17 Celebrities That Appeared on “Friends” That We Totally Missed
The iconic TV series, Friends lasted for a whole 10 years, from 1994 to 2004. During this time, more than a dozen Hollywood A-listers made cameos in various episodes. Some of them were already pretty popular back then (like Brat Pitt and Julia Roberts), while others had only recently got under the spotlight (like Dakota Fanning and Giovanni Ribisi).
Bright Side rewatched this hilarious TV series and was quite surprised at how many celebrities were on this show. But we missed them the first time around — we were too busy laughing at Chandler’s jokes!
1. Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt appeared in season 8 and played the role of Monica and Rachel’s former classmate. His character hates Rachel because she used to make fun of him. According to the plot, he used to be plump, like Monica was. But looking at Brad Pitt, we find it hard to believe.
2. Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman played the role of Joey’s colleague, actor Richard Crosby, in 2 episodes. It’s interesting that he got an Emmy nomination for this role.
3. Julia Roberts
Chandler runs into his former classmate, Susie, who he made fun of back in school. And this girl gets her ultimate revenge on him. Julia Roberts was invited to play this role.
4. Hugh Laurie
Future Gregory House from House M.D., Hugh Laurie, played the role of a gentleman who was sitting next to Rachel on a flight to London.
5. Charlie Sheen
In season 2, Phoebe came down with the chickenpox and her sweetheart came to visit her right at this time. He also caught the disease.
The famous rebel, Charlie Sheen, played the role of Phoebe’s boyfriend.
6. Brooke Shields
Brooke Shields played the role of a fan who was obsessed with Drake Ramoray, the doctor Joey played on the Days of our Lives TV series.
7. Sean Penn
Sean Penn plays Eric, a betrayed boyfriend of Phoebe’s twin sister, Ursula. He thinks that his girlfriend is a well-behaved teacher who donates to charity. But Phoebe reveals the truth to him.
Eric and Phoebe start dating but their relationship ends pretty quickly because Phoebe and her sister are so alike in Eric’s eyes.
8. Ben Stiller
Ben Stiller played Rachel’s friend who she wants to take out on a date. But this guy has some problems with his temper and Ross tries to warn Rachel about it.
9. Winona Ryder
Winona Ryder played the role of Melissa, Rachel’s classmate from college.
10. Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin transformed into Phoebe’s fun friend, Parker. Parker is too cheerful and irritates everyone around him with his positive outlook on life.
11. Giovanni Ribisi
The star of the TV show Sneaky Pete played one of the most important characters on Friends. Giovanni Ribisi played the role of Phoebe’s brother for whom she decided to become a surrogate mother — he and his lover were desperate for a baby.
12. Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis played the role of the father of Ross’ girlfriend. This character, Paul Stevens, meets Rachel and they start dating.
13. Danny DeVito
Rachel and Monica decide to throw a bachelorette party for Phoebe and invite a stripper, played by Danny DeVito. As a result, the girls make his character cry.
14. Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon appeared on the show in the role of Rachel’s spoiled sister, Jill. This capricious girl doesn’t work and lives off her parents.
15. Jean-Claude Van Damme
In season 2, viewers witnessed Jean-Claude Van Damme’s cameo on the TV show. The characters met the actor during the filming of a movie he was starring in.
16. Dakota Fanning
The rising star played a small girl in a house that Monica and Chandler were going to buy.
17. Robin Williams & Billy Crystal
How many of the celebrities from our list did you notice on Friends?