The passing of James Michael Tyler at the age of 59 is sad news for all the fans of the show and his character Gunther, He passed away due to advanced metastatic prostate cancer, it seems only fitting to share an enjoyable compilation of the best scenes featuring his character “Gunther” from the hit TV series Friends. While Gunther wasn’t supposed to be permanent in “friends,” Tyler made himself known in every scene he was in.
The character of Gunther was complicated, especially when it came to his unrequited but deep love for Rachel.
The Take did an excellent analysis of Gunther’s personality.
Gunther is one of the great mysteries of ‘Friends’. We never even learned his last name …We get hints that he could be a fascinating person if we got to know him better … but that interesting guy never materializes. Gunther just stays in the background quietly working the same boring job at Central Perk for ten seasons and counting. He doesn’t leave for a more exciting career nor does he find romantic happiness or even get to become one of the friends which he clearly wants to be.
In June 2021, Tyler spoke with ET about his diagnosis, the Friends reunion, his purpose to inform people about getting tested, and his eager hope that he would reach his 59th birthday.
James Michael Tyler, who played Gunther on ‘Friends,’ reveals he was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer in 2018. The 59-year old actor appeared on the ‘Today’ show, explaining why he chose to keep his health struggles private during his appearance on ‘Friends: The Reunion’ on HBO Max. He also shares that it’s now his life’s mission to inspire others to take their health seriously with routine visits to the doctor.
Rest in Peace James Michael.