Matthew Perry’s Father Appeared on ‘Friends’ And It Might Have Just Gone Unnoticed

  • Actor Matthew Perry’s father, John Bennett Perry, once made a guest appearance on his son’s iconic show “Friends”.
  • In a scene from season four episode “The One with Rachel’s New Dress”, John played Mr Burgin, the father of Rachel’s (Jennifer Aniston) love interest Joshua.
  • He makes an appearance after awkwardly walking-in on Rachel trying to seduce Joshua.
  • In the scene, while Rachel is under the impression that she is alone with Josh at his parents’ home and wears a risque dress, they return at an inappropriate time.
  • The popular American sitcom, featuring Aniston, Matthew, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer, premiered in 1994 and had a decade-long run.

Amazingly, Friends is still throwing out brand new information, all these years later.

Case in point – even on the 10 billionth rewatch of the show, we totally never noticed that Matthew Perry’s real-life dad made a cameo. Yes, really.

It turns out John Bennett Perry popped up on the show as Mr Burgin, the father of Rachel’s love interest Joshua, making an appearance after awkwardly walking-in on Rachel trying to seduce his son.

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In the scene from season four episode ‘The One with Rachel’s New Dress’, Rachel is under the impression that they are alone at Josh’s parents’ home and wears a risqué dress, only for the parents to come in at an inopportune moment.

If you watch the scene, you can totally see John’s resemblance to Matthew – and the older Perry actually has his own established acting career, even appearing with his son in the likes of Fools Rush In.

Interestingly, this scene is also quite unintentionally creepy, as earlier this year viewers noticed that there appeared to be a statue in the background that flashed red eyes.

Meanwhile, former Friends star Cole Sprouse has opened up about working on the show as a child, admitting that he felt “intimidated” by Jennifer Aniston.

“I’m pretty sure I fell in love with Jennifer Aniston, which the whole world had at that point,” he said.

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“But I do remember being quite intimidated around her, because of that. I remember blanking on my lines, and having a kind of stage fright when she sat next to me on the couch in one episode.

“I remember there was a cameraman who was like, ‘Little boy’s got a crush;, or I forget what they said. Of course, I turned bright red. But I do remember feeling like I fell in love.”

All 10 seasons of Friends are streaming now on Netflix, and air on Channel 5 and Comedy Central in the UK.

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