25 famous actors you didn’t know appeared on Friends

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1. Paul Rudd

Mike Hannigan – “The One with the Pediatrician” – S9E3 (first of many appearances)

When Joey and Phoebe make a deal to find blind dates for each other and Joey forgets all about it, he randomly shouts the name “Mike” inside Central Perk and recruits the first (and only) guy to respond. That guy was Mike Hannigan, played by Paul Rudd.

Rudd played Mike Hannigan in 18 episodes of the final two seasons of Friends. Recently divorced, Mike was reluctant to get involved in a serious relationship and made it clear to Phoebe that he was never getting married again, resulting in a breakup between the two.

As Phoebe rekindled her relationship with David, the scientist who had spent years in Minsk, Mike decided he could not let her go. He proposes but Phoebe turns him down, explaining that she wasn’t ready to get married yet but needed to know that the opportunity would be there.

Mike attempts to propose again, but Phoebe accidentally ruins it by mocking corny proposals similar to those Mike had planned. Finally, they get engaged, and they end up getting married in a snow-covered street in front of Central Perk after a blizzard ruins their wedding plans.

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Before Paul Rudd first appeared on Friends in 2002, his most well-known role was that of Josh, Cher’s former stepbrother in Clueless. By the time the show ended in 2004, Rudd was on the verge of making a name for himself as a comedy actor. He appeared in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, which ended up being the first of several roles in Judd Apatow movies.

All 10 seasons of Friends are streaming on Netflix.