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Matthew Perry        

Recovery Advocate & Actor Best Known for "Friends"

Best known for his successful career on the TV series "Friends," Matthew Perry is also a passionate advocate for treatment and recovery support for substance abuse addicts and alcoholics.

On one of his visits to Washington, D.C., Perry was honored by the Obama Administration’s Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) at the White House with the Champion of Recovery Award, the highest ranking honor he could receive. As an Ambassador for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP), Perry has been to Capitol Hill several times to lobby for the additional funding needed to expand access to drug courts across the United States. Drug courts have been shown to be a less expensive and more effective alternative to prison for nonviolent drug-addicted offenders who are instead entered into court-supervised treatment programs.

In 2011, Perry was presented with the All Rise Ambassador Award by the NADCP for his tireless advocacy efforts for drug courts. He is also the founder of Perry House, a sober living residence for men starting their journey towards recovery.

Perry was the co-creator, co-writer, executive producer, and star of the ABC sitcom "Mr. Sunshine." He co-developed and starred in the CBS sitcom "The Odd Couple," portraying Oscar Madison from 2015 to 2017. Perry also made his playwriting debut in 2017 with the dark comedy play "The End of Longing." In 2021, he executive produced and appeared in the HBO Max special "Friends: The Reunion."

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Matthew Perry Says Past Substance Abuse Has Caused Him to ...
While playing the role of a lifetime, Matthew Perry was battling addiction. During a recent interview on BBC Radio 2 in Britain, the 46-year-old actor found himself  ...
Matthew Perry can't remember three years of 'Friends' - NY Daily News
Most people can name their favorite “Friends” episode but Matthew Perry can't.
Matthew Perry Isn't Too Upset About Missing That 'Friends' Reunion ...
So no one told us he was gonna to be this way. (Clap, clap, clap, clap.) Matthew Perry, who played Chandler Bing on “Friends,” was the only cast member ...
Matthew Perry isn't sad he missed 'Friends' reunion - NY Daily News
Even Matthew Perry isn't coming to the defense of the “Friends" reunion.
Matthew Perry to Star as Ted Kennedy in Reelz 'The Kennedys ...
Matthew Perry will play Ted Kennedy in "The Kennedys -- After Camelot," Reelz's follow-up to the 2011 miniseries "The Kennedys," Variety has learned.
Matthew Perry To Be Honored At Triumph For Teens Gala
Actor and humanitarian Matthew Perry will receive the “2015 Phoenix Rising Award” and former Los Angeles Mayor and civic leader, the Honorable Antonio Villaraigosa, the “2015 Public Service Award” at the 12th Annual Triumph for Teens Awards Gala, Monday, June 15th, 2015 at the Montage Beverly Hills.
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Matthew Perry recalls drug use during "Friends" - CBS News
The actor opened up about hiding his addiction from co-stars and how he has trouble even looking at photos from that era.
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