5 Roles That Cemented Matthew Perry’s Legacy

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Matthew Perry at "The Circle" film screening at Tribeca Film Festival in 2017. Photo by Erik Pendzich/REX/Shutterstock (8660370z)

Matthew Perry left an important mark on the world of entertainment before tragically passing away at the age of 54 this past weekend. The Emmy-nominated actor graced both our TV and silver screens over the course of the past four decades, and here are five roles that cemented his legacy.


It’s impossible to talk about Matthew Perry without mentioning his most iconic character – Chandler Bing. His hilarious one-liners and sarcastic charm transformed Friends into an instant classic that people still enjoy rewatching over two decades later.

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

Friends may be Perry’s most popular show, but it’s not the most critically acclaimed one. That honor belongs to this Aaron Sorkin-created dramedy, which exposes the inner workings of an SNL-inspired live sketch comedy show.

The Whole Nine Yards

Perry landed one of his most memorable film roles opposite Bruce Willis in The Whole Nine Yards and its sequel The Whole Ten Yards. He added a touch of comedy to this crime film in the role of quirky dentist Nicholas “Oz” Oseransky.

The Good Wife

Perry shined in guest roles in many acclaimed TV shows, from The West Wing to Scrubs. Most notably, he played the attorney Mike Kresteva in the legal drama The Good Wife and later reprised this role in its spinoff The Good Fight.

The Ron Clark Story

Perry owes one of his Emmy nods to the role in this TV film, which tells the tale of real-life teacher Ron Clark, who left his small hometown to bring his innovative teaching methods to a New York City public school.