Remembering Matthew Perry: A Posthumous Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

The process of getting a celebrity star is not at all easy and several things need to come together

by Sededin Dedovic
Remembering Matthew Perry: A Posthumous Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
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The late actor Matthew Perry, known for his iconic role as Chandler Bing on the hit sitcom "Friends," could receive a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. However, the final decision rests with his family. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which oversees the Walk of Fame, expressed its desire to honor Perry's legacy.

If his family decides to go ahead, the star would be housed in the same area as his co-stars Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston.

How to get a star on the walk of fame?

The process of getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is surprisingly complex.

Although it is useful to be a prominent figure in the film or music industry, it is not enough. The two-kilometer-long Walk of Fame annually selects only 24 people for this prestigious honor. Honor comes with a heavy price. Recipients are responsible for contributing $50,000 to maintain their star.

This sum is split between the creation of the star and the Hollywood Historic Trust, which manages the Walk of Fame. In addition, applicants must submit a letter accepting the award. As stated on the Walk of Fame website, the selection criteria is based on four key aspects: professional achievement, longevity in one's field for at least five years, contribution to the community and confirmation of attendance at the dedication ceremony.

After the election, the Hollywood Chamber Board of Directors votes for approval. The final step involves submitting the names of the nominees to the City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works for official confirmation.

Perry was already nominated for a celebrity star

It is interesting that Perry was nominated for a star earlier in 2013 by his PR firm.

Unfortunately, the ceremony was never scheduled and the offer expired in 2018. Understandably, given the recent circumstances, Perry's family has not yet contacted the Chamber of Commerce regarding the star ceremony. If they decide to go ahead, a family member would be responsible for accepting the star on their behalf and inviting guests to the ceremony.

The number of attendees usually ranges from 60 to 90 guests. While the decision ultimately rests with Perry's family, the possibility of a posthumous star on the Walk of Fame serves as a fitting tribute to his enduring legacy in the entertainment industry.