6. Gunther (Friends)
According to Celebrity Net Worth, James Michael Tyler, who played Gunther on Friends, is “worth” $500,000. Granted, that’s not much, especially when compared to his coworkers Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox, but considering the reason Gunther became an actual character, and not just a background albino, was because Tyler knew how to use a coffee machine, I’d say he’s doing pretty well for himself. Plus, that’s $497,000 more than David Schwimmer. He really overestimated how many people were going to attend The Pallbearer Convention.
7. Kenard (The Wire)
OK, fan favorite might be stretching it here, but Kenard’s reappearance in season five’s “Clarifications” is remarkable and unforgettable, considering how minor of a character he was. His first and only appearance in the first three seasons of The Wire is in “Dead Soldiers,” where he can be seen arguing with two other kids about who gets to pretend to be Omar Little. I’d say Kenard won that debate.
8. Wilfred (Doctor Who)
That Wilfred, Donna Noble’s crazy old coot of a grandfather, was originally intended by the Doctor Who writers to have nothing more than a brief guest appearance in the 2007 Christmas special, “Voyage of the Damned.” And not even as Wilfred; rather, he was just Stan, a simple newsstand worker. But when the actor who played Donna’s father, Howard Attfield, was forced to retire from the show due to illness, Ol’ Wilfie was made into a recurring character and gave the resurrected Doctor Who some of its most poignant human moments.
9. The Great Gonzo (The Muppet Show)
Everything was going great for Gonzo. In 1970, he made his TV debut in a Christmas special called “The Great Santa Claus Switch,” playing a character named Snarl who lived in a villain’s cigar box, but he quickly morphed into the world famous Whatever he is today, when he was redesigned for The Muppet Show. Then Muppets in Space happened in 1999, and even the greatness of The Muppet Christmas Carol can’t make up for that misguided disaster. Oh well, at least we’ve still got the “Wishing Song.”
10. Groundskeeper Willie (The Simpsons)
Like “Unnamed Hostess” turning into Adriana La Cerva, Groundskeeper Willie was originally written as “Angry Janitor.” He was a one-off joke without a voice — Dan Castellaneta first tried a Spanish accent, then a Swedish one, before finally settling on sounding like an angry Scottsman, free to celebrate Scotchtoberfest as he best saw…wait, there is no Scotchtoberfest? YOU USED ME, SKINNER. YOU USED ME.
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