Michael J Fox remembers ‘funniest’ pal Matthew Perry and quietly generous side

Michael J Fox has remembered his late friend Matthew Perry for not only his comedic talents but his incredible generosity.

Matthew was found dead at the age of 54 at his home in Los Angeles on October 28.

Speaking at his annual gala for The Michael J. Fox Foundation at the weekend, Michael said: “He was just a funny guy, and if I was ever as funny as him – I mean, he was the funniest.

“He was a funny guy.”

Michael previously spoke to Entertainment Tonight about his pal’s incredible generosity.

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When Matthew was still contracted to Friends he was making a historical $1 million an episode, with Michael revealing his significant contribution to his foundation.

Speaking to ET in 2022, Michael said: “I hope this isn’t indiscreet … but when they first made their big sale and were made millionaires for the rest of their lives, He wrote a big fat check to the foundation.

“We were really early on and trying to find our feet. And it was such a vote of confidence.

“And it wasn’t accompanied by any self-aggrandizing or anything, he was just like, ‘Take it and do your best.’ I loved that.”

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Nearly a year before Matthew’s apparent drowning, he opened up about the Back to the Future star, admitting he was his inspiration throughout his career.

He said at an event while promoting his best-selling memoir Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: “I was young, I had done a couple of plays in school, and Michael J. Fox was it, man.

“When I was in ninth grade, Michael J. Fox had just done Back to the Future, and there was smoke coming out of my ears, I was so jealous of this guy.

“And he had, at the time, the No. 1 TV show and the No. 1 movie at the same time! So he was huge.

“And I don’t know anybody else who’s done that — except me.”

Since Matthew’s death, the world has paid their respects including his Friends co-stars.

Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer said in a joint statement to People: “We are all so utterly devastated by the loss of Matthew. We were more than just cast mates. We are a family.

“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.”

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