David Schwimmer pays touching tribute to Matthew Perry with photo of one of his ‘favorite moments’ with late Friends star: ‘It makes me smile and grieve at the same time’
David Schwimmer has paid a touching tribute to his late Friends co-star Matthew Perry following the actor’s death at age 54.
Schwimmer, 57, shared a snap from one of his ‘favorite moments’ with Perry as he praised his comedic skills and kind nature.
‘Matty, Thank you for ten incredible years of laughter and creativity,’ Schwimmer began in the Instagram post. ‘I will never forget your impeccable comic timing and delivery. You could take a straight line of dialogue and bend it to your will, resulting in something so entirely original and unexpectedly funny it still astonishes.
‘And you had heart. Which you were generous with, and shared with us, so we could create a family out of six strangers. This photo is from one of my favorite moments with you. Now it makes me smile and grieve at the same time.
‘I imagine you up there, somewhere, in the same white suit, hands in your pockets, looking around— “Could there BE any more clouds?”‘
‘You had heart’: David Schwimmer has paid a touching tribute to his late Friends co-star Matthew Perry following the actor’s death at age 54
Last month the five Friends stars released a joint official statement about the actor’s tragic passing.
‘We are all so utterly devastated by the loss of Matthew. We were more than just cast mates. We are a family,’ Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and Schwimmer told People. ‘There is so much to say, but right now we’re going to take a moment to grieve and process this unfathomable loss.’
The stars continued: ‘In time we will say more, as and when we are able,’ the statement continues. ‘For now, our thoughts and our love are with Matty’s family, his friends, and everyone who loved him around the world.’
Perry was laid to rest in a simple hour-long service at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles on November 3 – in a ceremony attended by his Friends co-stars.
An onlooker told DailyMail.com: ‘Ms Aniston was one of the first to arrive. She kept herself to herself. This is a high profile gathering.’
His tearful mother Suzanne Morrison, 84, and Dateline journalist stepfather Keith, 76, were both at the private event, as was his father John Perry, 82. Keith Morrison was one of the pallbearers.
The cemetery is opposite Warner Bros Studios, where Friends was filmed for 10 seasons, and is the final resting place of a galaxy of Hollywood stars – among them Carrie Fisher, Bette Davis, Stan Laurel, Buster Keaton, INXS frontman Michael Hutchence, Paul Walker, Brittany Murphy and Anne Heche.
Perry died of an accidental ‘drowning’ in his jacuzzi at his Los Angeles home. Police found prescription pills at the home, but no illegal drugs, sources said.
‘Impeccable comic timing and delivery’: Schwimmer praised Matthew’s acting ability
Co-stars: Schwimmer and Perry starred on the hit comedy series from 1994 to 2004
Last month the five Friends stars released a joint official statement about the actor’s tragic passing
Perry had reportedly played a two-hour game of Pickleball – a sport similar to tennis but played on a smaller court – earlier in the day, before sending his assistant out on an errand. When they returned, Perry was said to be found unresponsive in his hot tub.
His body was taken from his house by the LA County Medical Examiner’s Office hours after his death.
Perry rose to fame in his role as ‘Chandler Bing’ on the hit 90s sitcom Friends, which ran for ten seasons.
He had just recently posted a picture of him and his father John Bennett Perry who joined him on a Friends episode in 1998.
He was born in Massachusetts and raised in Canada by his mother Suzanne Marie after his parents divorced when he was one-year-old.
Perry was a natural fit for the role of Chandler, beloved for his sarcastic one-liners, and many of his mannerisms grew from the actor’s own behavior.
He said in his memoir: ‘It was as if someone had followed me around for a year, stealing my jokes, copying my mannerisms, photocopying my world-weary yet witty view of life. One character in particular stood out to me: it wasn’t that I thought I could ‘play’ Chandler. I ‘was’ Chandler.’
Perry later revealed that when he was first cast in the sitcom at the age of 24, that is when his alcohol addiction really came to light.
He said years later that by the end of the 10th series of the hit show, he became ‘entrenched in a lot of trouble.’
Perry and Schwimmer pictured together in 1997
Perry pictured with his Friends co-stars during their reunion in 2021
In a 2016 he admitted that he didn’t remember three seasons of filming because he was a ‘little out of it at the time’.
At one point during his time on Friends, Perry said he was taking 55 Vicodin painkillers a day and was down to 128lb but yet he ‘didn’t know how to stop.’
Following his sudden death many took to social media and gave tribute to the late actor, specifically for his role as Chandler in Friends. His co-stars Jennifer, Matt, and Courteney all took to Instagram to remember their late co-star.
Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada attended school with Perry when he lived in the country and wrote a touching post about him.
‘Matthew Perry’s passing is shocking and saddening. I’ll never forget the schoolyard games we used to play, and I know people around the world are never going to forget the joy he brought them.
‘Thanks for all the laughs, Matthew. You were loved – and you will be missed,’ Trudeau said.
Warner Bros, which produced Friends, said in a statement: ‘We are devastated to learn of Matthew Perry’s passing. He was a true gift to us all. Our heart goes out to his family, loved ones, and all of his fans.’
After moving to LA, Perry starred as Chazz Russell in Boys Will Be Boys and also had roles in shows including sitcom Growing Pains before becoming a global superstar as Chandler.
Perry rose to fame in his role as ‘Chandler Bing’ on the hit 90s sitcom Friends, which ran for ten seasons
‘This was the only guy to play him,’ creator of Friends Marta Kauffman said in the 2021 reunion special.
The star laid bare the height of his terrible drug and alcohol addiction battle which nearly cost him his life in a memoir titled Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir.
Perry also revealed that his colon ruptured as a result of his opioid addiction when he was 49.
Doctors gave him only a two percent chance of survival and he was in a coma for two weeks followed by months more in the hospital.
Perry required 14 surgeries to help repair all of the abdominal damage, and he admitted to having gone to rehab 15 times over the years in hopes of kicking his drug addiction.
Perry also starred in several films including 17 Again starring Zac Efron, Fools Rush In with Salma Hayek, and Getting In with comedian Dave Chapelle.
He featured in The Whole Nine Yards, and The Kid with Bruce Willis – who was a guest star in the sixth series of Friends.
Perry never married and ended his engagement to Molly Hurwitz, a literary manager, in 2021.
He dated several well-known actresses including Julia Roberts and Lizzy Caplan.
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