Friends: Where Are They Now? - Matthew Perry (#5)

#5. Matthew Perry:

Author's Note: It pains me to put Matthew Perry so low on this list, because he was arguably my favorite Friend (and I maintain that he possesses an enormous amount of talent), but looking at his credits, there just isn't that much to work with...

On Screen

Perry's main credit since Friends was the short-lived Aaron Sorkin vehicle Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip. Studio 60 was supposed to be the next big thing, but it fizzled and died after just a single season. At least Perry received generally positive feedback for his performance.

The problem with Perry is that besides Studio 60 he hasn't done very much; a TV movie here (The Ron Clark Story) and a movie you've never heard of there (Numb, Birds of America). While Perry has received positive reviews for all of these films, I just don't feel that any of them can be considered that big post-Friends breakthrough.

Perry will also be playing an older version of Zac Efron in this Spring's 17 Again. Second billing to Zac Efron. Yikes!

Perry's best chance for post-Friends success might be "The End of Steve", a new series for Showtime in which he will be starring and producing.

Off Screen

There's very little off-screen news for Perry and in his case, no news is probably good news since he previously suffered from various drug and alcohol addictions during his Friends tenure (and Chandler's weight see-sawed accordingly whether Perry was on or off of the sauce).

Perry may or may not be dating his former girlfriend Lauren Graham, of Gilmore Girls.

Hotness Retained?

Here is an image of Perry from February of this year. Like LeBlanc, he looks older, but since he doesn't appear to be balding or fat, I'm going to go ahead and vote "Yes" on this one. Honestly, could he BE any more adorable?

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Default avatar cat
Aug 20, 2008 8:00PM EDT

This is so sad cause matthew was my favourite character in friends.I dont necessarily agree with this decision cause i can name at least one actor who should be before matthew but thats just my opinion.Nice choice with # 6 though.By the way matthew is playing an older version of zacs character in seventeen not his father.

Default avatar cat
Aug 20, 2008 8:31PM EDT

I'm sorry, i beg to differ as i don't think you have gave Matthew the credit he deserves. 1st of all he was fantastic in friends and then after that he went on to do the movie "the whole nine yards/the whole ten yards" with Bruce Willis. I thought this movie was absolutely amazing and i watched it over and over again because of the performance Matthew Perry gave. He is brilliant in everything he does and he always will be. He deserves better credit for what he HAS done, not for what he hasn't done or has had the chance to do...YET!!!!! . xx

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Aug 20, 2008 8:40PM EDT guys are certainly welcome to disagree....but in a ranking system, somebody's got to go closer to the bottom...You'll see soon enough why I rank others above Perry, so keep reading!@miss-music - I completely agree that Perry was great in Friends and that The Whole Nine Yards was a funny film (not so much on the sequel to that though). However, both of these were released while Friends was still on the air. For the purposes of this feature, we're doing the rankings based solely on how their careers have faired since the conclusion of Friends. If it was based on entire careers, I agree that he would be higher up on the list though!

Aug 21, 2008 6:43AM EDT

i thot numb was an amazing movie, usually when actors say they researched a part b4 acting all i c is an actor acting like some1 else did in anotha movie, u just need 2 watch numb to truly c d indepth research he did 4 d part, it just wouldn't work wit half measures. but wat do people care about real talent ( signing)

Default avatar cat
Aug 21, 2008 1:11PM EDT

Matthew Perry (and Chandler for that matter) was definitely my favorite actor/character on Friends, but I would have to agree with Rachel's rankings since he really hasn't done much since Friends ended. Furthermore, most of the characters he's played outside of Friends bare a striking resemblance to his Chandler character. As much as I love Chan-Chan, as far as being an extraordinarily talented actor, Matthew Perry hasn't proved to have much breadth. He's definitely good- but is he an all-time great? Probably not.

Default avatar cat
Aug 21, 2008 2:25PM EDT

i know this is a really insignificant miniscule aspect of his career, but i though he was really amazing in his episode of scrubs

Default avatar cat
Oct 27, 2008 8:46PM EDT

Matthew, along with Chandler, are my favorite from Friends. I'm not sure I agree with the ranking but that's okay. I think Numb and Bird of America were amazing movies and if more people had the chance to see them, they would more popular. Also Studio 60 should have been given more of a chance. It was a great show with a awesome group of actor. NBC should have given it a good time slot and I probably would have done a lot better. I can't wait til The End of Steve starts. Hopefully it will be as good as Studio 60 was last longer.

Default avatar cat
Mar 4, 2009 12:50AM EST

Ummmm The Whole Nine Yards did pretty well and it's worth mentioning, don't you think?

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