Matthew Perry: From The Odd Couple to 17 Again - the Friends star's other roles

Friends star Matthew Perry will always be remembered as Chandler Bing - but the actor starred in many other films and TV shows

Matthew Perry attends a game between the Edmonton Oilers and the Los Angeles Kings during the first period in Game Six of the First Round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Arena on April 29, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Friends star Matthew Perry, who has died aged 54, will always be remembered as Chandler Bing. (Getty Images)

As soon as the news of Matthew Perry's death broke Friends, memes began trending on social media as fans mourned the loss of the beloved Chandler Bing.

The Canadian actor - who died at the age of 54 on Saturday 28th October 2023 after being found unresponsive in the jacuzzi at his Los Angeles home - played the sarcastic and grouchy but kind and generous friend for 10 seasons of the cult 90s sitcom.

For Friends fans, Perry will always be remembered as Chandler - his adorable bromance with best friend Joey, his hilarious resentment of his job a data analyst, his sweet marriage to Monica, his relish of smoking and his risque fling with an old school friend played by Julia Roberts.

But Perry had many other acting roles outside of Friends, here we take a look at his most memorable moments on screen.

Fools Rush In (1997)

Matthew Perry and Salma Hayek enter a home in a scene from the film 'Fools Rush In', 1997. (Photo by Columbia Pictures/Getty Images)
Matthew Perry and Salma Hayek in rom com Fools Rush In. (Getty Images)

Perry's first big movie role after becoming a household name thanks to Friends. He played a character very similar to Chandler who has a one night stand with a flamboyant, feisty arty-type played by Salma Hayek.

When she finds out she is pregnant they try to make a go of things and prove opposites attract.

This was the first of a string of rom com roles for Perry, including Three To Tango with Scream star Neve Campbell and Serving Sara with Elizabeth Hurley.

The Whole Nine Yards (2000)

Matthew Perry and Bruce Willis look over the city in a scene from the film 'The Whole Nine Yards', 2000. (Photo by Warner Brothers/Getty Images)
Matthew Perry and Bruce Willis in The Whole Nine Yards. (Getty Images)

In this comedy Perry played a suburban dentist who finds himself caught up in the mafia when a gangster, played by Bruce Willis, moves in next door.

The film was a hit and spawned a sequel. But Willis was unsure of the movie's potential to be a success and so Perry made a bet with him on set that he believed it would top the box office which it did for several weeks.

As a result of losing his bet Willis had to make a cameo in Friends as Rachel's boyfriend with anger issues, Paul.

Away from the screen and movie set, Perry and Willis became real friends and he has said the Die Hard star was his favourite cameo star on the show.

The movie is available to watch on Netflix.

The West Wing (2003)

Matthew Perry as Joe Quincy in The West Wing in 2003. (Alamy)
Matthew Perry as Joe Quincy in The West Wing in 2003. (Alamy)

Perry demonstrated his serious side as a Republican lawyer in political drama The West Wing, appearing for three episodes.

The comedic star's performance as Joe Quincy earned him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest performance in a drama series two years running.

The West Wing is free to stream on Channel 4.

Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip (2006)

Matthew Perry in Studio 60 On The Sunsey Strip. (Getty Images)

Perry reverted back to type in Aaron Sorkin's comedy drama about the production of a live comedy sketch show.

He played Matt Albie, an apathetic comedy writer with an awkward romantic history, who was also a loyal friend.

The show was cancelled after one season but is avaliable to buy or rent on Amazon Prime Video.

17 Again (2009)

Matthew Perry and Zac Efron
Matthew Perry played the adult version of teen hearttjrob Zac Efron in 17 Again. (AlamY)

This age swap movie starred Disney heartthrob Zac Efron as Mike O'Donnell who gets the chance to rewrite his life when he find himself a teenager again.

Perry played the adult version of teen hero Mike - a seasoned pro at portraying a disgruntled middle aged man, who audiences just can't help liking.

Film 17 Again can be streamed on Netflix.

Mr Sunshine (2011)

Matthew Perry and Jorge Garcia in the pilot of in Mr Sunshine. (Getty Images)
Matthew Perry and Jorge Garcia in the pilot of in Mr Sunshine. (Getty Images)

This single-camera sitcom was a pet project for Perry - who created, produced and co-wrote the show.

He starred as Ben Donovan, manager of sports and events arena The Sunshine Centre

The comedy was cancelled during its first season due to low ratings. It was released on DVD, including four unaired episodes and is currently available to buy on Amazon Prime Video.

Go On (2012)

Matthew Perry as Ryan King in stcom Go On. (Getty Images)
Matthew Perry as Ryan King in stcom Go On. (Getty Images)

Another comedy series Perry produced as well as starred in saw him play Ryan King, a sports talk radio host returning to work after the death of his wife.

The sitcom explored themes of grief and group therapy and is available to watch on Roku.

The Odd Couple (2015-2017)

Thomas Lennon as Felix Unger and Matthew Perry as Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple  (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
Matthew Perry's charcater in bromance sitcom The Odd Couple was more like Joey than Chandler. (CBS via Getty Images)

More than 10 years after Friends ended and said goodbye to the bromance of Chandler and Joey, Perry created this new sitcom about best friends Oscar and Felix co-starring Thomas Lennon.

Former college buddies Felix and Oscar find themselves moving back in together 20 years later after they both split from their wives.

Perry took on some of Joey's traits in Oscar as a disorganised womaniser.

The comedy earned him two People's Choice nominations and ran for three series. It is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.

The Kennedys: Decline and Fall (2017)

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 30:  Matthew Perry and Katie Holmes discuss
Matthew Perry and Katie Holmestalk about working together on The Kennedys: Decline and Fall. (Getty Images)

Perry's final television role saw him play politician Ted Kennedy, brother of former US President JF Kennedy.

The two-part miniseries, also known as The Kennedys: After Camelot was a follow up to 2011 drama The Kennedys and starred Katie Holmes as Jackie O.

Holmes confessed to Perry during promo for the show that she was a huge Friends fan and was very excited to work with him.

The show is available to watch on Apple TV.

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