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Perry Goes 'The Whole Ten Yards'

For 10 seasons, Matthew Perry has co-starred in one of the most popular comedy series in television history, "Friends."

This week, he reunites with some other friends in "The Whole Ten Yards," the sequel to the big screen comedy, "The Whole Nine Yards."

In the sequel, Perry plays Dr. Nicholas "Oz" Oseransky, who discovers his wife, Cynthia (Natasha Henstridge), has been kidnapped by the mob. The only person who can help him is retired hitman Jimmy "The Tulip" Tudeski (Bruce Willis). But Tudeski is enjoying the quiet life and doesn't appreciate Oz bringing his old life and trouble to his front yard.

Taking the role of anchor, Perry introduces his film on The Early Show and says tongue-in-cheek with the end of "Friends," he is looking for a job.

The shooting of the final episode was in January. Perry tells co-anchor Harry Smith only one ending was shot. "It's very good, very sweet. And I think the kids will have fun."

When it airs, he says he will be at a big party, and it will be bittersweet, for him.

"I'm going to mostly miss the people. I'll miss the whole experience," he says.

Asked if he would do another television series, he says, "I think eventually, if the thing is right. Actors kind of look for good material. Anything that's good, I'll hopefully pop in."

When he started the series, he was only 24. Ten years later, things continue to look up for him.

"This is a good time for me," he says. And he looks it, too. He is sober and in shape.

"I've been going to the gym, believe it or not, because my theory on that always was: no pain, no pain."

Next for him, he says, "There are a couple of movies that are bouncing around, a lot of talk about what the next thing should be."

Some Facts About Matthew Perry

  • Mathew Perry was born in Williamstown, Mass. on Aug. 19, 1969.
  • He was raised in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
  • His father is also an actor, John Bennett Perry, and they both acted in the 1997 movie, "Fools Rush In."
  • Perry moved to Los Angeles to live with his actor father in 1984 and made his TV debut appearing on episodes of "Silver Spoons" and "Charles in Charge."
  • Perry was a tennis champion as an adolescent; by age 13 he ranked as the No. 2 junior player.
  • In 1987, he debuted as series regular in the short-lived series, "Second Chance" (Fox). The show was revamped and aired under the title "Boys Will Be Boys" later.
  • Perry made his feature debut in 1988's "A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon" and his TV movie debut, "Dance 'Til Dawn" (NBC), the same year.
  • The actor did a two-episode stint as Tracey Gold's college-age boyfriend on "Growing Pains" (ABC)
  • He was cast in 1994 as the slightly neurotic Chandler Bing in "Friends."
  • Perry publicly acknowledged in 1997 a dependence on prescription painkillers and voluntarily admitted himself into rehab.
  • Perry teamed with Chris Farley (acting in his last feature role) in "Almost Heroes."
  • In 1999, Perry had a lead opposite Neve Campbell and Dylan McDermott in the triangular romantic comedy "Three to Tango."
  • Perry co-starred with Bruce Willis in the 2000 comedy "The Whole Nine Yards."
  • In February 2001, Perry again checked into a drug and alcohol treatment center.
  • In 2002, Perry completed his role as a process server in the comedy "Serving Sara"; the actor received a Best Actor in a comedy Series Emmy nomination for "Friends."
  • In 2003, Perry received a Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series for "The West Wing"; during the summer hiatus, Perry starred with Hank Azaria and Minnie Driver in a 13-week run of David Mamet's "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" in London.
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