The actor, 52, who is best known for playing Chandler Bing on the hit sitcom, was spotted puffing on a cigarette with an anguished expression while driving with a friend through the Los Angeles neighborhood on Saturday.
The actor also stopped for coffee at Starbucks, picking up an extra large blended beverage in an outing which came after he sparked concern during his appearance on the widely-anticipated, James Corden-
Coffee break: Matthew Perry looked worse for wear while grabbing coffee in Los Feliz in his first sighting since the Friends reunion aired four months ago
Matthew wore a baggy dark grey T-shirt, white Nike shorts, and a pair of black sneakers. The 17 Again star also sported a smattering of stubble.
Overall the actor appeared relaxed as he took a spin through the city, at one point resting his arm out the open window of his car.
The sighting marked the first time Matthew had been seen publicly since starring in the Emmy-nominated HBO Max show, Friends: The Reunion.
On the show, the actor admitted he was gripped with nerves as the show was shot in front of a live audience, with their reactions driving potential script changes, and he lived in terror of them not finding his performance funny.
I’ll be there for you! Perry reunited with his all-star cast for the long-awaited Friends reunion which premiered this year however sparked concern among fans and critics
He said: ‘To me, I felt like I was going to die if they didn’t laugh…
‘It’s not healthy, for sure, but I would sometimes say a line and they wouldn’t laugh and I would sweat and just go into convulsions if I didn’t get the laugh I was supposed to get. I would freak out.’
Matthew admitted: ‘I felt that every single night.’
In 2002-2003, Matthew earned $24M to portray the ‘executive in statistical analysis and data reconfiguration’ on Friends, which ran for 10 seasons on NBC between 1994-2004.
Matthew has battled addictions to Vicodin, methadone, amphetamines and alcohol through the years, and also had two stints in rehab.
Critics noted there was ‘palpable unease’ on set of the HBO Max reunion.+12View gallery
Out and about: The sighting marked the first time Matthew had been seen publicly since starring in the Emmy-nominated HBO Max special, Friends: The Reunion
Variety critic Caroline Framke wrote in her review: ‘The special ultimately declines to discuss any of his troubled experience explicitly, but it nonetheless lingers around the margins with palpable unease…
‘When his castmates talk about staying in touch with each other, he cracks a joke about how he doesn’t hear “from anyone” so dryly that it’s impossible to tell if it’s actually a joke.’
Back then: Matthew is pictured in Friends’ heyday in 1996