James Michael Tyler, actor who played Gunther on Friends, dies aged 59

  • 25/10/2021

The actor who played Gunther on Friends has passed away after battling stage four prostate cancer.

James Michael Tyler, 59, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning at his home in LA, his representative told TMZ.

"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," his family said in a statement.

"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."

Tyler kept his cancer diagnosis private for three years, first opening up about it earlier this year.

The news came to the surprise of fans as he'd just appeared in the Friends reunion but did not mention it. 

He said it was because he didn't want to be a downer for the reunion special.

Aside from starring in Friends, Tyler also acted in several big shows over the course of his career - including Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Scrubs, Modern Music, and Just Shoot Me!. 

He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Carno.