Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Actor Matthew Perry of “Friends” dies at the age of 54

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Actor Matthew Perry, renowned for his portrayal of Chandler Bing in the beloved sitcom ‘Friends’, has passed away at the age of 54. On Saturday, Matthew Perry was discovered deceased in a hot tub at his residence in Los Angeles. He was found unresponsive at approximately 4 p.m., and there was no evidence of any foul play or substances at the scene. Matthew Perry gained widespread recognition through his role as Chandler Bing in the iconic American television series ‘Friends’, which ran for a decade from 1994 to 2004. His performance in the sitcom earned him a Primetime Emmy nomination in 2002. Apart from ‘Friends’, Matthew Perry made appearances in various other TV shows, including ‘Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip’, ‘Go On’, and ‘The Odd Couple’. His portrayal of Joe Quincy in ‘The West Wing’ earned him Emmy nominations in 2003 and 2004 for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series. Before achieving fame with ‘Friends’ alongside Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, and Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry had roles in ‘Who’s the Boss?’, ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’, ‘Home Free’, and more. However, it was his portrayal of Chandler Bing that truly elevated his popularity. ‘Friends’, a series centered around six friends navigating life in New York City during their 20s and 30s, became one of the most adored TV shows of all time. Each new episode attracted an average of 25 million viewers, with the series finale drawing 52.5 million Americans, making it the fifth most-watched series finale and the most-watched TV episode of the 2000s. Chandler, portrayed by Matthew Perry, was known for his witty retorts and self-deprecating humor within the friend group. Despite his sarcastic demeanor, his character concealed deeper insecurities and awkwardness, contributing to some of the show’s most memorable comedic moments. The unexpected passing of Matthew Perry has left his fans in a state of profound shock.

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