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Aniston in February 2012
|Born||Yannis Anastasakis (Γιάννης Αναστασάκης)
July 24, 1933
Chania, Crete, Greece
John Anthony Aniston (born Yannis Anastasakis, July 24, 1933) is a Greek American actor and the father of actress Jennifer Aniston. He is best known for his role as Victor Kiriakis on the NBC daytime drama Days of our Lives, which he originated in July 1985 and has played continually since then.
Aniston was born Yannis Anastasakis (Greek: Γιάννης Αναστασάκης) in Chania on the island of Crete, Greece, the son of Stella Joanne (October 1, 1899 — November 7, 1992) and Antonios Anastassakis (January 17, 1889 — May, 1965). His father anglicized his name when he emigrated to the United States when Aniston was two, and his parents opened a restaurant in Chester, Pennsylvania.
He graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor's degree in Theater Arts, served in the United States Navy as an intelligence officer on active duty in Panama and later in the reserve, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
He has appeared in soap operas almost continually since 1969, when he first joined Days of our Lives as a character named Eric Richards, which he played until 1970. In 1975, he joined the cast of Love of Life as Eddie Aleata. In 1978, he left Love and played Mary Stuart's new love interest, Martin Tourneur, on Search for Tomorrow. He played that role until 1984. He returned to the cast of Days of our Lives a second time this time as Victor Kiriakis in 1985 and continues to play the role.
He also played a small part on the television series Gilmore Girls. Aniston made guest appearances on Airwolf (Season 2), Combat, My Big Fat Greek Life, Star Trek: Voyager, Mission: Impossible, American Dreams (with Days co-star Frances Reid), and Mad Men.