Tributes poured in from all corners of Hollywood when the news came of Matthew Perry’s death at age 54 on Saturday. The actor, best known for starring as Chandler Bing in “Friends,” was found dead in a hot tub at his home in Los Angeles.
Many of the sentiments posted online Saturday pointed to Perry as the heart of the humor in “Friends.” As written in a tribute by Variety‘s chief correspondent Daniel D’Addario, “the character’s caustic wit, as performed by a master comic actor, presented as nothing more and nothing less than observational humor about his friends: One degree harsher and it would have tanked the show, one degree softer and it wouldn’t have landed.”
Several also referenced Perry’s struggle with alcoholism and drug addiction, which he discussed publicly throughout his career, especially in his memoir “Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing.”
“Oh no!!! Matthew Perry!! You sweet, troubled soul!!” wrote Mira Sorvino, who starred with Perry in the 1994 TV movie “Parallel Lives,” on X, formerly known as Twitter. “May you find peace and happiness in Heaven, making everyone laugh with your singular wit!!!”
“I’m so very sad to hear about. He was lovely to me on Friends and every time I saw him in the decades after,” wrote Paget Brewster, who had a six-episode arc on the show. “Please read his book. It was his legacy to help. He won’t rest in peace though.. He’s already too busy making everyone laugh up there.”
“My oldest boy friend. All of us loved Matthew Perry, and I did especially. Every day,” wrote Selma Blair on Instagram. “I loved him unconditionally. And he me. And I’m broken. Broken hearted. Sweet dreams Matty. Sweet dreams.”
Maggie Wheeler, who played Janice, Chandler’s on-again, off-again girlfriend in “Friends” posted, “What a loss. The world will miss you Matthew Perry. The joy you brought to so many in your too short lifetime will live on. I feel so very blessed by every creative moment we shared.”
Meredith Salenger, who starred in “A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon” with Perry, wrote that she has known Perry since they were both 16, and shared four photos of them together. “Oh man. No words. Rest in peace sweet @MatthewPerry,” she said.
“Ourfamily suffered a great loss today,” posted Yvette Nicole Brown, who played Dani in the CBS series that starred Perry as Oscar. “The entire entertainment world has. I am too sad about the news to say more than this: was a sweetheart who deserved more peace in this life. 54 is too young to go. We love you, Matty! “
“So sad to learn about Matthew Perry’s death. He was one of the funniest people I knew,” said Chad Lowe. “It was hard to watch him struggle with his alcoholism over the years. But he was courageous in the fight and helped a lot of people by going public with his battles. He was loved by so many.”
“We are devastated by the passing of our dear friend Matthew Perry,” reads a statement from Warner Bros. TV Group, which produced “Friends.” “Matthew was an incredibly gifted actor and an indelible part of the Warner Bros. Television Group family. The impact of his comedic genius was felt around the world, and his legacy will live on in the hearts of so many. This is a heartbreaking day, and we send our love to his family, his loved ones, and all of his devoted fans.”
“Happy trails to you, Matt. Thanks for being you,” said Nancy Sinatra. “Wishing you a peaceful journey home through the stars. If you loved Matthew Perry as I did read his book. You will learn a lot about him.”
“Awful news. RIP brother,” posted Josh Charles, who worked with Perry on “The Good Wife.”
“Very sad about Matthew Perry. He was so much fun to work with; and yet so serious about his craft,” said Robert King, who co-created “The Good Fight.”
“What a tragic piece of news to read,” George Takei. “My heart goes out to his loved ones and long time cast mates.”
“Matthew Perry invited me to his home once to join in the celebration of the LA Kings winning the Stanley Cup,” wrote Stuart Levine, vice president of editorial and media relations at NBCUniversal. “He couldn’t have been nicer. A truly deep loss.”
“Matthew Perry’s performance in FRIENDS was Emmy worthy,” said “Pose” co-creator Stephen Canals on X. “A performance in a show that defines my adolescence. Thank you, sir, for the many laughs. May you rest easy.”
“Please never hesitate to reach out to people you know who may be struggling. Or even just to reach out and check in,” said “Cougar Town” co-creator Kevin Biegel on X. “We all go through our battles, it’s hard to work outside of yourself, I know. But if you can, do it, someone may for you. I didnt know him but felt like I did…”
See more tributes to Perry below.