The actor had struggled with drug and alcohol addiction and was open about his experience.
Lindsay Posner, who directed the play The End Of Longing, written by and starring Perry, told Radio 4’s Today programme: “He was always very, very warm and generous.
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“He was very keen to be thought of as a serious actor, a comic actor.
“I was a bit worried because he’d never done any stage acting before… but he’d honed his craft with Friends in front of a live audience for years and years and it showed. You couldn’t tell he’d never been on a London stage before.”
The End Of Longing was an autobiographical play about addiction and Posner said Perry had told him that “he would like to be remembered for helping people through the play… helping people to recover.”
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Also on Today, comedian David Baddiel said: “It’s quite rare in a sitcom to see someone who’s got a very distinctive comic delivery.
“All those actors were brilliant at landing jokes, but Perry had a way of spinning lines so that he would land with different emphasis.
“That’s a very clever way of playing with language that I normally associate with great stand-ups.”
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