Matthew Perry played the role of Chandler Bing, one of the most loved characters of the '90s.
Matthew Langford Perry was born August 19, 1969, in Williamstown, Massachusetts. His mother Suzanne is a Canadian-born journalist and the former secretary to Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. His father John Bennett Perry is an actor and model. His parents divorced before he turned one. In 1981, when Matthew was 12, his mother Suzanne married journalist Keith Morrison (who would later become famous as a correspondent on Dateline NBC).
He was originally not considered for the audition for "Friends", due to being previously involved in a TV drama called "LAX 2194". But the project was slow to take off, and Perry was able to make the audition, landing him the role of Chandler Bing for which he is mostly known today. The series lasted for a total of ten seasons and earned Perry an Emmy nomination in 2002.
Friends premiered in 1994 and immediately started gaining fame. Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer are the actors and actresses that were cast to depict the stories of a close group of friends living in New York City.
At some point, their friendships stopped feeling like part of the job. The cast openly admits how close they are as a result of working together so intimately for so long. For ten seasons the show ran as viewers fell in love with the characters and storylines.
How much did Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing?
For the first season of Friends, each cast member earned $22,500 per episode. That works out to $540,000 for the first season. Their salaries were boosted to $40,000 per episode in the second season. That works out to $960,000 for the second season. Ahead of the third season when their contracts were up, the cast banded together to negotiate as a group. They ended up with a deal that paid $75,000 per episode of season three ($1.875 million for the season), $85,000 for season 4 ($2.04 million), $100,000 for season 5 ($2.5 million) and $125,000 in season 6 ($3.125 million). Ahead of season 7 the cast negotiated for a massive raise. They each ended up earning $750,000 per episode in seasons 7 and 8 ($18 million per season). For seasons 9 and 10, each cast member earned $1 million per episode. That works out to $24 million for season 9 and $18 million for season 10. If you total it all up, each cast member of Friends earned around $90 million in base salary alone from the show before backend bonuses and on-going royalties.
What is Matthew Perry's total net worth?
As per a report published in Celebritynetworth.com, Matthew Perry’s net worth is estimated to be around $120 million. The report further suggests that Matthew recently splurged a massive amount of $20 million to buy a large penthouse apartment in Century City, California. More so, the actor also sold his LA home for $12.5 million.