John Aniston, ‘Days of Our Lives’ actor and Jennifer Aniston’s father, dies at 89

John Aniston, ‘Days of Our Lives’ actor and Jennifer Aniston’s father, dies at 89


John Aniston, a veteran actor best known for his work on the daytime drama “Days of Our Lives,” has died, his daughter, actress Jennifer Aniston, shared Monday.

He was 89.

“You were one of the most beautiful people I’ve ever known. I’m so thankful that you’ve gone to heaven peacefully — and without pain. And on 11/11 no less! You always had perfect timing,” Jennifer Aniston wrote in a shared statement. Instagram. “This number will forever mean more to me.”

The “Friends” star began her post by writing, “Sweet daddy… John Anthony Aniston.”

The actor has appeared in numerous TV series and nearly three thousand episodes of “Days of Our Lives” during his long career.

“I will love you to the end,” Aniston concluded her caption. “Be sure to visit.”

Aniston was born John Anastasakis on the Greek island in 1933. She immigrated to the United States at the age of 10 and her family shortened their surname to Anniston.

Before she became a soap star, Aniston served in the US Navy and appeared in an off-Broadway musical, the soap opera Digest. Report.

He got his big break when he starred in the long-running soap “Love of Life” and later in “Search for Tomorrow”. But he didn’t become a household name until he joined “Days of Our Lives” in 1985 as “romantic villain” Victor Kyriakis, a criminal with a penchant for charming women in Salem, Illinois.

Kirakis, like Aniston, was from Greece but much more sinister: he was a mobster who ran a brothel in town. Over the course of the series, Kyriakis experiences several changes of heart and bounces back and forth between his law-breaking gangster persona and loving family man hoping to win back his grown children. All told, Aniston appeared on and off the series for 37 years.

While on the soap, Aniston opened a restaurant in New York, divorced his first wife, Nancy Doe, and married costar Sherry Rooney and moved to Los Angeles, according to Soap Opera Digest in 1986. profile Aniston’s.

Aniston was surprised that her daughter planned to follow her into show business. A in 2019 the interview With the Television Academy Foundation, Aniston said her daughter called her agent to ask for an audition when she appeared on “Search for Tomorrow.”

“I told him, ‘You don’t want to be in show business. Show business stinks,'” he said. “I tell everybody who wants to be an actor, don’t be an actor, be something else. Because if I’m telling (them) to stay away from show business, they shouldn’t be in the first place.

Of course, Aniston’s daughter didn’t listen, and went on to star in one of the most successful sitcoms of all time and become one of the most famous actresses in the world.

In 1990 the interview With E! News with her daughter, Aniston offered both paternal praise and profound guidance: “Jennifer is a natural talent,” he said to his daughter’s embarrassment, but reminded her that talent doesn’t always translate into a long career.

But Aniston’s own career on the soap spanned more than 50 years, and in June she awarded A Lifetime Achievement Emmy at the Daytime Emmy Awards. He did not attend the ceremony, but his daughter toasted him in a moving speech.

“For more than 30 years, his dedication to (‘Days’) has earned him the respect and admiration of his co-stars, deep friendships and thrilled millions of fans around the world,” he said. said. “His career is literally the definition of a lifetime achievement.”

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