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Gunther on Friends
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James Michael Tyler (born May 28, 1962) is an American actor, best known for his recurring role as Gunther on the NBC sitcom Friends.
James Michael Tyler was born the youngest of six children on May 28 1962 in Winona, Mississippi, USA to a retired Air Force captain and a homemaker. When he was 11 years old, his parents died and Tyler moved to Anderson, South Carolina to live with his sister. He studied at Clemson University and graduated with a degree in Geology. During this time, 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.
In 1988 he moved to Los Angeles and became a production assistant for Fat Man and Little Boy and an assistant film editor. He supports the Lili Claire Foundation and AIDS Project L.A. charities. Tyler is married to a personal trainer named Barbara and both are currently living in Hollywood. Tyler plays the keyboard in his studio at home and writes music. He also enjoys playing tennis, golf, and jogging. He is set to appear in a new pilot entitled "The Valentines" in late 2010.
From 1994 to 2004 James Michael Tyler played Gunther on the hit NBC sitcom Friends. Gunther was a coffee shop worker at Central Perk who had a crush on Rachel Green, played by Jennifer Aniston. Tyler, originally a nameless extra, was cast as Gunther because he was the only extra who knew how to operate an espresso machine, having worked in several coffee shops before getting into acting. This led to a ten-year career with appearances in 131 episodes of Friends` 238 episodes; he is the show`s most-frequently-appearing guest star.
In honour of Friends` 15th anniversary in 2009, Tyler opened to the public a Central Perk replica in Carnaby Street, London, open for two weeks from September to October. He appeared in the unaired pilot satire sitcom Nobody`s Watching, playing himself as a present from the studio executives on the set of Central Perk.
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James Michael Tyler
James Michael Tyler (born May 28, 1962) is an American actor best known for his role as Gunther on the NBC sitcom Friends.
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