Actor Matthew Perry, star of the NBC hit sitcom Friends, was found dead in the jacuzzi at his home on Saturday afternoon. He was 54.
Born Matthew Langford Perry on August 19, 1969, in Plymouth, Massachusetts, the actor who would one day become best known as Chandler Bing in the hit series for NBC television, Friends, was an American-Canadian television and film actor, comedian, and producer. His international recognition stems from his role as Chandler in NBC’s Friends from 1994 to 2004, but Perry’s resume was lengthy, with credits across television and film alike.
He also starred in the television series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, as well as several films, including Fools Rush In, Almost Heroes, The Whole Nine Yards, 17 Again, and The Ron Clark Story. In 2010, Perry also worked in voice-over and video games, lending his voice to the Benny character in the video game Fallout: New Vegas.
For Disney, Perry starred in The Kid (2000), starring Bruce Willis.
Perry also worked as a co-creator, co-writer, and executive producer on the sitcom Mr. Sunshine, created for the Disney-owned ABC television network in 2011. Then, in 2012, Perry began his role as Ryan King, a sportscaster in the NBC sitcom titled Go On. He went on to co-develop and star in the sitcom The Odd Couple on CBS, in which he played the role of Oscar Madison from 2015 to 2017.
On Saturday evening, Warner Bros. Media released a statement in response to Perry’s passing, saying, “Matthew was an incredibly gifted actor and an indelible part of the Warner Bros. Television Group family. The impact of his comedic genius was felt around the world, and his legacy will live on in the hearts of so many. This is a heartbreaking day, and we send our love to his family, his loved ones, and all of his devoted fans.”
TMZ first reported the tragedy on Saturday evening, stating that Perry died of an apparent drowning. As this news story is just breaking, more details will be shared as they become available.