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Stamos at the 2013 PaleyFest
|Born||John Phillip Stamos
August 19, 1963
Cypress, California, U.S.
(m. 1998; div. 2005)
John Phillip Stamos (// STAY-mohs; born August 19, 1963) is an American actor and musician. He is known for his work in television, especially in his starring role as Jesse Katsopolis on the ABC sitcom Full House. Since the show's finale in 1995, Stamos has appeared in numerous TV films and series. Since 2005, he has been the national spokesperson for Project Cuddle.
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. Since September 2015, Stamos has starred as the lead character in the Fox sitcom Grandfathered.
Stamos was born in Cypress, California. He attended John F. Kennedy High School. He is the oldest child and only son of Loretta ( Phillips; 1939–2014), a former swimsuit model who was raised in England and is of Irish and English ancestry, 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 when they moved to the United States from Greece. ('-poulos' [Gr. -πουλος] is a common Greek suffix in surnames, meaning "son of"; 'Stamat-' is the root, which is derived from the name Stamat-ios [Gr. Σταμάτ-ιος] --> Stamat-is [Gr. Σταμάτ-ης], with the -o- in between being an addition for easier pronunciation).
1982–86: Early career
Stamos began his acting career with the role of Blackie Parrish on the soap opera General Hospital in late January 1982, for which he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in 1984. Stamos decided to move on in April 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. Later, he played a role in the sitcom You Again? (1986) with Jack Klugman.
1987–95: Full House
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 lives with his brother in-law, whose deceased wife was Jesse's older sister. Danny's best friend, Joey, also lives in the house with them. The three help each other raise three young girls. Jesse is known to be the "bad boy" at first, until he falls in love with and marries Rebecca Donaldson and has twin boys, Nicky and Alex. In 1995, after eight seasons, the series came to an end. Stamos has since maintained close relationships with co-stars Bob Saget, Dave Coulier, Lori Loughlin, Jodie Sweetin, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Andrea Barber, and Candace Cameron Bure.
1996–2009: Later career
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. Stamos was a guest star in a first-season episode of MTV's, The Andy Milonakis Show (2005), playing himself. He took part in only one skit, which featured him in a tree, having rabies, and being put down by another character. In the 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 2005, 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 said that 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 February 2008, Stamos appeared in the television adaptation of A Raisin in the Sun. In August 2008, Stamos was the roast master for Comedy Central Roast Of Bob Saget.
On June 8, 2010, it was announced that Stamos would portray Carl Howell, a new love interest for Emma Pillsbury (Jayma Mays), in season two of the popular television show Glee. 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.
Since 2011, Stamos has appeared in a series of commercials for Dannon's Greek yogurt brand Oikos; including his first Super Bowl commercial which was aired during Super Bowl 2012. 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 season three. He played Connor McClane, the head of a sports and entertainment management company that is interested in hiring Dani. Stamos was to play the lead role in ABC's soap opera Members Only, but the network decided not to air the show.
In April 2015, Stamos announced on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that the streaming service Netflix would be picking up Full House for a 13-episode sequel titled, Fuller House, to start airing sometime in 2016. In May 2015, Stamos started filming My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. In September 2015, Stamos began leading the cast of the Fox sitcom Grandfathered, also starring Josh Peck, Christina Milian, and Paget Brewster.
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. He appeared on Broadway as the emcee in Cabaret, and also in Nine and How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. Stamos performed the Billy Joel song "Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)" on the 2006 charity album Unexpected Dreams – Songs From the Stars.
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. Stamos was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 16, 2009. The star is located at 7021 Hollywood Blvd.
Stamos performed with John Fogerty on April 24, 2010 during one of the Tampa Bay Rays post-game concerts. Stamos rotated between the tambourine, drums, & bass guitar throughout the concert. In August 2011, Stamos performed in Hairspray at the Hollywood Bowl as Corny Collins, alongside an all-star cast.
On July 10, 2012, Stamos began performances on Broadway in Gore Vidal's The Best Man as Senator Joseph Cantwell. Stamos reprised his role as Jesse Katsopolis for a "Jesse and the Rippers" reunion on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on July 19, 2013. Played straight by host Fallon (who introduced the band as being from San Francisco and having a number one song in Japan), Stamos performed a medley of songs featured on Full House including Forever and the series' theme song Everywhere You Look. Bob Saget and Lori Loughlin also made cameos.
In 2014, Stamos directed the music video "Let Yourself be Loved" for Nashville-based band Diamond Carter, featuring the band's front man Tyler Tuohy alongside actress Nicky Whelan. Stamos was also noted as a cowriter for the song, along with Michael Gigante, and the video was released on Yahoo Music on May 21, 2014.
The Beach Boys
Stamos has occasionally performed in concert with The Beach Boys, dating back to 1985, typically playing drums and various other percussion instruments. 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 and also appearing in the songs music video.
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, such as during their summer tours, playing drums and guitar, and singing along on some of their hit songs, like "Forever", including:
- March 30, 2010 episode of ABC's Dancing with the Stars, playing drums, congas, and guitar, also touring with them that spring, including an appearance at Fort Myers, Florida
- June 2011 at a benefit concert for the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network
- Several appearances on their 50th Reunion Tour (April – September 2012)
- May 26, 2013, performed during a post-game concert at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio
- July 5, 2014, played the drums, guitar, congas, and sang with The Beach Boys at Jones Beach, New York
- July 29, 2014, played the drums, guitar, congas and sang with The Beach Boys at the Ohio State Fair, Columbus, Ohio
Stamos began dating model/actress Rebecca Romijn in 1994, after they met at a Victoria's Secret fashion show in which she was modeling. Stamos and Romijn became engaged on Christmas Eve 1997, and they married on September 19, 1998 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. They announced their separation in April 2004. Stamos filed for divorce in August 2004, and it became final on March 1, 2005.
|1982–84||General Hospital||Blackie Parish||Soap opera|
|1984||Dreams||Gino Minnelli||12 episodes|
|1985||Alice in Wonderland||Messenger||Movie|
|1986–87||You Again?||Matt Willows||Main role|
|1987–95||Full House||Jesse Katsopolis||Lead role (192 episodes)|
|1989||New Mickey Mouse Club, TheThe New Mickey Mouse Club||Jesse||Episode: "Guest Day"|
|1990||Daughter of the Streets||Joey||Movie|
|1993||Disappearance of Christina, TheThe Disappearance of Christina||Joe Seldon||Movie|
|1993||Tales from the Crypt||Johnny Canaparo||Episode: "Till Death Do We Part"|
|1994||Fatal Vows: The Alexandra O'Hara Story||Nick Pagan||Movie|
|1995/97||Larry Sanders Show, TheThe Larry Sanders Show||Himself||2 episodes|
|1997||Tracey Takes On...||Rob Trasca||Episode: "Movies"|
|1997||Match Made in Heaven, AA Match Made in Heaven||Tom Rosner||Movie|
|1998||Marriage Fool, TheThe Marriage Fool||Robert Walsh||Movie|
|1999||Sealed with a Kiss||Bennett Blake||Movie|
|2000||How to Marry a Billionaire: A Christmas Tale||Tom Nathan||Movie|
|2001||Thieves||Johnny||Lead role (10 episodes)|
|2003||Clone High||Himself (voice)||Episode: "Changes: The Big Prom: The Sex Romp: The Season Finale"|
|2003||Friends||Zak||Episode: The One with the Donor|
|2003||Reagans, TheThe Reagans||John Sears||Movie|
|2005–06||Jake in Progress||Jake Phillips||Lead role (21 episodes)|
|2005–09||ER||Dr. Tony Gates||Main role|
|2006||Wedding Wars||Shel Grandy||Movie|
|2008||Comedy Central Roast Of Bob Saget||Himself/roastmaster||Special|
|2008||Raisin in the Sun, AA Raisin in the Sun||Carl Lindner||Movie|
|2008||Two Mr. Kissels, TheThe Two Mr. Kissels||Andrew Kissel||Movie|
|2010||Entourage||Himself||Episode: "Tequila Sunrise"|
|2010/11||Glee||Dr. Carl Howell||4 episodes|
|2011||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Ken Turner||Episode: "Bang"|
|Two and a Half Men||Himself
Prospective House Buyer
|"Nice to Meet You, Walden Schmidt"
"Of Course He's Dead"
|2012||Secrets of Eden||Pastor Drew||Movie|
|2013||The New Normal||Brice||5 episodes|
|2013||Necessary Roughness||Connor McClane||Recurring (10 episodes in season 3)|
|2013||Losing It with John Stamos||Himself/host||Miniseries (19 episodes)|
|2013||I Am Victor||Victor||Unsold pilot|
|2015||Members Only||Randy||Canceled before premiere|
|2015||Galavant||Sir Jean Hamm||Episode: "Joust Friends"|
|2016||Fuller House||Jesse Katsopolis||Filming; Netflix series|
|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 role|
|2010||Father of Invention||Steven Leslie|
|2014||My Man Is a Loser||Mike|
|2014||They Came Together||Assistant Engineer||Cameo|
|2016||My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2|
Awards and nominations
|1982||Soapy Awards||Most Exciting New Actor||General Hospital||Won|
|1983||Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||General Hospital||Nominated|
|1983||Young Artist Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||General Hospital||Nominated|
|1984||Young Artist Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (tie)||General Hospital||Won|
|1985||Young Artist Awards||Best Young Actor in a Television Comedy Series||Dreams||Nominated|
|2007||TV Land Awards||Favorite Elvis Impersonation||Full House||Won|
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