James Michael Tyler Biography, Age, Career, Movies and Death

James Michael Tyler was an American actor and movie producer. He was popular for featuring as Gunther on the NBC sitcom Friends. James Michael Tyler was born on May 28, 1962 in Greenwood, Mississippi, United States.

James Michael Tyler Profile



Real Name

James Michael Tyler


May 28, 1962


59 years (2021)

State of Origin



United States








Barbara Chadsey

Jennifer Carno

Net Worth

$4 million


October 24, 2021

Cause of Death

Prostrate Cancer

Educational Background

James Michael Tyler attended Anderson University) with a two-year degree in 1982 and Clemson University with a degree in geology in 1984.

He obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Georgia in 1987

Career and Movies

James Michael Tyler started acting during his days at Clemson University. He was a member of the Clemson Players, a student theatre group.

In 1988, James Michael Tyler moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career in the movie industry. He was a production assistant on the film Fat Man and Little Boy and became an assistant film editor.

James Michael Tyler gained popularity for playing the role of Gunther on the sitcom Friends from 1994 to 2004.

In 1998, James Michael Tyler featured as Wilson Pomade in the movie The Disturbance at Dinner.

He featured as Randy and Oscar Bevins in the movies Foreign Correspondents and Motel Blue respectively in 1999.

He featured as Blaine in the movie Jason’s Big Problem in 2010.

In 2009, James Michael Tyler opened the temporary Central Perk pop up replica in London to mark the 15 years anniversary of Friends.

The temporary Central Perk pop up replica in London was open for two weeks from September to October and fans could apply for tickets to receive a free coffee and see memorabilia from the show.

In 2014, he featured in the Central Perk replica in SoHo to mark the 20th anniversary of Friends.

James Michael Tyler featured in several television series throughout his career. Some of them include

  • Just Shoot me
  • Scrubs
  • Iron Chef America
  • Episodes
  • Modern Musics and many others

Instagram Handle

James Michael Tyler Instagram handle is @slate_michael

Personal Life

James Michael Tyler got married to his first wife Barbara Chadsey in 1995. They divorced in 2014. He got married to Jennifer Carno in 2017.

James Michael Tyler’s father was a former USAF captain. He died when Tyler was 11 years old and his mother died a year later.

James Michael Tyler Net Worth

According to Celebrity Net Worth, James Michael Tyler Net Worth was estimated to be $4 million


James Michael Tyler was diagnosed with prostrate cancer in 2018. He died on 24th October 2021 shortly after the release of Friends: The Reunion.