Best Celebrity Guest Stars on Friends
08th April, 2020
Best Celebrity Guest Stars on Friends
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Friends remains a classic, even 16 years after the last episode aired. For 236 episodes, Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Phoebe and Joey made us laugh till our sides hurt and occasionally they had help. Every season saw a new bunch of A-listers lend their talent to the show. If the screaming from the live audience was anything to go by, the names just kept getting bigger and bigger. From Brad Pitt to Robin Williams, Julia Roberts to Charlie Sheen, Sean Penn to even Paul 'Antman' Rudd - there was always a surprise A-lister that made the episode even better. Check out these 27 stars who starred on Friends. Which one of these episodes was your favorite?
Robin Williams
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Robin Williams
The two veterans appear together on the same episode as Tim and Tomas where they start discussing their problems, while the friends try to eavesdrop. Incidentally, they are not mentioned in the credits.
Freddie Prinze Jr.
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Freddie Prinze Jr.
As the tender babysitter that Ross and Rachel consider to hire for baby Emma, Freddie is all sorts of funny and hot.
Paul Rudd
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Paul Rudd
Before he was Antman, he was Mike Hannigan, Phoebe’s lobster. Lovable, charming and handsome, Paul Rudd was one of the most loved recurring characters on the series.
Leah Remini
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Leah Remini
This feisty The King of Queens actress had auditioned for the role of Monica, but lost out to Courtney Cox. She’s seen as a pregnant woman in the episode where Ross’ wife gives birth to their son Ben. Nice guy Joey helps her through her labor seeing that she’s all alone.
Christina Applegate
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Christina Applegate
The Dead to Me star plays an obnoxious sister to the hilt. As one of Rachel’s sisters, Amy, she causes a lot of problems when she pierces Emma’s (Ross and Rachel’s baby) ears without the parents’ consent. Applegate won an Emmy for outstanding guest actress in a comedy, for this role.
Elle Macpherson
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Elle Macpherson
Statuesque Elle Macpherson, shows up to knock our socks off. As Joey’s roommate-turned girlfriend, she brings the oomph and how.
Jeff Goldblum
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Jeff Goldblum
Hollywood’s treasure shows up as the legendary director of Joey’s play. Joey manages to nail his audition only because he had to pee real bad. Goldblum brings the charisma AND the funny.
Sean Penn
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Sean Penn
He plays Ursulas’s fiance, who finds out that she’s not who she claims to be (thanks Phoebe). He shows up at the Halloween Party in Season 8 and he and Phoebe even try dating. But it’s weird, since he can’t look at Phoebe without being reminded about Ursula.
Gary Oldman
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Gary Oldman
The veteran actor plays a veteran actor who has a pronunciation problem and a drinking problem. Hilariously, Joey needs to shoot a vital scene with him on Chandler and Monica’s wedding day. As always, hilarity ensues.
Susan Sarandon
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Susan Sarandon
She plays Jessica Lockhart, Joey’s love interest on The Days of our Lives. After she gets killed off the show, her brain is “transplanted” into Joey’s head (yes, really) and she lives on through him. She takes a job in Guadalajara that Joey hilariously confuses with LaGuardia.
Charlton Heston
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Charlton Heston
In Season 4 we saw the one and only Charlton Heston star as himself. Joey uses the shower in the legend’s dressing room and he well… gives Joey a dressing down. But he also is gracious enough to share some acting tips and advice. Once a gentleman…
Tom Selleck
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Tom Selleck
Monica’s gloriously moustached, and much older boyfriend (Dr. Richard Burke) was played by Tom Selleck. He was one of the longest relationships Monica has, apart from Chandler of course.
Danny DeVito
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Danny DeVito
Who can forget one of the funniest cameos - the out-of-breath, middle-aged stripper at Phoebe’s bachelorette party? Danny DeVito is exactly the OPPOSITE of what Phoebe wanted (obvs), but after he dissolves into tears, she encourages him to finish the dance. He finishes it alright, but is then taken to the ER for feeling unwell.
Ellen Pompeo
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Ellen Pompeo
Before she was Dr. Meredith Grey, she was Missy Goldberg who used to “make out… a lot” with Chandler when they were all in high school. Apparently he and Ross had a pact to not date her and she reveals this little nugget of information when Ross brings it up at the high school reunion. Way to be a friend Chanandler Bong!
Ben Stiller
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Ben Stiller
Tommy (Ben Stiller) was one of the oddest boyfriends Rachel ever dated. As THE SCREAMER, Stiller had a pretty short fuse and yelled at anyone who annoyed him in the slightest. He even yells at the chick and the duck! Dude really?!
Isabella Rossellini
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Isabella Rossellini
In this Season 3 episode the ageless beauty shows up as herself. She is on Ross’ list of celebrities he’s allowed to cheat with. Rachel being Rachel, wants to see him flirt with the actress knowing fully well he just might humiliate himself. He does.
Jon Favreau
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Jon Favreau
Monica’s uber-rich boyfriend Pete Becker who gets into mixed martial arts and get the ever-lovin-cr*p kicked out of him. Yes, that was Jon Favreau before the Avengers, the Jungle Book and Iron Man happened.
Kathleen Turner
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Kathleen Turner
The husky-voiced, veteran actress’ turn as Chandler Bing’s father is fondly remembered by Friends fans. But, according to the actress she didn’t have a very pleasant time filming. The six leads were a very tight clique and the actress didn't feel welcomed at all.
Helen Hunt
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Helen Hunt
Playing her character Jamie Buckman from the hugely popular sitcom Mad About You, she attempts to order a coffee from Phoebe Buffay mistaking her to be Ursula. Lisa Kudrow played the waitress Ursula on Mad About You. Ursula is actually the name of Phoebe Buffay’s twin sister on Friends. Clever huh?!
Bruce Willis
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Bruce Willis
Big, tough Paul, dad of Ross’ student, starts dating Rachel. Hilarity ensues. Bruce Willis’ tough guy act punctuated by some side-splitting “neat guy” scenes make these some of the funniest episodes in the series.