In 1988 Matthew Perry got a role in the movie A Night In The Life Of Jimmy Reardon and he decided that, adding in his past brief success in television roles, he was on his way as a star and acted like a movie star on the set. Perry was devastated when he was brought back to earth by the subsequent loud flop of the movie and quietly he went back into working on television. In 1994 Perry got the break of his career when he landed the role of Chandler Bing on the new television series Friends. Perry’s own quick wit and sarcastic delivery became a staple of the show quickly and soon the writers of Friends were coming to Perry for material for the show as he displayed a sense of humor that came across well to the large audience that Friends was developing. While Friends was going on Perry decided to try movies again and took a starring role along side Salma Hayek in the 1997 hit comedy Fools Rush In. It wasn’t a runaway hit by any means but the strong box office returns, along with the positive critical response to his performance, gave Perry the confidence to get back on the big screen again.
Perry continued his movie making during the filming of Friends. In 1999 he appeared in Three To Tango and The Whole Nine Yards which turned out to be a comedy hit for both Perry and co-star Bruce Willis. In 2001 Matthew Perry’s job on the show Friends was in jeopardy as a problem with drug addiction had caused him to gain a tremendous amount of weight. His friend, and cast mate, Jennifer Aniston tried to help Perry lose some of the weight he had gained but Perry never lost all of the excess weight and by the time Friends was over in 2004 Perry was still struggling to lose the excess pounds. In 2006 Perry successfully lost his excess weight and got on television again in the show Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip. Studio 60 lasted 22 episodes and two seasons before it was cancelled in 2007. But Matthew Perry keeps on making movies and you can still catch him taking in the occasional Ottawa Senators game as he follows his favorite professional hockey team.