Matthew Perry's Parents: All About His Relationship with Dad John, Mom Suzanne and Stepdad Keith!
2023/11/06

always had the support of his parents.

The actor, who at his Los Angeles-area home, was raised by his father, , mother, Suzanne Morrison, and stepfather, 's . John and Suzanne welcomed Matthew in 1969, though the two split less than a year later. Both John and Suzanne went on to remarry and with their respective partners: Suzanne wed Keith in 1981, while John married wife Debbie the same year.

Matthew grew up in Ottawa, Canada, with his mother before moving to California to live with his father as a teenager. He followed in the footsteps of John, who is also an actor, and the two shared the screen on many occasions. While John and Matthew typically played father and son, the elder Perry also appeared on Matthew's hit show

in 1998.

Matthew's parents were by his side throughout his , too. When Matthew was hospitalized in 2018 after his colon burst due to years of opioid use, they rushed to the hospital to be with their son.

“They were both standing at the edge of my bed,” Matthew recalled to on in October 2022. “I was like, ‘Whoa, I must be really sick for this to be happening.’ ”

Keith — who has known Matthew since he was 10 — was also there for the actor, telling PEOPLE in 2020, " a lot of the time through that, which was I think good for everybody."

The correspondent also discussed his relationship with Matthew, saying his stepson had been "remarkable" since adolescence. "He's one of those people who always is the center of the room for a reason and it was so as a kid," Morrison shared. "He's an intense, talented, focused character. He's very bright. That was always the case as he was growing up."

After Matthew died at age 54 in October 2023, his family told PEOPLE in an exclusive statement they were .

"We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of our beloved son and brother," the family said. "Matthew brought so much joy to the world, both as an actor and a friend."

From their years raising the Hollywood star to how they supported him through his struggles, here's everything to know about Matthew Perry's parents and their relationship with the late actor.

His parents John and Suzanne divorced before Matthew’s first birthday

John and Suzanne were married for less than two years before separating ahead of their son’s first birthday. Following their split, Matthew and Suzanne moved from Williamstown, Massachusetts, to her hometown of Ottawa.

Matthew had of shuttling back and forth between his mother and father, who had moved to California. “When I was 5 years old, my parents put me on a plane alone from Montreal to Los Angeles. And I was terrified,” Matthew told PEOPLE in October 2022. “My feet didn’t even touch the floor. And then when I saw the lights of the city, I knew we were landing, that my dad was going to pick me up, and I’d have a parent again.”

At 15, Matthew moved to California to live with his father John, his stepmom Debbie and his half-sister Marie.

 

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