Deceased actors who appeared on 'Friends'

by bcampos862 | created - 17 May 2015 | updated - 28 Jan 2018 | Public

1. Paul Gleason

Actor | Die Hard

Character actor Paul Gleason was adept at playing tough guys and white collar sleazebags, making his film debut in Winter A-Go-Go (1965). He made a name for himself portraying these unlikeable characters. A native of Jersey City, New Jersey, Gleason studied extensively at the Actor's Studio in New ...

Died on May 27, 2006, he played Jack, Phoebe's boss on 'The One That Could Have Been' episodes

2. Beverly Garland

Actress | It Conquered the World

Born in Santa Cruz, California, Beverly Garland studied dramatics under Anita Arliss, the sister of renowned stage and screen star George Arliss. She acted in little theater in Glendale then in Phoenix after her family relocated to Arizona. Garland also worked in radio and appeared scantily clad in...

Died on December 5, 2008, she played Aunt Iris, Monica's aunt who teach the girls how to play poker

3. Audra Lindley

Actress | Three's Company

Audra Lindley was born in Los Angeles, California, to a show-business family--her father, Bert Lindley, was a stage and film actor. She got her early start in Hollywood by being a stand-in, which eventually progressed to stunt work. After a while, however, she found stunt work not to her liking and...

Died on October 16, 1997, she played Frances, Phoebe's grandma

4. Alaina Reed-Hall

Actress | 227

Alaina Reed-Hall was born on November 10, 1946 in Springfield, Ohio, USA as Bernice Ruth Reed. She was an actress, known for 227 (1985), Death Becomes Her (1992) and Cruel Intentions (1999). She was married to Tamim Amini, Kevin Peter Hall and Richard Hannum Cook. She died on December 17, 2009 in ...

Died on December 17, 2009, she played the Admissions woman at the hospital on 'The One with Two Parts' episodes

5. Taylor Negron

Actor | Alienated

Taylor Negron was born Brad Stephen Negron in Glendale, California, to Lucy (Rosario) and Conrad Negron, who was mayor of Indian Wells, CA. His parents were both of Puerto Rican descent. Negron attended UCLA, studied acting with Lee Strasberg, and studied comedy at a private seminar taught by ...

Died on January 10, 2015, he played Alessandro, owner of the restaurant Alessandro's and Monica's boss

6. Gary Collins

Actor | Hangar 18

Born on April 30, 1938 in Venice, California, Gary Collins was one of the most versatile actors in the entertainment industry. Gary attended Santa Monica City College and then enlisted in the United States Army for two years. While in uniform, Gary discovered acting and performed as a radio and ...

Died on October 13, 2012, he played himself on 1 episode

7. Danny Dayton

Actor | Guys and Dolls

Danny Dayton was born on November 20, 1923 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA. He was an actor and director, known for Guys and Dolls (1955), Ed Wood (1994) and Wonder Woman (1975). He was married to Arlene Allinson and Dagmar. He died on February 6, 1999 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Died on February 6, 1999, he played Buddy Doyle, Mr. Heckles' attorney

8. Gretchen Wyler

Actress | The Devil's Brigade

Lovely, sparkling blonde musical actress and dancer Gretchen Wyler was born Gretchen Weinecke in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, the daughter of Louis Gustave Weinecke, a gasoline engineer, and Peggy (nee Highley) Weinecke, on February 16, 1932. She graduated from her home town high school and went on to ...

Died on May 27, 2007, she played Mrs. Burkart, a widow who didn't want to pay Monica and Phoebe for their catering at the funeral

9. Phil Leeds

Actor | Ghost

Phil Leeds is one of those for whom the phrase "character actor" was invented. A slight, wizened man with a rubbery face, bulging eyes and a Jimmy Durante-like nose, he excelled at playing weaselly little snitches, con artists, or just a neighborhood eccentric who always had something up his sleeve...

Died on August 16, 1998, he played Mr. Adelman, the widower of an elderly woman whose soul get into Phoebe

10. Charlton Heston

Actor | Ben-Hur

With features chiseled in stone, and renowned for playing a long list of historical figures, particularly in Biblical epics, the tall, well built and ruggedly handsome Charlton Heston was one of Hollywood's greatest leading men and remained active in front of movie cameras for over sixty years. As ...

Died on April 5, 2008, he played himself on 1 episode

11. Ralph Manza

Actor | Godzilla

Ralph Manza was born on December 1, 1921 in San Francisco, California, USA. He was an actor, known for Godzilla (1998), Dave (1993) and Get Shorty (1995). He was married to Catherine Antonette LaFata. He died on January 31, 2000 in Encinitas, California.

Died on January 31, 2000, he played an old man who was Ross' neighbor

12. Dick Clark

Self | Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Dick Clark was born and raised in Mount Vernon, New York on November 30, 1929 to Julia Fuller and Richard Augustus Clark. He had one older brother, Bradley, who was killed in World War II. At the age of 16, Clark got his first job in the mailroom of WRUN, a radio station in Utica, New York, which ...

Died on April 18, 2012, he played himself hosting the New Year's special from Times Square

13. Robin Williams

Actor | Mrs. Doubtfire

Robin McLaurin Williams was born on Saturday, July 21st, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, a great-great-grandson of Mississippi Governor and Senator, Anselm J. McLaurin. His mother, Laurie McLaurin (née Janin), was a former model from Mississippi, and his father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams, was a Ford ...

Died on August 11, 2014, he appeared on a cameo with Billy Crystal

14. Sandra Gould

Actress | Bewitched

Short and with a very familiar chubby, chipmunk-like face and even more familiar abrasive tone, Brooklyn-born comedienne Sandra Gould kicked into high gear at a fairly early age. With small Broadway roles and scores of radio programs such as "My Friend Irma" and "Duffy's Tavern", the latter in ...

Died on July 20, 1999, she played an old lady who didn't want to buy cookies from Ross

15. Peter Dennis

Actor | Shrek

Peter Dennis was born on October 25, 1933 in Dorking, Surrey, England as Peter John Dennis. He was an actor, known for Shrek (2001), Ten Inch Hero (2007) and Sideways (2004). He was married to Diane Mercer and Audrey B. Cooper. He died on April 18, 2009 in Shadow Hills, California, USA.

Died on April 18, 2009, he played Sherman Whitfield, a benefactor who took Chandler's seat

16. Andre Rosey Brown

Actor | Throw Momma from the Train

Andre Rosey Brown was born on February 7, 1956 in Rockford, Illinois, USA. He was an actor, known for Throw Momma from the Train (1987), Tango & Cash (1989) and Kingpin (1996). He was married to Debra Lynn Loomis. He died on July 18, 2006 in Northridge, California, USA.

Died on July 18, 2006, he played the delivery man from 'The Mattress King', Janice's ex-husband mattress store

17. Penny Santon

Actress | Fletch

Penny Santon was born on September 2, 1916 in New York City, New York, USA as Pierina Burlando. She was an actress, known for Fletch (1985), Short Circuit (1986) and Love with the Proper Stranger (1963). She was married to Bruno Della Santina. She died on May 12, 1999 in Burbank, California, USA.

Died on May 12, 1999, she played Nonna Tribbiani, Joey's grandma who can speak English

18. Lilyan Chauvin

Actress | Predator 2

A veteran actress including both leading and supporting roles, Chauvin started on the English stage before moving to America. She is started small roles through the 50s and 60s.

Died on June 26, 2008, she played Grandma Tribbiani, Joey's other grandma who can't speak English

19. Cyndi Martino

Actress | Martin

Cyndi Martino was born on May 1, 1963 in Montgomery, Alabama, USA as Cynthia Marcella Martino. She was an actress, known for Martin (1992), Friends (1994) and Criminal Minds (2005). She died on October 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Died on October 28, 2015, she played Henrietta, a contestant who competes with Joey on Pyramid with Donny Osmond

20. Kellie Waymire

Actress | Enterprise

Received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and graduated in 1993 from University of California at San Diego with a Masters of Fine Arts.

Died on November 13, 2003, she played Colleen, Phoebe's friend who helps Chandler and Monica with the adoption process

21. Terry Rhoads

Actor | The Day After Tomorrow

Terry Rhoads was born on December 31, 1951 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. He was an actor, known for The Day After Tomorrow (2004), Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997) and Hitchcock (2012). He was married to Lise Simms. He died on October 11, 2013 in Encino, California, USA.

Died on October 11, 2013, he played a maitre d' on 1 episode

22. Jackie Bright

Actor | Friends

Jackie Bright was born in 1919. He was an actor, known for Friends (1994), Joey (2004) and Veronica's Closet (1997). He died in 2006.

Died in 2006, he played Mr. Weinberg on the Barry and Mindy's wedding episode and a janitor on the Ben's birth episode

23. Fritzi Burr

Actress | Chinatown

Fritzi Burr was born on May 31, 1924 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She was an actress, known for Chinatown (1974), 3 Ninjas (1992) and Driving Me Crazy (1991). She was married to Aaron Heyman. She died on January 17, 2003 in Fort Myers, Florida, USA.

Died on January 17, 2003, she played Mrs. Weinberg on the Barry and Mindy's wedding episode and Mrs. Tedlock on the Stoned Guy episode

24. Steve Susskind

Actor | Monsters, Inc.

Steve Susskind was born on October 3, 1942 in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA as Steven R. Susskind. He is known for his work on Monsters, Inc. (2001), Friday the 13th Part III (1982) and Sea of Love (1989). He was married to Ann Patricia Walker. He died on January 21, 2005 in Tujunga, California, ...

Died on January 21, 2005, he played the priest who was going to marry Chandler and Monica in replacement of Joey but Joey showed up at the very last minute.

25. Buck Kartalian

Actor | Planet of the Apes

Buck Kartalian was born on August 13, 1922 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Vahe Kartalian. He was an actor, known for Planet of the Apes (1968), The Rock (1996) and Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972). He was married to Margaret Poloshjian and Mary E. Bannister. He died on May 24, 2016 in ...

Died on May 24, 2016, he played Frankie, Joey's tailor who took advantage of Chandler on Season 2

26. Jack Riley

Actor | Spaceballs

Cleveland-born comedy actor Jack Riley switched his career interest from baseball to acting after obtaining a radio job, writing and performing skits while attending John Carroll University. He toured military bases throughout the world in comedy shows after being drafted in the Army in 1958.

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Died on August 19, 2016, he played an airline passenger on the season 1 finale where Rachel found out about Ross's feelings about her

27. Alexis Arquette

Actress | Pulp Fiction

Alexis Arquette was born on July 28, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Robert Arquette. She is known for her work on Pulp Fiction (1994), Bride of Chucky (1998) and She's All That (1999). She died on September 11, 2016 in Los Angeles.

Died on September 11, 2016, she played a customer on the Rachel's sister episode and played a waiter in drag on the Chandler's dad episode

28. Ron Glass

Actor | Serenity

Ron Glass was born on July 10, 1945 in Evansville, Indiana, USA as Ronald Earle Glass. He was an actor and director, known for Serenity (2005), Lakeview Terrace (2008) and Firefly (2002). He died on November 25, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Died on November 25, 2016, he played Russell, Ross's lawyer during Ross and Rachel's annulment and divorce

29. Alice Drummond

Actress | Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

Veteran character actress Alice Drummond was born May 21, 1928 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island to Sarah Irene (née Alker), a secretary, and Arthur Ruyter, an auto mechanic. She graduated from Pembroke College (Brown University) in 1950. She is best remembered as the frightened librarian at the beginning...

Died on November 30, 2016, she played Nana, Ross and Monica's grandmother on the 'Nana Dies Twice' episode

30. Jack Ong

Actor | Next

Jack Ong was born on November 6, 1940 in Mesa, Arizona, USA. He is known for his work on Next (2007), Pacific Blue (1996) and V.I.P. (1998). He died on June 13, 2017 in Castle Rock, Colorado, USA.

Died on June 13, 2017, he played a scientist at Ross's museum on the episode where Joey becomes the museum tour guide

31. Heathcote Williams

Actor | Basic Instinct 2

Heathcote Williams was born on November 15, 1941 in Helsby, Cheshire, England as John Henley Heathcote Williams. He was an actor and writer, known for Basic Instinct 2 (2006), The Legend of 1900 (1998) and City of Ember (2008). He died on July 1, 2017 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England.

Died on July 1, 2017, he played a drunk guest at Ross and Emily's wedding who thought Monica was Ross's mother leaving Monica devastated and after that awful incident the love between Monica and Chandler began

32. Shelley Berman

Actor | You Don't Mess with the Zohan

Shelley Berman began studying acting shortly after he was honorably discharged from the US navy. He enrolled as a drama student at Chicago's Goodman Theater, where he met Sarah Herman, another aspiring thespian. They fell in love and were married in 1947. After graduating from the Goodman Theater, ...

Died on September 1, 2017, he played Mr. Kaplan, Rachel's boss at Fortunata Fashions, Rachel's first job since she quits her job at Central Perk

33. Rose Marie

Actress | The Dick Van Dyke Show

Rose Marie was a legend of show business, with a career stretching 90 years, since her debut as her self in a Vitaphone musical short that appeared on the bill with The Jazz Singer (1927) at its premiere in 1927. According to Rose Marie, when she approached Al Jolson at The Wintergarden Theater in ...

Died on December 28, 2017, she appeared as Sally in an old episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show shown on Joey and Chandler's new TV set, her appearance on the screen scared everyone and caused Monica to say "I guess Rose Marie belongs to smaller screens".



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