F.R.I.E.N.D.S Star James Michael Tyler Battling From Stage 4 Cancer, Says Disease Gonna Get Me!
Actor James Michael Tyler, popularly known for playing Gunther in the sitcom Friends, has revealed that he is battling stage 4 prostate cancer for the past three years.
The 59-year-old actor talked about his personal life and his diagnosis during an appearance on NBC’s show. Tyler told host Craig Melvin that he was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in 2018, and it has now spread to his bones.
He said that his disease started mutating during the Covid-19 pandemic and now he can no longer walk.
“I missed going in for a test, which was not a good thing. Therefore, cancer decided to mutate at the time of a pandemic and so it’s progressed,” he stated during the interview, adding that it’s a ‘late-stage cancer’.
“Eventually, you know, it’s gonna probably get me,” the actor said, fighting off tears.
In Friends, Tyler played Gunther, the manager of the coffee shop Central Perk. He was also seen as someone smitten by Rachel (Jennifer Aniston). In the reunion special, the actor was seen interacting through a video call with the main cast — Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and Matthew Perry — as they revisited some moments from the show.
Talking about the reunion, he said, James said, he, initially, wanted to be a part of the show on the stage, at least, with them. However, honestly. I was very happy to be included through Zoom Call, and it was solely my decision not to be present physically, “he said.
He concluded the interview by appealing to people to just go for regular medical tests, adding that prostate cancer is “99% treatable” if detected at an initial stage.
He also shared his photo on social media while on a bed with a caption, “Just finished chemo round 2 last week! Thank you all so much for your outpouring of love and support. It means the world to me. Please click the link in my bio. Early detection can make all the difference. #pcf #prostatecancerawareness #prostatecancer #prostatecancerfoundation. “