Early life[ edit ] Perry was born in Williamstown, Massachusetts on August 19, His father, John Bennett Perry born , is an American actor and former model. After 13 episodes, Second Chance became Boys Will Be Boys , with the plots refocused on the adventures of Chazz and his teenage friends. In , he made a guest appearance on Beverly Hills, as Roger Azarian. By then, Perry was making his mark, and was instantly cast in a sitcom pilot titled LAX The project was slow to take off, so as a back-up option, he attempted to secure an audition for the pilot Six of One, later to be known as Friends , by Marta Kauffman and David Crane , both of whom he had worked with on Dream On.
However, due to previous commitments to the pilot LAX , he was not initially considered for an audition. When he did eventually get a reading, he landed the part of Chandler Bing. His three appearances in that series twice in the fourth season and once in the fifth earned him two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series in and Perry is referred to in the show prior to his guest appearance - Donna Moss seeks him out off screen in the episode "20 Hours in LA.
Murray is asked to donate a kidney to his father Gregory played by Perry's real father. Perry played small town teacher Ron Clark who relocates to the toughest class in the country.
Perry received a Golden Globe nomination as well as an Emmy nomination for his performance. Perry played Matt Albie alongside Bradley Whitford 's Danny Tripp, a writer-director duo brought in to help save a failing sketch show. Perry's character was considered to be substantially based on Sorkin's own personal experiences, particularly in television. The film's tentative release date was pushed back several times, but was finally released to DVD on May 13, In , Perry starred in the offbeat film Birds of America as Morrie Tanager, an uptight man who has to deal with his siblings.
Sunshine , based on Perry's original idea for the show, was bought by ABC. Perry portrayed Ryan King, a sportscaster who tries to move on after the death of his wife through the help of mandatory therapy sessions. The pilot aired on August 8, as a "sneak preview" after the Summer Olympics. In , he reprised his role in the fourth season.
Perry portrayed "a charismatic man" who enchanted onlookers by throwing his dog in the air.