PICTURED: Dishevelled Matthew Perry appears strained as he puffs on a cigarette while being driven by a pal in LA... in first sighting since sparking concern during Friends reunion

  • 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 on Saturday 
  • The sighting marked the first time Matthew had been seen publicly since starring in the Emmy-nominated HBO Max show, Friends: The Reunion 
  • 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 
  • Fans also noticed Perry's slurred speech in promos, which was later addressed as due to an 'emergency tooth procedure' performed on the day of filming 

Matthew Perry appeared strained while out in Los Feliz in his first sighting since the Friends reunion aired four months ago.

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-fronted reunion show. 

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

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. 

Smoke break: Perry appeared contemplative as he puffed on his cigarette

Smoke break: Perry appeared contemplative as he puffed on his cigarette 

On the go: The actor rested his arm out the window as they cruised through the city

On the go: The actor rested his arm out the window as they cruised through the city

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

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's admission shocked his co-stars as Lisa Kudrow replied: 'You didn't tell us that. I don't remember you ever saying that.' 

'I would freak out': On the show, the actor admitted he felt as though he was 'going to die' if his jokes on were not met with laughter by the audience

'I would freak out': On the show, the actor admitted he felt as though he was 'going to die' if his jokes on were not met with laughter by the audience

Laid-back: Matthew wore a baggy dark grey T-shirt, white Nike shorts, and a pair of black sneakers
Tuned in: The Fools Rush In star carried his phone with him

Laid-back: Matthew wore a baggy dark grey T-shirt, white Nike shorts, and a pair of black sneakers

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.

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

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.'

Fans also noticed Perry's slurred speech in promos, which was later addressed as due to an 'emergency tooth procedure' performed on the day of filming.

Sparked concern: Fans also noticed Perry's slurred speech in reunion promos, which was later addressed as due to an 'emergency tooth procedure' performed on the day of filming

Sparked concern: Fans also noticed Perry's slurred speech in reunion promos, which was later addressed as due to an 'emergency tooth procedure' performed on the day of filming

Back then: Matthew is pictured in Friends' heyday in 1996

Back then: Matthew is pictured in Friends' heyday in 1996

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Matthew Perry looks worse for wear as he takes a spin through Los Angeles

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