justgoaheadnow (justgoaheadnow) wrote in howtheylooknow,

Friends of Friends (1994-2004)

  

Maggie Wheeler as Janice
Then:


Now:

Latest Work:
Waking Dreams (2008/II) (completed) .... Jenny
"How I Met Your Mother" .... Realter (1 episode, 2007)
"The War at Home" .... Mindy (2 episodes, 2007) 

Janice makes an appearance in every single season of the Friends series.
Fran Drescher and Rosie O'Donnel are planning to make a new sitcom, with Wheeler joining them. This is ironic, as Wheeler parodied Drescher on Friends.
She was David Duchovny's long-time girlfriend, before he married Tea Leoni.
She and her husband Daniel Wheeler have two daughters


Jane Sibbett as Carol
Then:


Now:

Latest Work:
Ruby Dice (2008) (pre-production) .... Emily Johnson
Legacy (2008/II) (completed) .... Catherine Whittington 

Mostly plays characters who are troublemakers or have a mean streak to them.
She was originally offered the role of Debra in Everybody Loves Raymond.
She's married to writer/producer/director Karl Fink and they have 3 children.


Jessica Hecht as Susan
Then:


Now:

Latest Work:
Reunion (2008/I) (post-production) .... Beth
Calling It Quits (2008) (post-production) .... Cynthia
"Breaking Bad" .... Gretchen / ... (2 episodes, 2008)
Dan in Real Life (2007) .... Amy

She's been in 5 Broadway shows as well.


James Michael Tyler as Gunther
Then:


Now:

Latest Work:
He's married to a personal trainer and they live in Hollywood.
Tyler plays the keyboard in his studio at home and writes music. 

He appeared in 93 of the 238 episodes of Friends.
Tyler was an extra who was cast as Gunther because he was the only extra 
who knew how to operate an espresso machine.
Tyler's signature peroxide blonde hair was actually accidental, 
the day before auditions Tyler's hairdresser acquaintance experimented on his hair, the Friends producers liked it and kept it.


June Gable as Estelle (Joey's acting agent)
Then:


Now:

Latest Work:
Nothing since Friends besides plays.
On Friends she ran The Estelle Leonard Talent Agency and played the nurse when Ross had Ben.


Mitchell Whitfield as Barry (Rachel's ex-bridegroom)
Then:


Now:

Latest Work:
"The Suite Life of Zack and Cody" .... Mr. Blaine (1 episode, 2007)
He voices Donatello in the newest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film (2007)
Voices Phobos in "W.I.T.C.H".... (33 episodes, 2004-2006) 

He was the second choice for playing Ross Geller.


Lauren Tom as Julie (Ross's girlfriend he met in China)
Then:


Now:

Latest Work:
"Men in Trees" .... Mai Washington (24 episodes, 2006-2008)
She does voice acting too:
Amy from Futurama, Tasumi from The Replacements, Minh & Kahn "Connie" from King of The Hill 
etc.
Her starring role was in The Joy Luck Club (1993) as Lena St. Clair


Cosimo Fusco as Paolo (Rachel's Italian lover/rebound)
Then:


Now:

Latest Work:
Italian actor
"Coco Chanel" (2008) (mini) TV mini-series (post-production) .... Albert
Mineurs (2007) .... Rocco Basile
"Io e mamma" (2007) (mini) TV mini-series .... Cesare Prugnoli
"Rome" .... Hannibal Cotta / ... (4 episodes, 2007)


Larry Hankin as Mr. Heckles (Monica's apartment neighbor below)
Then:


Now:


Latest Work:
BuzzKill (2008) (post-production) .... Granger
The Alphabet Killer (2008) .... Perry 

Larry's been in over 80 sitcoms and 40 feature films.
He now does film shorts, he was nominated for an Academy Award for his first short: "Solly's Diner"


Elliot Gould as Jack Geller
Then:


Now:


Latest Work:
Noah's Ark: The New Beginning (2008) (post-production) (voice) .... God
Little Hercules in 3-D (2008) (completed) .... Socrates
The Deal (2008)
The Caller (2008)
The Ten Commandments (2007) (animation voice) .... God

Academy Award-nominated actor became known during the 1970s, having starred in many Hollywood films.
Married three times: once to Barbara Streisand and twice to Jennifer Bogart.
Younger Elliot Gould:



Christina Pickles as Judy Geller
Then:


Now:

Latest Work:
Immigrants (L.A. Dolce Vita) (2008) (post-production)
Collectibles (2008) .... Narrator
She does voice work narrations and commercials.


Hank Azaria as David (Phoebe's scientist love interest who moved to Russia)
Then:


Now:

Latest Work:
Year One (2009) (filming) .... Abraham
Night at the Museum 2: Escape from the Smithsonian (2009) (filming) .... Kah Mun Rah
"The Simpsons" .... Chief Wiggum / ... (407 episodes, 1989-2008)
Run Fatboy Run (2007) .... Whit

The romantic comedy, Run Fatboy Run, starring Hank was directed by David Schwimmer (Ross).


Adam Goldberg as Eddie (Chandler's psychotic roommate)
Then:


Now:

Latest Work:
Miss Nobody (2008) (filming) .... Bill Malloy
Untitled (2008) (post-production
Christmas on Mars (2008) .... Mars Psychiatrist
From Within (2008) .... Roy
"Entourage" .... Nick Rubenstein / ... (4 episodes, 2007)

He typically plays the quintessential 'young New York Jew' in many movies and TV programs.
Goldberg dated actress Christina Ricci until early 2006.


Tom Selleck as Dr. Richard Burke (Monica's older boyfriend/Geller family friend)
Then:


Now:

Latest Work:
Jesse Stone: Thin Ice (2008) (TV) (filming) .... Jesse Stone
"Las Vegas" .... A.J. Cooper (19 episodes, 2007-2008)
Of course best known as Magnum P.I.
The role in Friends helped revitalize Selleck's career.


Jon Favreau as Pete Becker (Monica's millionaire boyfriend)
Then:


Now:

Latest Work:
Four Christmases (2008) (post-production) .... Dallas
Iron Man (2008) .... Hogan 

An actor, writer, and director
He directed Iron Man starring Robert Downey Jr.
and plays on the World Poker Tour in the Hollywood Home games for the Cancer Care charity.


Debra Jo Rupp and Giovanni Ribisi as Alice Knight Buffay and Frank Buffay Jr.
Then:

Debra Now:

Latest Work:
Jackson (2008) .... Nice Lady
Kickin It Old Skool (2007) .... Sylvia Schumacher
Known as Kitty Forman on the long-running FOX sitcom That '70s Show, from 1998 to 2006.

Giovanni Now:

Latest Work:
The Other Side (2008) (pre-production) .... Sean Splinter
Public Enemies (2009) (filming) .... Alvin Karpis
Avatar (2009) (post-production) .... Selfridge
Spirit of the Forest (2008) (post-production) (voice) .... Cebolo
"My Name Is Earl" .... Ralph Mariano / ... (6 episodes, 2005-2008) 

He had a recurring role as Phoebe's brother but
actually first appears as an unnamed character in "The One With the Baby on the Bus" asking for his condom back from Phoebe after throwing it with some change in her guitar case


Michael Rapaport as Gary (Phoebe's cop boyfriend)
Then:


Now:

Only in New York (2009) (pre-production) .... Al
"My Name Is Earl" .... Frank (5 episodes, 2007-2008)
Assassination of a High School President (2008) .... Coach Z
A Day in the Life (2007) .... Detective Grant
"The War at Home" .... Dave Gold (44 episodes, 2005-2007)


Helen Baxendale as Emily (Ross's ex-wife from London)
Then:


Now:

Latest Work:
Marple: A Pocketful of Rye (2008) (TV) (announced)
Bono, Bob, Brian and Me (2008) (post-production) .... Becky
In 2007 to January 2008 she starred as Dawn Lockhart in Swimming With Sharks
alongside Christian Slater at London's Vaudville Theatre. 

Her first pregnancy caused her character in Friends to be written out much earlier than intended.
The English actress has three children.


Tate Donovan as Joshua (Rachel's boyfriend that she asks to marry)
Then:


Now:

Latest Work:
American Primitive (2008) (post-production) .... Harry
"Damages" .... Tom Shayes (13 episodes, 2007)
Neal Cassady (2007) .... Neal Cassady

Known for Jimmy Cooper on The O.C. and as the voice of Disney's character Hercules.
Donovan dated Jennifer Aniston in real life.


Reese Witherspoon as Jill Green (Rachel's younger sister)
Then:


Now:

Latest Work:
Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) (filming) (voice) .... Susan Murphy/Ginormica
Four Christmases (2008) (post-production) .... Kate
Rendition (2007) .... Isabella Fields El-Ibrahimi

Witherspoon owns a production company called Type A Films. 
2005 Best Actress Academy Award for Walk the Line.
Divorced from actor Ryan Phillippe in Oct. 2007. 



Alexandra Holden as Elizabeth (Ross's student girlfriend)
Then:


Now:

Latest Work:
The Frequency of Claire (2008) .... Claire
Dark Reel (2008) .... Scarlett May
"Friday Night Lights" .... Suzy (5 episodes, 2007) 

Known for her roles in Drop Dead Gorgeous and in Sugar & Spice.


Elle MacPherson as Janine (Joey's roommate girlfriend)
Then:


Now:

Latest Work:
Launched her own lingerie line called "Intimates" in 2000.
Elle was in an episode of America's Next Top Model, Cycle 10 (2008) where the girls modeled her lingerie.
In 2008 became global brand spokesperson for Revlon cosmetics. 

She had never heard of the show before her guest role in Friends.
She said: "All I knew was that Jennifer Aniston was going out with Brad Pitt and I thought, This is my chance [to meet him]!"


Eddie Cahill as Tag (Rachel's office assistant younger boyfriend)
Then:


Now:

Latest Work:
This Is Not a Test (2008) (post-production) .... Robert Forte
The Narrows (2008) (completed) .... Nicky Shades
"CSI: NY" .... Detective Don Flack / ... (91 episodes, 2004-2008)

Has an NHL blog where he follows the Rangers throughout Playoffs.


Cole Sprouse as Ben (Ross & Carol's son)
Then:


Now:

Latest Work:
"The Suite Life on Deck" (2008) TV series (pre-production) .... Zack Martin
The Kings of Appletown (2008) (filming) .... Will
"According to Jim" .... Zack (1 episode, 2008)
Snow Buddies (2008) (V) (voice) .... Shasta 

The identical twins are 15 years old, will turn 16 in August.


Bonnie Somerville as Mona (Ross's girlfriend met at Monica & Chandler's wedding)
Then:


Now:

Latest Work:
Shades of Ray (2008) (completed) .... Noel Wilson
"Cashmere Mafia" .... Caitlin Dowd (7 episodes, 2008)

Her song "Winding Road" was included on the soundtrack for the film Garden State.
Somerville is currently a singer in the group called "Band from TV" with Greg Grunberg, Bob Guiney, James Denton, Hugh Laurie,
Barry Sarna, Brad Savage, Rich Winer, and Chris Kelley.


Christina Applegate as Amy Green (Rachel's other sister)
Then:


Now:

Latest Work:
Everything Is Going to Be Just Fine (2009) (pre-production) (rumored) .... Elizabeth Montgomery
The Rocker (2008) (completed)
"Samantha Who?" .... Samantha / ... (13 episodes, 2007-2008)

Emmy Award 2003 Actress In A Guest Starring Role - Friends
She is a close friend of Jennifer Aniston's.


Aisha Tyler as Charlie (Joey then Ross's girlfriend)
Then:


Now:

Latest Work:
Black Water Transit (2008) (post-production) .... Casey Spandau
Meet Market (2008) .... Jane
She's an actress, stand-up comedian, and occasional writer.

First and only African American recurring character on Friends.


Paul Rudd as Mike (Phoebe's boyfriend then husband)
Then:


Now:

Latest Work:
Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) (filming) (voice) .... Derek
I Love You, Man (2009) (filming)
Little Big Men (2008) (post-production)
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) .... Chuck
Over Her Dead Body (2008) .... Henry

Prior to joining the cast of "Friends" he co-starred with Jennifer Aniston in The Object of My Affection (1998).
Married to Julie Yaeger and they have a son.


The Rembrandts (Phil Solem and Danny Wilde)
Then:


Now:


Famous for the Friends theme song: "I'll Be There For You"
It reached #17 on the U.S. Billboard charts and #3 in the U.K. 
Song featured on Friends soundtrack album.
The music video featured all six main stars of Friends gradually taking the singing and dancing roles of the band.

The duo continue to write new songs and tour, they also produce for other artists. 


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