James Michael Tyler – Net Worth 2021, Age, Wife, Cause of Death

James Michael Tyler

Read the complete write-up of James Michael Tyler net worth, age, family, parents, first and second wife, cause of death as well as other information you need to know.


James Michael Tyler was an American actor best known for his role as Gunther on the NBC sitcom Friends.

Early life

NameJames Michael Tyler
Net Worth$4 million
Age59 years
James Michael Tyler net worth 2021

James Michael Tyler was born on May 28, 1962 (age 59 years) in Greenwood, Mississippi, United States. He is the youngest of five 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, 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 for Fat Man and Little Boy and an assistant film editor. He supported the Lili Claire Foundation and AIDS Project L.A charities. Tyler lived in Hollywood until his death.


From 1994 to 2004, James Michael Tyler played Gunther on the sitcom Friends. Gunther was a coffee shop worker at Central Perk who had unrequited love for Rachel Green, played by Jennifer Aniston. This led to a ten-year career with appearances in 148 of Friends’ 236 episodes; he is the show’s most frequently appearing recurring character actor.

In honour of Friends’ 15th anniversary in 2009, Tyler officially opened the temporary Central Perk pop up a 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.

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In honour of Friends’ 20th anniversary in 2014, Tyler made appearances at a Central Perk replica in SoHo.

Tyler appeared in the BBC/Showtime sitcom Episodes (Series 2, Episode 6) as himself playing an ice hockey coach when Matt LeBlanc tries unsuccessfully to get the other main stars from Friends to appear in the promotional video for the fictional television show Pucks.


Wife: James Michael Tyler married his longtime girlfriend Barbara Chadsey in 1995. The couple separated in 2003, and in 2014, he filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. He later married Jennifer Carno in 2017.

Cause of Death

James Michael Tyler was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2018 but did not reveal his illness to the public until June 2021. On the morning of October 24, 2021, he died at the age of 59.

Tyler passed away peacefully at his home in Los Angeles on Sunday morning, a statement from his manager said.

“If you met him once you made a friend for life,” it said. “[He] is survived by his wife, Jennifer Carno, the love of his life.”

Tyler was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in 2018 which later spread to his bones.

“Wanting to help as many people as possible, he bravely shared his story and became a campaigner for those with a prostate to get a… blood test as early as 40-years-old,” his manager said.

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.

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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 honour Tyler and also create a fundraiser for the organization that was working closely with him, the Prostate Cancer Foundation. 100% of the streaming proceeds of the video, and Tyler’s original recording, is being donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

James Michael Tyler net worth

How much is James Michael Tyler worth? James Michael Tyler net worth is estimated at around $4 million. His main source of income was from his acting career. He was one of the influential actors from Mississippi.