The identity of the actor who played Ugly Naked Guy on the popular series Friends has been revealed.
A writer for the Huffington Post investigated the issue for a year before coming up with an answer.
Todd Van Luling first began researching online, and came across the claim that Michael Hagerty had been the actor. Hagerty played Superintendent Mr. Treeger.
“I never played the Ugly Naked Guy,” Hagerty told the Huffington Post. “IMDB, the information is close, but a lot of times its very, very, very wrong. And that said, I’d rather be known as Mr. Treeger than the Ugly Naked Guy anyways.”
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A number of failed attempts followed to find out the answer from producers and others related to the show.
“I can’t find anything on Ugly Naked Guy. He must have been an extra,” wrote Leslie Litt, a producer, in a Facebook message.
Then when he had almost given up, Van Luling got back in touch with Central Casting, the agency who provided extras for Friends, who revealed they had discovered who played the role. The actor’s name is Jon Haugen.
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“There’s only one Ugly Naked Guy, man, and that was me,” Haugen told the Post.
Van Luling acknowledges that some doubt remains. The episodes were filmed so long ago that none of the producers he spoke to can be absolutely sure Haugen played Ugly Naked Guy on both of his two appearances.
The first of those came in series three, when the Friends characters were poking Ugly Naked Guy with chopsticks while he played dead.
“It wasn’t painful. The hard part was holding my breath,” Haugen recalled. “It was, like, almost two o’clock in the morning when we were filming that part and I was real tired because we had rehearsed all day. It was the last scene and I had to make sure I was perfect to get everybody out of there to go home.”
Then, in series 5, Ugly Naked Guy reappeared naked in a scene with Ross.
“I was in boxer shorts,” said Haugen. “At first I was feeling a little shy because I had about 500 people watching me in the audience besides the crew and everything.”
Friends, which was on air for a decade, continues to be popular. Comedy Central is currently broadcasting re-runs, according to Daily Express.