Where are the obscure characters of friends now? And what are they doing?
The next Friends Reunion is expected to feature the six cast of the Friends cast, a number of celebrity appearances such as David Beckham and Justin Bieber, and most importantly cameos from the obscure characters from Friends.
The actors who play Gunther, Janice and Richard are all expected to make an appearance for the celebratory episode. But what exactly have the actors who have played these iconic roles been doing since the show aired?
Friends are obviously all about the main six, but hardly an episode has passed without a new character appearing. Over the years, a number of recurring characters have become part of the series. I’m talking about Carol, Susan, Gunther and of course Mr. Treeger.
Combined with the many exes of the characters in Friends, there are an awful lot of obscure characters that we need to catch up with.
Here’s what the obscure Friends characters have been doing since leaving the show:
Gunther – James Michael Tyler
Let’s start with the most iconic dark character – Gunther. James Michael Tyler played Gunther for all 10 seasons of Friends and honestly that was his biggest fame.
And he’s still very attached to promoting the show and doing interviews during his time on Friends.
James has been married to Barbara Chadsey for the majority of his time on Friends, but the couple divorced in 2014 citing “irreconcilable differences”.
He recently won an award at the Birmingham Film Festival for his role in a short film.
Janice – Maggie Wheeler
Almost as iconic as Gunther is Janice, who was played by Maggie Wheeler. She still enjoys talking about her time on Friends a lot and frequently shares flashbacks from the show on her Instagram.
In addition to Friends, she has had occasional roles on Drake and Josh, Shake It Up, How I Met Your Mother and more.
Maggie is still married to her husband Daniel who is a sculptor and they have two children together.
Richard – Tom Selleck
Tom Selleck is an actor legend in his own way before Friends. His lead role since Friends has been the lead role in Blue Bloods since 2010.
He also starred in the Jesse Stone TV movies and starred in a few movies.
Tom is still married to his wife Jillie Joan Mack and they live on a 65 acre ranch in California that was once an avocado ranch.
Carol – Jane Sibbett
Jane Sibbett, who played Carol, was a staple throughout the show and she honestly couldn’t have aged more gracefully.
She’s done some acting work since the show, including a number of Christmas movies and an episode of What About Brian.
Jane divorced her over 20-year-old husband in 2016, but she seems to be having fun with her kids and her dog.
Like Jane, Jessica Hecht who played Susan has also aged incredibly well and has been very busy since she was on Friends.
She has been in a number of films, including A Beautiful Day in The Neighborhood and Whatever Works. Jessica’s main job has been on television where she has always worked on shows such as Law and Order, Breaking Bad, Succession, The Sinner, and Jessica Jones.
Jessica has also performed in a number of plays and is still married to her husband Adam Bernstein, whom she married right after the start of Friends.
Brand – Steven Eckholdt
Mark was a classic character and the catalyst for Rachel and Ross’ breakup, and honestly, that’s probably still his most iconic role to date.
Since Friends, he has mainly appeared in individual episodes for numerous television shows, including Two and a Half Men, CSI, Desperate Housewives, and The West Wing.
Julie – Lauren Tom
Julie deserved so much better than the treatment she received from Ross, luckily life was good for Lauren Tom, who had been playing her ever since.
Lauren works primarily in dubbing and has played roles in Futurama, Kim Possible, Phineas and Ferb, and The Penguins of Madagascar. In addition to voice work, Lauren has also starred in a Disney Channel TV show called Andi Mack and episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and CSI.
Lauren has been married to her husband Curt Kaplan since 1999 and they have two children together.
Mr. Treeger – Mike Hagerty
Mike Hagerty played Mr. Treeger the superintendent of the building where Rachel, Monica, Joey and Chandler lived.
He has continued to act since Friends and mainly does episodes of well-known series. He has appeared in Desperate Housewives, Glee, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Shameless.
Mona was yet another girlfriend of Ross whom he treated terribly. She was played by Bonnie Somerville, who has continued to perform since Friends.
Bonnie has appeared on shows such as Blue Bloods, Code Black, Law and Order, Criminal Minds and The OC
According to her Instagram, she got engaged last year to her partner Dave McClain, who made her a greeting card based on her time on Friends. Ross never would.
Elizabeth – Alexandra Holden
God who could forget when Ross went out with his student Elizabeth? It was tragic from start to finish.
Since Friends, Alexandra has had unique acting roles in a number of series including Drop Dead Diva, NCIS, Grey’s Anatomy, and a regular role on the Rizzoli & Isles series.
Alexandra has also been in a number of TV movies. In 1997, she married Johnny Strong, but the two subsequently divorced.
Label – Eddie Cahill
Tag was so easily the fittest of all of Rachel’s men and he was played by Eddie Cahill.
Since Friends Eddie has had a major role in CSI: NY for almost 10 years where he played Detective Donald Flack. He also starred in the legal drama Conviction and appeared in a number of plays.
In 2009 Eddie married his girlfriend Nikki Uberti who is a makeup artist and they have a child together.
David – Hank Azaria
While Hank Azaria played the charming scientist David on Friends, it’s not actually his most famous role.
Hank is best known for voicing many characters on The Simpsons since 1989. He has also worked on Family Guy, Ray Donovan, The Smurfs, and Along Came Polly.
During his time on Friends, Hank was married to Helen Hunt before the two divorced in 2000. In 2007 he then started dating actress Katie Wright and they were married that same year.
They have a son together, and Hank has nearly 80,000 Instagram followers.
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