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Matthew Perry Tribute Card Added to Start of ‘Friends’ Seasons on Max

Matthew Perry Tribute Card Added to Start of ‘Friends’ Seasons on Max

A tribute card in memory of Matthew Perry, who died on Saturday, has been added to the start of each season of Friends on the streaming service, Max. The card simply reads, “In Memory of Matthew Perry, 1969-2023”. It appears for five seconds before viewers see the show’s usual opening.

Matthew Perry, who played Chandler Bing on the NBC sitcom, was found dead in his jacuzzi on Saturday. He was 54 years old. Variety reports that law enforcement officials do not suspect foul play in Perry’s death.

In a story written for Variety, writer Daniel D’Addario defined Perry as “the comic soul of Friends.”

He said that Matthew Perry’s 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. And yet it always did, no matter how good or bad the script, no matter what Perry was going through.”

While Perry’s acting career and most significant role receives accolades, he appeared to be more concerned with his addiction issues. One of the things he hoped that people would remember him for is his willingness to help other issues.

Hank Azaria Lovingly Remembers Matthew Perry

Actor Hank Azaria, known for his work on The Simpsons, released a video on Sunday. In it, he remembered going out and drinking at night with Matthew Perry. “We drank a lot together, we laughed a lot together, we were there for each other in the early days of our career,” Azaria said on his Instagram post.

But Azaria also tenderly remembered Perry being there during the time he first joined Alcoholics Anonymous.

“I’m a sober guy for 17 years,” Azaria explained. “And I wanna say that the night I went into AA, Matthew brought me in. The whole first year I was sober, we went to meetings together. He was so caring and giving and wise. And he totally helped me get sober. And I really wish he could’ve, you know, found the – found it in himself to stay with the silver life more consistently.”

Matthew Perry admitted in his memoir that he had on-again-off-again times when he was sober from alcohol and drugs.

Azaria himself said in his video that he found Perry’s memoir to be powerful. “I picked the book up and down 11 times,” Azaria said about Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing.

Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, Azaria said he picked up and put down the book 11 times. “It was so painful for me to read.”

Matthew Perry, in different interviews when the book came out, felt it was important for him to tell his story.