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John Bennett Perry

Greetings, I’m Jack Smith, and welcome to Celebs NoteBook, the ultimate source for everything male celebrity related. Today, we explore the illustrious career of American actor John Bennett Perry, whose illustrious career spans five decades. From memorable film roles to recurring appearances on hit TV shows, Perry has left an indelible mark on the entertainment landscape.

Early Days and Breakthrough:

  • Born on October 11, 1941, in Waltham, Massachusetts.
  • Emerged in the early ’60s with TV roles in The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits.
  • Film debut in 1967’s The Comedians; breakthrough in 1976’s Lipstick.

Filmography Highlights:

  • Starred in diverse films like Midway (1976), The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981), Independence Day (1996), and George of the Jungle (1997).

Television Journey:

  • Notable roles on Falcon Crest (1981–1982), L.A. Law (1986–1991), and Scrubs (2001–2003).
  • Memorable Friends appearance in “The One with Rachel’s New Dress.”

Beyond the Screen:

  • Accomplished musician; plays guitar and sings in The Ojai Boys, a folk, country, and comedy band.
  • Published books, including a memoir and a collection of short stories.

Awards and Recognition:

  • Western Heritage Award winner for Independence (1987).
  • Golden Globe Award nominee for L.A. Law (1986–1991).

Personal Touch:

  • Married to actress Sharon Cassidine since 1987; proud parents of two.

Iconic Filmographies:

  • Lipstick (1976)
  • Midway (1976)
  • The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981)
  • Only When I Laugh (1981)
  • Independence Day (1996)
  • George of the Jungle (1997)
  • Fools Rush In (1997)
  • The Sweetest Thing (2002)
  • Bob’s New Suit (2011)

Television Highlights:

  • The West Wing (1999–2001)
  • Family Law (1999–2000)
  • Diagnosis Murder (1999–2000)
  • Scrubs (2001–2003)
  • Veronica Mars (2005)
  • Cuts (2005)
  • Dirty Sexy Money (2008)
  • Cold Case (2009)


  • Western Heritage Award, Best Acting in a Feature Film, Independence (1987).
  • Golden Globe Award nominee, Best Supporting Actor – L.A. Law (1988).
  • Primetime Emmy Award winner, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – L.A. Law (1989).
Image of Matthew Perry with his father John Bennett Perry
Matthew Perry with his father John Bennett Perry (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)

John Bennett Perry Biography:

Real NameJohn Bennett Perry
Birth DateJanuary 4, 1941
BirthplaceWilliamstown, Massachusetts, United States
Sign of ZodiacCapricorn
Age82 years old
Height5′ 10″ (1.78 meters)
Weight165 lbs (75 kg)
ReligionNot publicly known
EducationSt. Lawrence University
GraduationBachelor of Arts in English
ProfessionActor, Director
Total Number Of MoviesOver 50
Net worth$12 million (estimated)
Income SourceActing, Directing
Years active1962-present
Marital StatusMarried
Current relationshipMarried to Debbie Boyle (since 1981)
Partner/Wife(s)Suzanne Perry (1968-1970), Debbie Boyle (1981-present)
OffspringsMatthew Perry (son), Mia Perry (daughter)
ParentsAlton L. Perry (father), Maria Bennett (mother)
SiblingsTony Perry (brother)
CousinsNot publicly known
Ethnic BackgroundEnglish, Irish
Number of Countries VisitedOver 20
Current residenceOjai, California, United States
WikipediaJohn Bennett Perry Wikipedia
Business VenturesNot publicly known
PetsTwo dogs, a couple of horses, and about five chickens

Top 10 John Bennett Perry Movies and TV Shows:

Movie/TV ShowYear
The Legend of the Lone Ranger1981
Only When I Laugh1981
Independence Day1996
George of the Jungle1997
The West Wing1999-2006
L.A. Law1986-1994
Days of Our Lives1965-2021

John Bennett Perry’s journey is a tapestry of talent, versatility, and enduring contributions to both the big and small screens. Here’s to an actor whose legacy continues to captivate audiences worldwide. Cheers!

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