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John Bennett Perry (born January 4, 1941) is an American actor and former model. He is the father of actor Matthew Perry.


Perry was born in Williamstown, Massachusettsmarker, the son of Maria Schaefer (née Bennett) and Alton L. Perry. He has married twice. His first wife was Suzanne Perry Morrison (a former press secretary to Canadianmarker Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau), with whom he is father of actor Matthew Perry, born August 19, 1969, known for portraying Chandler Bing on Friends. Perry and Morrison divorced before Matthew's first birthday. He also has a daughter, Mia Perry, born 1986, with his second and current wife, Debbie.

Perry is well known for playing the clean-shaven "sailor" in the Old Spice commercials of the 1970s and 1980s. He has appeared in numerous films and television programs, including Independence Day, George of the Jungle, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, The West Wing, L.A. Law, Days of our Lives, Little House on the Prairie, 240-Robert, Falcon Crest, Murder She Wrote and Magnum, P.I.. He also portrayed General Douglas MacArthur in Farewell to the King.

He appeared alongside his son (portraying his father) in the 1997 movie Fools Rush In, and in the episode "My Unicorn" of the sitcom Scrubs. He also appeared in an episode of Friends ("The One with Rachel's New Dress"), playing the father of Rachel Green's boyfriend Joshua.


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