Friends-fame James Michael Tyler reveals stage 4 cancer diagnosis
Tyler added that the diagnosis came during a routine checkup in September 2018 and that he is undergoing chemotherapy
Actor James Michael Tyler, best known for playing Gunther on Friends, has revealed that he is suffering from stage 4 prostate cancer.
The actor revealed the diagnosis in a chat with Today.com this morning.“I was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, which had spread to my bones. I have been dealing with that diagnosis for almost the past three years. … It’s Stage 4. Late-stage cancer. So eventually, you know, it’s gonna probably get me,” he said.
Tyler added that the diagnosis came during a routine checkup in September 2018 and that he is undergoing chemotherapy. Fighting his tears, Tyler says that though he was optimistic early on after the diagnosis, the disease eventually spread to his bones and spine, leading to paralysis of his lower body. The actor further emphasised the importance of screenings and early diagnosis.
“Next time you go in for just a basic exam or your yearly checkup, please ask your doctor for a PSA test. It’s easily detectable.… If it spreads beyond the prostate to the bones, which is most prevalent in my form, it can be a lot more difficult to deal with.”
In Friends, Tyler acted as Gunther, the lovable barista and manager at the Central Perk coffee house, during its iconic 10-year run. Last month, he made a special appearance through a video call to join the cast of the sitcom on Friends: The Reunion special. Tyler is also known for his guest roles on series like Scrubs, Modern Music, Just Shoot Me! and Episodes.