John Aniston

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John Aniston
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John Aniston, February 22, 2012, at Jennifer Aniston's ceremony to receive star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Born Yannis Anastasakis
(1933-07-24) July 24, 1933 (age 80)
Chania, Greece
Other names John Anthony Aniston
Alma mater Pennsylvania State University
Occupation Actor
Years active 1962–present
Spouse(s) Nancy Dow
(m. 1965 - d. 1980) 1 child
Sherry Rooney
(m. 1984 - present) 1 child

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.

Early life[edit]

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.

Personal life[edit]

John has a daughter, actress Jennifer Aniston (born February 11, 1969), with his first wife, Nancy Dow, and also has a son, Alexander, with his second wife, Sherry Rooney Aniston.

Career[edit]

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 role 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), Journeyman, and Mad Men.

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
1951 Love of Life Eddie Aleata Roy Winsor TV Series
1962 87th Precinct Officer #1 Evan Hunter TV Series (1 Episode : "New Man in the Precinct")
1963 Love with the Proper Stranger Birdman of Macy's Robert Mulligan
1964 Combat! Greek #2 TV Series (1 Episode : "Vendetta")
1967 I Spy Economides TV Series (1 Episode : "The Beautiful Children")
Accidental Family TV Series (1 Episode : "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Playground")
1968 The Shakiest Gun in the West Indian Alan Rafkin
The Virginian Frank West TV Series (1 Episode : "Ride to Misadventure")
Now You See It, Now You Don't Achmed Don Weis TV Movie
1969 Mission: Impossible First IMF Captain Bruce Geller TV Series (1 Episode : "Time Bomb")
1970 That Girl Phil Harvey Sam Denoff
Bill Persky
TV Series (1 Episode : "Stop the Presses I Want to Get Off")
1974 Kojak Webster / Dancik Abby Mann TV Series (2 Episodes)
1984 Search for Tomorrow Martin Tourneur Agnes Nixon
Roy Winsor
TV Series (Episode #1.8556)
1985 Airwolf Colonel Arturo Alzar Donald P. Bellisario TV Series (1 Episode : "Short Walk to Freedom")
1986-present Days of Our Lives Victor Kiriakis Ted Corday
Betty Corday
TV Series (1896 Episodes)
1993 Night Sins Victor Kiriakis Stephen Wyman TV Movie
1997 Diagnosis Murder Carlton Everest Joyce Burditt TV Series (1 Episode : "Must Kill TV")
Fired Up Gordon Paul Slansky
Arleen Sorkin
TV Series (1 Episode : "Honey, I Shrunk the Turkey")
1999 L.A. Heat Alex Zota Joseph Merhi
Richard Pepin
TV Series (1 Episode : "Faces of Fear")
2001 Star Trek: Voyager Quarren Ambassador Rick Berman
Michael Piller
Jeri Taylor
TV Series (2 Episodes)
2002 The West Wing Alexander Thompson Aaron Sorkin TV Series (2 Episodes)
Gilmore Girls Douglas Swope Amy Sherman-Palladino TV Series (1 Episode : "A Deep Fried Korean Thanksgiving")
2003 My Big Fat Greek Life Constantine Christakos TV Series (1 Episode : "Greek Easter")
2004 American Dreams John Victor Jonathan Prince TV Series (1 Episode : "Old Enough to Fight")
2007 Order Up Wise Man Neil A. Stelzner Short
Sands of Oblivion Nigel Barrington David Flores TV Movie
Journeyman Merrit Ambaucher Kevin Falls TV Series (1 Episode : "Home by Another Way")
2008 The Awakening of Spring Mr. Gable Arthur Allan Seidelman
Worst Week Jim TV Series (1 Episode : "The Wedding")
Fixing Rhonda Detective Macomas James Biberi
Nellie Sciutto
2009 The Gold & the Beautiful Gerard Benedict Jack Serino
Cold Case Herbert 'Wolf' James '09 Meredith Stiehm TV Series (1 Episode : "WASP")
2010 Mad Men Wallace Harriman Matthew Weiner TV Series (1 Episode : "Waldorf Stories")
2011 The Paul Reiser Show Harold Melon Paul Reiser TV Series (1 Episode : "The Old Guy")
2014 Return to Zero Ned Sean Hanish

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