John Bennett Perry

John Bennett Perry

Jan. 4th, 1941
Born in
Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA
6' 2"

John Bennett Perry's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Police Story TV Show
Police Story
Family Law TV Show
Family Law
Paper Dolls TV Show
Paper Dolls
The Army Show TV Show
The Army Show

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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John Bennett Perry has enjoyed a diverse and successful career that spans over the last few decades. Born a natural entertainer in Williamstown, Massachussetts, he started a band with his brother Tony and enjoyed local success. His acting roots were firmly planted in New York where he starred in many Broadway plays and musicals. Splitting time on both coasts, he appeared in numerous commercials, and became easily recognizable as the "Old Spice" sailor in the seventies. John went on to appear in a long list of dramatic and comedic features using both his sarcastic wit and emotional depth to gain fans of moviegoers and critics everywhere. In 1988 he won a Western Heritage Award for his work on the television drama Independence. John enjoys working with his son, Matthew Perry, and has played his father in the film Fools Rush In and the television show Scrubs. He also enjoys touring with his folk/country/comedy band "The Ojai Boys." He lives in Ojai with his wife Debbie, two dogs, a couple of horses and about five chickens.

  • Father of 'Matthew Perry (I)' (qv) and Mia Perry
  • Played 'Matthew Perry (I)' (qv)'s father in _Fools Rush In (1997)_ (qv), and later in _"Scrubs" (2001)_ (qv); he is scheduled to do so again in the upcoming Beginning of Wisdom, The (2008). He and Matthew have also appeared on the same shows at separate times. First, John played Joshua's ('Tate Donovan' (qv)) father on _"Friends" (1994)_ (qv) for one episode, but did not appear in any scenes with Matthew. Later, John played a congressman on _"The West Wing" (1999)_ (qv) a few years before Matthew's recurring role as Joe Quincy.
  • Best known as the sailor in the "Old Spice" commercials
  • Member of The Ojai Valley Boys country group.

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