It’s not hard to keep tabs on the six stars of NBC’s “Friends” — Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc cannot be cast in anything without someone throwing in a reference to Central Perk, Smelly Cat or “Miss Chanandler Bong.” The same goes for Paul Rudd, Kathleen Turner, Tom Selleck, Elliott Gould and other more established stars who made appearances on the long-running show. But what about other cast members and creatives? Here’s a refresher course on some of the other names associated with the iconic sitcom.
Crane, who co-created “Friends” with Marta Kauffman, also co-created the Showtime comedy “Episodes” with partner Jeffrey Klarik, which stars former “Friend” Matt LeBlanc. He was also a writer for “Joey,” the “Friends” spin-off featuring Matt LeBlanc.
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The sitcom mastermind known for the pilots of “Taxi” and “Cheers” also directed the pilot of “Friends” — and a slew of other episodes in the series. More recently, he’s known for the pilots of “2 Broke Girls,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “The Millers.” (But, of course, not everything he touches turns to gold. He also directed the pilots of “Sean Saves the World” and “Friends with Better Lives”).
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She’s known to “Friends” fans as Julie — aka the woman who kept Ross and Rachel apart during the first half of season two — but Tom’s career has also included stints on “Supernatural” and “The Joy Luck Club” as well as voiceover work on “Futurama,” “Teen Titans Go!” and countless other shows. She briefly appeared in the recently released comedy “Grandma.”
The actress known for playing Ross Geller’s wife’s wife went on to play Gretchen Schwartz, the former lover and eventual pawn of Walter White on “Breaking Bad.”
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Oh my God! The former “Ellen” actress also known for playing Chandler’s well-meaning, if shrill, girlfriend Janice also lent her voice to “Archer” and played an edgier role on “Californication.” She’s been a part of a few childrens’ shows and movies, including “Shake It Up!” “Dwegons and Leprechauns” and “The3Tails Movie: A Mermaid Adventure,” which hasn’t been released yet.
One of the leading female television directors, Mancuso’s post-”Friends” credits include “Fresh Off the Boat,” “Happyish” and back-to-back Emmy wins for directing episodes of “Modern Family.”
The former “Talk Soup” host’s breakout role in scripted television was as Joey’s (and then Ross’s) girlfriend Charlie Wheeler. She went onto appear in “24,” “Ghost Whisperer” and more before hosting a revamped “Whose Line is it Anyway?” for the CW and voicing Lana Kane in FX’s “Archer.”
Now Tina Fey’s right-hand man, the writer-producer served as the showrunner for “30 Rock.” The two also co-created Netflix’s comedy “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”
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The “Criminal Minds” star also played Kathy, one of Chandler’s memorable pre-Monica romances on “Friends.” (Especially memorable because Chandler kissed her while she was dating Joey, and ended up in a box as a result.) She appeared on the final season of “Community” and now stars in Comedy Central’s historical satire “Another Period.”
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Goldberg, who played one half of the “Fargo” thugs lost in a snowstorm, was also Chandler’s creepy roommate while he and Joey were on a break. After “Friends” he appeared on spinoff “Joey” and most recently “The Jim Gaffigan Show.”
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Before “Alias,” “Never Been Kissed,” and “Bates Motel,” Vartan did one episode of “Friends.” He played Dr. Tim Burke, the optometrist son of Tom Selleck’s character whom Monica considered dating — until she realized how creepy it would be to date her ex’s son.
The actor-writer-producer appeared in two episodes of “Friends” as Joey’s “identical hand twin.” His funny credits include “Bob’s Burgers,” “Newsreaders” and the Comedy Central hit “Reno 911!” More importantly: He’s the Felix to Matthew Perry’s Oscar in CBS’ reboot of “The Odd Couple.”