Chandler Muriel Bing is one of the main characters on the NBC sitcom Friends
, played by Matthew Perry
. His most notable traits are his awkwardness with women and his witty sense of humor, which he uses to compensate for his difficulties with human relationships.
Chandler’s parents are quite well off. His mother, Nora Tyler Bing
, is a romance novelist (Euphoria at Midnight
among others). His father discovered his homosexuality
when Chandler was young and announced it over Thanksgiving
dinner in 1978
, which led to his parents’ divorce. His father now is the proprietor of the Las Vegas
nightclub Viva Las Gaygas
. Chandler has sworn off Thanksgiving and refuses to eat turkey or other traditional turkey day
At college, he was roommates with Ross Geller
. About this time, people started to think he was gay, a problem which still plagues him. It wasn’t helped by Ross, who encouraged people to believe it, especially women they were both attracted to.
After college, he was roommates with Kip
, an ex-boyfriend of Monica Geller
. When Kip got married, he moved out and was replaced by Joey Tribbiani
. Joey was briefly replaced by the psychotic Eddie
He got a temp job as a data processor
shortly after graduating, which soon became permanent when he became middle management
He had a third nipple (a "nubbin
") which he had surgically removed. The tip of one of his toes is missing – it was severed when Monica dropped a knife on Thanksgiving 1988
as part of a bizarre plan (gone awry) to humiliate him for calling her fat the previous year.
His problems with intimacy and relationships stem probably stem from his parents’ strange breakup, and he’s left a trail of awkward breakups in his wake. The most notable past relationships are the on again off again one with the very annoying Janice
and the one with Joey’s ex, Kathy. He’s now married to Monica, a relationship which began when they both slept together in London
before Ross’ second wedding.
Chandler was briefly unemployed after quitting his job when he was transferred to Tulsa, Oklahoma
, but now has a job in advertising