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Perry, Matthew - History

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Born on April 10, 1794, in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, Matthew Calbraith Perry entered the navy as a midshipman in 1809, serving under the command of his brother, Oliver Hazard Perry. His duties on various ships,

including the President and the United States during the War 1812, took him to the Mediterranean, Africa, and Russia, where the Czar offered him a post in the naval service. Then, in 1833, he was appointed second officer of the New York navy yard, a position he held until 1837.

That same year, Congress adopted Perry's plan for a naval apprentice system (first formulated in 1824) to help train new men. In addition, he was a strong proponent of modernization of the navy, and organized the first corps of naval engineers. After gaining the rank of commodore, he assumed command of the African squadron (1843-45), the principle duty of which was to suppress the slave trade. And then during the Mexican War, he commanded the expedition that captured Frontera, Tabasco, and Laguana (1846). A year later, in March 1847, he supported General Winfield Scott's attack on Veracruz.

In 1852, however, he sailed to Japan in order to negotiate a treaty with that nation. Arriving at Yedo Bay (now Tokyo Bay), in July 1853, he demanded that the Japanese behave towards Americans in a manner which is courteous and accommodating. On March 31, 1854, the Japanese signed a treaty, providing for hospitable treatment of shipwrecked sailors and for fueling and supply privileges at two Japanese ports.

A year after Perry's return to the United States, his report of his mission was published in three volumes as, Narrative of the Expedition of an American Squadron to the China Seas and Japan. He died in New York City.

Friends star Matthew Perry loses $14 MILLION & finally sells massive LA penthouse after split from fiance Molly Hurwit

DESPITE losing $14million, Friends star Matthew Perry still made history after selling his LA penthouse.

Perry had been trying to sell the LA penthouse of The Century block, near Beverly Hills, for two years and knocked the price down to $21.6million from $35million.

Even though he took a massive hit on the price, the sale still made history as the biggest sale of condo in southern California since 2015.

Dubbed the 'mansion in the sky', the luxurious 9,300 feet penthouse apartment spans the top floor of an exclusive high rise building in Century City.

Perry bought the penthouse for $20million in 2017 and tried to sell it for $35million in 2019, before dropping that price to $27million in 2020, and then again to $23million, before selling it at the much reduced price.

The condo has has four bedrooms, eight bathrooms and four terraces overlooking LA and the master bedroom also offers a 180-degree view across the LA skyline with an en suite bathroom.

The dazzling bright white high-end kitchen has a separate breakfast area and seating.

The West Century Drive apartment which is located in The Century building is also described as a "Bat Cave" because of it's running theme throughout the flat which is inspired by his favourite superhero - Bat Man.

Perry's flat also has it's own "plush" Batman themed screening room, pool table and the high-end building also offers a range of activities including a pool, gym, movie theatre and even private wine storage.

The 50-year-old actor, who has an estimated worth of $80million (£63million) played Chandler Bling from 1994-2004 in the American sitcom Friends.

Perry sold the penthouse and listed his Malibu property for $15million, because he plans to spend more time as his newly bought Pacific Palisades residence and his home in New York.

The sale comes amid a turbulent month for the actor, after fans expressed their concern for Perry when he appeared to slur his words and nod off while filming a promo for the Friends reunion special.

Just days after the worrying reunion, Perry announced his engagement to literary agent, Molly Hurwitz, was over as the pair have called it quits.

Perry shared a statement about their split this week, saying: "Sometimes things just don't work out and this is one of them. I wish Molly the best."

Perry landed his first film part while still in high school,ਊ supporting role opposite star River Phoenix in A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon (1988). Unfortunately, the film came and went without much notice.

In September 1987, Perry starred in his first sitcom, Second Chance. The show had a fantastical premise with Kiel Martin starring as a man who dies and gets a chance to go back to mentor a younger version of himself (played by Perry). The show was later retooled, dropping Martin and focusing on the teenage misadventures of Perry’s character. Despite its new direction and new title, Boys Will Be Boys, the sitcom failed to attract enough of an audience to stay on the air.

After the series ended, Perry landed a series of small parts and guest appearances on such programs as Empty Nest and Growing Pains. He also had a supporting role on the short-lived Valerie Bertinelli comedic vehicle Sydney in 1990. This same year, Perry gave a strong performance as Desi Arnaz Jr. in the television biopic Call Me Anna, about the life of actress Patty Duke.

Three years later, Perry tried again for sitcom success with Home Free. He starred as a young reporter who lives at home with his mother and his sister and her two kids. After a few months, the series was cancelled. Perry was then cast in the pilot for LAX 2194, a futuristic look at an airport which never aired.

Matthew Perry ends engagement amid troubles over ‘Friends’ reunion, being ‘creepy’ on dating app

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Instead of riding high from participating in his widely acclaimed reunion with his “Friends” co-stars, Matthew Perry has been fending off several personal controversies, and now his engagement to his literary agent fiancée, Molly Hurwitz, has ended.

“Sometimes things just don’t work out and this is one of them,” the 51-year-old actor told People in a statement on Wednesday. “I wish Molly the best.”

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While Perry tried to sound sanguine about the breakup, the news that his relationship was ending will no doubt add to concerns among “Friends” fans about his health and well-being. Perry, who has well-documented history of addiction to painkillers and alcohol, already sparked worries last week because he appeared to slur his speech during the “Friends: The Reunion” special.

Perry also has a well-documented history of being “unlucky” in love, with a string of failed relationships with actresses that include Julia Roberts, Yasmine Bleeth, Heather Graham, Lauren Graham and Lizzy Caplan, The Sun reported.

There was hope that Perry was finally going to settle down with Hurwitz, 29. After Perry proposed to Hurwitz in November, he told People: “Luckily, I happened to be dating the greatest woman on the face of the planet at this time.”

An insider also told Us Weekly that his friends hoped he would go “the distance with Hurwitz.”

‘Friends’ cast members in 2002: Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox Arquettte, David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston and Matt LeBlanc.(AP Photo/Tina Fineberg, File) AP Photo/Tina Fineberg/File

“His inner circle have wanted to see him settle down for a long time, especially Courteney Cox,” the insider said. While Hurwitz had previously dated men in the entertainment industry, she also was said to prefer quiet nights at home, watching movies and eating home-cooked meals rather than going out to parties and premieres.

“She brought him to a place where he’s positive and confident,” the insider said. “Nobody can remember seeing him this happy. He’s got a spring in his step that wasn’t there before.”

But there also were reported signs of trouble in the relationship. He and Hurwitz, who began dating in 2018, briefly broke up last spring.

That’s apparently when Perry went looking for dates on the exclusive dating app, Raya. Unfortunately for Perry, a woman he connected with on Raya chose to go public last month with his attempts to get to know her, even after she told him she was only 19.

Kate Haralson, a Los Angeles-based personal assistant posted to TikTok a private FaceTime call she said she had with Perry back in May. She said her purpose in sharing the call, in violation of Raya’s strict privacy guidelines for members, was to reveal how older men in Hollywood men are “taking advantage” of young women on dating apps.

During the FaceTime chat, Haralson said Perry, then 50, laughingly asked her, “Am I as old as your dad?” He also suggested they get to know each other by playing a version of 󈬄 Questions.”

While Haralson said none of Perry’s questions were sexual, she said she felt uncomfortable, especially because she said she was upfront about the fact that she was only 19.

“I feel like a lot of guys in Hollywood are talking to all these young girls, and it’s something that I think a lot of people should be aware of,” she told Page Six.

Haralson’s revelations helped spark a Twitter debate about older male stars being “creepy” on dating apps, as social media personality Chrissy Teigen said at the time. But Haralson and a woman who outed Ben Affleck’s Raya adventures also faced backlash for releasing private messages.

More concerns about Perry reared last week when he appeared to slur his speech during the “Friends: The Reunion” special. Sources close to Perry rushed to defend the star, telling The Sun he was still sober and attributed the slurred speech to “emergency dental work” that left him in pain during the two-day reunion shoot in April.

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He found the one! Matthew Perry got engaged to off-and-on girlfriend Molly Hurwitz in November, but his romantic past is full of ups and downs. After his breakup from ex Lizzy Caplan, who he dated for six years, the Friends alum was single for half a decade. He didn’t always fly solo, though. Back in the late ‘90s and early 2000s, he dated plenty of Hollywood’s most famous women.

When the TV star was first working on Friends, he described himself as “not an unattractive man,” but “just awful with women” while talking to the series creators. “I also am not comfortable with any silence at all,” he said on Dateline in 2004 when he told the story. “I have to break any awkward moment or silence with a joke.”

After the show started gaining traction, however, he found himself in a series of high-profile relationships — and the source of Hollywood gossip whenever he so much as hung out with a female friend. “If you have dinner with someone and the next day the country thinks you’re in a relationship, it gets a little weird,” he joked with Entertainment Weekly in 1997. “I was confused about dating before Friends. This all just makes it more confusing … [But], worst-case scenario, I still have the best job anyone could ever ask for.”

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In his most recent relationship, he turned his attention to a woman behind the camera rather than in front of it. He and talent manager Molly privately dated for a year and a half before they were first spotted together in December 2019. In February, she confirmed their relationship online with a romantic Valentine’s Day post. “Second year being my Valentine, but his first as an Instagram influencer,” she joked after the 17 Again star joined the social media site. “HVD to my favorite.”

The duo made a good pair as Matt seemed to go through some serious turmoil. “She’s been his rock in recent months,” an insider told In Touch in January. Unfortunately, the two took a brief break in May. “It was very amicable,” a second source said at the time. However, they found their way back together and are now engaged.

“I decided to get engaged,” the 17 Again actor told People on November 26. “Luckily, I happened to be dating the greatest woman on the face of the planet at this time.”

Matt and Molly are in it for the long haul, but he’s got plenty of experience dating Hollywood’s hottest. Check out his full dating history in the gallery below.

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Inside Matthew Perry’s longtime struggles with drug addiction

But in more recent years Matthew Perry has made fans wonder what’s become of the lovable 90s heartthrob. In 2019, photos emerged of the troubled actor wandering around Los Angeles looking like a slovenly, slack-jawed hobo, and in 2021, a concerning on-camera interview tied to the “Friends” reunion sparked worry among fans.

The 2019 photos immediately raised questions about whether Perry, who has been candid about his years of substance abuse issues, had again fallen off the wagon.

The video two years later showed the actor with an odd gaze and a labored speech pattern as he sat alongside fellow “Friends” stars David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc.

“I stole the cookie jar that had the clock on it,” he said in the interview on People magazine’s website, pronouncing a distinct “sh” sound at the beginning of “stole.”

Perry has a history of stints in rehab in 1997 and 2001. He once even said that he was so far removed from the height of his TV career that he doesn’t remember filming multiple seasons of “Friends.”

“I think the answer is, I don’t remember three years of it,” he told BBC Radio 2 in 2016. “So none of those … Somewhere between Season 3 and 6 … I was a little out of it.”

Growing up in Canada, the “Whole Nine Yards” star was raised with a competitive streak and a penchant for tennis. He rose in the junior rankings to No. 2 in Ottawa until relocating to LA with his father in 1984, where he ultimately turned to acting. Like any other struggling actor in the City of Angels, Perry faced a lot of rejection and worked on several failed TV shows before landing the life-changing role of Chandler Bing on “Friends,” a role he’d play from 1994 to 2004.

Matthew Perry seen with a mystery woman on Nov. 3, 2019 MEGA

“All the superficial things about [fame] came true,” he told People in 2002 of the series’ success. “I was naive enough to think it would fulfill all aspects of my life.”

Then, three years after the show’s debut, Perry got into a jet ski accident that would ultimately be the start of his addiction issues, as he started to become completely dependent on painkillers.

“It wasn’t my intention to have a problem with it,” he said. “But from the start I liked how it made me feel, and I wanted to get more.” As his addiction escalated, “I was out of control and very unhealthy,” said Perry, who lost around 20 pounds, which became incredibly apparent on the NBC sitcom.

“I returned to my original birth weight,” he later joked.

Matthew Perry in Season 3 of “Friends” (left) and in Season 6. NBC

His first rehab stint was at a facility in Minnesota, where he remained for 28 days, but the sobriety didn’t last. In 2000, Perry relapsed and ended up spending two weeks in the hospital for pancreatitis, which was caused by alcohol abuse, he said.

“Unfortunately,” Perry told People, “that still wasn’t enough to get me to quit drinking.”

Perry hit rock bottom in 2001 when he was drinking vodka by the quart and showing up to work brutally hungover and unable to function. He finally called his parents from a Dallas hotel room and asked for help.

“It was scary. I didn’t want to die,” he said. “But I’m grateful for how bad it got. It only made me more adamant about trying to get better.”

He spent two-and-a-half months in treatment and learned “that a happy life is possible without alcohol or drugs.”

Last seen out and about in New York in July 2019, just a month ahead of his 50th birthday. BACKGRID

The “Fools Rush In” star remained sober from thereon out, but in 2011 said he voluntarily checked back into rehab to keep his sobriety in check.

“I’m making plans to go away for a month to focus on my sobriety and to continue my life in recovery,” he said at the time. “Please enjoy making fun of me on the World Wide Web.”

Just two years later, Perry changed many lives when he converted his Malibu, Calif., home into Perry House, a sober-living facility for men that offered meditation and a 12-step workshop.

“When I die, I’d like ‘Friends’ to be listed behind helping people,” Perry said.

In 2015, Perry received the Phoenix Rising Award from the wide-reaching nonprofit drug and alcohol rehabilitation organization Phoenix House and joked to The Hollywood Reporter that he was an “award-winning alcoholic.”

“I’ve had a lot of ups and downs in my life and a lot of wonderful accolades,” he told the trade publication that year, “but the best thing about me is that if an alcoholic comes up to me and says, ‘Will you help me stop drinking?’ I will say, ‘Yes. I know how to do that.'”

The “Odd Couple” actor eventually sold the Malibu house for $10.7 million with hopes of relocating Perry House to Santa Monica, where it would’ve been cheaper to run.

“I’m keeping the business going because I like it it’s a good way to help alcoholics,” he said.

His plan ultimately didn’t come to fruition, and he permanently closed Perry House in 2016 amid rumors he was struggling in London as he performed in the West End.

Come 2018, Perry had a health setback, though he didn’t mention substance abuse when speaking about it. In August of that year, a rep for Perry confirmed he underwent surgery to repair a gastrointestinal perforation, and the actor then tweeted in September that he’d spent three months in the hospital.

One to stay out of the spotlight, Perry didn’t truly emerge until Jennifer Aniston joined Instagram in October 2019 and he appeared in her “Friends” cast reunion photo.

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He forgot three years of Friends

Three years of Friends are a little blurry for Perry. As he revealed in a BBC interview, he can't remember a big chunk of the series because of his addiction. When asked what his least favorite episode was, Perry didn't mince words. "Oh, my goodness," he said. "I think the answer is, I don't remember three years of it. So none of those . somewhere between season 3 and 6."

Perry told People in 2013 that his struggles were hard to mask. "I couldn't stop. Eventually things got so bad that I couldn't hide it, and then everybody knew." He said he never used drugs or abused alcohol while on set. "I was never high at work," he said. "I was painfully hungover."

Matthew Perry1794–1858

The U.S. naval officer Matthew Perry is best known for his role in initiating contact with Japan between 1853 and 1854. Prior to this, Japan had had very limited international trade and diplomatic contact since the seventeenth century. Contact with the West was essentially limited to one Dutch station at Nagasaki. Contacts with Europeans (mostly Russians) largely consisted of dealing with shipwrecked foreign sailors (and some illegal trade). Contacts with Asians (including Chinese merchants in Yokohama) were broader but still quite restricted. Japanese officials were aware, however, of the advance of European empires in Asia, especially after the Opium War of 1839 to 1842, so Perry's arrival was not entirely unanticipated.

Perry arrived in Tokyo Bay in July 1853 requesting a treaty of commerce and friendship. He was refused and withdrew, but returned in February 1854 with seven ships and 1,600 men. Four of the ships were steamers, never before seen by the Japanese. By March 31 he had concluded a treaty that allowed U.S. ships to purchase fuel in Japan, guaranteed assistance to shipwrecked sailors, and opened up possibilities for trade. Other Westerners arrived soon after. Intense debates over proper policy towards "barbarians" roiled the Japanese elite, trade began to grow, and various foreign technologies, including new weapons, entered the country. All these factors contributed to the civil wars that eventually led to the Meiji Restoration (1868), usually considered to mark the onset of modernity in Japan.

‘Friends’ Star’s Matthew Perry Addiction to Vicodin is Latest Painful Hollywood Vice

Matthew Perry, who entered rehab almost two weeks ago, can’t seem to kick it. Eminem has a Vicodin tattoo on his arm and a picture of a Vicodin tablet on his Slim Shady LP. David Spade cracked a joke about it on the Golden Globes telecast. And Darryl Strawberry has had problems with the pills.

“Who isn’t doing them? Everyone who makes it starts popping them,” says rocker Courtney Love in the new Us Weekly, which features a special report on the drug. “I did it. I loved it. I also ended up in rehab.”

Vicodin, which is part narcotic, part acetaminophen, is one of the country’s most popular painkillers. But it’s become such an abused drug that places like the Waismann Institute in Beverly Hills advertise special Vicodin detox programs.

“We treat a lot of people from entertainment,” CEO Clare Waismann tells USA TODAY. “What happens is patients start taking it and your body adapts to it very, very fast. It’s a numbing device, and the more you take, the more you need. You stop producing endorphins because the body receives opiates instead.”

Waismann adds: “It does feel good. I have a lot of patients, like women who have gone through breast enlargement, and they’re supposed to take one a day for five days and then they need two just to get to sleep. Then the two is not doing the job, and they’re seeking more.”

The 31-year-old Perry was in Dallas filming “Servicing Sara” with Elizabeth Hurley, reports Us when he had such severe stomach pains that he called a local doctor, who advised rehab. Perry, who did a 28- day program three years ago for a Vicodin addiction, flew to L.A. and checked into Marina del Rey’s Daniel Freeman Hospital. Us says he was taking Vicodin, methadone, and speed, and drinking.

On Wednesday, Perry publicist Lisa Kasteler said only that her client “is in rehab.” She was unable to say how long he would be there.

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