previously dated Lauren Graham. He briefly went out with Neve Campbell after the release of Scream and dated Julia Roberts in 1995 after she guest-starred on Friends. He also had a previous relationship with Rachel Dunn and split up with her to concentrate on 'soberity'.
Matthew was admitted to rehab twice: once in 1997 and once in 2001. He was especially unattractive in the 7th and 8th season (2001-2003) of Friends, because he was getting over the addiction. He's been clean ever since his last admittance to rehab in 2001. They had to delay the filming of Serving Sara because of his 28-day stay in rehab.
In 2000, Matthew and his fellow cast members of Friends signed on to receive $750,000 per episode each. In 2002, they earned $1,000,000 per episode each.
Matthew struggled with drug addiction. His constant weight change on Friends was noticeable because he would quit but then start again. He quit completely in season five or six.
Matthew has dual citizenship in Canada and the United States.
Matthew Perry loves to play tennis, and was a nationally ranked junior player in Canada. He was later romantically linked to the world's top ranked female player, Jennifer Capriati, although the pair claimed to only be friends.
Matthew is 6'1" (1.85m) in height.
Matthew's the youngest member of the Friends cast.
Matthew: (on the 100th episode of "Friends") I think this is the only thing I've ever done in my life a 100th time.
Matthew: (on quiting acting to become a director) There's no talk about me stopping acting, I've been offered opportunities to direct things in the past, but simply didn't know how. Now I know how, so I want to do both.
Matthew: 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.
Matthew: 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.
Matthew: 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.
Matthew: If there's a silence in a room I'll try to fill it as soon as humanly possible.
Matthew: I'm obviously comfortable with my feminine side! I didn't have any reservations playing a gay guy as it was kind of a neat idea to me. I'm able to drop all the crappy male stuff of trying to impress the girl and get her into bed, because she thinks I'm gay.
Matthew: 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.
Matthew: Everything is just falling into place for me right now. I just turned 30, which I thought I was going to be bummed about, but I'm not.
Matthew: After I got my first laugh on stage, I was hooked.
Matthew: I was the coolest person of the non-cool crowd.
Matthew: 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.
Matthew: 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.
Matthew: I learned to fall down early in life - I was like six - because I realized it was a way to make girls laugh.
Matthew: I love women. I'm a big fan of women. But I'd complain if a woman asked me to hold her purse for, like, five minutes.