Aug. 19th, 1969
Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA
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Matthew Langford Perry (born August 19, 1969) is an American-Canadian actor and comedian.
Born in Williamstown, Massachusetts. His mother, Suzanne Marie (née Langford), is a Canadian journalist and former press secretary to Canadian Prime Minister 'Pierre Trudeau', and his father, 'John Bennett Perry', is an American actor and former model. His parents divorced before his first birthday and his mother subsequently married 'Keith Morrison', a broadcast journalist. Perry was raised by his mother in Ottawa, Ontario, and was enrolled at Rockcliffe Park Public School and Ashbury College. While growing up, he took a keen interest in tennis and became a top-ranked junior player. Perry ranked 17th nationally in the junior singles category and third in the doubles category.
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, Second Chance (1987), he seized the opportunity to begin his acting career.
Perry appeared in the hit comedy film The Whole Nine Yards (2000), as the neighbor of a hit man played by 'Bruce Willis'. His other feature film credits include Fools Rush In (1997), A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon (1988), She's Out of Control (1989) and Parallel Lives (1994). He also co-starred with 'Chris Farley' in the buddy comedy Almost Heroes (1998) and in the romantic comedy, Three to Tango (1999) , opposite 'Neve Campbell'.
Perry did a 28-day program in 1997 for a Vicodin addiction. Perry's weight fluctuated drastically over the next few years and once dropped down to 145 pounds (66 kg). He lost 20 pounds in 2000 due to pancreatitis. Perry again entered rehab in February 2001 to treat an addiction to opioids (specifically vicodin and methadone), amphetamines and alcohol. Perry was in Dallas, Texas, filming Serving Sara with 'Elizabeth Hurley' when he had such severe stomach pains that he called a local doctor, who advised rehab. Perry flew to Los Angeles and checked into Marina del Rey's Daniel Freeman Hospital. Perry's publicist 'Lisa Kasteler' confirmed his rehab stay.
He starred in the TNT movie, The Ron Clark Story which premiered August 13, 2006. Perry played small town teacher 'Ron Clark' who relocates to the toughest class in the country. Perry received a Golden Globe nomination as well as an Emmy nomination for his performance.
In 2009 he starred in the film 17 Again playing the older Mike O'Donnell.
Perry currently resides in Los Angeles. He enjoys playing ice hockey and softball in his spare time.
Perry reportedly dated 'Julia Roberts', 'Yasmine Bleeth' and 'Lauren Graham'. He has been in a relationship with 'Lizzy Caplan' since 2006.
Perry holds dual American-Canadian citizenship.
- His father, 'John Bennett Perry' (qv), played his father in _Fools Rush In (1997)_ (qv).
- Said on his Twitter account that his favorite song is "Don't Give Up" by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush.
- The part of Maj. Don West in _Lost in Space (1998)_ (qv) was originally offered to him, but eventually went to _"Friends" (1994)_ (qv) co-star 'Matt LeBlanc' (qv).
- Both in _The Whole Nine Yards (2000)_ (qv) and _Three to Tango (1999)_ (qv), his characters are asked "Are you always this nervous?". Both times the response is "yes.".
- Stepson of 'Keith Morrison (III)' (qv), NBC newscaster. Half-brother of Caitlin (b. 1981); Emily (b. 1985); Willy (b. 1987); Madeleine (b. 1989); and Marie Perry.
- Matthew's wit is so legendary that directors often used his gags and suggestions on the show
- Is on the board of directors for the soon-to-be-opened Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. Ron Clark is a world-renowned educator who Perry depicted in the TNT original film _The Ron Clark Story (2006) (TV)_ (qv).
- Missing part of his middle finger on his right hand, this is due to an unfortunate door-shutting accident in nursery school.