Whatever happened to Friends’ Gunther, the white-haired Central Perk employee who obsessed over Rachel? We haven’t spotted the popular barista in a long, long time!
James Michael Tyler, otherwise known Gunther, the most consistent guest star on Friends, landed his role by happenstance.
The lucky actor started his role on Friends as an extra, but out of all of the extras on set, he was the only one who knew how to work the coffee machine, which gave him an additional edge – and the rest is history.
James remarks on his luck, “I honestly always thought my masters in fine arts would get me further in the acting world than knowing how to work an espresso machine!”
To make the story better, before taping the first episode, a friend dyed James’ hair bleach blonde, and the producers loved it! So James continued to dye his hair for all ten seasons. Which is quite the commitment, isn’t it?
He hasn’t dyed his hair since Friends ended, but he managed to recreate the Gunther look when he dropped by a replica Central Perk in London for the 20th anniversary of the show.
It may be hard for us to recognise him without his hair, so it’s possible that he has popped up in shows without us even noticing!
Check it out:
The official Instagram handle ofa pop-up shop of the show at a baseball game in New York and James was present with his son who he called his “mini-me”. And we have to agree! The little one looked adorable and could totally pass off as a baby Gunther.
The actor even threw the first ball at the game. We can’t believe how different he looks from his character. But we love his new look as well! And we absolutely love the mini Gunther.
Just in case you guys wanted a good look at James again, we’ve gotchu…
Take a look:
What do you guys think?