For a full decade, Matthew Perry delighted audiences worldwide with his hilarious role as Chandler on the beloved sitcom Friends. The success of Chandler and Friends was perhaps Perry’s greatest professional achievement. It was not, however, how he wanted to be remembered. After his death, those closest to Matthew Perry are helping to uphold this wish, including Jennifer Aniston.
Though Matthew Perry was proud of his acting career, he admitted multiple times that he would like the world to remember him for his humanitarian efforts instead. Specifically, his work to help others struggling with addiction, as he himself did for many years.
“I would like to be remembered as somebody who lived well, loved well, was a seeker,” Perry said in a 2022 interview on the Q with Tom Power podcast.
“The best thing about me, bar none, is if somebody comes up to me and says, ‘I can’t stop drinking. Can you help me?’ I can say yes and follow up and do it,” Perry continued. “And I’ve said this for a long time. When I die, I don’t want Friends to be the first thing that’s mentioned – I want that to be the first thing that’s mentioned. And I’m going to live the rest of my life proving that.”
To honor Matthew Perry’s legacy and wishes, those closest to him launched the Matthew Perry Foundation in his memory. The organization describes itself as “the realization of Matthew’s enduring commitment to helping others struggling with the disease of addiction.”
Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry’s Family Ask for Support
In observance of Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to selflessness and community support amidst the holiday season, Matthew Perry’s family and friends asked his fans to support his foundation, Jennifer Aniston among them.
“For #GivingTuesday please join me and Matty’s family in supporting his foundation – which is working to help those suffering with addiction,” Aniston wrote in an Instagram story. “He would have been grateful for the love.”
Matthew Perry’s family took to the internet to request support for the late actor’s foundation as well. Perry’s stepfather, Dateline journalist Keith Morrison, posted to X (formerly Twitter) with a heartfelt message on behalf of his son.
“This is not the sort of thing I commonly do, this pitch. But this year is different. And tomorrow is Giving Tuesday,” Morrison wrote. “Do what you can; he would have been grateful.”
This is not the sort of thing I commonly do, this pitch. But this year is different. And tomorrow is Giving Tuesday. Do what you can; he would have been grateful. https://t.co/OmaqSgt1rq— Keith Morrison (@dateline_keith) November 27, 2023
“It is important to us as a family to honor Matthew’s legacy,” Perry’s family said in a statement. “The potential that the Matthew Perry Foundation has to help those suffering with this disease is something we are proud to bring to the world.”
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