‘Friends’ stars then – now

    Matthew Perry suddenly died of drowning, and Jennifer Aniston divorced twice after nearly 30 years of participating in the series “Friends”.

    Friends first aired on NBC on September 22, 1994, and ended on May 6, 2004, and is considered a monument to the sitcom genre. The work includes 10 seasons with 236 episodes, shown in more than 220 countries and territories, attracting more than 100 billion views.

    According to Variety, the series has a strong appeal to a large audience around the world and is the most popular program on many streaming platforms, even though it aired on the small screen 29 years ago. Photo: NBC

    Jennifer Aniston

    The star plays the main role of Rachel Green’s best friend Monica Gellar (played by Courteney Cox). Rachel is a rich lady, pampered by her parents, and loves shopping. Rachel Green’s fashion style, hairstyle, and makeup influenced many occasions during the film’s broadcast.

    Jennifer Aniston, 54 years old, became famous after filming Friends. The work helped her become an A-list star in Hollywood and move on to acting in movies. In 2019, the artist returned to acting in a television series after 15 years with the series The Morning Show, winning a SAG award in the female lead ????? category.

    In 2020, the artist said in Hollywood Reporter “can’t escape the role of Rachel Green for the rest of my life”. That thought made Jennifer unhappy, starting to doubt her own abilities and believing that the opinions criticizing her were correct.

    In 2005, Jennifer and Brad Pitt divorced after seven years of marriage, when the actor was caught up in rumors of having an affair with Angelina Jolie. She married for the second time with actor Justin Theroux in 2015. Three years later, the two divorced due to differences in lifestyle. Photo: NBC/FilmMagic

    The artist plays Chandler Bing, a director of statistical analysis. He has a sense of humor, often joking with his friends. Despite his high salary, Chandler frequently complains about his job, even deciding to quit in season nine. The role earned Perry an Emmy nomination in 2002.

    Matthew Perry was born on August 19, 1969, in Massachusetts (USA). After participating in a number of guest roles on television, the actor had a breakthrough in 1994 when he appeared in the series Friends.

    On October 28, the actor passed away at the age of 54 due to drowning. According to TMZ, Matthew Perry’s body was found in a jacuzzi in a home in the Los Angeles area. Police found no drugs at the scene, nor were there any signs of murder.

    Matthew Perry dated many celebrities, such as Julia Roberts, Lauren Graham, or Lizzy Caplan, but did not get married. Photo: NBC/GMA

    Matthew Perry starred in the series Friends (1994–2004). Video: ABC

    Lisa Kudrow

    The artist plays Phoebe Buffay, a self-taught masseuse and musician. The character has an optimistic and strong personality and is the “catalyst” for the group’s friendship. She has wild colors, is spiritual, and thinks against prejudice, like being pregnant with her half-brother. According to Rolling Stone, Kudrow once said that the character helped her become more pleasant and comfortable compared to her rigid personality in real life.

    The 60-year-old actor’s career developed after the series. She maintains a close relationship with the five main actors, cherishing nearly three decades of friendship. Lisa married advertising director Michel Stern in 1995 and has one son. Photo: NBC/Invision

    Matt LeBlanc

    Matt LeBlanc plays Joey Tribbiani, pursuing his passion for professional acting. The sentence “How you doin?” is a classic line of the character. Fans have created funny photos, attracting attention on social networks for many years.

    After Friends wrapped filming, LeBlanc focused on his film production company, Fort Hill Productions. In 2011, the actor starred in the movie Episodes and won the 2012 Golden Globe. The 56-year-old actor married model Melissa McKnight in 2003 and divorced three years later. The two have a daughter, Marina Pearl LeBlanc, born in 2004. Photo: NBC/Invision

    Courteney Cox

    The artist plays Monica Geller, Rachel Green’s (Jennifer Aniston’s) best friend. At the end of the movie, Monica marries Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry) and welcomes twins. In real life, Courteney and Jennifer have been close for many years.

    Courteney Cox, 59 years old, is an American actress, director, and producer. After Friends, the artist made his mark through a number of film and television projects and received a Golden Globe nomination.

    The star has had many love relationships. She was married to actor David Arquette in 1999 and had a daughter, Coco. They separated in 2009 and divorced two years later. At the end of 2013, Cox dated Snow Patrol member Johnny McDaid. In June 2014, the two got engaged and then immediately called off the engagement. Photo: NBC/AFP

    Courteney Cox

    Courteney Cox in the series Friends Video: NBC

    David Schwimmer

    The actor plays Ross Geller, Monica’s (Courteney Cox) brother, who has feelings for Rachel (Jennifer Aniston). Ross is a witty, gentle man, but clumsy in his communication. After the movie, David and Jennifer remained close friends and often met on major holidays such as Christmas and the New Year.

    The actor is currently 57 years old, has acted in a number of independent films, voiced animation, and performed in Broadway plays. He divorced photographer Zoe Buckman in 2017 and has one child together. Photo: NBC/PA

    Paul Rudd

    The Ant-Man actor takes on the role of Mike, appearing in the ninth season. Mike becomes the main character when he falls in love with Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow). Paul Rudd shows off his charm with his good-looking face, humorous style, and diverse expressions.

    From then on, Paul Rudd’s career skyrocketed, and he became a familiar face in the films of director and producer Judd Apatow.

    The 54-year-old artist married television producer Julie Yaeger in 2003. The couple currently lives in New York with their two children. Paul Rudd is often praised by acquaintances for his youthful appearance, friendly personality, and love for his family. In 2021, People magazine voted him the sexiest man alive. Photo: NBC/Invision

    James Michael Tyler

    The artist plays Gunther, manager of the Central Perk coffee shop where Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) works. Gunther is the supporting character who appears the most, appearing in 150 out of 236 episodes. At the end of May 2021, Tyler participated in the special episode Friends: The Reunion, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the series’ broadcast. Because of his poor health, he did not go to the studio to record live, only greeting the audience and colleagues via video.

    In October 2021, Tyler passed away at the age of 59 after a battle with stage four ??????. In the episode The Reunion, the actor said that his illness worsened during the period of America’s blockade due to COVID-19 in early 2020.

    James Michael Tyler was born in Mississippi, USA, in 1962. The actor has been married twice. He married Barbara Chadsey in 1995, and they broke up in 2003. In 2014, they filed for court and completed the divorce process, citing many irreconcilable differences. In 2017, he married Jennifer Carno. Photo: NBC/WireImage

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