Life of Friends Cast after the Show
Eighteen years ago today, one of the most popular sitcoms in history aired its final episode, saying goodbye to audiences and friends alike. The TV show Friends told the story of six friends in New York City – Rachel, Monica, Ross, Chandler, Phoebe and Joey – as they navigated their early 20s through relationships, breakups and career moves.
But what happened to the friends cast after the show when cameras stopped rolling? What did they do next? How did they fare through life’s challenges and successes? Let’s Find out 🙂
1) Jennifer Aniston
After her work on Friends ended, Aniston and husband Brad Pitt tried their hand at producing movies. The first, 2003’s Anger Management, didn’t make any money and they were removed from production duties on a sequel. Since then, they’ve had more luck in that department with films like Mr. & Mrs. Smith (in which she starred opposite Pitt) and We’re The Millers making big bucks. In 2011, Forbes named Aniston one of Hollywood’s most overpaid actresses, as she brought in $40 million for three movies that made $150 million worldwide.
2) Matt LeBlanc
LeBlanc, who played Joey on Friends, has earned more than $100 million from syndication deals for that series. He also starred in Episodes, a critically acclaimed show he created with other Friends alumni David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik. The show aired for five seasons on Showtime before going off-air in 2015. Since then, LeBlanc has largely been taking it easy.
3) Courtney Cox
The actress played Monica Geller on FRIENDS. Her husband, actor David Arquette, was 39 when he died from a rare form of liver cancer in 2010. He and Cox have two children, daughter Coco and son Ennis. Cox has remained busy acting since FRIENDS went off-air in 2004, appearing on Cougar Town as Jules Cobb for six seasons between 2009 and 2015. She also executive produced Cougar Town (it’s unclear whether she’ll return as an actress).
4) Lisa Kudrow
Successful lead actress and producer, on her way to becoming a household name. (Who doesn’t know Phoebe?) Her post-Friends career has included starring roles in movies such as The Comeback and Gigli, a guest role on Curb Your Enthusiasm, a co-starring role on HBO’s award-winning series The Comeback, developing a web series for HBO with Chris Albrecht titled Web Therapy, and producing an award-winning documentary, I Blame Dennis Hopper. In 2012, she received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on HBO’s Web Therapy. Kudrow was born in Encino, California.
5) Matthew Perry
Matthew Perry is one of Hollywood’s highest-paid television actors, earning $750,000 per episode for his role on Friends. He played Chandler Bing from 1994 until its 10th and final season in 2004. In 2003, he earned $17 million according to Forbes magazine. In March 2012, a pilot for a new series was announced. The show is titled Go On, and it follows Perry as Ryan King, an irreverent yet charming sportscaster who must face his own problems when he joins a therapy group.
6) David Schwimmer
After Friends ended, Schwimmer played a lead role in multiple shows such as The People v. O.J. Simpson and American Crime Story. He also directed three movies and was featured in a few others. He has been married to Zoe Buckman since 2005 and they have two daughters together; Cleo Buckman Schwimmer (born 2012) and Grace Buckman Schwimmer (born 2015). As of 2018, he has been involved with The Dinner Party Download podcast for almost three years. In 2010, Schwimmer appeared as himself in an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm titled Less Money, Mo’ Problems.
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