James Michael Tyler Biography – James Michael Tyler Wiki
James Michael Tyler was an American actor best known for his role as Gunther on the NBC sitcom Friends. From 1994 to 2004, he played Gunther on the sitcom Friends. Gunther was a coffee shop worker at Central Perk who had unrequited love for Rachel Green, played by Jennifer Aniston. This led to a ten-year career with appearances in 148 of Friends’ 236 episodes; he is the show’s most frequently appearing guest star. In honor of Friends’ 15th anniversary in 2009, Tyler officially opened the temporary Central Perk pop-up replica in London. It was open for two weeks from September to October and fans could apply for tickets to receive a free coffee and see memorabilia from the show. He appeared in the unaired pilot satire sitcom Nobody’s Watching, playing himself on the set of Central Perk. In honor of Friends’ 20th anniversary in 2014, Tyler made appearances at a Central Perk replica in SoHo.
He featured in the BBC/Showtime sitcom Episodes (Series 2, Episode 6) as himself playing an ice hockey coach when Matt LeBlanc tries unsuccessfully to get the other main stars from Friends to appear in the promotional video for the fictional television show Pucks. In 1988 he moved to Los Angeles and became a production assistant for Fat Man and Little Boy and an assistant film editor. He supports the Lili Claire Foundation and AIDS Project L.A charities. He currently lives in Hollywood. He graduated from Anderson College (now Anderson University) with a two-year degree in 1982 and Clemson University with a degree in geology in 1984. During his time at Clemson, he was a member of a student theatre group, the Clemson Players. This experience sparked his interest in becoming an actor. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Georgia in 1987.
In 2021, the actor made an appearance via a video conference on the HBO Max special “Friends: The Reunion.” “I wanted to be a part of that, and initially I was going to be on the stage, at least, with them, and be able to take part in all the festivities,” he said about the reunion. “It was bittersweet, honestly. I was very happy to be included. It was my decision not to be a part of that physically and make an appearance on Zoom, basically, because I didn’t wanna bring a downer on it, you know? I didn’t want to be like, ‘Oh, and by the way, Gunther has cancer.’”
In addition to “Friends,” Tyler’s acting credits include “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” “Scrubs” and “Modern Music.” He also appeared in two short films — “The Gesture and the Word” and “Processing” — which earned him best actor awards at several domestic and international film festivals, according to Variety.
James Michael Tyler Age
He was born on May 28, 1962, in Greenwood, Mississippi, United States. He died on October 24, 2021, in Los Angeles, California. He was 59.
James Michael Tyler Wife
James Michael Tyler was married to Jennifer Carno. They were married from 2017 until his death in 2021. He was previously married to Barbara Ruth Chadsey from 1995 until their divorce in November 2014. He filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.
James Michael Tyler Family
He was born the youngest of five children. He was named after his uncle. He was the son of Dewitt Eugene Tyler, a former captain in the US Air Force, and Mary Sue Pullen. His father died from injuries received in a car accident and his mother died of breast cancer. After his parents’ death, Tyler moved to Anderson, South Carolina at age 12 to live with his sister, Linda Tyler Clark.
James Michael Tyler Death
‘Friends’ actor James Michael Tyler died peacefully in his Los Angeles home on October 24, 2021, at the age of 59. His manager said in a statement: “Michael’s loved ones knew him as an actor, musician, cancer-awareness advocate and loving husband. Michael loved live music, cheering on his Clemson Tigers and would often find himself in fun and unplanned adventures. If you met him once, you made a friend for life.”
“Friends” co-creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane said in a statement: “James was a genuinely kind, sweet man. When he started as an extra on Friends, his unique spirit caught our eye and we knew we had to make him a character. He made Gunther’s unrequited love incredibly relatable. Our heart goes out to his wife, Jennifer Carno.”
“Warner Bros. Television mourns the loss of James Michael Tyler, a beloved actor and integral part of our FRIENDS family.” the official “Friends” Twitter account wrote. “Our thoughts are with his family, friends, colleagues and fans.”
James Michael Tyler Cause of Death
James Michael Tyler died of prostate cancer.
James Michael Tyler Illness
The actor was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in September 2018. In June 2021, the actor revealed he was undergoing chemotherapy treatment after being diagnosed with Stage 4 prostate cancer.
“I’m sorry to say that I’m not appearing today with you to announce that there’s a ‘Friends’ movie,” he told the “Today” show. “Actually, I’m here to let you know that in September of 2018, I was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer.”
He had hoped to attend the HBO Max “Friends” reunion in May but withdrew due to his illness. “I wanted to be a part of that, and initially I was going to be on the stage,” he said. “It was my decision not to be a part of that physically and make an appearance on Zoom, basically, because I didn’t wanna bring a downer on it. I didn’t want to be like, ‘Oh, and by the way, Gunther has cancer.'”
The cancer was discovered during a routine physical, in which he took his first prostate specific antigen (PSA) test. He said the cancer mutated during the pandemic, spreading to his bones and spine, resulting in his inability to walk. He said: “It’s Stage 4, late stage cancer, so eventually, it’s gonna probably get me.”
James Michael Tyler Net Worth
According to Celebrity Net Worth, James Michael Tyler has an estimated net worth of $4 million.
James Michael Tyler Instagram
His Instagram handle is @slate_michael.
James Michael Tyler Height
He stands at a height of 5 feet 11 inches (1.8 m) tall.