‘A pleasure to work with’
While he didn’t have the same amount of screen time as the six main characters on Friends, Gunther was and continues to be a popular figure with fans.
Gunther worked as a waiter and manager at the Central Perk coffee shop, and had a crush on Jennifer Anniston’s character Rachel throughout the series, who also worked there as a waitress in the show’s early seasons.
He made a brief appearance on the Friends reunion special last month via Zoom. “Honestly, it was the 10 most memorable years of my life,” he said of the show.
“I couldn’t have imagined a better experience. All of these guys were fantastic and it was a pleasure working with them. It felt very, very special.”
Speaking about not disclosing his diagnosis during the meeting, he said: “I didn’t want it to be like ‘Oh, and by the way, Gunther has cancer.’
He added that the other cast members knew of his diagnosis. “David Schwimmer [who played Ross] has corresponded with me through Instagram. The producers are aware, they have been aware of it for a long time.”
Tyler appeared on the show throughout his 10 years and became a favorite with viewers thanks to his blank expression.
He reunited with his Friends co-star, Matt Le Blanc, in 2012 on an episode of the BBC sitcom Episodes, playing an ice hockey coach.
His film appearances include The Disturbance at Dinner, Foreign Correspondents, and Motel Blue, as well as Jason’s Big Problem.
The Today show showed photos of Tyler’s home life as they interviewed him, including him in a wheelchair, and the actor got emotional as he spoke.
When asked by the host if he wished he had done something different, Tyler replied, “I would have listened to my wonderful wife, who has been my absolute strength throughout all of this.
He “he would have gone sooner and hopefully got caught sooner.”