Guess the ‘Friends’ Guest Stars From These Distorted Photos

Can You Guess Who?

Friends is one of — if not the most — iconic sitcoms in the world. We all know Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Joey, and Phoebe as if we were members of the gang. So, to test your Friends knowledge, we took the liberty of creating a fun, little guessing game for you all to play along with. Try your best not to cheat by looking at other sources! May the most diehard fan win!

The One With the Screamer

This character had a recurring role on the show and starred in a total of 10 episodes between 1994 until 2004. She was known for her colorful clothing, heavy makeup, and over-the-top bouffant hairstyle.

The One With the Screamer

She also relied quite heavily on a certain vice that’s known to not be good for our health. Unfortunately, her character dies in the final season of the show.

June Gable as Estelle Leonard

June played Joey’s chain-smoking agent Estelle who stole the hearts of many with her goofy character and inability to get Joey a decent gig after his stint on The Days of Our Lives. In this particular episode, after seeing a play, Estelle thinks that Rachel and Monica were actors in it.

June Gable as Estelle Leonard

Once she learns that they weren’t, she iconically responds “Oh, what a shame! Because with her face and her chest, I could really put something together.” Before Friends, Gable received a Tony nomination for her work on Broadway!

The One With Ross’s New Girlfriend

Our woman in question here is seen for a few episodes in season two. She happened to go to grad school with one of the other Friends characters and she was even in charge of the digs.

The One With Ross’s New Girlfriend

Also, a certain someone on the show really disliked her and was actually the reason why she and the character she was dating broke up. In the end, all is well as she finds love with a man named Russ. Hint, hint!

Lauren Tom as Julie

Lauren played Ross’s cute girlfriend, Julie, on Friends but that’s not the only credit under this actress’s belt. Her breakthrough roles came in the movies Cadillac Man and The Joy Luck Club.

Lauren Tom as Julie

She has also appeared on popular TV series like Grey’s Anatomy and CSI but it’s her voiceover work that has really put her name on the map. Tom has done voice work for the Disney movie Mulan II, the sitcom Futurama, and Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness.

The One With Ross’s Thing

When this next actor was asked about his character on the show, he said that he “was a man of tremendous focus and conviction.” He also added that he was sad that his “chapter was never closed.”

The One With Ross’s Thing

Due to this, he often wonders what his character would be up to these days. Sounds like this actor sure did enjoy his time on Friends, which makes sense since he was featured in a total of six episodes.

Jon Favreau as Pete Becker

In 1997, Favreau appeared as the software millionaire who Monica dates for a few episodes in season three. Jon’s career skyrocketed after his time on the show, as he played himself in a Sopranos episode and then went on to make his directorial debut with Made.

Jon Favreau as Pete Becker

His 2003, his Christmas comedy film Elf starring Will Ferrell furthered his success as a director. He has since directed the first movie for Marvel Cinematic Universe entitled Iron Man. In 2014, he also wrote, directed, and starred in the comedy-drama Chef.

The One Where Rachel Has a Baby: Part 2

This actress featured on the show for six episodes in season eight. For those of you who are big fans of the show, you’ll probably know that this was the season in which Rachel was pregnant with Ross’s baby.

The One Where Rachel Has a Baby: Part 2

While this actress’s character was loved on Friends for being funny and opinionated, her acting roles outside of the show have usually been pretty small. With that being said, this Queens-born actress has been featured in many popular TV series.

Amanda Carlin as Dr. Long

When Amanda Carlin was cast to play Rachel’s obstetrician during her pregnancy in season eight, it instantly boosted her acting career. Fans of the show remember Dr. Long during the episode when she delivered Rachel and Ross’s baby during Rachel’s extremely long labor.

Amanda Carlin as Dr. Long

Since her guest-starring role on Friends, Carlin has featured in shows like CSI, Chicago Hope, and in 2019, she starred in Mom opposite Friends alumni Anna Faris.

The One With the Sonogram at the End

This character may have only appeared in six episodes throughout the show’s entirety, but without his role in Friends, it might not have been as successful… Interestingly enough, this actor revealed that he was brought in to audition for the roles of both Ross and Chandler.

The One With the Sonogram at the End

He nearly got the part of Ross but at the last minute, the casting directors told him there was one more guy that had to read. That said guy ended up being David Schwimmer!

Mitchell Whitfield as Barry Farber

Whitfield didn’t end up playing the lovable Ross Geller but he did nab the role of Barry Farber, Rachel’s ex-fiance — the well-off Jewish orthodontist who she ends up ditching at the altar on their wedding day.

Mitchell Whitfield as Barry Farber

Even though they break up in season one, we do see them romantically rekindle in future seasons. Now, before you feel too bad for him for not getting the part of Ross, he went on to star in Curb Your Enthusiasm, CSI, and The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.

The One With Joey’s Fridge

This actress-in-question starred in five episodes of the show in season six. She played a younger character than the others in the gang. On Friends, she was known for being the secret admirer of one of her teachers.

The One With Joey’s Fridge

This actress has since revealed that when she was called to do a chemistry read with one of the Friends characters, she was told to look “as hot as possible” and that the information sent her “into a tailspin.”

Alexandra Holden as Elizabeth Stevens

Holden played Ross’s student-turned-girlfriend in season six. Her recurring role on Friends helped the actress get further roles on popular shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Rizzoli & Isles, Friday Night Lights, and The Mentalist.

Alexandra Holden as Elizabeth Stevens

Holden has also starred in the films Drop Dead Gorgeous, The Hot Chick, and In a World. The actress has actually been making movies since 1997 when she was just 20 years old.

The One With the Blackout

This character was first credited as “The Weird Man.” To the characters on Friends, he was quite the nuisance because he often complained about noises that he heard and told far-fetched lies.

The One With the Blackout

The actor has since revealed that when the producers made the decision to kill off his character in season two, he threw a fit and shouted at them. At least his time on the show would never be forgotten after that scene!

Larry Hankin as Mr. Heckles

We hope you realized that we were referring to Mr. Heckles, the moody neighbor who lived in the apartment underneath Monica and Rachel’s. Larry Hankin was the actor who played the legendary role for a total of five episodes.

Larry Hankin as Mr. Heckles

Besides his role on Friends, Hankin is also known for starring in Seinfeld, as well as scoring a leading role in the 1979 film Escape From Alcatraz. Larry shocked audiences when he returned to the Friends set in light of the reunion special.

The One Where Ross Is Fine

This character had quite a prominent recurring role on the show, appearing in nine episodes from 1995 until 2003. Also, the role helped cement this actor’s career in Hollywood and he has since gone on to star in mega-films.

The One Where Ross Is Fine

Interestingly enough, his character on the show is actually related to one of the cast members and in season 10, he famously says to one of them that he hasn’t “slept in four years.”

Giovanni Ribisi as Frank Jr.

We hope you figured out that we were talking about Phoebe’s funny half-brother Frank Jr. After the public recognition that Ribisi received from Friends, he went on to act in several other series including My Name Is Earl and Entourage.

Giovanni Ribisi as Frank Jr.

However, you’ll probably recognize him from his roles in the hit comedy film Saving Private Ryan, Ted 2, and the Avatar franchise. Looks as if starting out on Friends did wonders for his career!

The One With the Birth

From 1994 until 2001, this actress had a recurring role on Friends. She starred in 15 episodes in total and her romantic relationships were highlighted on the show. So, it makes sense that this actress got to know her castmates pretty well.

The One With the Birth

So much so that she recently revealed following the Friends reunion special, that she “had a sense” that the chemistry between Ross and Rachel was “more than acting.”

Jane Sibbett as Carol Willick

Sibbett got her acting break in the late ‘80s when she starred on the soap series Santa Barbara, for which she received a nomination for Best Newcomer at the Soap Opera Digest Awards. She went on to star in more series like Herman’s Head and several films.

Jane Sibbett as Carol Willick

But, when she landed the part as Ross’s wife-turned-lesbian Carol Willick, Jane became a household name. Her last acting credit was recorded in 2017 when she starred in Winter Wedding. Since then, Jane has been teaching theater in Hawaii.

The One After I Do

This actress starred in Friends for seven episodes during season eight. She played a colleague of Monica on the show and her character had such good chemistry with a certain other castmate on the show that the actress thought she’d remain until the end.

The One After I Do

She was quoted saying that, “Our relationship just kind of kept going, and eventually I was like, ‘Oh my God, I’m going to be the seventh friend.'” While that didn’t end up happening, her time on the show certainly helped her career.

Bonnie Somerville as Mona

We first meet the character, Mona, at Monica and Chandler’s wedding. Then, Mona and Ross begin a relationship just when he learns that Rachel is pregnant with his child.

Bonnie Somerville as Mona

The relationship was doomed to fail and when Ross asks Rachel to move in because of the baby, Mona calls things off. Since starring in Friends, Bonnie has also appeared in NYPD Blue, The O.C., Code Black, and Cashmere Mafia.

The One With Phoebe’s Ex-Partner

Between 1997 and 2004, this next actor starred in six episodes of the iconic sitcom. While we don’t want to reveal too much about him, what we will say is that he posed a threat to the relationship between Ross and Rachel.

The One With Phoebe’s Ex-Partner

Maybe it was because of his good looks, the fact that he worked in close proximity to Rachel, or possibly because he had a big crush on her. Whether or not you liked this charming character, he does resurface again in season 10.

Steven Eckholdt as Mark Robinson

Steven Eckholdt played Mark on Friends, a co-worker of Rachel at Bloomingdale’s. Due to Mark’s good looks, Ross becomes jealous of him and this leads to Ross and Rachel breaking up (the first of many).

Steven Eckholdt as Mark Robinson

After his stint on Friends, Eckholdt went on to star on many more beloved TV shows like Desperate Housewives, The West Wing, Two and a Half Men, and Bones. It’s pretty clear that this silver fox is popular on the silver screen.

The One With Chandler in a Box

When Chandler first sees this character in Central Park, he decides that he wants to ask her out. However, he later learns that she was waiting for a date with none other than his best pal, Joey.

The One With Chandler in a Box

The actress who ended up starring on Friends for six episodes had this to say about her time on the show — “It was my first real acting job. I remember so little because I was so scared! The cast was so kind to me.”

Paget Brewster as Kathy

Paget broke onto the acting scene when she was cast for the recurring role as Kathy. Initially, she was Joey’s girl but she then transitioned to dating Chandler. Due to this boyfriend swap, the two friends have a falling-out and Joey nearly moves out.

Paget Brewster as Kathy

While her role on Friends helped the actress become known, it was her role as Special Agent Emily Prentiss on Criminal Minds where she really broke out.

The One With Rachel’s Inadvertent Kiss

This character is seen as a timid and serious man who interviews one of the co-stars for a job at Ralph Lauren. While the actor only features in six episodes, he is seen from the fifth season onward. Even though he features throughout a few seasons, he is not meant to be a very likable personality.

The One With Rachel’s Inadvertent Kiss

However, the actor behind this character is not only recognized for his time on Friends but also for his roles on Seinfeld and The West Wing.

Steve Ireland as Mr. Zelner

Steve Ireland plays Mr. Zelner, Rachel’s intimidating boss at Ralph Lauren. Viewers are first introduced to him in season five when he interviews Rachel for a potential position and she accidentally kisses him on the cheek. Despite the awkward moment, she still gets the job.

Steve Ireland as Mr. Zelner

Ireland landed a part in the 1999 film The Deep End of the Ocean alongside Michelle Pfeiffer. His last recorded acting credit was in 2014 when he starred in a short production entitled Bunion.

The One With Rachel’s Crush

This next character plays a love interest of Rachel’s but what’s more interesting is that the two actors actually dated in real life. When asked about their off-screen romance, the actor told a publication, “I was just happy to be on the team (of Friends). The only bummer was Jennifer and I were breaking up at the time.”

The One With Rachel’s Crush

We see his character on the show for a total of five episodes. The actor also said that while his co-stars were “compassionate” to him, the experience was “painful.”

Tate Donovan as Joshua Burgin

Donovan played Joshua Burgin in season four of Friends despite his recent breakup at the time to Jennifer Aniston, a.k.a. Rachel Green. The actors dated for two years prior to his guest appearance and were even engaged at a certain point. Donovan was also engaged to another beautiful film star, Sandra Bullock.

Tate Donovan as Joshua Burgin

You may also recognize him from the O.C series but what many don’t know about this handsome actor is that he also directs. He even directed episodes in hit TV shows like Gossip Girl and Glee.

The One Where Heckles Dies

This actor was known on Friends as the janitor of the class building. While his character looked tough on the outside, he was believed to be a great guy. Despite his fight with Rachel at the dumpster, audiences saw a softer side of him when he learned how to dance alongside Joey.

The One Where Heckles Dies

He starred in the show for a total of five episodes in several seasons. In real life, this actor is known for his defined mustache and strong Chicago accent.

Mike Hagerty as Mr. Treeger

In case you hadn’t yet cracked it, we are talking about Mike Hagerty’s character, Mr. Treeger. Although he does not appear in the final episode of the show, he is in fact the last character mentioned.

Mike Hagerty as Mr. Treeger

We hear his name as the person with whom Monica wants the gang to leave her apartment keys. Hagerty is also known for his small roles in big shows such as Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

The One With the Candy Hearts

This character had a recurring role on Friends and starred in a total of 12 episodes throughout the show’s entirety. However, this was not her only claim to fame in the ‘90s. The actress also starred in shows like ER, Seinfeld, and Law & Order.

The One With the Candy Hearts

When she was called in by the casting directors of Friends, she was asked to audition for the role of Monica. Today, she still laughs about it and has said that the part belonged to Courteney Cox.

Jessica Hecht as Susan Bunch

Jessica Hect is not only famous for playing Susan Bunch, Carol’s lesbian partner on Friends, she’s also known for her role as Gretchen Schwartz on Breaking Bad and Carol on The Boys.

Jessica Hecht as Susan Bunch

Hecht has also tried her hand at theater and has made several appearances on Broadway for shows like Brighton Beach Memoirs, Othello, and The Price. She is also set to guest star this year as Susan Abbott on the TV show Younger.

The One With the Cop

This next actor plays a loveable cop on the show for a total of four episodes. He also plays the love interest of Phoebe during this time but unfortunately, his eagerness for them to move forward with their relationship ends up giving her the ick.

The One With the Cop

When this actor was asked about how the cast of Friends was to work with, he kindly said “I was just impressed [with them]. People think that s—t happens on its own. They’re very, very, very good comedic actors.”

Michael Rapaport as Gary

Comedian Michael Rapaport played Phoebe’s sweet boyfriend Gary in season five of Friends. Since the ‘90s, Rapaport has featured in over 60 films. His notable ones include Tarintino’s 1993 crime drama True Romance, as well as Dr. Dolittle 2, and The Heat.

Michael Rapaport as Gary

His breakthrough role on TV came in 2008 with Prison Break. He also tried his hand at directing when he directed the 2011 documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest. Rapaport is currently also a reporter for Fox Sports.

The One With the Blackout

This actor is distinguished by his strong foreign accent and for dating one of the Friends group members in season one. Audiences see him for four episodes and despite his character’s lack of English, he is a fan favorite.

The One With the Blackout

Since the show’s reunion special, 25 years post its inception, a lot of the actors have recently revealed stories to the press regarding their characters on the show. This particular actor told The Today Show that he was able to say whatever he wanted in his native language while on Friends!

Cosimo Fusco as Paolo

Cosimo played Rachel’s handsome Italian boyfriend in season one. The two met because he lived in the same building as Monica and Rachel. Even though the attraction between the two characters is strong, their relationship isn’t more than a fling.

Cosimo Fusco as Paolo

Cosimo is both an actor and director and he has not only acted in American productions but in German and Italian productions as well. He is best known for his roles in the films Gone in 60 Seconds and Angels and Demons.

The One at the Beach

This actress plays a character on the show who features for three episodes in season three. She comes on the scene as Ross’s love interest but Rachel becomes very jealous of her and even convinces her to shave her head.

The One at the Beach

You’ll also recognize this actress from her roles in the well-known films Wedding Singer, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, and Zoolander. She acted opposite her husband of 20 years in two of these films.

Christine Taylor as Bonnie

We hope you got this one right because Christine Taylor has been acting on our screens since 1989, with the Nickelodeon series, Hey Dude. Taylor has also been married to the one and only Ben Stiller for 21 years.

Christine Taylor as Bonnie

Though they announced their separation in 2017, it seems as though the two are giving things another shot. Christine also recently starred in the 2020 comedy film Friendsgiving, which was produced by Stiller.

The One With Monica and Chandler’s Wedding: Part 2

This next star played the parent of one of the characters. The two had a tumultuous relationship on-screen and as it turns out, this actress’s time on the show wasn’t too peachy either.

The One With Monica and Chandler’s Wedding: Part 2

When asked about her time on the show, she admitted, “I’ll be quite honest…I didn’t feel very welcomed by the cast.” She went on to say, “I think it was simply that they were such a tight little group that nobody from the outside mattered.”

Kathleen Turner as Charles/Helena Handbasket

Kathleen Turner played the part of Chandler’s drag queen father for two episodes in Friends. Turner is also a stage actress and director who has been nominated for two Tony Awards, an Academy Award, and won two Golden Globes.

Kathleen Turner as Charles/ Helena Handbasket

While Turner’s successful career dates back to the ‘80s, you might recognize her from her role as Charlie’s Runkle’s boss in Californication. It’s hard to not remember Kathleen with her distinct, raspy voice.