Ross Geller is a fictional character from the NBC sitcom
Friends, portrayed by
who is a Jewish actor from New
Ross Geller is noted for his geeky, lovable demeanor.
Played by David Schwimmer on "Friends" TV Show
Ross Geller is a paleontologist
and has a Ph.D. from Columbia, frequently referring to himself as
Ross Geller ", though Ross Geller states Ross Geller gave up a career in
Ross Geller is noted for being geeky, charming, love
lost, witty, and somewhat artistic, showing an interest in the
Metropolitan Museum of Art when Ross Geller coaches Joey Tribbiani on the
works of Monet when Joey tries to impress his current girlfriend
Ross Geller has had a crush on Rachel Green since high
school, although Ross Geller founded the "I Hate Rachel Green" club with his
friend, Will Culvert, who hated Rachel as she used to pick on him,
due to his inability to express himself, causing him to make poor
choices about how to handle his feelings.
Ross Geller seems to keep
the group together.
Born and raised on Long Island, New York,
Ross Geller is the older
brother of Monica , and is frequently shown to be their parents'
favorite. The two siblings are extremely competitive as they tell
the others that, as children, they used to take part in a football
match for the Cup every Thanksgiving. This ended in its sixth
year, after Monica "accidentally" broke Ross's nose. They also tell
Rachel about how they used to wrestle as children and had various
complications in their relationship, such as
Ross Geller having a
recurring nightmare that the then-overweight Monica would eat him.
Ross Geller and Monica are half-Jewish,
but see themselves as at least cultural Jews, with
taking a more active role in wanting to teach his son about the
Ross Geller often came into conflict with his close friend, Phoebe
Buffay. His rationality and Phoebe's eccentricity led to conflict
over the theories of evolution, gravity, and whether or not Phoebe's
dead mother was reincarnated as a cat. It was also revealed that
Ross Geller during her homeless years (stealing a copy
of the comic book Science Boy that
Ross Geller had created) when
they were teenagers, although Phoebe was slightly cheered about the
discovery as she had always felt like an outsider to the group as
she lacked the longer-term connections of the others. The two were
also roommates for a few weeks when a fire forced Phoebe to move
into Chandler and Monica's apartment as Phoebe wanted to give the
newly-engaged couple some privacy. Also on a 'flash back' episode,
they were alone and at the bar, and they ended up kissing, but
things bumped into them, like light, and pool balls.
Ross's best friend since college is Chandler Bing. Ross Geller is shown to
have had some old memories such as a band with Chandler called
Way/No Way and blamed him when Ross Geller was caught smoking marijuana in
Ross Geller is also close friends with Joey Tribbiani and
helps him with movie and stage auditions. Ross Geller kisses Joey once in
order to help him practice a role as a gay man only to find out that
Ross Geller had already done the audition and that Ross Geller had not gotten the
role. They also briefly try to cut Chandler out of their friendship
group after Ross Geller ignores them. Towards the end of the series, however,
Ross Geller and Joey are seen to become closer friends, often seen
hanging out together after Chandler gets married. At one point, Ross
Geller tells Rachel Green that Joey is his best friend, to which
Rachel replies, "I thought Chandler was your best friend?" Ross
Geller begins explaining, "Well, Chandler's my oldest friend", but
refuses to discuss it further.
Ross Geller is said to be a former practitioner of karate and
pronounces it "ka-raa-tay", for which the others make fun of him.
claims that Unagi is a state of total awareness, despite his friends
repeatedly telling him (correctly) that unagi is Japanese freshwater
eel. Ross Geller ridicules Rachel and Phoebe's self-defense class and
surprises them to demonstrate that they lack Unagi. Rachel and
Phoebe later surprise
Ross Geller and overpower him, however (then
Rachel mockingly implies that her practice is "Salmon Skinroll" as
opposed to Unagi). In a flashback episode,
Ross Geller is practicing
karate, claiming that it was his means of releasing his frustration
at not having sex with his wife.
Ross Geller is however shown to be
an at least adequate fighter after fighting with a mugger
(off-screen) as Ross Geller stole
Ross Geller, Chandler and two bullies'
personal belongings. Ross Geller also attempts to punch Joey after being
given a "free shot" but Joey ducks and
Ross Geller hits a lamp post.
In seasons one-four,
Ross Geller lives in the same apartment. In
Season 5, Ross Geller moves into a new apartment that Ross Geller and Emily are
subletting from her cousin. However, when they separate, Emily's
Ross Geller so Ross Geller moves in with Chandler and Joey
before settling into Ugly Naked Guy's apartment, across from
Ross Geller got this apartment by meeting him naked,
which is seen by all the other friends.
Ross's three divorces were a continuous joke throughout the show.
says that Ross Geller loves "being so committed to someone like that", and is
shown to have real unbounded enthusiasm for proposing.
Ross Geller divorces his first wife of three years, Carol, when she
reveals that she is a lesbian and is having an affair with Susan
Bunch, whom she met at the gym. After the initial post-relationship
complications had been overcome, however, they were generally able
to get along, and shared custody of their son, Ben.
Ross Geller even
achieved a certain reconciliation with Susan after Phoebe made them
realise that they would all be parents to Carol and Ross's son. Ross
Geller later helped Carol and Susan reconcile when they had an
argument about Carol's parents' disapproval of their marriage.
In an alternative reality storyline shown in flashbacks during the
Ross Geller is still married to Carol but their sex life is
stagnant. Not realizing that she is a lesbian,
Ross Geller suggests
to Carol that they have a threesome, which ends up involving Susan
which ended as a twosome. Later on,
Ross Geller is forced to accept
that his wife is a lesbian and ends up consoling Rachel after she
discovered that her husband, Barry, is having an affair as well with
the neighborhood dog walker.
While in China,
Ross Geller meets Julie (played by Lauren Tom). When
Rachel finds out about Ross's love for her, she goes to tell him she
loves him too, but it was too late;
Ross Geller is now dating Julie.
At first, Rachel tries to interfere with their relationship but when
Rachel sees how much
Ross Geller and Julie love each other, she
tries to accept it. When drunk later, she leaves a message on Ross's
answering machine saying, "I'm over you." At first Ross
Geller asks, "When
were you under me?" Upset, Rachel tells him the truth about her
feelings for him. After much contemplating, and making a list of
Pros and Cons,
Ross Geller realizes that Ross Geller wants to be with Rachel.
Ross Geller has a brief fling with Janice in season 5. Phoebe said
they would have very hairy children. Janice ended up dumping Ross
Geller because Ross Geller was too annoying. Ross Geller was afraid to tell Chandler
about it and when Ross Geller told him, Chandler laughed.
For a few episodes Ross Geller has a relationship with Mona, who wants the
relationship to go forward. But Ross Geller has issues and for example
changes the locks to his apartment after giving Mona a set of keys
and not telling her that Rachel moved in with him.
During Season Four,
Ross Geller falls in love with and marries his
English girlfriend Emily Waltham (played by Helen Baxendale) in
London. At the ceremony, however,
Ross Geller says Rachel's name
during the vows. This leads to a breakdown of the relationship. Ross
Geller attempts to reconcile with Emily, but she insists that Ross
Geller cut off all contact with Rachel; when
Ross Geller is unable
to comply, they get divorced. She later becomes engaged but calls
Ross Geller to say that she is having doubts about getting married.
Rachel accidentally deletes the message and convinces
not to call her back.
Ross Geller trained for a career in paleontology, completed his
Ph.D. and later works at the New York Museum of Prehistoric History.
In season six "The One on the Last Night",
Ross Geller claims to
have "given up a career in basketball" to become a palaeontologist.
At another point, however, Ross Geller says that Ross Geller picked palaeontology on a
dare. Ross Geller thinks that Ross Geller would have been good at advertising and in
"The One with the Mugging",
Ross Geller claims that Ross Geller invented the
phrase "Got Milk?". Ross Geller also claims to have had the original idea for
Jurassic Park. In high school, Ross Geller got a 1250 on his SATs, although
it's evident that Ross Geller lies about his scores when Ross Geller states "I got
1450 on the SATs" and Monica corrects him, to which Ross Geller replies,
"Damn, I forgot you were here." In the series finale, Monica
Ross Geller tried to make it as a dancer one summer.
Ross Geller has always been obsessed with dinosaurs since Ross
Geller was a
little kid, in season nine "The One with the Male Nanny", Ross
Geller tells a story about a time when Ross Geller was playing and learning
with dinosaurs toys in his room and how his father harshly didn't
approve and told him to go outside and play like a real boy. Ross
breaks down in tears as a result of this.
In season six,
Ross Geller begins to work as a professor at New York
University and causes a stir among his colleagues by dating one of
his students, Elizabeth. Eventually, Ross Geller is given tenure, despite the
fact that his papers (including a publication on sediment flow
rates) are supposedly widely discredited, forgetting a class once,
boring his students to sleep and occasionally giving grades without
even looking at students' work.
Ross Geller has two children. The elder, Ben, is
Ross Geller and
Carol's son, conceived while the couple were married, and born at
the end of season 1. Ben lives with Carol and Susan and his name
came from a name tag on an overall seen in that episode. Ben is shy
at first, but Rachel transforms him into a mischievous prankster.
was played by Cole Sprouse.
Ross's younger child (born later in the series) is Emma. She is
conceived during a one night stand and lives with
Ross Geller and
Rachel until Rachel moves back in with Joey. She remains there until
Ross Geller and Rachel get back together in the series finale. Emma
got her name because it was what Monica wanted her daughter to be
named but she lets Rachel use it.
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