The celebrities you forgot were on the show
Of course everyone remembers Brad Pitt as FriendsThanksgiving’s most unforgettable guest, but the iconic sitcom has also seen other famous faces parade over the years.
From Julia Roberts and George Clooney to Anna Faris and Dakota Fanning, Friends attracted both big names of the day and little-known actors who would one day set their sights on a bright future in Hollywood during its 10 seasons on the air.
To celebrate the beloved show’s upcoming (and much-publicized) reunion on HBO Max, Result gathered 15 guest stars that you might not remember showed up Friends.
1. Helen Hunt
A Crazy of you crossover! In Season 1 “The One With Two Parts: Part One”, Helen Hunt appeared as her character Jamie Buchanan in a scene set at Central Perk. The guest seat also served as a bridge to introduce Ursula, the ditzy twin sister of Lisa Kudrow’s Phoebe – who was first a recurring character on Hunt’s longtime NBC sitcom.
2. George Clooney
Back when he was best known as Dr Doug Ross on ER, George Clooney starred alongside Noah Wyle in Season 1’s “The One With Two Parts: Part Two” as Doctors dating Jennifer Aniston’s Rachel and Courtney Cox’s Monica, after the former ended up at the emergencies with an injured foot and no Health Insurance.
3. Julia Roberts
Just a year before her fan favorite role in 1997 The wedding of my best friend, Julia Roberts appeared in FriendsSeason 2 post-Super Bowl extravaganza as Susie Moss, a childhood friend of Matthew Perry’s Chandler, who asks her on a date in a revenge plot for embarrassing her in fourth grade.
4. Brooke Shields
In addition to Roberts, Brooke Shields added even more star power to 1996’s “The One After the Superbowl” as Days of our lives superfan who is more than a little obsessed with Dr. Drake Ramoray, the soap opera character played by Matt LeBlanc’s Joey.
5. Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen donned a Navy uniform in Season 2’s “The One With The Chickenpox” as Ryan, a former Phoebe Flame who lands in New York City just as she falls with an unfortunately timed case of the super disease. -contagious.
6. Billy Crystal and Robin Williams
Billy Crystal and Robin Williams’ unforgettable cameo in Season 3’s “The One with the Ultimate Fighting Champion” came about as luck would have it, as the comedians were in the field during filming. The best part? Their hilarious conversation, which the gang listens to from the couch at Central Perk, was entirely improvised!
7. Jon Favreau
The first star on this list to play a recurring role in the series, superstar actor and filmmaker Jon Favreau starred throughout Season 3 as Pete Becker, a Monica lover who took her in style. memorable to Italy for a pizza on their first date. In total, he appeared in six episodes, starting with “The One with the Hypnosis Tape” in 1997.
8. Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon first entered the Friends universe in season 6 as Jill, Rachel’s younger sister. Not to be confused with Rachel’s other sister Amy, played by Christina Applegate in subsequent seasons, the Sweet Home Alabama The star appeared in two episodes and broke her sister’s code by going on an ill-advised date with David Schwimmer’s Ross. Maybe that’s why we never saw Jill again on the show?
9. Cole Sprouse
Without his twin brother Dylan, Cole Sprouse’s turn Friends marked the first solo role of his young career. Throughout seasons 6, 7 and 8, the future Riverdale star portrays Ross’s adorable son Ben.
10. Bruce Willis
During season 6, Die hard Star Bruce Willis rocked the pop with fans as Rachel’s older boyfriend, Paul… who also happened to be the overly protective father of Ross’s new twenties girlfriend, Elizabeth.
11. Winona Ryder
Months before her infamous 2001 shoplifting arrest, Winona Ryder had a memorable turn in season 7’s “The One With Rachel’s Big Kiss” as Rachel’s former sorority sister at the reception of the kiss in the title of the episode.
12. Alec Baldwin
In the same year that Brad Pitt came by for Thanksgiving, Alec Baldwin’s guest starred in two episodes (“The One With The Tea Leaves” from Season 8 and “The One From Massapequa”) as Parker, Phoebe’s enthusiastic boyfriend.
13. Paul Rudd
Paul Rudd’s adorable pianist Mike Hannigan turned out to be a late game for Phoebe. After appearing for the first time in “The One with the Pediatrician” season 9, Rudd appeared in 17 episodes over the last two seasons of the sitcom and eventually married Phoebe halfway through the final series of episodes of the series.
14. Anna Faris
Long before she became best known for her lead roles in The rabbit house and Mom, Anna Faris came back all along Friends’10th season as Erica, the biological mom to the twins adopted by Monica and Chandler.
15. Dakota Fanning
In the show’s final season, Dakota Fanning made a momentous appearance as Mackenzie, a precocious 8-year-old who hooks up with Joey on an open house while her parents are busy showing off. home to Monica and Chandler.