For 10 years, Friends was one of the most popular shows in the world. Every week, people would sit down to see what kind of shenanigans their six favorite characters would get into. The NBC sitcom had an ensemble cast that shot all of its main actors to prominence, including Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer. The series finale aired on May 6, 2004, and was watched by 52.5 million Americans, making it the fifth most-watched series finale in television history.
In 2002, the actors and actresses starring on Friends were the first bunch to successfully negotiate a historic payday, demanding $1 million-per-episode each, or else all six of them would walk. Of course, with the success of the show, network execs had no choice but to acquiesce to the demand. That kind of camaraderie—where all six negotiated together—has only been performed one other time, more recently, by The Big Bang Theory’s troupe.
Friends truly set the standard for what a nighttime sitcom ought to be. The series was nominated for 62 Primetime Emmy Awards, finally winning in 2002 for Outstanding Comedy Series. It’s ranked #7 on Empire’s top 50 greatest shows of all time, and #21 on TV Guide’s top 50.
So, what do the characters drive, you might wonder? Included after the six main characters are some heavy-hitting guest stars you might not even remember appeared on the show.
Here are what the cast of Friends drives today.
25 Jennifer Aniston – Bentley Continental GT
Jennifer Aniston was one of the most successful actresses of the 1990s, and her role as Rachel Green on Friends skyrocketed her to fame. She was arguably the main character of the show and had first billing. She earned Primetime Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild awards for her hugely popular role. Rachel was later recognized as one of the greatest female characters in television—of all time. She has quite a car collection, including a Bentley Continental GT, a slick Range Rover Vogue, a Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and an Audi A8.
24 Matthew Perry – Porsche Panamera
Actor Matthew Perry was raised in Canada and didn’t have the success after Friends that, say, Jennifer Aniston had, but his role as Chandler Bing still brought him worldwide fame. He’s also a playwright and comedian and has starred in other films, such as Fools Rush In (1997), The Whole Nine Yards (2000), and 17 Again (2009). Since 2010, he’s expanded to voice-over work in video games like the Fallout series. Perry’s car collection is small and includes a four-door Porsche Panamera and a BMW 6 Series.
23 Courteney Cox – Jaguar S-Type
Courteney Cox played one of the six main characters on Friends, Monica Geller, and she also starred in the Scream horror series, and the ABC/TBS sitcom Cougar Town, for which she earned her first Golden Globe nomination. She was once married to David Arquette, another famous actor from the 1990s, and Friends made an in-joke reference to the marriage in an episode where the cast all has “Arquette” added to the end of their names, as Cox did when she married him. She has quite a car collection, including a Jaguar S-Type, Porsche 911, Lexus ISC, BMW 7 Series, and Mercedes-Benz ML-Class.
22 Matt LeBlanc – Porsche 911R
It should come as no surprise that Matt LeBlanc has a cool car collection, as he played the well-intentioned womanizer Joey on Friends and then became the host of the BBC’s Top Gear in 2016. He’s had quite a resurgence of a career since 2010, also playing a fictionalized version of himself in the BBC/Showtime comedy, Episodes, from 2011 to 2017, and he stars in the CBS sitcom Man with a Plan. He’s said he wants David Schwimmer or some other Friends co-stars on Top Gear, even though he’s leaving the series next year. His car collection also includes an awesome Porsche 911 GT2 RS, Porsche 911R, Mercedes-AMG ML63, and Ferrari 360 Modena.
21 Lisa Kudrow – Jaguar F-Type
Lisa Kudrow was another of the primary characters on Friends, and a fan-favorite, after gaining worldwide recognition for her role as the always funny Phoebe Buffay for 10 years. The role earned her a Primetime Emmy (after six nominations), two Screen Actors Guild awards (12 nominations), and a Golden Globe nomination. She’s also been a producer and writer on shows such as The Comeback (HBO, 2005), in which she also starred and received two more Primetime Emmy awards for both seasons, and Web Therapy (2011-2015). Her car collection includes a Jaguar F-Type, Porsche Cayman, Lexus RX, and Toyota Prius.
20 David Schwimmer – Jaguar XK8
For much of the late 1980s, David Schwimmer lived in LA as a struggling, unemployed actor, until he got his big break in playing Ross Geller on Friends, for which he earned a Primetime Emmy nomination in 1995. Schwimmer has admitted he struggled with early fame at the time, being only 27 when he got the role, and for years he was a bit reclusive. He’s had a renaissance of late, starring recently in Feed the Beast and in 2016 as lawyer Robert Kardashian in American Crime Story, for which he received his second Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. He drives a Jaguar XK8.
19 Cole Sprouse – Subaru Impreza WRX
Cole Sprouse was just a wee little person when he stole the show in Friends (the show began in 1994, just two years after he was born!). He first gained recognition for his role as Cody Martin on the Disney Channel’s The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, but this came after his role as Ben Geller for seven episodes of Friends, from 2000 to 2002. Ben is the son of Ross Geller and Carol Willick (played by Anita Barone in her debut episode and Jane Sibbett from then on). Cole and his brother, Dylan Sprouse, both own a Subaru Impreza WRX and Cole also owns a Range Rover.
18 Paul Rudd – Hyundai Sonata
Paul Rudd has had a pretty amazing acting career, with arguably more success than any of the main characters on Friends. On the show, a young Paul Rudd played Mike Hannigan, a love interest of Phoebe’s and her third husband. He appeared in 17 episodes of the show. Since Friends, he’s starred in huge movies like Anchorman (2004), The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), This Is 40 (2012), and recently as Ant-Man in the MCU (2015-2019). He’s also been tapped as the new spokesperson for Hyundai in recent years and can be seen driving around in a Sonata or Elantra in their commercials.
17 Bruce Willis – 1968 Shelby Mustang GT500
When Bruce Willis showed up in Friends, it was a big deal. He was easily the most famous person ever to show up on the show, after his huge success as John McClane in 1988’s Die Hard. The action hero showed up in three episodes of Season 6, as a character named Paul Stevens, who happens to be the father of Elizabeth Stevens, Ross’s girlfriend in Season 6. Willis also has a fantastic car collection which includes old classics and muscle cars like the 1968 Shelby GT500, 1967 Chevy Corvette, 1969 Dodge Charger, 1955 Chevy Bel Air Nomad, 1968 Pontiac Firebird 400, 1957 Chevy Corvette, Bentley Continental GTC, Porsche 911 Carrera GTS, BMW 7 Series, and more.
16 Winona Ryder – Cadillac Escalade
The showrunners of Friends have always managed to get some big names to show up in their hugely popular sitcom—and who wouldn’t want to guest star in a show that was basically watched by everyone in the US? Well, they got Winona Ryder after her rise to fame in Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice (1988), Edward Scissorhands (1990), and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992). Winona played Melissa Warburton, who had been one of Rachel Green’s sorority sisters in college, and only showed up in one episode: “The One With Rachel’s Big Kiss,” where she basically proclaims her love for Rachel (underhandedly). Her collection includes a Cadillac Escalade and Jeep Grand Cherokee.
15 Jeff Goldblum – Toyota Prius
Jeff Goldblum is one of the most popular actors around and is considered everyone’s “dad” in the social media universe. After first gaining prominence in Jurassic Park and Independence Day (and their respective sequels), he’s also starred in many other high-grossing films, most recently in Thor: Ragnarok (2017). The actor is one you might forget was on Friends, but he played Leonard Hayes, an actor/director who Joey bonded with before Leonard accidentally urinates on him. He made a potentially forgettable role memorable, as he does with all his performances. Unfortunately, like many celebrities, he drives a Prius.
14 Reese Witherspoon – Porsche Cayenne S
Here’s another huge actress that you might forget showed up in Friends way back when. She gained international fame for playing Elle Woods in the 2001 comedy Legally Blonde, and most recently she’s headlined the excellent Big Little Lies on HBO. In Friends, she played Jill Green, who was Rachel’s younger sister. She dated Ross for a split second before Ross realized that if he ever did anything with Jill, nothing could ever happen between him and Rachel. She was in two episodes. Her car collection includes a Porsche Cayenne S, Porsche Panamera, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Land Rover Discovery, Toyota LC, and Mercedes-Benz GL-Class.
13 Hugh Laurie – 1966 Ford Galaxie
Hugh Laurie is another actor you might forget was on Friends because he wasn’t enormously famous in the US at the time. The actor gained fame as part of the double act Fry and Laurie, with his comedy partner Stephen Fry, before his huge role in House (2004-2012), for which he won two Golden Globes and, according to Guinness World Records, was the most-watched leading man on TV in 2011, and was paid $409,000 per episode of House. On Friends, he appeared as a sneering passenger on Rachel’s flight to ruin Ross and Emily’s wedding. His awesome cars include a 1966 Ford Galaxy, an Aston Martin DB5, a vintage Porsche, a Porsche Cayman, and an Audi TT.
12 Helen Hunt – Chevrolet Spark
Helen Hunt’s appearance on Friends was intended as a crossover event for her own show, Mad About You. The As Good As It Gets actress was almost unrecognizable on Friends, seeing as she appeared in the Friends episode in 1995 and As Good As It Gets wasn’t out until 1997. Mad About You was also part of the Friends shared universe, strangely enough, with Phoebe’s twin Ursula being a regular on the show. In real life, the actress drives a manageable, economical Chevrolet Spark.
11 Sean Penn – Ford Mustang GT
Sean Penn began his acting career in episode 112 of Little House on the Prairie in 1974, and has since won two Academy Awards, for Mystic River (2003), and Milk (2008). He’s had a hugely successful career, going from playing stoner Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) to series roles like in Mystic River. He played Eric, Phoebe’s sister Ursula’s fiancé. He appeared in two episode of Season 8. His car collection includes a 1968 Shelby GT500, a Nissan Titan, a BMW Z3, a 1970s Chevrolet El Camino, and this sweet, blacked-out, matte-black, modified Ford Mustang GT.
10 Alec Baldwin – Cadillac Escalade
Alec Baldwin is a hugely popular actor and practically a member of royalty as a member of the Baldwin family. One of his biggest performances was between 2006-2013 as Jack Donaghy on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock, but that came after his memorable appearances in Friends, where he played an overly enthusiastic man named Parker on the Season 8 episode, “The One With The Tea Leaves.” He briefly dated Phoebe, and his initially overly optimistic outlook on life eventually annoyed all of the friends. He drives a Cadillac Escalade and a Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
9 Jon Favreau – Tesla Model S
Jon Favreau is a very popular actor and director, known for his roles in films like Rudy (1993) and Swingers (1996), and for directing films like Elf (2003), the Iron Man series (2008-2013), and the Avengers series (2012-2019). For his directorial roles in the MCU, he’s one of the most highly sought-after directors today. On Friends, he played Pete Becker, one of Monica’s former boyfriends. He showed up in six episodes of Season 3. His car collection includes a sleek Tesla Model S, and a modified 1932 Ford Flathead hotrod, which he showcased in Iron Man, in Tony Stark’s garage.
8 Danny DeVito – Nissan Leaf
The 4’10” acting legend that is Danny DeVito has been in the entertainment biz since 1970. After almost 50 years in the business, he’s become one of the most respected actors around. He’s known for his roles in L.A. Confidential, Batman Returns, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and much more. He appeared in just one hilarious episode of Friends, a 2004 episode titled “The One Where the Stripper Cries,” with the character role of “Roy, the Stripper.” He’s admitted he’s a huge car guy and used to drive Cadillac El Dorados, but recently he’s been driving a Nissan Leaf, and he loves it.
7 Hank Azaria – Ford Mustang (Old And New)
Hank Azaria is an actor best known for his voice acting roles in The Simpsons, in which he’s voiced the characters of Moe Szyslak, Apu, Chief Wiggum, and more, since 1989. He’s also made live-action appearances in films, and he had a recurring role on Friends, as David. He was the first serious love interest of Phoebe, though he was only in five episodes, first in Season 1, then Season 7, and finally the latter half of Season 9, where he unsuccessfully proclaims his love for Phoebe. He owns a new and an old Ford Mustang, a VW GTI MK1, a Ford Flex, a Toyota Prius, and an Audi TT 2.0.
6 Christina Applegate – Mercedes-Benz GL 320
Christina Applegate is an actress and dancer known first for her adolescent role as Kelly Bundy on Married…with Children (1987-1997). She’s won an Emmy and earned Tony and Golden Globe nominations. She guest-starred on two episodes of Friends in Seasons 9 and 10, and she won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance in “The One with Rachel’s Other Sister,” where she indeed played Rachel’s “other” sister, Amy. She drives a Mercedes-Benz GL 320.
5 Aisha Tyler – Tesla Model S
Aisha Tyler is an actress and comedian known for her roles in Ghost Whisperer, Criminal Minds, and for her voiceover work as Lana Kane in the Archer animated series. She’s also had recurring roles in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Talk Soup, and Friends, where she played Charlie Wheeler. As Wheeler, she was a paleontology professor who struck up a relationship with Joey but ended up with Ross because they had more in common. She appeared in nine episodes overall, in Seasons 9 and 10. She drives a Tesla Model S.
4 Elle Macpherson – Aston Martin DB5
Elle Macpherson is an Australian model and actress, first known for her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in the 1980s, giving her the nickname “The Body” in 1989. She is the founder of her own lingerie and skin care products line. On Friends, she had a recurring role in Season 6, playing Joey’s roommate, Janine Lacroix, for five episodes. At first, reports said she “regretted” her appearance, but she’s since cleared the air, saying she never said that. Her cars include a James Bond-worthy Aston Martin DB5, a Fiat 500, a Jaguar XJ, and both a Mercedes G-Class and an E-Class.
3 Kathleen Turner – Mercedes-Benz E 300
Kathleen Turner is an actress with two Golden Globes, an Academy Award nomination, and a Tony Award nomination under her belt. She rose to fame in the 1980s, for roles in films like Body Heat (1981), Romancing the Stone (1984), and The War of the Roses (1989). On Friends, she played Chandler’s transgender father for three episodes, though she’s revealed in an interview with Vulture that she “didn’t feel very welcome” by the cast, because they were so “cliquey.” In real life, she drives a Mercedes-Benz E 300.
2 Giovanni Ribisi – Audi A7
Giovanni Ribisi is an actor best known for his roles in Avatar, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Ted, and most recently, Sneaky Pete. He’s had recurring roles on My Name Is Earl, and on Friends, he played Frank Jr., the brother of Phoebe. He first appeared as an unnamed character in “The One With The Baby On The Bus,” before showing up as Frank Jr. He appeared in Seasons 2 through 5, and then again in Season 10. He drives an Audi A7.
1 Jane Lynch – Mercedes-Benz S 550
Jane Lynch is best known for her role as Sue Sylvester in the musical TV show, Glee, and she’s also had cameo appearances in shows like Nickelodeon’s iCarly, Weeds, Two and a Half Men (in which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy), and her roles in comedy films like Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and Role Models. On Friends, she first auditioned for the role of Pheobe, though she eventually guest-starred as a real estate agent selling a property next to Chandler and Monica’s. She drives a Mercedes-Benz S 550 and a Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class.
Sources: uk.businessinsider.com, ew.com, backstage.com