Monday, June 21, 2021
Played the role of Gunther
“Friends” star Tyler has terminal cancer
James Michael Tyler played the café manager Gunther in the US sitcom “Friends” for around ten years. Now the actor is making his cancer public. According to him, the disease is very advanced.
“Friends” star James Michael Tyler has terminal cancer. The actor, who played Gunther in the cult series for many years, now said that on the “Today Show”. In September 2018, he was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer that had spread to his bones. The disease is now in its terminal stages. “It’ll probably get me at some point,” Tyler said. He is currently undergoing chemotherapy. He could no longer walk because of tumors in his spine and bones. Pictures in a contribution to the “Today Show” showed the actor in a wheelchair.
Cancer is also the reason why Tyler was not personally involved in the “Friends” reunion. He can only be seen in it via video call. However, Tyler kept his diagnosis to himself so as not to overshadow the happy event with the sad news.
“My goal last year was to celebrate my 59th birthday,” he says tearfully. “I did it.” Now his goal is to “save at least one life” by promoting early cancer screening.
James Michael Tyler played the supporting role of Gunther in “Friends” for around ten years. He played the manager of the café “Central Perk” from 1994 to 2004. In “Friends: The Reunion” the series stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc returned to the original location of the cult comedy on the premises of Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank and reviewed the sitcom.