Where Gunther, Janice, and Other ‘Friends’ Supporting Cast Members Are Now
From their careers to their net worth, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, and the rest of Friends’ starring cast owe a lot to the show. However, they aren’t the only ones who benefited from the cult-favorite series. Friends had a notoriously long roster of recurring roles, including fan favorites like Gunther (James Michael Tyler) and Janice (Maggie Wheeler).
Curious to know where the Friends supporting cast are now? Keep reading to find out.
Janice Goralnik (Maggie Wheeler)
Oh. My. God. Who can forget about Janice? Janice (Maggie Wheeler) was the one love interest Chandler (Matthew Perry) could never get rid of. While her role wasn’t as prominent in later seasons, Wheeler made appearances in every single Friends season — right to the very end when Janice and Chandler finally say goodbye.
Today, Wheeler stays true to her sitcom roots and has had various roles on hit television shows, including How I Met Your Mother and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Gunther (James Michael Tyler)
Aside from the starring cast, Gunther (played by James Michael Tyler) was in the most Friends episodes. Best known for serving coffee and having a major crush on Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston), Gunther’s coffee shop days aren’t exactly over. Today, James Michael Tyler travels the world, opening Central Perk replica coffee shops.
In addition, the actor made cameos on Scrubs, iCarly, and a handful of short movies. He is also heavily involved in charity work, specifically with the AIDS Project and Lili Claire Foundation.
Jack Geller (Elliott Gould)
Before Friends, Elliott Gould — who played Monica (Courteney Cox) and Ross’ (David Schwimmer) father, Jack Geller — was best known for his film career. Today, Gould continues his acting career with roles in various movies such as Ocean’s Eight and Humor Me. He has also appeared in television series and voiced characters in animated series like Disney Channel’s Kim Possible.
Judy Geller (Christina Pickles)
Monica and Ross’ mother, Judy Geller (played by Christina Pickles) also made several Friends appearances. Today, Pickles stars in a web series called Break a Hip and also played the voice of Queen Elizabeth II in a 2017 episode of Family Guy.
Joshua Burgin (Tate Donovan)
Who can forget the handsome Joshua Burgin (played by Tate Donovan)? Joshua was one of Rachel’s clients — and biggest crushes — when she worked as a personal shopper at Bloomingdale’s. After Friends, Donovan went on to star as Jimmy Cooper in The OC and has since appeared in various television series and films.
In addition to his career, Donovan dated Aniston for several years. At the time of filming together, the pair had broken up and Donovan said: “it was horrible.”
Will Colbert (Brad Pitt)
Albeit a short stint on the show, Jennifer Aniston’s ex-husband — who she was married to at the time — made an appearance on the show, too. Will Colbert (Brad Pitt) appeared in the season 8 Thanksgiving episode and ironically revealed he and Ross once had an “I hate Rachel” club.
Despite an unsuccessful love life, Pitt has had quite the Hollywood career. Today, he spends his time producing and acting in various blockbuster hits.
Charlie Wheeler (Aisha Tyler)
Ross’ paleontologist girlfriend, Charlie Wheeler (Aisha Tyler) made several appearances on the cult-favorite television series. Today, Tyler has made several appearances on hit television shows such as Modern Family and Two and a Half Men. She has also been a co-host on The Talk since 2011.
Dr. Richard Burke (Tom Selleck)
When Monica fell in love with her family eye doctor — and parents’ close friend — things got awkward. But, once everyone was over it, they realized Dr. Richard Burke (Tom Selleck) was perfect for her. However, things went south after Richard admitted he didn’t want to have kids.
Today, Selleck is still rocking his famous mustache and starring in a variety of TV movies, including the Jesse Stone franchise.
Mike Hannigan (Paul Rudd)
Phoebe Buffay’s (Lisa Kudrow) love life is a little slow to take off, but in the end, she finds her “lobster,” Mike Hannigan (Paul Rudd).
Since Friends, Rudd has starred in countless blockbuster hits, including The 40-Year Old Virgin, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Knocked Up, and Aunt Man. Despite being a Friends supporting cast member, Rudd is one of the most successful actors from the show.
Pete Becker (Jon Favreau)
Remember when Monica’s millionaire boyfriend, Pete Becker (Jon Favreau) competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship? Today, Favreau’s life could not be more opposite than his character (except for the millionaire part). Favreau directs and produces many blockbuster hit movies including, The Jungle Book, Iron Man, and The Avengers. He also wrote Couple’s Retreat and is working on an untitled Star Wars project.
Frank Buffay Jr. (Giovanni Ribisi)
After Friends, supporting actor Giovanni Ribisi (who played Frank Buffay Jr.) went on to star in a number of supporting roles on movies and shows such as Dads, My Name Is Earl, Ted, Cold Mountain, and Lost in Translation.
Carol Willick (Jane Sibbett)
Ross’ ex-wife Carol Willick (Jane Sibbett) left him broken-hearted after revealing she was a lesbian. That said, Carol stuck around throughout the series as the two shared a son together. Today, Sibbett is still acting with roles in movies and television series such as Winter Wedding, Manopause, Buffalo Dreams, and Sabrina The Teenage Witch.
Susan Brunch (Jessica Hecht)
After revealing her sexual orientation to Ross, Carol introduced him to her lover, Susan Brunch (Jessica Hecht). As the new woman and ex-husband, the pair had a naturally uncomfortable — yet hysterical — relationship but ultimately grew to tolerate each other. Today, Hecht continues to act on television and Broadway.
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