While many of his appearances were not-particularly memorable cameos, James Michael Tyler ended up starring in 150 episodes of the show, according to IMDb. Starting with the second episode, “The One with the Sonogram at the End,” Gunther was a barista at Central Perk — but he had no speaking lines for quite some time. Tyler told Daily Mail Australia that he was cast as an extra, known on the call sheet as “coffee guy.” In fact, he didn’t have a name or a line until the second season episode “The One with Phoebe’s Dad,” in which he replies “Yeah” when Ross asks if he has stairs in his place, and Ross gives him a Slinky originally intended as Rachel’s Christmas gift.
Obviously, Gunther’s role expanded as the show went on, eventually becoming an integral character. “I did not have the name Gunther until the 33rd episode which was midway through the second season,” he said. “The writers gave me one word to say, ‘Yeah’, and it just kind of built up from there. It was never intended to be a character.”
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