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The death of Gunther from Friends hit me hard — I felt like I knew him

Chrissie Russell


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Actor James Michael Tyler, who played Gunther in Friends

Actor James Michael Tyler, who played Gunther in Friends

Angelina Jolie and her children at the premiere of 'Eternals', with Zahara (far right) in one of her mum's dresses

Angelina Jolie and her children at the premiere of 'Eternals', with Zahara (far right) in one of her mum's dresses

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Actor James Michael Tyler, who played Gunther in Friends

My first words to my husband yesterday morning were “Gunther’s dead”. There was no need to state Gunther who, for there only is one, the barista who manned Central Perk for 10 series of Friends, played by the actor James Michael Tyler.

The show that made him a household name finished in 2004, and I’ll fully admit I’ve no idea as to what career trajectory he’s had for the intervening decades, nor have I any knowledge of his personal life, but news of his death still left me strangely floored.


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