Stamos in February 2012
|Born||John Phillip Stamos
August 19, 1963
Cypress, California, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, California (primary)
New York City, New York (secondary)
|Occupation||Actor, musician, singer, songwriter|
|Net worth||$40 million |
|Spouse(s)||Rebecca Romijn (1998–2005; divorced)|
|Genres||Rock, pop, surf rock, psychedelic rock|
|Occupations||Actor, musician, singer, songwriter|
|Instruments||Vocals, drums, keyboards, guitar, bass|
|Labels||Capitol, Brother, Reprise, Caribou, CBS|
|Associated acts||The Beach Boys|
John Phillip Stamos (// STAY-mohs; born August 19, 1963) is an American actor, singer and musician best known for his work in television, especially in his starring role as Jesse Katsopolis on the ABC sitcom Full House. Since the ending of that show in 1995, Stamos has appeared in numerous television films and series. From 2006 to 2009, Stamos had a starring role on the NBC medical drama ER as Dr. Tony Gates. In September 2009, he began playing the role of Albert in the Broadway revival of Bye Bye Birdie. In September 2010 Stamos began a multi-episode arc as Dr. Carl Howell on the second season of the Fox series Glee.
Stamos was born in Cypress, California. He attended John F. Kennedy High School and Wentworth Institute of Technology. He is the oldest child and only son of Loretta (née Phillips), a former swimsuit model who was raised in England, and Bill Stamos, a restaurateur of Greek descent. Stamos has two younger sisters, Jannen and Alaina, who are both teachers. His family's last name was originally Stamatopoulos (Greek: Σταματόπουλος) but his paternal grandparents shortened the name to Stamos after they moved to the United States from Greece. ('-poulos' is a common Greek suffix in surnames, meaning "son of"; 'Stamato-' is the root).
Stamos worked at his family's fast food restaurant. He worked there in his teens, with his mother and father.
Stamos began his acting career with the role of Blackie Parrish on the soap opera General Hospital, for which he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in 1984. His stint on the show got him noticed by daytime viewers. Stamos decided to move on in 1984, when he auditioned for and got the lead role in a short-lived CBS sitcom called Dreams, in which he played an aspiring musician in a band of the same name.
In the late 1980s, ABC's Full House gradually became a hit, and the show solidified Stamos's career. In the first season, his character's full name was credited as Jesse Cochran. During the second season he then changed his character's last name to Katsopolis to highlight his Greek heritage, according to Jeff Franklin. He played one of the show's protagonists, Jesse, who lived with his brother in-law Danny (Bob Saget), whose deceased wife was Jesse's older sister. Danny's best friend Joey (Dave Coulier) also lived in the house with them. He helped raise his young nieces DJ, Stephanie, and Michelle. He was known to be the "bad boy" at first, until he fell in love with and married Rebecca Donaldson-Katsopolis and had twin boys Nicholas and Alexander, better known as Nicky and Alex. In 1995, after eight seasons, the series came to an end. He has since maintained close relationships with co-stars Bob Saget, Dave Coulier, Lori Loughlin, Jodie Sweetin, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, and Candace Cameron Bure. As of 2013, the show airs in syndication on ABC Family and TeenNick.
Since the show's end, Stamos has appeared in numerous made-for-television films, stage productions, television series and commercials. He had starring roles in the television series Thieves (2001), and Jake in Progress (2005). Both shows ran for several episodes before cancellation. In 2003, Stamos guest-starred in Friends, appearing in the episode The One with the Donor, playing a man who went to Chandler and Monica's apartment for dinner, not knowing he was actually being interviewed to be a sperm donor.
In the controversial A&E television movie Wedding Wars (2006), he starred as Shel, a gay wedding planner. He stated that his performance reflected his support for same-sex marriages. He has made several voice acting appearances such as in the MTV animated series Clone High in the episode, "Changes: The Big Prom: The Sex Romp: The Season Finale", where he played himself, and as the What's Global Warming Penguin in Bob Saget's parody film Farce of the Penguins.
In 2006, Stamos guest starred in two episodes in season 12 of ER as paramedic-turned-intern Tony Gates. In 2006, at the start of ER's thirteenth season, he joined the cast of ER as a series regular. Executive producer John Wells reported how he wanted him earlier the season before but Stamos was contracted with Jake in Progress. Shortly after that show was canceled, Stamos was brought aboard as a series regular.
In 2011, Stamos guest-starred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. and was featured in a CollegeHumor video with Bob Saget. Stamos also guest-starred as himself on Two and a Half Men as Charlie's old friend, who was interested in buying the house until he found out that the place was Charlie's.
In February 2012, it was reported that Stamos would take on one of the lead roles on the new Fox drama Little Brother. The series was created by Everybody Loves Raymond writer Mike Royce, and centers around a man who finds out that he has a long-lost half brother.
In March 2013, Stamos signed on in a recurring role on the USA Network drama, Necessary Roughness, during its third season. He will be playing Connor McClane, the head of a sports and entertainment management company that is interested in hiring Dani.
Music and theatre
Stamos started learning drums when he was four, and started his own band called Destiny. They had paying concerts at some amusement parks and parties.
Stamos performed on an independently released 1994 album entitled Shades of Blue along with Lanny Cordola, Gary Griffin, Sandra Stephens, Tony Guerrero, and David Enos. Shades of Blue was re-released digitally through iTunes and other channels in 2010 after being long out-of-print.
Stamos performed the Billy Joel song "Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)" on the 2006 charity album Unexpected Dreams – Songs From the Stars. He also performed the role of Emcee in the Broadway production of Cabaret.
On March 30, 2009, he announced that he would participate in the Broadway revival of Bye Bye Birdie. Stamos won the 2009–10 Golden Icon Award for best actor in a musical for his performance in that production.
The Beach Boys
Stamos, who plays the drums, keyboards, guitar, bass and various percussion instruments, has occasionally performed with Mike Love's incarnation of The Beach Boys, dating back to the 1980s. In 1988, he appeared in their video for "Kokomo," in which he played both the conga drums and the steel drums. In 1990, he played drums for them on the title track of the comedy Problem Child.
In 1992, he sang lead vocals on a new version of "Forever" for their album Summer in Paradise. The song was originally written and sung by Beach Boy Dennis Wilson and released in 1970. The song was also featured twice on Full House. The first was a recording sung at his character's wedding, while the second was a recording sung for his character's twin sons. The 1992 music video, titled "Forever by Jesse and the Rippers", featured Stamos predominantly. Three of The Beach Boys members are however briefly shown singing harmonies with Stamos: Carl Wilson, Bruce Johnston, and Mike Love.
Since the 1990s, Stamos has regularly performed with The Beach Boys during their summer tours, playing drums and guitar, and singing some of their hit songs such as "Forever.".
On the March 30, 2010 episode of ABC's Dancing with the Stars, Stamos appeared with them again, playing drums, congas, and guitar.
On May 26, 2013, Stamos performed with The Beach Boys during a postgame concert at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio.
In 1994, he met Rebecca Romijn at a Victoria's Secret fashion show, where she was modeling. Two months later, the pair began dating. On September 19, 1998, the couple married. They separated in April 2004, and divorced on March 1, 2005.
|1986||Never Too Young to Die||Lance Stargrove|
|1991||Born to Ride||Cpl. Grady Westfall|
|2001||My Best Friend's Wife||Steve Richards|
|2002||Femme Fatale||Cheesy Agent (uncredited)|
|2003||Party Monster||Talk Show Host|
|2004||I Am Stamos||Himself||Short film|
|2006||Farce of the Penguins||What's global warming Penguin (voice)|
|2010||Father of Invention||Steven Leslie|
|2013||My Man Is A Loser||Mike||Post-production|
|1983–84||General Hospital||Blackie||Daytime drama|
|1984||Dreams||Gino Minnelli||12 episodes|
|1985||Alice in Wonderland||Messenger|
|1986–87||You Again?||Matt Willows||Main Role|
|1987–95||Full House||Jesse Katsopolis||Lead Role|
|1989||The New Mickey Mouse Club||Jesse||Episode: "Guest Day"|
|1990||Daughter of the Streets||Joey|
|1992||Hangin' with Mr. Cooper||Jesse Katsopolis (uncredited)||Episode: "Hangin' with Michelle"|
|1993||The Disappearance of Christina||Joe Seldon||TV movie|
|1993||Tales from the Crypt||Johnny Canaparo||Episode: "Till Death Do We Part"|
|1994||Fatal Vows: The Alexandra O'Hara Story||Nick Pagan|
|1995||The Larry Sanders Show||John Stamos||Episode: "0.409"|
|1997||The Larry Sanders Show||John Stamos||Episode: "The Prank"|
|1997||Tracey Takes On...||Rob Trasca||Episode: "Movies"|
|1997||A Match Made in Heaven||Tom Rosner|
|1998||The Marriage Fool||Robert Walsh|
|1999||Sealed with a Kiss||Bennett Blake|
|2000||The Beach Boys: An American Family||Drummer (uncredited)|
|2000||How to Marry a Billionaire: A Christmas Tale||Tom Nathan|
|2003||Friends||Zack||Episode: "The One with the Donor"|
|2003||The Reagans||John Sears|
|2005–06||Jake in Progress||Jake Phillips||Lead Role|
|2005–09||ER||Dr. Tony Gates||Main Role|
|2006||Wedding Wars||Shel Grandy|
|2008||A Raisin in the Sun||Carl Lindner|
|2008||The Two Mr. Kissels||Andrew Kissel|
|2010–11||Glee||Dr. Carl Howell||4 episodes|
|2011||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Ken Turner||Episode: "Bang"|
|2011||Two and a Half Men||Prospective House Buyer||Episode: "Nice to Meet You, Walden Schmidt"|
|2012||Secrets of Eden||Pastor Drew|
|2013||The New Normal||Brice||5 episodes|
|2013||Necessary Roughness||Connor McClane||Recurring in season 3|
Awards and nominations
- 1982: Soapy Awards for Most Exciting New Actor (General Hospital)
- 1984: Young Artist Awards for Best Young Actor in a Daytime Series (General Hospital)
- 2007: TV Land Awards for Favorite Elvis Impersonation– (Full House)
- 1983: Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (General Hospital)
- 1983: Young Artist Awards for Best Young Actor in a Daytime Series (General Hospital)
- 1985: Young Artist Awards for Best Young Actor in a Television Comedy Series (Dreams)
- 2000: Emmy Awards for Outstanding Miniseries (The Beach Boys: An American Family)
- 2004: TV Land Awards for Quintessential Non-Traditional Family (Full House)
- 2010: PRISM Awards for Best Performance in a Drama Episode (ER)
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