Michael J. Fox lauds late friend Matthew Perry for his comedic talents and generous nature: 'He was the funniest'

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Michael J. Fox has remembered precocious friend Matthew Perry for his talents arsenic a comedic actor, arsenic good arsenic his generosity.

'He was conscionable a funny guy, and if I was ever arsenic funny arsenic him - I mean, he was nan funniest,' nan 62-year-old character said Saturday astatine nan yearly gala for his The Michael J. Fox Foundation, which seeks a cure to Parkinson's disease. 'He was a funny guy.'

Fox, speaking pinch Entertainment Tonight astatine New York City's Casa Cipriani, said that he and nan precocious Friends prima - who was recovered dormant astatine nan property of 54 at his Los Angeles location October 28 - 'had spent immoderate clip together complete nan years.'

The Back To The Future prima said, 'He was a lucky player, a bully lucky player, and we played lucky together.'

Perry past twelvemonth had lauded Fox arsenic an domiciled exemplary for him during a Toronto Q&A successful promotion of his memoir Friends, Lovers, and nan Big Terrible Thing.

Details: Michael J. Fox, 62, has remembered precocious friend Matthew Perry, who died past period astatine nan property of 54, for his talents arsenic a comedic actor, arsenic good arsenic his generosity. Pictured astatine a GQ arena successful December of 2000

Fox and woman Tracy Pollan, 63, were pictured Saturday astatine nan yearly gala for The Michael J. Fox Foundation held at New York City's Casa Cipriani

'I was young, I had done a mates of plays successful school, and Michael J. Fox was it, man,' Perry said of nan actor. 'When I was successful ninth grade, Michael J. Fox had conscionable done Back to nan Future, and location was fume coming retired of my ears, I was truthful suspicious of this guy.

'And he had, astatine nan time, nan number 1 TV show and nan number 1 astatine nan aforesaid time! So he was huge.'

Fox, who besides played nan domiciled of Alex P. Keaton connected Family Ties, said connected Saturday that he was 'happy' he 'had an effect on' Perry.

Fox told ET that he and Perry sewage acquainted pinch 1 different erstwhile he group up his foundation, noting that Perry 'wrote a large fat cheque to nan foundation' aft he and his Friends costars inked a lucrative woody pinch NBC successful February of 2002, guaranteeing nan six main formed members $1 cardinal per episode.

Fox said, 'I dream this isn't indiscreet... but erstwhile they first made their large waste and were made millionaires for nan remainder of their lives,' Perry made nan aid to nan fledgling nonprofit.

Said Fox: 'We were really early connected and trying to find our feet. And it was specified a ballot of confidence. And it wasn't accompanied by immoderate self-aggrandizing aliases anything, he was conscionable like, "Take it and do your best."' 

The Back To The Future prima was 29 successful 1991 erstwhile he was diagnosed pinch Parkinson's disease, and went nationalist pinch nan accusation successful 1998.  

In nan autumn of 2000, he launched The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, which 'is dedicated to uncovering a cure for Parkinson's illness done an aggressively funded investigation schedule and to ensuring nan improvement of improved therapies for those surviving pinch Parkinson's today.'

According to nan foundation, it has raised much than $1.75 cardinal for nan cause. 

Perry past twelvemonth had lauded Fox arsenic an domiciled exemplary for him during a Toronto Q&A successful promotion of his memoir Friends, Lovers, and nan Big Terrible Thing 

Perry said he 'was truthful suspicious of' Fox erstwhile he was increasing up, arsenic Fox starred successful deed movies and connected nan top-rated TV show Family Ties 

Perry, pictured successful April during an arena astatine USC, was recovered dormant astatine nan property of 54 astatine his LA location October 28

Perry's ceremonial was held November 3, pinch his family and Friends costars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer among those successful attendance.

In a associated connection to People, nan ensemble from nan deed NBC bid said they were 'utterly devastated' by Perry's passing.

'We were much than conscionable formed mates,' nan formed said. 'We are a family. There is truthful overmuch to say, but correct now we're going to return a infinitesimal to grieve and process this unfathomable loss.

'In clip we will opportunity more, arsenic and erstwhile we are able. For now, our thoughts and our emotion are pinch Matty's family, his friends, and everyone who loved him astir nan world.'


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