5 Defining Roles of Matthew Perry’s Iconic TV Career

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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, the Emmy-nominated actor whose career in Hollywood spanned four decades, passed away this past weekend at the age of 54. Known for his sharp wit and impeccable comedic timing, Perry gave us many memorable TV performances over the years, and here are five of the very best.


Chandler Bing from the iconic 90s sitcom Friends was definitely Perry’s defining character. He won us over with his snarky one-liners and sarcastic sense of humor and quickly became a fan-favorite character that made millions of people fall in love with this show.

The West Wing

Surprisingly enough, Chandler Bing isn’t Perry’s most Emmy-nominated character. He scored two nods for guest starring on the political drama The West Wing as the lawyer Joe Quincy.

The Good Wife

Speaking of Perry’s notable guest-starring roles, he got the chance to show us his versatility as an actor while playing the attorney Mike Kresteva on the legal drama The Good Wife.

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

Perry also starred in Aaron Sorkin’s critically acclaimed, but criminally underrated comedy series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. This show drew clear inspiration from Saturday Night Live and offered a behind-the-scenes look at the popular live sketch comedy show.

The Odd Couple

In one of his last leading roles, Perry portrayed one of the leads in the modern-day revival of The Odd Couple ­­—the tale of two middle-aged friends who become roommates after their marriages fell apart.