FRIENDS star Matthew Perry is being hailed a hero after saving a drowning tot during a pal's Hollywood Hills barbecue.

The actor reportedly spotted the two-year-old boy lying lifelessly in the swimming pool as he took a wander through his friend's yard.

He dived in and dragged the boy to safety before urging partygoers to call for medical help.

Medics arrived minutes later and took the boy to hospital, where doctors praised fast-thinking Perry for saving the tot's life.

24/06/2004 01:58