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James Michael Tyler

James Michael Tyler

James Michael Tyler

Bestselling author James Michael Tyler shares his insights and knowledge on his original website.

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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. (Source: en.wikipedia.org From 1994 to 2004, James Michael Tyler 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. His real-life experience as a barista gave an assistant director on Friends the idea to put him behind the counter of Central Perk to make the set seem more "authentic". This led to a ten-year career with appearances in 148 of Friends' 236 episodes; he is the show's most-frequently-appearing recurring character actor. (Source:en.wikipedia.org))

"Former 'Friends' actor files for divorce". San Francisco Chronicle. March 6, 2014. Archived from the original on October 22, 2017. Retrieved September 3, 2017.

"James Michael Tyler, Friends Gunther Actor, Dies at 59". Screen Rant. October 24, 2021. Retrieved October 26, 2021. (Source: en.wikipedia.org "Falleció el actor que interpretó al inolvidable "Gunther" en Friends". La Capital (Mar del Plata) (in Spanish). October 24, 2021. Retrieved October 25, 2021. (Source:en.wikipedia.org))

A statement added: "The world knew him as Gunther (the seventh Friend)... but Michael's loved ones knew him as an actor, musician, cancer-awareness advocate, and loving husband. If you met him once you made a friend for life. (Source: www.bbc.com Tyler's manager said the actor "passed away peacefully at his home in Los Angeles on Sunday morning". 

"The world knew him as Gunther (the seventh "Friend"), from the hit series Friends, but Michael's loved ones knew him as an actor, musician, cancer-awareness advocate, and loving husband," Benson's statement read. (Source: edition.cnn.com)

edition.cnn.com)"Warner Bros. Television mourns the loss of James Michael Tyler, a beloved actor and integral part of our FRIENDS family," the "Friends" Twitter account tweeted. "Our thoughts are with his family, friends, colleagues and fans." (Source:

“The world knew him as Gunther (the seventh 'Friend’), from the hit series Friends but Michael’s loved ones knew him as an actor, musician, cancer-awareness advocate, and loving husband,” Benson wrote in a tribute. “Michael loved live music, cheering on his Clemson Tigers, and would often find himself in fun and unplanned adventures.” (Source: www.dawn.com)

James Michael Tyler, the actor who played Gunther, the scene-stealing manager of coffee shop Central Perk in Friends, has died at the age of 59. He had been diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in 2018. “Tyler passed away peacefully at his home in Los Angeles on Sunday morning,” his manager said in a statement. “If you met him once, you made a friend for life. [He] is survived by his wife, Jennifer Carno, the love of his life. Wanting to help as many people as possible, he bravely shared his story and became a campaigner for those with a prostate to get a... blood test as early as 40 years old. The world knew him as Gunther (the seventh Friend)... but Michael’s loved ones knew him as an actor, musician, cancer-awareness advocate and loving husband.” (Source: www.vogue.co.uk)

Actor James Michael Tyler, pictured at the Central Perk pop-up celebrating the 20th anniversary of Friends in September 2014 in New York City, has died at age 59. Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images hide caption (Source: www.npr.org)

"The world knew him as Gunther (the seventh "Friend")," Benson said in a statement, "but 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." (Source: www.npr.org)

"The world knew him as Gunther (the seventh 'Friend'), from the hit series Friends, but Michael's loved ones knew him as an actor, musician, cancer-awareness advocate, and loving husband," representative Toni Benson said in a statement to US media. (Source: www.ndtv.com)

In addition to Friends, Tyler had various guest starring roles on TV shows, including Sabrina the Teenage Witch in 2001 and Scrubs in 2005. In 2013, he played the main lead in the series Modern Music. Despite undergoing treatment, the actor also starred in two short films — The Gesture and the Word and Processing — where he won best actor awards at multiple film festivals. (Source: people.com)

Tributes have poured in across social media, with some remembering the actor as the “seventh friend” due to his regular presence on the hit show. (Source: www.theguardian.com)

The official Friends Twitter page passed on a message from Warner Bros. Television Studios, writing: “Warner Bros. Television mourns the loss of James Michael Tyler, a beloved actor and integral part of our FRIENDS family. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, colleagues and fans.” (Source: www.theguardian.com)

Tyler was most well-known for his performance as Gunther, a worker at the Central Perk cafe who reserves an unrequited love for Jennifer Aniston’s Rachel, on NBC’s sitcom Friends. Dubbed by fan as “the seventh Friend,” the actor was a series mainstay, first appearing in the second episode of Friends and returning as a guest star across the remainder of its 10-year run. He is the most frequently appearing recurring guest star across the series. (Source: www.indiatoday.in)

 

 

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