Before grabbing a chair in group therapy as Ryan King in NBC's new comedy, "Go On"; before learning Aaron Sorkin's heady dialogue in "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip"; before being ordered to "PIVOT!" by David Schwimmer's Ross Gellar on "Friends"--before all of that, Matthew Perry was that dude who played that guy on "Beverly Hills, 90210" --you know, the one who wrote a screenplay about killing his dad.
"Wasn't that something?," Perry recalled during a recent interview.
The 43-year-old actor appeared as Roger Azarian in the show's first season finale, "April Is the Cruelest Month" in 1991--making him 21 years old! In the episode, Perry donned above-the-knee tennis shorts (as was the style, he is quick to point out) and, as West Beverly's star tennis player, is too good to give Brandon (Jason Priestley, aka the reason we dig dad jeans) an interview for the high school newspaper. But because Brandon is Brandon, Roger eventually let's his walls down, even letting the Blaze writer read his screenplay. Too bad Roger thought the plot point that involved killing his out-of-touch father was unsuspicious.
"It was what 1990 or 1991--wasn't that what everyone was doing: wearing polo shirts and shooting their dads," he joked. 'That was some of my finest acting. If that's not mentioned in my obit down the line, my tennis elbow will have been for nothing!"