A foundation has been established in memory of the late actor Matthew Perry, known for his role as Chandler in the TV show Friends.
Perry, who battled addiction throughout his adult life, passed away at the age of 54. The Matthew Perry Foundation aims to assist those struggling with addiction, reflecting Perry’s longstanding dedication to this cause.
The foundation’s mission is rooted in Perry’s own words and experiences, with the goal of positively impacting as many lives as possible. Perry’s desire was for his legacy to be associated with helping others rather than his acting career.
The foundation’s website features quotes from Perry emphasising the collective effort needed to combat addiction.
The National Philanthropic Trust is overseeing the management of the foundation. Perry’s funeral took place in Los Angeles, attended by his Friends co-stars. Perry had transformed his Malibu beach property into a men’s sober living facility called Perry House, receiving recognition from the White House for his efforts.
Even after selling the property, Perry remained committed to supporting those in recovery. Friends co-creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane attested to Perry’s deep sense of purpose in helping others struggling with addiction, which had become a central focus of his life.