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CHARACTER
Ben Geller
Ben-geller
First appearance The One With The Birth
Last appearance The One Where Joey Dates Rachel
Number of episodes 16
Portrayed by Michael Gaunderson (season 2)
Charles Thomas Allen and John Christoper Allen (season 3-5)
Cole Sprouse (season 6-8)
Information
Name Ben
Gender Male
Date of birth May 11, 1995
Occupation Student
Relatives Biological:
Ross Geller (father)
Carol Willick (mother)
Emma Geller-Green (paternal half-sister)
Monica Geller (paternal aunt)
Jack Geller (paternal grandfather)
Judy Geller (paternal grandmother)
George Willick (maternal grandfather)
Adelaide Willick (maternal grandmother)
Adoptive:
Jack Geller-Bing (paternal cousin)
Erica Geller-Bing (paternal cousin)

Marital:
Chandler Bing (paternal uncle/godfather)
Susan Bunch (stepmother)
Rachel Green (stepmother)
Emily Waltham (ex-step-mother)
Mr. Bunch (step-grandfather)
Mrs. Bunch (step-grandmother)
Leonard Green (step-grandfather)
Sandra Green (step-grandmother)
Amy Green (step-aunt)
Jill Green (step-aunt)

Ben Geller-Willick is Ross and Carol's son, born during "The One With The Birth", but lives with his mother and her wife, Susan Bunch. Ben is played as an infant by Michael Gunderson, by brothers Charles Thomas Allen and John Christoper Allen from Season 3 to 5, and by Cole Sprouse from Season 6 to 8.

BackgroundEdit

Ben is Ross's only son, from his first marriage. He is raised by his mother Carol and her lesbian life partner, Susan, so Ross only gets to 'babysit' Ben on occasion. Ben is rarely seen with the other Friends, who were present at (or very near) his birth. This causes him to sometimes mix up their names, like calling Rachel Phoebe. The gang all adore Ben, but prove pretty unreliable babysitters, not just clumsy Joey and Chandler (who once lose Ben on a bus while doing his babe-magnet value) but even devoted and domestic Aunt Monica, and Rachel, who teaches Ben pranks that end up being pulled on his parents. Being spoiled by three rivalling parents (Ross and his two mothers, Susan and Carol) and bright by nature, cute Ben grows up as an amusing rascal. Although he seems to get on with the other friends as well as his father Ross and Aunt Monica, he was once both bemused and frightened by Phoebe when he witnessed her losing her cool over an arcade game in Monica's flat, but apart from that one incident, there is no evidence of him ever becoming upset with any of the Friends.

TriviaEdit

  • His first episode is in The One With The Birth and his last in The One Where Joey Dates Rachel.
  • It was never shown how they decided on his last name.
  • While his parents initially could not agree on a name, they eventually came to "Ben" when Phoebe (who is wearing a janitor's uniform with the name tag "Ben") lectures Ross and Susan on how lucky the baby is for having such loving parents. 
  • When he was a baby, the Allen twins started talking, which caused problems as he had to be quiet in the scene.
  • In The One Where Old Yeller Dies, Ben says his first word which is "Hi".
  • Ben's age is meant to be six in The One Where Joey Dates Rachel, but it was said he was seven.
  • Ben is said to have been John Travolta's favorite character.
  • Ben's godfather is Chandler Bing, as said in The One Where Rachel Smokes.
  • Throughout the show, he never meets his half-sister which dismays fans very much. However, it is possible the two met off-screen.
  • When he was little Monica banged his head on a beam in her apartment. When Rachel is babysitting him.

GalleryEdit

Recurring Characters
Whole show Jack Geller | Judy Geller | Gunther | Janice | Ursula Buffay | Carol Willick | Susan Bunch
Season 1 Barry Farber | Mindy | Mr. Heckles | Paolo | Fun Bobby | David | Nora Tyler Bing
Season 2 Julie | Mr. Treeger | Estelle Leonard | Dr. Richard Burke | Sandra Green | Eddie Menuek | Frank Buffay Jr.
Season 3 Mark Robinson | Sophie | Chloe | Pete Becker | Kate Miller | Doug | Bonnie | Phoebe Abbott
Season 4 Kathy | Joshua Bergin | Emily Waltham | Alice Knight | Frank Buffay Jr. | Joanna
Season 5 Danny | Gary | Mr. Zelner | Kim
Season 6 Janine Lecroix | Jill Green | Paul Stevens | Elizabeth Stevens
Season 7 Tag Jones | Charles Bing
Season 8 Eric | Parker | Mona | Emma | Will Colbert | Parker
Season 9 Mike Hannigan | Amy Green | Gavin Mitchell | Sandy | Charlie Wheeler
Season 10 Erica

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