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Gunther From ‘Friends’ Looks Totally Different These Days

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If you’re a Friends fan, you surely remember Gunther. While he wasn’t supposed to end up being a recurring character, he ended up being a fan favorite and appeared in many episodes of the sitcom. Gunther was played by James Michael Tyler.

Gunther was the manager of Central Perk, the coffee shop where the gang always hung out at. He was known for his obsession with Rachel. These days, you probably wouldn’t recognize him if you saw him in public.

See what Gunther looks like now

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James Michael Tyler / YouTube Screenshot

Of course, in Friends, he was known for his bleach-blond hair and clean-shaven face. He has opted for a completely different look since leaving the show. These days, he has brown hair and usually has a full beard and mustache.

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FRIENDS, James Michael Tyler, (Season 7), 1994-2004, © Warner Bros. / Courtesy: Everett Collection

He still acts but is mainly known for his role as Gunther. His most recent roles were in a show called Modern Music and shorts called Processing and The Gesture and The Word. What do you think of his new look? Do you miss the way he looked at Gunther?

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‘The Waltons’: Both The House And Cast Continued On In Other Drama Shows

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The Waltons house saw and endured a lot throughout the show’s nine seasons. It’s been through deliberate and accidental fires. Parts of it stayed bisected for relevant scenes. But, though the show’s ended, the house and its cast do live on for others to still see and enjoy in other shows.

Some got a second life that feel rather jarring considering the nature of The Waltons. But others feel rather right at home. Ultimately, especially in the case of the house, it serves as a way to continue honoring the show’s legacy.

‘The Waltons’ house rose from the ashes

Cast members and viewers of The Waltons had to watch much of the famous family house burn down in “The Burnout.” In the 18th episode of the fourth season, Grandpa leaves the heater running on the same day John-Boy smokes a pipe. Through a series of dismaying circumstances, most of their home ends up going up in flames. Aspiring writer John-Boy also loses his manuscript.

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Behind-the-scenes, though, the actual house used for exterior shots of The Waltons reportedly met a similar, deliberately sinister fate. Accounts vary. Some attribute it to a disgruntled crew member. Showbiz CheatSheet writes that a serial arsonist got to the house and set it ablaze. Though it and many of the older cast members are no longer with us, some of these can still be seen in other shows to this day.

The show must go on

Though the original did mostly burn in that remarkable attack, the house used for the rest of The Waltons did see us for this show and shows after. Those who watch the comedy-drama Gilmore Girls can actually see the property, which came to be known as the Dragonfly Inn. In the show, Lorelai Gilmore purchases the lot when it’s rather rundown. With a lot of TLC, it becomes a revamped structure again.

The Waltons lives on in yet another show as well. John-Boy actor Richard Thomas escaped a fictional fire and got right back into the line of fire. This time, he played Special Agent Frank Gaad for FX’s The Americans. Of course, he’s not the other one who went on to other big-name shows. Be sure to catch up with all of the cast!

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Melissa Gilbert Dealt With Some Crazy Fans At The Height Of Her Fame

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When an actor gets famous, they are showered with love from fans. However, some take it a little too far. When Melissa Gilbert was on Little House on the Prairie she became a superstar. She was on the show for eight years and throughout that time, she dealt with some crazy fans.

For starters, Melissa remembers a time when she was a pre-teen and at the airport with her family. She had to watch her little sister and was trying to get her to settle down on the plane. She recalls that a fan asked for her autograph but she just couldn’t do it at the time.

Melissa Gilbert dealt with some crazy fans

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LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, Melissa Gilbert in ‘The Raccoon’ (Season 1, Episode 10, aired November 20, 1974), 1974-83 / Everett Collection

Melissa remembers that the lady called her a ‘little brat.’ Later on, there were fans that were obsessed with the show and Melissa in particular. She recalled that they wanted to take her to a cave because they thought she was the second coming! How scary.

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LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRARIE, Melissa Gilbert, Season 1, 1974-1983 / Everett Collection

She said, “Everybody was watching me very closely. I had virtually no freedom. I didn’t know this at the time but there were so many people writing kidnapping threats and stuff and so many weird, crazy stalkers that they kept from me. That’s why I was rarely alone and watched over constantly.”

We are glad she was never kidnapped!

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Mark Hamill Finally Discusses Carrie Fisher And Harrison Ford’s Affair During ‘Star Wars’

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The late ’70s brought us the very first Star Wars film. It has proven to be a franchise that stands to the test of time, spawning many other movies. The first film catapulted Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa), and Harrison Ford (Han Solo) into fame.

Fans now know that Carrie and Harrison had an affair while filming the first movie. Carrie revealed it in her memoir decades later. At the time, Carrie was 19 years old and Harrison was 33. He was married and had two children. Their affair lasted several months.

Mark Hamill talks about his former co-stars’ affair

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STAR WARS: EPISODE VI – RETURN OF THE JEDI, Mark Hamill, 1983 / Everett Collection

Now, Mark is speaking out about the affair between his longtime co-stars. He admitted that he had no idea it was going on at the time. While he didn’t know about it, he said he wasn’t that surprised when he found out. He even said that he was once involved in an affair.

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STAR WARS, (aka STAR WARS: EPISODE IV – A NEW HOPE), Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, 1977 / Everett Collection

Mark admitted, “On-set romances are always… they’re commonplace. But it’s kind of tricky because if the relationship doesn’t last and you’re on a TV series and you got four more seasons to go, it can be really awkward. It happened to me. I was with a girl who was playing my sister on a soap opera, ‘General Hospital.’”

STAR WARS: EPISODE V - THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford
STAR WARS: EPISODE V – THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, 1980 / Everett Collection

When asked about Harrison and Carrie’s affair, Mark said, “I was so self-involved at that point, they could’ve been doing it in front of me and I wouldn’t have noticed. I was single and had my own agenda. But I was blissfully unaware, which was good for me. I think it might have been a distraction if I’d known what was going on.”

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How Folsom Prison Changed Johnny Cash’s Career Forever

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Johnny Cash always seemed to have a fascination with prison. His popular hit “Folsom Prison Blues” was inspired by the film Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison. He released the song in 1955 and it became a hit with prisoners and non-prisoners alike. Johnny never served any hard time, but he did spend a bit of time in jail.

It seems that his big performance at Folsom Prison saved his career in a way. In the years leading up to the live performance, his career was taking a hit. Johnny got in trouble for smuggling pills over the Mexican border. He struggled with addictions. He had an affair with June Carter. People were starting to look at Johnny in a negative light.

Johnny Cash revitalized his career by performing at a prison

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JOHNNY CASH, portrait / Everett Collection

Playing at Folsom Prison was actually suggested by a preacher. Several years later, he convinced his record company to let him record a live album there. Eventually, they agreed and Johnny set up two performances at Folsom Prison. He was joined by Carl Perkins, the Statler Brothers, and June Carter. Johnny encouraged the inmates to make a lot of noise and sing along and you can certainly feel the energy when you listen to the album.

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JOHNNY CASH, portrait / Everett Collection

The album was released four months later and “Folsom Prison Blues” went to the Billboard Hot 100. He also received two Grammys for the album, which helped to revitalize his career. It also led to his variety show called The Johnny Cash Show in 1969.

In conclusion, listen to the album below:

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The True Story Behind John-Boy Walton’s Graduation Day

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Do you remember the episode of The Waltons where John-Boy has his graduation? It is a very special moment for the family. A wrench is thrown in the plans when the family cow Chance, dies and they need to replace him. They had purchased a new suit for John-Boy but that just couldn’t be a priority anymore.

Instead, John-Boy is presented with Grandpa’s best suit. Grandma alters the suit that was meant for Grandpa to be buried in. Turns out, this was a story that was inspired by The Waltons’ creator himself.

John-Boy’s graduation story was inspired by the creator’s life

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THE WALTONS, (top, from left): Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, John Walmsley, Judy Norton-Taylor, Richard Thomas, (bottom): Mary Beth McDonough, Kami Cotler, Will Geer, Ellen Corby, Eric Scott, David Harper, 1972-81 / Everett Collection

Earl Hamner was the creator of The Waltons and he used many stories from his own life for the series. Earl was graduating from high school and he received a hand-me-down suit from his father. His father wanted him to make a good impression at college, where he was going to study writing.

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John-Boy Walton in his suit / CBS

While Earl went to college, he took lots of odd jobs to help support his family. He also worked on the first draft of The Waltons. Earl admitted, “I worked from four in the afternoon until nine or ten at night. Consequently, my grades were not the greatest because I was fatigued most of the time.”

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