Actor John Aniston

John Aniston (born Yiannis Anastassakis /ˌænəstəˈsækɪs/, Greek: Γιάννης Αναστασάκης, July 24, 1933) is a Greek-born American actor. He is best known for his role as Victor Kiriakis on the NBC daytime drama series Days of Our Lives, which he originated in July 1985 and has played continually since then. The role earned him a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2017. He is the father of Jennifer Aniston.

Early life

Aniston was born on the island of Crete, Greece, to Stella Joanne (née Koume; 1899–1992) and Antonios Anastassakis (1889–1965). The family left Crete for the United States when Aniston was two years old; his father anglicized the family’s names on arriving in America. The family settled in Chester, Pennsylvania, where they operated a restaurant.

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

Aniston has a daughter, Jennifer Aniston (born February 11, 1969), with his first wife, Nancy Dow, and a son, Alexander, with his second wife, Sherry Rooney Aniston (whom he met while co-starring on Love of Life). His daughter Jennifer’s godfather was Telly Savalas, one of his best friends.

John also has a stepson, John T. Melick, from Nancy’s prior marriage, whom he has raised since he was a toddler.


Aniston 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 of Life 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 was nominated for the 2017 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his performance.

He also played a small role on the television series Gilmore Girls. Aniston made guest appearances on Airwolf in season two, 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 Notes
1962 87th Precinct Officer #1 Episode: “New Man in the Precinct”
1963 Love with the Proper Stranger Birdman of Macy’s
1964 Combat! Greek #2 Episode: “Vendetta”
1967 I Spy Economides Episode: “The Beautiful Children”
1968 The Shakiest Gun in the West Indian
The Virginian Frank West Episode: “Ride to Misadventure”
Now You See It, Now You Don’t Achmed TV film
1969 Mission: Impossible First IMF Captain Episode: “Time Bomb”
1970 That Girl Phil Harvey Episode: “Stop the Presses I Want to Get Off”
1974 Kojak Webster / Dancik 2 episodes
1975–1978 Love of Life Eddie Aleata Unknown episodes
1979–1984 Search for Tomorrow Martin Tourneur Episode: “#1.8556”
1985 Airwolf Colonel Arturo Alzar Episode: “Short Walk to Freedom”
1985–present Days of Our Lives Victor Kiriakis 3782 episodes
1986 Inhumanoids Dr. Marcus Capello/Captain Action 27 Episodes
1993 Night Sins Victor Kiriakis TV film
1997 Diagnosis Murder Carlton Everest Episode: “Must Kill TV”
Fired Up Gordon Episode: “Honey, I Shrunk the Turkey”
1999 L.A. Heat Alex Zota Episode: “Faces of Fear”
2001 Star Trek: Voyager Quarren Ambassador 2 episodes
2002 The West Wing Alexander Thompson 2 episodes
Gilmore Girls Douglas Swope Episode: “A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving”
2003 My Big Fat Greek Life Constantine Christakos Episode: “Greek Easter”
2004 American Dreams John Victor Episode: “Old Enough to Fight”
2007 Order Up Wise Man Short film
Sands of Oblivion Nigel Barrington TV film
Journeyman Merrit Ambaucher Episode: “Home by Another Way”
2008 The Awakening of Spring Mr. Gable
Worst Week Jim Episode: “The Wedding”
Fixing Rhonda Detective Macomas
2009 The Gold & the Beautiful Gerard Benedict
Cold Case Herbert “Wolf” James Episode: “WASP”
2010 Mad Men Wallace Harriman Episode: “Waldorf Stories”
2011 The Paul Reiser Show Harold Melon Episode: “The Old Guy”
2014 Return to Zero Ned

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Title Result Ref.
1986 Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role on a Daytime Serial Days of Our Lives Won
1986 Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Villain on a Daytime Serial Days of our Lives Won
2017 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Days of our Lives Nominated

External Links

Actor John Aniston – Wikipedia

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