‘Friends’ actor James Michael Tyler Dies at 59

'Friends' actor James Michael Tyler Dies at 59

An actor from Friends died on Sunday of cancer. He was 59 years old and is best known for his role as Gunther, the general manager of the Central Perk coffee shop on Friends. Tyler had an advanced form of prostate cancer. He became an advocate for others with the disease after he was diagnosed in September 2018. Tyler’s manager, Toni Benson, said this in a statement.

Michael liked live music, cheering on his Clemson Tigers, and often found himself in a lot of fun and unplanned adventures. If you met him once, he became your friend for life. Tyler’s friends from the TV show “Friends” paid tribute to him on social media.

On Friends, the Monica actress wrote a thank you letter to him because he had a big heart. He made people feel comfortable.

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“We had a lot of fun times altogether, buddy.” Matt LeBlanc said. “You will be missed.” “Thank u for being there for us,” Lisa Kudrow, who played Phoebe, said. Tyler was originally supposed to be just an extra on “Friends,” but his unique spirit got him promoted to the main character, co-creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane said in a tribute on Sunday. Tyler was genuinely kind and sweet, they said.

In “Friends,” Tyler played Gunther. He was in love with Rachel. And he appeared in other TV movies and shows, too. In May 2021, the actor from Friends appeared in a video link at a reunion. He did not go to the reunion because he didn’t want to be a downer. The actor had enjoyed seeing his friends again and sharing memories with them.


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Tyler was doing a treatment. He starred in two films, The Gesture, and the Word and Processing. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Carno. James called her “the love of my life.”

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