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:: Birth Name: Matthew L. Perry
:: Birthdate: August 19, 1969
:: Birthplace: Williamstown, MA
:: Quote: "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." --Empire, November 1997


Matthew first saw daylight on August 19th 1969 when he was born in Williamstown, Massachusetts as the only child of John Bennett Perry (who played his father in "Fools rush in") and Suzanne Morrison. After his parents got divorced he grew up on Ottawa, Ontario. Matthew had his first taste of acting when he was in the seventh grade. He recalls, "After I got my first laugh on stage, I was hooked." Perry was also an avid tennis player and a top-ranked junior tennis player in Canada. However, after moving to Los Angeles at age 15 to live with his father Matthew became even more interested in acting. Upon graduating from high school, Perry intended to enroll at the University of Southern California. But when he was offered a leading role on the television series "Boys Will Be Boys," he seized the opportunity to begin his chosen career. His other TV-series credits include regular roles on "Home Free" and "Sydney," as well as a recurring part on "Growing Pains." He guest-starred on such series as "Who's the Boss?," "The Tracey Ullman Show," "Empty Nest," "The John Larroquette Show" and "Beverly Hills, 90210." His TV movies include "Deadly Relations," "Call Me Anna" and "Dance 'til Dawn." Among his feature films are "A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon," "She's Out of Control," "Parallel Lives" and, most recently, "Fools Rush In." Perry also co-stars with Chris Farley in the upcoming comedy "Edwards & Hunt," due out in fall of 1997. In addition to acting, Perry enjoys writing and sold his first pilot, "Maxwell's House," to Universal Television prior to being cast on "Friends." His other interests include playing ice hockey and softball.

Bio mostly credit to E! Online.

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