James Michael Tyler Net Worth: $4 Million
|Net Worth:||$4 Million|
|Date of Birth:||May 28, 1962 – Oct 24, 2021 (59 years old)|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.8 m)|
|Nationality:||United States of America|
James Michael Tyler was an American actor with a net worth of $4 million. He was best-known for playing the role of Gunther on “Friends.”
He appeared in 148 of the show’s 236 episodes of friends, more than any other non-main cast member. James died on October 24, 2021 at the age of 59 after battle with cancer.
James Michael Tyler was born in Winona, Mississippi and graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Geology. He began acting while at Clemson, and went on to earn his MFA in Theater from the University of Georgia.
After relocating to Los Angeles, he worked as a production assistant and film editor.
In 1994, while working as an extra on the set of “Friends”, he was offered a small role in a scene in the coffee shop. This led to a recurring role, as Gunther, on the series, that lasted its entire 10-year run.
James Michael Tyler went on to appear in 148 of Friends’ 236 episodes.
In addition to his work on “Friends”, he has also appeared in such projects as, “Just Shoot Me”, “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch”, “Scrubs”, “iCarly”, “Anger Management”, “Foreign Correspondents” and “Live With It”, among other projects.
James Michael Tyler Friends Salary:
During the first season, James earned $5,000 per episode in which he appeared. He appeared in six episodes during the first season, so his total salary was $30,000. For the second season he appeared in 16 episodes and earned $10,000 per episode. That’s $160,000 for the season.
For seasons three and four, 30 episodes, he earned $20,000 per episode. That’s $600,000 for seasons three and four. For seasons 5 and 6, 37 episodes, he earned $30,000 per episode, $1.11 million for the period.
For the remainder of the series, 62 episodes in which he appeared, James earned $40,000 per episode. That’s $2.48 million for the seasons.
Add it all up and James Michael Tyler earned $4.65 million playing Gunther in “Friends”, which after adjusting slightly for inflation is the same as around $6.3 million in today’s dollars.
Since Friends was a SAG show, James likely also earned a decent chunk of money in the first year the show was sold into syndication in the form of royalties. Perhaps another $1-2 million.
James Michael Tyler Biography:
|Nаmе:||Јаmеѕ Місhаеl Туlеr|
|Rеаl Nаmе:||Јаmеѕ Місhаеl Туlеr|
|Віrth Dаtе:||28 Мау 1962|
|Віrth Рlасе:||Grееnwооd, Міѕѕіѕѕіррі, Unіtеd Ѕtаtеѕ|
|Wіfе/Ѕроuѕе (Nаmе):||Ваrbаrа Сhаdѕеу (m. 1995–2014)|
|Nеt Wоrth іn 2022:||$1 mіllіоn|
James Michael Tyler was born the youngest of 5 children on May 28, 1962, in Greenwood, Mississippi. He was named after his uncle. Tyler’s hometown was Winona, Mississippi.
When he was 10 years old his father died, a former USAF captain, and when he was 11 years old, his mother died. At age 12, Tyler moved to Anderson, South Carolina to live with his sister.
He graduated from Anderson College (now Anderson University) with a two-year degree in 1982 and Clemson University with a degree in geology in 1984.
During his time at Clemson, he was a member of a student theatre group, the Clemson Players. This experience sparked his interest in becoming an actor.
He received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Georgia in 1987.
In 1988, he moved to Los Angeles and became a production assistant on the film Fat Man and Little Boy and became an assistant film editor.
He supported the Lili Claire Foundation and AIDS Project L.A charities. Tyler lived in Hollywood until his death.
In honor of Friends’ 15th anniversary in 2009, Tyler officially opened the temporary Central Perk pop up replica in London. It was open for two weeks from September to October and fans could apply for tickets to receive a free coffee and see memorabilia from the show.
He appeared in the unaired pilot satire sitcom Nobody’s Watching, playing himself on the set of Central Perk.
In 1995, Tyler married Barbara Chadsey. The couple separated in 2003, and in 2014, he filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. He married Jennifer Carno in 2017.
James Michael Tyler death:
Tyler was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2018, but did not publicly disclose his illness until June 2021, shortly after the release of Friends: The Reunion.
He died from the disease at his home in Los Angeles on October 24, 2021, aged 59.
In July 2021, producers Al Gomes and Connie Watrous of Big Noise, along with two-time Emmy Award nominee Tim Labonte and Grammy Award winner Alan Boyd, conceptualized and created a short film for Tyler’s spoken word performance entitled If You Knew.
Tyler’s recording had been featured on a 2016 tribute album to The Beach Boys’ lyricist Stephen Kalinich called Be Still that Gomes, Watrous, and Boyd had also produced.
The collection was placed by The Recording Academy on the Official Ballot for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word Album. Tyler also composed the music for the recording.
The new video for If You Knew was produced to honor Tyler and also create a fundraiser for the organization that was working closely with him, the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
Entire streaming proceeds of the video, and Tyler’s original recording, is being donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.