The immense popularity of friends can be gauged from the fact that a Reunion special episode This is the biggest item of pop culture to be aired on Thursday. Evidence suggests that it is prompting fans to subscribe to WarnerMedia’s streaming service HBO Max.
The show, produced by David Crane and Marta Kauffman Still as popular today as it was in the 1990s There is evidence of the star power of its actors. The actors in the series, particularly the big sixes, Jennifer Aniston, Kourtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer, were a huge factor in making Friends iconic.
Here’s what the stars have done in their careers since the show ended.
Jennifer Aniston (Rachel Green)
Jennifer Aniston, it could be argued, became the most famous actor among the main Friends cast members. He starred in the 2003 comedy film Bruce Almighty alongside Jim Carrey. She was also the lead actress in other, successful comedy films such as The Break-Up, Marley and Me, The Bounty Hunter, Just Go With It, Horrible Boses, and V. ‘Millers are, and so on. In 2019, he made his return to television with The Morning Show with Apple TV +, which also featured guest cast members Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell in Friends. He is also an executive producer on the show.
Kourtney Cox (Monica Geller)
When Friends began airing, Kourtney Cox was the biggest star in the cast. Apart from Friends, she was also a part of the horror-slasher film Scream, another sensation of the 90s. During his post-Friends career, Cox’s best-known creations include the drama series Dirt and the sitcom Cougar Town. Cox also tried to direct with 2014’s Just Before I Go, albeit with less than ideal results.
Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffet)
Soon after Friends ended, Kudrow was part of HBO’s comedy-drama The Comeback, in which he starred, wrote and produced for it. She has also appeared on recent acclaimed shows such as The Good Place, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and similar shows. Among the films, her famous credits include PS I Love You, BookSmart and The Girl on the Train.
Matt LeBlanc (Joey Tribma TTHibiani)
Matt LeBlanc led the Friends spinoff series Joy, which was based on his character in the original show. He has made several appearances as himself in the popular British non-fiction automobile program Top Gear. He was the lead artist of the sitcom Man with a Plan, which ran from 2016 to 2020. He has also appeared in episodes and films such as shows like Joanna Hex and Lovesick.
Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing)
After Friends, Matthew Perry starred in films such as The Ron Clarke Story, Numb, and Birds of America. When it comes to television, his credits include a starring role in The Odd Couple, a recurring role in The Good Wife, Mr. Sunshine, among others.
David Schwimmer (Ross Geller)
After Friends ended, Schwimmer preferred film and theater. He starred as the titular character in the 2005 film Duane Hopewood. He also voiced the mailman in Madagascar films. His most famous role after Friends is his portrayal of Robert Kardashian in American Crime Story. He has also made special or brief appearances in shows such as Curb Your Enthusiasm and 30 Rock.
Paul Rudd (Mike Hannigan)
Rudd, now a big star, had a recurring role in Friends as Phoebe’s love-lover Mike Hannigan and her third husband. He is best known for playing the role of superhero Scott Lang or Ant-Man from the thief in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films. He has also appeared in films such as Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Mute, This Is 40. He has also hosted NBC’s variety show Saturday Night Live several times.
Cole Sprouse (Ben Geller)
Then a child artist, Cole Sprouse, played the role of Ross’s son alongside Carol Willick. Since then, he has appeared in films such as The Kings of Appletown and Five Feet Apart. His most famous role comes in the Riverdale TV series, in which he played the lead role of Jughead Jones.
Maggie Wheeler (Janice)
Wheeler, who played a recurring role of Janice in Friends, was also part of other shows such as ER, California and Archer (via voice). She also appeared in 2006’s Dr. Dolittle 3.
James Michael Tyler (Gunther)
James Michael Tyler, who played Gunther in Friends, was not as active in showbiz as the other cast members of the show. He has appeared on shows such as Scrub, Episode and the cooking show Iron Chef America.