Who is James Michael Tyler's wife, Jennifer? Second marriage strong through actor's cancer battle

Mafalda Costa June 22, 2021
Who is Friends actor James Michael Tyler married to?
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Who is James Michael Tyler’s wife, Jennifer Carno? After revealing on Monday that he’s battling stage four prostate cancer, fans are curious about the actor’s personal life and marriages. And what has he been up to since playing Gunther in Friends?

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Who is Barbara Chadsey, Tyler’s first wife?

James Michael Tyler, popularly known for his role as Gunther in Friends between 1994 and 2004, was first married to personal trainer Barbara Chadsey.

Tyler and Chadsey were married for the ten seasons he appeared in Friends.

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The pair separated in 2003. However, they remained married until 2014.

According to TMZ, Tyler cited “irreconcilable differences” as the official reason for the divorce.

The cause behind this lengthy delay in filing for divorce is yet unknown. 

Who is James Michael Tyler married to now?

Tyler is currently married to Jennifer Carno.

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James Michael Tyler’s second wife is also in showbusiness, specifically in the creative department and off-camera.

According to Jennifer Carno’s IMDb, she has worked in multiple films in different roles, primarily as a script co-ordinator and production assistant.

Among her projects, Carno has worked in the script and continuity department for the movies Lipshitz Saves The World, Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End, and You, Me And Dupree.

According to the Express, when the couple first met Carno didn’t recognise Tyler for his role as Gunther. In fact, she only watched Friends after they married.

The Tyler couple might be keeping their romance and marriage details to themselves but are never hesitant to appear at events and in photos together.

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What has the actor been up to since Friends?

After ten years portraying Gunther, the barista who is deeply in love with Rachel, Tyler continued his career as an actor in Hollywood.

He recently starred in a short film entitled The Gesture And The Word, which won awards at Birmingham Film Festival.

Over the past years, Tyler has also starred in multiple independent movies, as well as the TV series Modern Music, where he plays the role of Chad Levitz.

James Michael Tyler battles with cancer

On Monday, 21 June, during an interview with NBC’s Today show, the actor revealed he has been fighting stage four prostate cancer.

The 59-year-old said he was diagnosed in September 2018 after a routine physical examination.

The cancer has since spread to the actor’s bones and he can no longer walk. He is currently undergoing chemotherapy.

Tyler also revealed it was due to his condition that he didn’t appear in person during the Friends: The Reunion special.

He said: “I didn’t want to be like, ‘Oh, and by the way, Gunther has cancer.’”

When asked by the host if he wished he had done anything differently, Tyler replied: “I would have listened to my wonderful wife – who has been my absolute strength throughout all of this.”

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Mafalda Costa is a second year BA Journalism student originally from Portugal. Her main passions if life are music, arts and culture, while she's particularly knowledgable on cinema and anime.