Friends is one of the most iconic shows of the 90s. And, really, it molded its audience into what they would become in the new millennium. But, without its supporting actors, the show wouldn’t have been so successful. That is what made the storylines brew and succeed. Hence gaining so much popularity, keeping and gaining an audience. So, where are all those iconic supporting actors today….? Here are your answers!
Carol Willick (Jane Sibbett)
Carol was Ross’s ex-wife, who realized she was a lesbian and left him for Susan.
Jane Sibbett has had limited acting roles since Friends. She was last seen in the 2008 direct-to-video comedy Pretty Little Devils. She now works as a producer with her own production company, Wild Aloha Studios.
Susan Bunch (Jessica Hecht)
Susan was Carol’s partner after her divorce from Ross.
Jessica Hecht has gone on to work in film, television, and theater. She was in the recent Broadway production of Harvey, co-starring The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons. Breaking Bad fans will recognize her as Gretchen Schwartz.
Gunther (James Michael Tyler)
Gunther was the manager of Central Perk who had a major crush on Rachel.
James Michael Tyler has made guest appearances on iCarly and Anger Management. Last year he played himself in Episodes — the only Friends actor who would do a cameo for Matt LeBlanc to promote show-within-the-show Pucks.
Janice was Chandler’s highly abrasive on-again, off-again girlfriend.
Maggie Wheeler has been on several sitcoms, including How I Met Your Mother and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Most recently, her iconic voice was heard in four episodes of the FX comedy Archer: she played Trinette.
Fun Bobby (Vincent Ventresca)
Fun Bobby was a guy Monica dated until she realized he was an alcoholic.
Vincent Ventresca has acted in many indie films since he played Fun Bobby on Friends (and Billy Christensen in Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion). In 2009, he guest starred in three episodes of Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse.
Julie (Lauren Tom)
Julie was the girlfriend Ross brought back from his archaeological dig in China.
Lauren Tom is best known for her voiceover work: she is currently the voice of Amy Wong on Futurama. She does live-action work as well. This season on Supernatural, she plays the recurring character of Linda Tran.
Tag Jones (Eddie Cahill)
Tag was Rachel’s cute assistant whom she started dating.
Eddie Cahill has played Det. Don Flack on CSI: NY since the show premiered in 2004. That year, he also starred in the hockey film Miracle. Sadly, he is officially off the market: Cahill married longtime girlfriend Nikki Uberti in 2009.
Charlie Wheeler (Aisha Tyler)
Charlie was a woman Joey and Ross fought over.
Aisha Tyler is currently one of the co-hosts of The Talk, as well as the voice of Lana on FX’s Archer. She works regularly in TV and film, and as a stand-up comic. She also hosts Girl on Guy, one of iTunes’ top-rated comedy podcasts.
Erica (Anna Faris)
Erica was the girl who let Monica and Chandler adopt her baby.
Anna Faris made a name for herself in the Scary Movie series and has gone on to star in several successful comedies, like The House Bunny and What’s Your Number? She recently had her first child with husband Chris Pratt.
Eddie Menuek (Adam Goldberg)
Eddie was the creepy roommate Chandler couldn’t get to leave.
Adam Goldberg also appeared in several episodes of the Friends spin-off Joey, but he played a different character. He’s done other indie film and TV work, and he has a band, The Goldberg Sisters. They performed on The Late Late Show in 2011.
Chloe (Angela Featherstone)
Chloe was the woman Ross cheated on Rachel with when they were “on a break.”
Angela Featherstone will have the recurring role of Jame in Season 2 of Girls, premiering this Sunday. In addition to her film and television work, she has contributed pieces to TIME, Jane, and The Huffington Post.
Pete Becker (Jon Favreau)
Pete was Monica’s wealthy boyfriend-turned-Ultimate Fighter.
Jon Favreau still acts — he was in the comedies I Love You, Man and Couples Retreat — but he has been very successful as a writer and director. Aside from directing Iron Man and Iron Man 2, he has worked on the NBC series Revolution.
Kathy (Paget Brewster)
Kathy was a woman Joey and Chandler fought over.
Paget Brewster played Emily Prentiss on Criminal Minds until last year. She has done voice work on King of the Hill and American Dad. Law & Order: SVU fans saw Brewster as Paula Foster in two episodes earlier this season.
Joshua Burgin (Tate Donovan)
Joshua was Rachel’s client whom she started dating.
Tate Donovan currently stars in the NBC drama Deception. His major TV work includes roles on Damages and The O.C. He also directs TV — he worked behind the camera on Nip/Tuck, Gossip Girl, and Glee.
Gary (Michael Rapaport)
Gary was Phoebe’s police officer boyfriend.
Michael Rapaport appeared on the series Boston Public, Prison Break, and My Name Is Earl. As a director, he made a documentary about A Tribe Called Quest, Beats, Rhymes & Life. He currently voices Squirt on The Hub’s Pound Puppiesseries.
Elizabeth Stevens (Alexandra Holden)
Elizabeth was Ross’s student whom he started dating.
Alexandra Holden acts regularly, with recent recurring roles on Franklin & Bash and Rizzoli & Isles. Friday Night Lights fans will remember her as Season 1’s Suzy. She’s also been in several indie films.
Mona (Bonnie Somerville)
Mona was Monica’s co-worker whom Ross started dating.
Bonnie Somerville starred on short-lived series Kitchen Confidential and Cashmere Mafia. She is also a musician: her song “Winding Road” was on the Garden Statesoundtrack. Somerville currently sings in Band From TV.
Gavin Mitchell (Dermot Mulroney)
Gavin was Rachel’s competitive co-worker and eventual love interest.
Dermot Mulroney acts and directs. He recently appeared in major films The Greyand Big Miracle, but he also does indie work, like Chris Colfer’s Struck By Lightning. His most recent directorial credit is the romantic comedy Love, Wedding, Marriage.
Which one was your favorite supporting actor? Which one was your least? Share with friends!