Chandler Bing, the character that Matthew Perry played in the sitcom Friends, is largely responsible for the actor’s widespread fame. Between the years 1994 and 2004, he was a guest on each and every one of the show’s 236 episodes. He is most known for his roles in the television shows “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” and “Go On,” as well as the films “Fools Rush In” and “The Whole Nine Yards.” He has starred in a number of other shows and films.
In the Beginning
Matthew Langford Perry was born on the 19th of August in the year 1969 in the city of Williamstown, Massachusetts. His mother Suzanne is a journalist who was born in Canada and had worked for the Canadian government as a secretary for Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. John Bennett Perry Sr. is an actor and model, and he is his son’s father.
Before he turned one, his parents had already ended their marriage. When Matthew was just 12 years old, in 1981, his mother Suzanne tied the knot with writer Keith Morrison (who would later become famous as a correspondent on Dateline NBC).
At the age of 18, Matthew landed his first role in a professional production when he was chosen to star alongside River Phoenix in “A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon.”
In addition to that, he studied improv comedy at the LA Connection in Sherman Oaks, where he soon rose to the position of featured performer. In the late 1980s, he made a handful of brief cameo appearances on various television programs. After that, he entertained the idea of attending the University of Southern California. Instead, he was offered the part of Chazz Russell in the show “Second Chance,” and after that, people began to take notice of him in the acting world.
Due to the fact that he had previously been in the television drama “LAX 2194,” he was not initially taken into consideration for the audition for the show “Friends.” But because the film took its time getting off the ground, Perry was able to get an audition in, which ultimately led to his earning the character of Chandler Bing, for which he is best famous today. A total of ten seasons were produced for the show, and in 2002, Perry was nominated for an Emmy for his work on it.
During the time that he was starring in “Friends,” he also appeared in a number of films, including “Fools Rush In,” “The Whole Nine Yards,” “Almost Heroes,” and “Three to Tango.” In 2006, he starred in the movie “The Ron Clark Story,” which was broadcast on TNT. For his work in the film, he was nominated for a further Emmy and a Golden Globe.
Earnings from Friends
Each cast member of Friends earned a total of $22,500 for their work on the first season of the show. This brings the total cost of the first season to $540,000. During the second season, their hourly pay was increased to a total of $40,000 each episode. The total amount for the second season comes to 960,000 dollars. The cast came to an agreement to bargain collectively before the start of the third season when their previous contracts were about to expire.
They ultimately reached an agreement that would pay $75,000 for each episode of season three ($1.875 million for the season), $85,000 for season four ($2.04 million), $100,000 for season five ($2.5 million), and $125,000 for season six ($3.125 million). A significant pay increase was agreed for the cast in advance of the seventh season.
In the end, they made a total of $750,000 per episode in seasons 7 and 8, which is equivalent to $18 million per season. During seasons 9 and 10, every member of the cast was paid $1 million for each episode. That breaks down to a total of $24 million for the ninth season and $18 million for the tenth season. When everything is added up, each member of the cast of Friends made close to $90 million from the show in basic salary alone, and that’s before taking into account backend bonuses and ongoing royalties.
During the talks for their new contracts in the year 2000, the actors were permitted to demand backside points on the show. These points would provide them the opportunity to collect royalties when the show was sold to syndication. Up until that point, the only other television personalities outside Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Cosby who held ownership shares in shows were those two. The Friends television series still brings in more than one billion dollars annually via syndication royalties and streaming arrangements. There have been rumors that each member of the cast can make between $10 and $20 million in royalties alone during certain years.
In 2015, Matthew received $10.65 million for the sale of a property located in Malibu.
In 2011, he purchased a brand-new property in Malibu that was situated on the seaside for the price of $11 million. In August of 2020, he put this house up for sale at a price of $15 million, but he was only able to get $13.1 million for it in January of 2021.
Matthew purchased a spacious penthouse condominium in Century City, California, for the sum of twenty million dollars in the year 2017. In August of 2019, he placed the penthouse on the market as available for $35 million. By July of the following year, 2020, he had reduced the price to $27 million.
In 2018, he brought in $12.5 million for the sale of a different home in the Los Angeles area.
In the year 2020, Matthew purchased a home in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles for the price of $6 million.
Matthew Perry is a well-known comedian and actor in the United States, and his current net worth is estimated to be $120 million.