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Last picture of Matthew Perry with beloved family member before heartbreaking death at age 54

Matthew's father, John Bennett Perry, had a cameo in his son's hit sitcom

Matthew Perry at the 2022 GQ Men Of The Year Party
Megan Bull
TV Writer
Updated: 29 October 2023
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Matthew Perry reunited with his father and Friends co-star, John Bennett Perry, just a week before the actor tragically died at the age of 54.

Taking to Instagram on Monday October 16,  the actor shared the sweetest father-son-photo, taken at what appears to be his LA home and what may be the last picture of Matthew with his family. Captioning the snap, Matthew wrote: "Here is me, and my father John, both holding a beverage."

Matthew Perry poses with his father John Bennett Perry© Instagram
Matthew posed with his father John

John, an actor and former model, had a cameo in season four of his son's hit show. Cast on Friends as the father of Rachel Green's ex-boyfriend,Joshua, the 82-year-old featured as Mr Burgin in 'The One with Rachel's New Dress.' 

TMZ first published the reports of Matthew's death, and alleged the actor was found Saturday October 27 by law enforcement officials who believe he drowned. First-responders rushed over on a call for cardiac arrest for a man who was found in a jacuzzi at the home.  The Los Angeles Times has also confirmed news of the actor's death according to sources.

John Bennett Perry appeared in season four of Friends© Netflix
John Bennett Perry appeared in season four of Friends

The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that officers responded to a call at the actor's address regarding the death of a male in his 50s, but did confim the identity of the deceased.  

As recently as five days ago (October 23), Matthew continued to post lighthearted pics from home to his Instagram feed, jokingly referencing his 'Mattman" theme, and sharing a picture of a jack-o-lantern with a Batman carving and a sign that read 'Batman Plays Pickleball'.

John played the father of Rachel Green's ex-boyfriend, Joshua Burgin© Netflix
John played the father of Rachel Green's ex-boyfriend, Joshua Burgin

Reflecting on his acting career in 2015, Matthew cited his father as a major inspiration, telling Buzzfeed: "I was pretty certain I wanted to be an actor, because that was the way I saw my dad. It generated a respect for the business for me: 'Oh my god, my dad's on television, that's so cool.'"

Recognized for portraying the iconic sailor in the Old Spice commercials of the 1970s and 1980s, John has also appeared in the films Midway (1976), The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981), Independence Day (1996) and George of the Jungle (1997). 

Matthew Perry with his dad John Bennett Perry© Getty
Matthew was inspired to become an actor after watching his dad on TV

As for his TV credits, John has starred in Air America (1998-1999), 7th Heaven (2003), Scrubs (2004) and Veronica Mars (2005). 

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Matthew's mom, Suzanne Marie Morrison is a Canadian journalist who served as press secretary to Canada's late former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. While she and John divorced when Matthew was one, both parents maintain a close bond with their son.

Matthew Perry with his sister Emily and mom Suzanne© Getty
Matthew with his sister Emily and mom Suzanne

Through Suzanne's second marriage to Dateline's Keith Morrison, Matthew also gained a stepfather, who has nothing but high praise for the Friends star. Speaking to PEOPLE in 2020, Keith said of Matthew: "He's one of those people who always is the center of the room for a reason and it was so as a kid. 

"On the hockey team, I used to take him off to his hockey games on Saturday mornings. It was like Matthew and the hockey team. He was the one who scored all the goals. He was the guy. The same on the tennis court. He was extremely, extremely good on the tennis court and very intense. He's an intense, talented, focused character. He's very bright. That was always the case as he was growing up."

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