In the wake of Matthew Perry's untimely passing on October 28, the world continues to mourn the loss of a beloved actor and comedian, best known for his iconic portrayal of Chandler Bing on the hit television series "Friends." While Perry's comedic genius brought laughter to millions, his lesser-known philanthropic endeavors are now coming to the forefront, with Michael J.
Fox shedding light on his late friend's profound generosity. Perry, a recipient of the Television Comedy Award, had always expressed his desire to be remembered as a comedic legend and for his commitment to helping individuals in their battle against addiction.
This commitment manifested in the Perry House, a men's sober living facility he passionately supported. The outpouring of grief and tributes following Perry's passing has been overwhelming. His former "Friends" co-stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, and Matt LeBlanc have all paid tribute to his enduring legacy.
Michael J. Fox, renowned for his role in "Back to the Future" and his tireless advocacy against Parkinson's Disease, is sharing his perspective on Perry's remarkable benevolence. During an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Fox reminisced about Perry's invaluable support during the early days of the Michael J.
Fox Foundation, dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson's Disease. "I hope this isn't indiscreet," Fox began, "but when they first made their big sale [on their 'Friends' contracts] and were made millionaires for the rest of their lives, he wrote a big fat check to the foundation."
Perry's Benevolent Impact
Fox continued to express his gratitude, emphasizing that Perry's gesture was a significant vote of confidence in the foundation's mission.
Perry's contribution was not driven by self-promotion; instead, it was a heartfelt endorsement of Fox's work. "And it wasn't accompanied by any self-aggrandizing or anything," Fox explained, "he was just like, 'Take it and do your best.'
" This revelation highlights Perry's profound impact on charitable causes, using his newfound wealth to support those in need. Michael J. Fox's foundation, founded in 2000, has been at the forefront of Parkinson's research, and Perry's contribution undoubtedly played a pivotal role in advancing its mission.
Reflecting on their friendship, Fox recalled moments on the hockey rink, where Perry and he shared a passion for the sport. Perry had previously mentioned that Fox's role in "Back to the Future" had also inspired his acting career.
Fox humbly acknowledged Perry's praise, stating, "He was just a funny guy, and if I was ever as funny as him – I mean, he was the funniest – I'm happy I had an impact on him. He was a funny guy." Matthew Perry's sudden and tragic death occurred when he was found in a jacuzzi in his Los Angeles home, leading to an outpouring of grief from fans, friends, and colleagues alike.
He is survived by his mother, Suzanne Morrison, his father, John Perry, his stepfather, Keith Morrison, and five siblings. As the world continues to remember and honor Matthew Perry, his legacy of laughter, compassion, and philanthropy will undoubtedly live on, thanks partly to the heartfelt recollections of friends like Michael J. Fox.