John Aniston

Actor
Though not as big a mainstream name as his famous daughter, "Friends" star Jennifer Aniston, actor John Aniston has been a household name among soap opera fans for over 20 years, thanks to his portrayal of tough but ... Read more »
Born: 07/24/1933 in Greece

Filmography

Actor (16)

Days of Our Lives 1965 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Return to Zero 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The Promise of Tomorrow 1940-1960 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Mad Men 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cold Case 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

My Big Fat Greek Life 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The West Wing 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Diagnosis Murder 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Star Trek: Voyager 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fired Up 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 22nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Presenter

Days of Our Lives: Night Sins 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Search For Tomorrow 1951 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Love of Life 1951 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Now You See It, Now You Don't 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

Sands of Oblivion (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Though not as big a mainstream name as his famous daughter, "Friends" star Jennifer Aniston, actor John Aniston has been a household name among soap opera fans for over 20 years, thanks to his portrayal of tough but tender mogul Victor Kiriakis on "Days of our Lives" (NBC, 1965- ).

Aniston was born Ioannis Anastasakis on July 24, 1933 on the Greek island of Crete. When he was two years old, his parents migrated to the United States, bringing with them Aniston and his two sisters. Aniston's father anglicized the family name (Anastasakis) to the Americanized version of "Aniston" and opened a family restaurant in Chester, PA. After graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a BA in Theater Arts, young Aniston served in the U.S. Navy as an intelligence officer. He later rose to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the reserve.

After contemplating a career in medicine, Aniston turned to acting, eventually appearing in 40-plus theatrical productions. The performer made his stage debut in the Broadway musical "Little Mary Sunshine" and the Hollywood production of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman." Later on, Aniston was in line to play the role of Ted Baxter on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" until producers cast Ted Knight in the part. Aniston worked regularly on TV shows such as "I Spy," "The Virginian," "Mission: Impossible," and "Kojak." It was on the latter 1970s crime drama that he guested alongside best friend Telly Savalas, who was also daughter Jennifer's godfather.

In the mid-70s, the actor found success in the daytime drama genre. He played Eddie Aleata on CBS's "Love of Life" (1951-1980) for a three-year run, starting in 1975. He next joined the cast of "Search for Tomorrow" (CBS, 1951-1986) as Martin Tourneur, love interest to Mary Stuart's Jo Gardner-Barron-Tate-Reynolds-Vincente- Tourneur. Aniston acted on "Search" until 1984, but after leaving the show, wasn't out of work for long.

In 1985, Aniston joined "Days" as the suave Victor Kiriakis, appearing on and off since that time, stirring up trouble for the inhabitants of the fictional town of Salem. His character proved so durably popular that he came and went numerous times. When his now-famous daughter Jennifer appeared on "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" after he father had been written off "Days" in 1997, O'Donnell encouraged the soap to bring Aniston back. Since no one could say no to Rosie at that time, Aniston soon returned to "Days" after a two-year absence. Of course like all good soap characters, he was killed off in a murder mystery storyline that did away with several cast members in 2004. Fortunately for Aniston, several months later, it was revealed that all deceased characters were actually - surprise! - alive.

Apart from his work on the iconic soap, Aniston made episodic appearances on such programs as "The West Wing" (as Alexander Thompson) and "Gilmore Girls," both in 2002; the short-lived Nia Vardalos sitcom, "My Big Fat Greek Life" in 2003; and "American Dreams" in 2004.

Although portraying a fictional character on "Days," Aniston's personal life read almost like a real-life soap opera itself. After almost 15 years of marriage to Nancy Dow, the couple acrimoniously divorced in 1980. Jennifer would go on to admit later that her parents' ugly split impacted her adult relationships with men. The now former father-in-law to Brad Pitt and his current wife, Sherry Rooney, had a son, Alexander.

Relationships

Stella Anastasakis

Mother

Jennifer Aniston Actor

Daughter
Starred as Rachel on NBC's "Friends"

Alexander Aniston

Son

Nancy Dow

Wife
married in 1965 divorced in 1980

Sherry Rooney Actor

Wife
married June 14, 1984

EDUCATION

Pennsylvania State University

University Park , Pennsylvania
member of the Alpha Chi Rho fraternity

Milestones

2003

"Days of our Lives" (NBC) character Victor Kiriakis was killed off, but returned from the dead that same year

1999

Returned to "Days of our Lives" (NBC) after a two-year absence

1985

Joined the cast of "Days of our Lives" (NBC) as mogul Victor Kiriakis

1978

Joined the cast of "Search for Tomorrow" as Martin Tourneur

1975

Joined the cast of "Love of Life" as Eddie Aleata

Served as an intelligence officer on active duty in Panama

Bonus Trivia

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speaks fluent Greek and Spanish

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Was best friends with the late Telly Savalas, who was daughter Jennifer's godfather

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