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John Aniston
Greek-American actor

John Aniston

John Aniston
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Intro Greek-American actor
A.K.A. Yannis Anastasakis
Is Actor Military officer Soldier Television actor Officer Stage actor Film actor
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio Military
Gender male
Birth 24 July 1933, Chania
Age 89 years
Star sign Leo
Spouse: Nancy Dow
Children: Jennifer Aniston
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John Anthony Aniston (born Giannis Anastasakis; Greek: Γιάννης Αναστασάκης; July 24, 1933) is a Greek-American actor. 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. He is the father of actress Jennifer Aniston.

Early life

Aniston was born Giannis 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 Anastasakis (January 17, 1889 — May, 1965). His father anglicized his name when he immigrated 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. While at Penn State, he became a member of Alpha Chi Rho fraternity. After college, he 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

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 (whom he met while they worked on Love of Life, in which she played attorney Dory Patten who was in love with his character, Eddie Aleata). His daughter Jennifer's godfather was actor Telly Savalas, one of his best friends.


He has appeared in soap operas regularly 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 November 1978, he left Love and began playing Mary Stuart's new love interest, Martin Tourneur, on Search for Tomorrow in February 1979. He played that role until April 1984. He returned to the cast of Days of Our Lives a second time this time as Victor Kiriakis in July 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.


Year Title Role Director Notes
1975–1978 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)
1979–1984 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")
1985–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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