Prominent Figures Including Justin Trudeau and Adele Pay Tribute to Late Actor Matthew Perry

by Gabriel Martinez
Matthew Perry Remembered

The passing of Matthew Perry, best known for his role as Chandler Bing on NBC’s long-running series “Friends,” has prompted an outpouring of grief and condolences from friends, colleagues, and prominent personalities. Among those paying tribute are Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, actress Morgan Fairchild, who portrayed Chandler’s mother on the series, and renowned singer Adele.

Perry was discovered deceased at his residence in Los Angeles this past Saturday, at the age of 54.

Trudeau, who shared an elementary school classroom with Perry while their parents were professional acquaintances, posted a heartfelt tribute on a social media platform, formerly known as Twitter.

Matthew Perry’s mother had served in the capacity of press secretary to Trudeau’s father, Pierre Trudeau, during his tenure as the Prime Minister of Canada.

During her concert in Las Vegas on the same Saturday, Adele took time to acknowledge Perry’s impact on her life, despite never having met him personally. She remarked on the unique sense of loss one often feels when an artist or entertainer passes away, and expressed her admiration for his contributions to the arts.

The comedy show “Saturday Night Live” dedicated a tribute card to Perry during its weekend episode. Perry had once hosted the show in 1997, appearing in a sketch where he portrayed the character of Joey, originally played by Matt LeBlanc, alongside Colin Quinn who played Chandler.

Morgan Fairchild expressed her profound sadness on social media, stating she was devastated by the “untimely death” of her on-screen son. She conveyed her condolences to Perry’s family and friends, particularly mentioning his father, actor John Bennett Perry, with whom she had collaborated on multiple television series.

Maggie Wheeler, another recurring co-star on “Friends” who played Chandler’s girlfriend Janice, took to social media to write about the indelible joy that Perry brought into the lives of many. She reminisced about their creative collaboration, expressing her sense of blessing for the moments they had shared.

Actress Selma Blair, who had guest-starred on an episode of “Friends,” shared her sentiments on Instagram, detailing her long-standing friendship with Perry and her grief at his passing.

Several actors in Hollywood had intersected with Perry’s career, which had been consistently active since his youth. Wendell Pierce, Perry’s co-star in “The Odd Couple,” described him as a generous, kind, and humorous individual, and expressed hope for his eternal peace.

Shannen Doherty, who had a longstanding friendship with Perry dating back to an episode of “Beverly Hills 90210,” shared a photo and reflected on their relationship. She touched on their shared history, the camaraderie, and the inimitable sense of humor that Perry brought into her life. The sense of loss, she indicated, was both acute and widespread, affecting a close-knit circle of friends and extending to a much larger audience who admired Perry’s work.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Matthew Perry Tribute

Who are some of the notable figures who paid tribute to Matthew Perry?

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, singer Adele, and actress Morgan Fairchild are among the prominent personalities who paid tribute to Matthew Perry upon his passing.

What role did Matthew Perry play on the television show “Friends”?

Matthew Perry portrayed the character Chandler Bing on the long-running NBC television series “Friends.”

What is the relation between Justin Trudeau and Matthew Perry?

Justin Trudeau and Matthew Perry were classmates during their elementary school years. Additionally, Perry’s mother served as press secretary to Trudeau’s father, Pierre Trudeau, during his term as Prime Minister of Canada.

What did Adele say about Matthew Perry during her concert?

During her concert in Las Vegas on the night of Perry’s passing, Adele spoke about how his work had made her laugh and impacted her personally, despite never having met him.

Did Matthew Perry have a history of working with any of his “Friends” co-stars before or after the show?

Morgan Fairchild, who portrayed Chandler Bing’s mother on “Friends,” had worked with Matthew Perry’s father, John Bennett Perry, on several television series. However, there is no information indicating that Matthew Perry had a working relationship with other “Friends” co-stars prior to or after the series.

What was Matthew Perry’s age at the time of his passing?

Matthew Perry was 54 years old at the time of his death.

How did “Saturday Night Live” honor Matthew Perry?

“Saturday Night Live” showed a tribute card for Perry during its weekend episode following his passing. Perry had once hosted the show in 1997.

What did other actors who had worked with Perry say about him?

Wendell Pierce, who worked with Perry on “The Odd Couple,” described him as a generous, kind, and funny individual. Shannen Doherty, who shared a longstanding friendship with Perry, also penned a heartfelt tribute reflecting on their relationship.

Where was Matthew Perry found?

Matthew Perry was found deceased at his residence in Los Angeles.

Who were some of the co-stars who expressed their condolences?

Morgan Fairchild, Maggie Wheeler, and Selma Blair are among the co-stars who took to social media to express their sorrow and share their memories of working with Matthew Perry.

More about Matthew Perry Tribute

  • Matthew Perry’s Obituary
  • Tribute from Justin Trudeau
  • Adele’s Las Vegas Concert Remarks
  • Saturday Night Live’s Tribute to Matthew Perry
  • Morgan Fairchild’s Social Media Post
  • Maggie Wheeler’s Tribute to Matthew Perry
  • Selma Blair’s Instagram Post
  • Wendell Pierce on Working with Matthew Perry
  • Shannen Doherty’s Reflection on Friendship with Matthew Perry
  • “Friends” Television Series Overview

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SarahWilliams October 29, 2023 - 10:29 pm

So many celebs paying tribute, really shows the impact he had. And Adele talking about him at her concert, that’s big.

ChrisP October 30, 2023 - 3:10 am

He’s touched so many lives, not just as an actor but as a person. Great read, captures the emotion well.

LindaG October 30, 2023 - 3:35 am

The details here are amazing. I feel like I understand the breadth of his impact so much more now. Thank you for this.

JohnDoe October 30, 2023 - 6:32 am

Wow, just can’t believe he’s gone. Chandler was like the best character on Friends. This is a great tribute to Matthew Perry. Well done!

Tim_1990 October 30, 2023 - 7:09 am

never knew he hosted SNL back in the day. Gotta check that episode out. RIP Matthew Perry.

EmilyS October 30, 2023 - 7:48 am

I didn’t know Trudeau and Perry were childhood classmates! Learn something new everyday. Really touching to see how much he meant to so many people.

Mike_in_LA October 30, 2023 - 12:55 pm

Was a big fan of Friends, grew up watching it. Matthew Perry was brilliant as Chandler. Sad day for everyone. this article captures it well.

AnnaQ October 30, 2023 - 3:59 pm

Heartbreaking! He was so young. Condolences to his family and friends. This article really puts into words what many of us are feeling.


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