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30th Oct 2023

Hank Azaria pays touching tribute to his “brother” Matthew Perry

Simon Kelly

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“He was so caring and giving and wise.”

The Simpsons star Hank Azaria has paid touching tribute to his “brother” after Matthew Perry passed away at the age of 54 on Saturday, October 28.

Azaria, who guest-starred in Friends as Phoebe’s boyfriend David, posted a video to Instagram saying that Perry was the first friend he made in Los Angeles after he moved to the city.

“Matthew was the first friend I made in Los Angeles, when I moved there. I was 21, he was 16,” Azaria began.

“Matthew and I became really good friends and we were really more like brothers for a long time. We drank a lot together, we laughed a lot together, we were there for each other in the early days of our career,” the actor said.

The 59-year-old, best known for voicing Moe Szyslak and Chief Wiggum on The Simpsons, reminisced about his time spent with his old friend when they were just starting out in acting and how Perry would have him “crying laughing” most nights, saying he “lived to laugh”.

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