Kathleen Turner remembers reel life son Matthew Perry after his death

Matthew Perry yelled out 'hey dad' when he met Kathleen Turner on one of her Broadway shows

By Javeria Shahid October 30, 2023
Kathleen Turner Remembers reel life son Matthew Perry after his death
Kathleen Turner Remembers reel life son Matthew Perry after his death

On-screen parent of the late Matthew Perry, Kathleen Turner remembered her TV son after the star tragically passed away on Saturday.

The actress played the role of Helena Handbasket, parent of Perry’s role Chandler Bing on Friends.

According to PEOPLE, Turner, 69, “is very sad” after she learned that Perry was found dead in his Los Angeles residence at the age of 54.

She recalled, “He came to see one of my Broadway shows and he came backstage,” she added to the detail of the meeting saying, “When he saw me, he yelled out, ‘Hey dad’ and everyone thought it was pretty cool.”

She went on, “ I think it was for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.”

The last time Turner saw the Go On actor was "at least 10 years [ago] at some event,” his personality has stuck with her.

"I liked him," she shared. "He had a good sense of humor and a good heart. He liked other people, which, to me, is terribly important, especially for an actor."

“It’s extremely sad when you think about how young [he was] and a pity he couldn’t get more control.” Referring to the Friends cast, she adds, “I can’t imagine the pressure those guys lived under being a worldwide phenomenon. It must have been overwhelming.”

From 2001, Turner played Chandler’s transgender parent on highly acclaimed sitcom, FRIENDS and to this day, she is often recognised by a particular age group as “Chandler’s dad.”

Turner shared with the news outlet, “I met somebody last night and she said, ‘Aren’t you a movie star?’ I said, 'Yeah, but before your time.'"

And she said, "'Well, where would I know you from?’ and I said, ‘Chandler’s dad.’ She said, ‘Oh, my God!”

Turner’s character would be referred to by Chandler and other characters as his "father" on the beloved sit-com.