American actor James Michael Tyler. He is best known for his appearance as Gunther on NBC’s popular TV sitcom “Friends”. Tyler made a surprise guest appearance on Friends’ Reunion, where he was almost unrecognizable. His net worth was estimated at $4 million when Tyler died.
|Full Name||James Michael Tyler|
|Your Birth Date||May 28, 1962|
|Birthplace||Greenwood, Mississippi, U. S.|
James Michael Tyler was conceived in Greenwood Mississippi, United States on 28th May 1962. He grew up with four of his siblings. James was named after an uncle. He lost his father when he was 10 years old, and his mother soon after that, also at age 10. After one year, he moved his home to Anderson, South Carolina, where he lived together with his sister.
His education began at Anderson College where he received a 2-year degree. He then transferred to Clemson University where he earned a degree as a geologist. While he was studying at Clemson University, he was also acting in a student theater group called The Clemson Players.
He became more passionate about acting during his time with the theatre group. In 1987, he received a Master’s degree from the University of Georgia majoring in Fine Arts degree. He later moved to Los Angeles in search of more acting opportunities. There, he started working as a production assistant for the 1989 movie “Fat Man and Little Boy”.
James Michael Tyler Net Worth & Career
Tyler got his breakthrough role as Gunther in NBC”s TV sitcom “Friends”. Tyler was offered the role of Gunther, a small coffee guy, as an extra in the hit sitcom. Tyler impressed even with his small role. This led to him being offered a recurring part on the series. He was a part of the series’ for an entire 10-year run, where he appeared in 148 episodes out of 236 episodes.
Besides making an appearance on Friends, he has also appeared on other TV series like “Just Shoot Me!”, “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch”, “Scrubs”, “Iron Chef America”, “Episodes” and “Modern Music”. Tyler has recently made an appearance on the reunion special of the popular TV sitcom “Friends”. The reunion special premiered on HBO Max May 27, 2023.
Tyler was not recognized during the reunion special. His signature white-blonde blonde hair was what made him stand out. One of his friends accidentally dyed his trademark white-blonde locks, which was surprisingly liked by the producers. They continued their white-blonde hair throughout the series. Tyler even had to bleach his locks every week for 10 long years.
James Michael Tyler Personal Lives
Barbara Chadsey was the wife of James Michael Tyler in 1995. He was with her for almost 20 years, and then he filed to divorce in 2014. This was due to irreconcilable differences. James appears to have been married to Jenn again. He shares photos with her often on his official Instagram account @slate_michael.
He announced recently that he was diagnosed in 2018 with prostate cancer. In the Today show, he told “I was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, which had spread to my bones. I’ve been dealing with that diagnosis for almost the past three years. It’s stage 4. Late-stage cancer. So eventually, you know, it’s gonna probably get me”.
Tyler, 59, died of the disease in Los Angeles on October 24, 2023.
James Michael Tyler Net Worth
As of 2023, James Michael Tyler’s net worth is estimated to be around $4 million. He has earned a total earning of $4.65 million from appearing in “Friends”. James received a salary totaling $30,000 in his first season, $160,000 in season two, and $600,000 in season three and four. He earned $2.48 million for the remaining seasons.