Happy 20th Anniversary, 'Friends'! A Revealing Look at Gunther From the Man Who Played Him

September 25, 2014 2:50 AM

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Happy 20th Anniversary, 'Friends'! A Revealing Look at Gunther From the Man Who Played Him

Back in the 1990s, James Michael Tyler was working as a barista at an LA coffee shop but he longed to be a professional actor. "I had a Master of Fine Arts degree in acting and was also working as an extra on television shows -- like a lot of people with my degree do in Hollywood," explains Tyler.

Then in 1994, the second assistant director of a brand new NBC sitcom who Tyler had worked with on other shows, asked if he'd like to be an extra for a day. That meant free food and $40. Plus the assistant director thought that the extra job might extend another five more episodes. Tyler took the gi...

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