Jennifer Anniston, who played Rachel in the sit-com, took to Instagram to remember Perry, writing, “Oh boy this one has cut deep… Having to say goodbye to our Matty has been an insane wave of emotions that I’ve never experienced before.”
She continued: “We all experience loss at some point in our lives. Loss of life or loss of love. Being able to really SIT in this grief allows you to feel the moments of joy and gratitude for having loved someone that deep. And we loved him deeply. He was such a part of our DNA. We were always the 6 of us. This was a chosen family that forever changed the course of who we were and what our path was going to be. For Matty, he KNEW he loved to make people laugh. As he said himself, if he didn’t hear the ‘laugh’ he thought he was going to die. His life literally depended on it. And boy did he succeed in doing just that. He made all of us laugh. And laugh hard. In the last couple weeks, I’ve been pouring over our texts to one another. Laughing and crying then laughing again. I’ll keep them forever and ever. I found one text that he sent me out of nowhere one day. It says it all. (See the second slide…)”
She concluded the post, writing, “Matty, I love you so much and I know you are now completely at peace and out of any pain. I talk to you every day… sometimes I can almost hear you saying “could you BE any crazier?”.”
Lisa Kudrow also paid tribute to Perry over Instagram, with a photo of the two of them from the early days of Friends. In the caption, she recalled instantly bonding with Perry: “Shot the pilot, Friends Like Us, got picked up then immediately, we were at the NBC Upfronts. Then… You suggested we play poker AND made it so much fun while we initially bonded. Thank you for that.”
“Thank you for making me laugh so hard at something you said, that my muscles ached, and tears poured down my face EVERY DAY. Thank you for your open heart in a six way relationship that required compromise. And a lot of ‘talking.’ Thank you for showing up at work when you weren’t well and then, being completely brilliant. Thank you for the best 10 years a person gets to have. Thank you for trusting me. Thank you for all I learned about GRACE and LOVE through knowing you. Thank you for the time I got to have with you, Matthew.”
David Schwimmer, who played Chandler’s friend and former roommate Ross, posted a picture of the two actors in character, writing, “This photo is from one of my favorite moments with you. Now it makes me smile and grieve at the same time.”
He also thanked Perry for his laughter and creativity: “I will never forget your impeccable comic timing and delivery. You could take a straight line of dialogue and bend it to your will, resulting in something so entirely original and unexpectedly funny it still astonishes.”
He concluded the touching post, saying, “I imagine you up there, somewhere, in the same white suit, hands in your pockets, looking around— ‘Could there BE any more clouds?’”
Courteney Cox, who played Perry’s on-screen wife Monica Geller, shared a clip from the hit show to Instagram, along with the caption, “I am so grateful for every moment I had with you Matty and I miss you every day.”
She continued, “When you work with someone as closely as I did with Matthew, there are thousands of moments I wish I could share. For now here’s one of my favorites. To give a little backstory, Chandler and Monica were supposed to have a one night fling in London. But because of the audience’s reaction, it became the beginning of their love story.
“In this scene, before we started rolling, he whispered a funny line for me to say. He often did things like that. He was funny and he was kind.”
Matt LeBlanc, who played Chandler’s best friend Joey in the show, shared a series of sweet photos of the on-screen duo to Instagram.
Alongside the images, he wrote: “Matthew, it is with a heavy heart I say goodbye. The times we had together are honestly among the favourite times of my life. It was an honor to share the stage with you and to call you my friend. I will always smile when I think of you and I’ll never forget you. Never. Spread your wings and fly brother you’re finally free. Much love. And I guess you’re keeping the 20 bucks you owe me.”
The tributes come weeks after the suriving Friends cast released a joint statement for Perry.
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer told People, “We are all so utterly devastated by the loss of Matthew. We were more than just castmates. We are a family.”
The statement continued, “There is so much to say, but right now we’re going to take a moment to grieve and process this unfathomable loss.
“In time we will say more, as and when we are able. For now, our thoughts and our love are with Matty’s family, his friends, and everyone who loved him around the world.”
Tributes have been flowing for Matthew Perry in recent weeks, after he was found dead in a Los Angeles home on October 28. He was just 54.
Among those sharing their grief for the beloved actor are a host of celebrity co-stars and friends who crossed paths with Perry over the course of his career, which spanned Friends, 17 Again, Fools Rush In, The Whole Nine Yards, Beverly Hills 90210, and The Ron Clark Story.
Of the many tributes paid to the beloved actor so far, each of them are united in remembering Perry for his impeccable comedic timing and kindness, both on and off screen.
Gwyneth Paltrow took to Instagram with a touching tribute, describing meeting Perry when the pair were in their early twenties.
“I met Matthew Perry in 1993 at the Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts. We were both there for most of the summer doing plays,” she wrote.
“He was so funny and so sweet and so much fun to be with. We drove out to swim in creeks, had beers in the local college bar, kissed in a field of long grass. It was a magical summer. He had shot the pilot of Friends but it had not aired yet. He was nervous, hoping his big break was just around the corner. It was,” she continued.
She signed off, “We stayed friends for a while until we drifted apart, but I was always happy to see him when I did. I am super sad today, as so many of us are. I hope Matthew is at peace at long last. I really do.”
Maggie Wheeler, who played Janice, Chandler’s on-again-off-again girlfriend on Friends, took to Instagram to express her grief with a photo of the two on set.
“What a loss,” she wrote alongside the snap.
“The world will miss you Mathew Perry. The joy you brought to so many in your too-short lifetime will live on. I feel so very blessed by every creative moment we shared.”
Selma Blair also posted a sweet tribute to the actor on Instagram.
Alongside a selfie taken in recent years, she wrote, “My oldest boy friend. All of us loved Matthew Perry, and I did especially. Every day. I loved him unconditionally. And he me. And I’m broken. Broken hearted. Sweet dreams Matty. Sweet dreams.”
Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada, shared on Twitter, “Matthew Perry’s passing is shocking and saddening. I’ll never forget the schoolyard games we used to play, and I know people around the world are never going to forget the joy he brought them. Thanks for all the laughs, Matthew. You were loved – and you will be missed.”
Perry’s family settled in Canada when he was a child, where he and Trudeau went to school together. His mother was also the press secretary to Trudeau’s father when he was Prime Minister.
Shannen Doherty, who appeared alongside Perry on 90210, wrote on Instagram, “We just always had fun and supported each other. You would always find us all together in a booth speaking in our own made up language. And yes, Matt always had THAT sense of humour. ”
She continued, “Matt and I had a date and it was on Valentine’s Day. He wanted to get a reservation at a restaurant in Malibu but couldn’t so my dad got the reservation for him. We went and he talked about my dads Irish persuasiveness the majority of the night.”
She concluded the post, “Our friendship spanned a long time. A lifetime really. I know many are hurting, especially our little gang. He will be missed by many and definitely by us. Yes. I could be more poetic or say things better but right now, shock and sadness prevail.”
Paget Brewster, who played Perry’s love interest Kathy on season four of Friends, took to X to express her grief.
“I’m so very sad to hear about @MatthewPerry. He was lovely to me on Friends and every time I saw him in the decades after. Please read his book. It was his legacy to help. He won’t rest in peace though.. He’s already too busy making everyone laugh up there,” she wrote.
Morgan Fairchild, who played Perry’s mother on the show, also wrote of her shock at the news on X.
“I’m heartbroken about the untimely death of my ‘son’, Matthew Perry,” she said.
“The loss of such a brilliant young actor is a shock.”
Perry’s death has even touched the lives of celebrities who had never met him. Singer Adele paused a performance at her Las Vegas residency to pay tribute to the late actor.
“It is always so shocking, especially someone that made you laugh and who brought so much joy to your life that you don’t know,” she said.
“This is what I find so strange, I never met him in my life. There is something, you feel so sad about it especially because you don’t necessarily know what was going on.”
She also touched on Perry’s struggles with addiction, after recently opening up about quitting alcohol.
“He was so open with his struggles with addiction and sobriety, which I think is incredibly, incredibly brave,” she said. “I just wanna say how much I love what he did for us, especially what he did for me… and hopefully now he can rest in peace.”
The singer then dedicated her hit ballad, ‘When We Were Young’ to Perry.