One of the most lovable supporting characters in the Friends series was Gunther, the manager of Central Perk. Since Central Perk was the main hub for hanging out for the six friends, Gunther was seen a lot in the series. His specifically bleached hair became hard to not notice for fans, and by season 2, James Michael Tyler became an official regular character on the set. The actor recently shocked fans after a completely changed look from his on-screen character. Fans of the show found him almost unrecognizable. After the series ended, James Michael Tyler visited a Central Perk-inspired shop in New York as Gunther. Here he entertained the fans and visitors with generosity. Now 59, he is happily married and continues working as an actor. The net worth of James Michael Tyler is also quite impressive.
The actor has a good fan following for his brilliant portrayal of Gunther. Gunther was the most frequent supporting character of the show. He appears in 148 out of the 236 episodes of Friends. In the beginning, he only appeared in the background without any name. By season 2, he received a name and soon after also received lines to speak. Gunther’s importance (even if very trivial) started increasing, and soon fans were granted Gunther’s backstory in “The One Where Eddie Won’t Go”. Turns out Gunther used to be a soap actor. His character was killed off, burying him in an avalanche, and hence Gunther started working at Central Perk. Gunther’s deep unrequited love for Rachel remained the cutest gag till the end of the series. He even went to the extent of buying the cat from her!
James Michael Tyler: Personal Life
On 28 May 1962, James Michael Tyler was born in Mississippi. He attended Anderson College and soon took an interest in theatres. Pursuing his interest, he joined the University of Georgia and received his Master’s degree in Fine arts.
He moved to Los Angeles and started working as a production assistant for Fat Man And Little Boy. James also worked as an assistant film editor.
In 1995, he married Barbara Chadsey. However, due to some differences, they filed for a divorce in 2015. Soon after, James met and married Jennifer Carno. He is happy with his marriage, and he points out that he is lucky to have her. James started rewatching Friends with her.
In an interview, James Michael Tyler reveals that the bleached blond hair was an accidental look that occurred as his stylist friend was practicing on his hair. However, the directors liked the look, and hence the actor had to bleach his hair for the next 10 years.
James Michael Tyler Net Worth
James Michael Tyler worked as Gunther for a decade. Following the end of the series, Gunther continued to work in the entertainment industry as an actor. As per recent records, the net worth of James Michael Tyler is 4 million USD. Being his most notable work, he gained a lot of fame among fans all over the globe for his role. He has appeared in different TV shows and short films after Friends.
James Michael Tyler: Other Works
Other than his contribution to Friends, he was also a part of Just Shoot me and the 2001 released magic series, Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Later, he also played a part in Scrubs and Iron Chef America. In 2012, he was cast as himself in Episodes, a comedy series starring Matt LeBlanc. Once again, in 2021, James Michael Tyler is returning as Gunther in Friends: The Reunion.
James Michael Tyler also worked in films. He starred in the 1998 films The Disturbance at Dinner and again in another film called Foreign Correspondents (1999). His last character in a film was Blaine (Jason’s Big Problem, 2010).
The actor was a part of the Friends Video Game. Here he voiced Gunther.
James starred in the short film “The Gesture and The World”, created by Alexis Yonov. The character played by James Michael Tyler was “Gilbert”. He won an award for the Best Male Actor in the 2020 Birmingham Film Festival for this role.