James Michael Tyler Wiki, Biography, Age, Death, Wife, Cause of Death, Family, Net Worth & More

James Michael Tyler Wiki

James Michael Tyler Wiki:– This article is about James Michael Tyler, a US actor more commonly known as Gunther from FRIENDS.  Recently he died due to stage 4 prostate cancer on 24th October at his home in Los Angeles.

This includes his birth, parents, siblings, early life, death, education, career, awards, net worth, and some general trivia.

Who was James Michael James Tyler:

James was a US actor widely known for his role as Gunther on FRIENDS, one of the most famous sitcoms on TV ever. His zodiac sign is Gemini and was named after his uncle, his hometown was Wionna, Mississippi.

James Michael Tyler Wiki, Biography

James Michael Tyler was born on May 28, 1962, in Greenwood, Mississippi in the USA. His parents passed away when he was a teenager, after which he moved to Anderson, South Carolina to live with his sister. 

He was known for his work in FRIENDS played the role of FRIENDS. In this blog, you can read all the details of James Michael Tyler Wiki, Biography, Age, Death, Parents, Ethnicity, Wife, Children, Net Worth & More.

James Michael Tyler Wiki, Biography Age, Wife

Real/Full Name James Michael Tyler
Famous For Actor
Nick Name James Michael
Age 59 Years
Date Of Birth/Birthday May 28, 1962 
Zodiac/Sun Sign Not Known
Nationality American
Religion/ethnicity Christian Methodist
Birth Place Greenwood, Mississippi 

Winona, Mississippi

Marital Status Married
Wife Jennifer Carno
Children 0
School Name Not Known
College Name Anderson University, Georgia University
Educational Qualification Graduate

James Michael Tyler Education

Michael Tyler graduated from Anderson University (formerly Anderson college) with a two-year degree, in 1982. 

His interest in acting sparked when he was a part of the college theatre group called The Clemson players at Clemson University which he attended to get a degree in Geology in 1984, later he got his master of fine arts degree from the University of Georgia in 1987.

James Michael Tyler Age, Biography

James Michael Tyler was born on May 28, 1962, in Greenwood, Mississippi in the USA. At the age of 59 years, he died due to cancer.

James Michael Tyler Death, Cause of Death

He passed away peacefully on 24th October at his home in Los Angeles aged 59 due to stage 4 prostate cancer that had spread to his bones.

Tyler was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2018, but he did not reveal his disease openly until June 2021, which was soon after the release of FRIENDS: The reunion.

James Michael Tyler Parents (Father and Mother Names)

Tyler was born to WWII Air force pilot Dewitt Eugene Tyler and his wife Mary Sue Pullen, both of them belonged to the Methodist church. Dewitt died in a car accident in 1973, and Mary passed away due to breast cancer in 1973 as well.

James Michael Tyler Siblings

Tyler is the youngest of four siblings, he had a brother Capt. John Dewitt Tyler aka Tommy Tyler, who was stationed at Columbus air force base and passed away in 2019, and two sisters named Linda Clark and Brenda Keenan.

James Michael Tyler Spouse, Kids

James Michael Tyler married Barbara Chadsey in 1995, the couple got separated in 2003 and filed for divorce in 2014 citing irreconcilable differences. He has been married to Jennifer Carno since 2017.

James Michael Tyler Spouse

James Michael Tyler Career

He moved to Los Angeles in 1988 and became a production assistant on the sets of the film Fat Man and Little Boy and later became an assistant film editor.

He made his film debut as Bar patron in the American short film named ‘The roommate’ and his feature film debut as ‘Oscar Bevins’ in the film ‘Motel Blue’.

He also appeared in American films like The disturbance at dinner (1998), Foreign Correspondents (1999). Also appeared in short films like Live with it (2008), Processing(2020), and The gesture and the word (2020).

Television Career

He played Gunther on FRIENDS from 1994 to 2004, like a coffee shop worker in Central Perk. During which he appeared in 148 of the total 236 episodes, and became the most frequently appearing recurring character on the show. 

On the show he was hired as an extra, he took the part due to financial troubles, but rose to prominence with time and got known for his secret profound love for Rachel (Jennifer Anniston) on the show.

During this time he also appeared on the American series ‘Just shoot me!’ and ‘Sabrina the teenage witch’ (2001).

He then worked in the series ‘Scrubs’ in 2005 and ‘Episodes’ in 2012. He also played ‘Chase’ in the TV short film ‘Keeping up with the downs’(2010).
He got his first main role as’ Chad Levitz’ in the TV series ‘Modern Music’ in 2013.

He also made a guest video appearance in the TV special FRIENDS: The reunion in 2021 where the main cast of FRIENDS revisited the sets of the original show, met with the guests, and did reenactments of famous scenes of the show.

He voiced many characters in the video game ‘Friends: The one with all the trivia’(2005).

He also appeared in the music video of ‘Come tomorrow’ by Chicane.


In 2020, Tyler received the Birmingham film festival- award for the best actor male for his role in the short film ‘The gesture and the word’.for his role in the short film ‘The gesture and the word’.

Net worth:

The actor’s net worth before his death is speculated to be about 4 million USD.


Favourite band Three mile pilot
Favourite Actors/Actress(es) Connie Steven’s, Sylvia Sidney
Favourite sport Baseball
Favourite baseball team Chicago blues
Favourite video game Ticket

Tyler is well known for his blonde look in the show FRIENDS which according to him was an accident. The day before his audition, one of his acquaintances, who was studying to become a hairdresser, experimented on his hair. The show makers liked it so much that they decided to keep the look for ‘Gunther’.

On the 15th anniversary of FRIENDS , Tyler launched the temporary replica of the Central Perk in London where fans could buy tickets to receive free coffee and to see memorabilia from the show. It was opened for two weeks. On the 20th anniversary Tyler made an appearance at another replica of central Perk in SoHo, Manhattan.

Tyler revealed about his disease in 2021 after FRIENDS: The reunion:

‘’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 (now). Late-stage cancer. So eventually, you know, it’s gonna probably get me.”

He preferred to be addressed by his middle name Michael.

He was fond of animals and had a pet dog and cat.

James Michael Tyler

Tyler about his pet dog in an Instagram post.

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