Jennifer Aniston’s Father, John Aniston, ‘Days of Our Lives’ legend, dies at 89

John Aniston was an American actor of Greek descent. He was most known for his role as Victor Kiriakis on the NBC daytime serial Days of Our Lives, which he began in July 1985 and has continued to portray ever since.

In 2017, he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, and in 2022, he got a Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award.

John Aniston, the ‘Days of Our Lives’ legend and Jennifer Aniston’s father, has died at the age of 89

John Aniston was a star of Days of Our Lives who passed away at the age of 89. The seasoned actor, who was also the father of Jennifer Aniston, gained popularity for his role as Days’ Victor Kiriakis beginning in 1985. The Friends alum revealed on Monday that her father died away on November 11.

John Anthony Aniston said,

“Sweet papa…⁣” she captioned a set of photos of the pair. “You were one of the most beautiful humans I ever knew. I am so grateful that you went soaring into the heavens in peace — and without pain. And on 11/11 no less! You always had perfect timing. That number will forever hold an even greater meaning for me now ���️I’ll love you till the end of time���⁣”

Jennifer concluded the post, “Don’t forget to visit ������❤️”.

Days of Our Lives also uploaded a touching tribute video to his time on the show in reaction to his death,

“Our hearts are devastated by the passing of our cherished family member John Aniston,” “We adore you, John. Your legacy will live on.”

Early Life

John Aniston was born in Chania, Greece on July 24, 1933(89 years old). He holds a Greece Nationality and he belongs to a race. His Zodiac sign is Leo.

When John Aniston was two years old, his family emigrated from Crete to the United States; his father anglicized the family names when they got there. The family made their home in Chester, Pennsylvania, and ran a restaurant there.


John Aniston received a bachelor’s degree in theater arts from Pennsylvania State University. He joined the fraternity Alpha, Chi-Rho, at Pennsylvania State University.

As “Officer #1” in the episode “New Man in the Precinct” of 87th Precinct, John Aniston made his acting debut in 1962. Since joining Days of Our Lives in 1970 as a character called Eric Richards, he has often been featured in soap operas.

He appeared in one episode of Love of Life in 1975 after joining the cast as Eddie Aleata. From 1980 through April 1984, he portrayed Martin Tourneur, Mary Stuart’s new love interest, in Search for Tomorrow.

In July 1985, he joined the cast of Days of Our Lives once again; this time, he played Victor Kiriakis, and he still does so as of 2021. For his work, he received a nomination for the 2017 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award

Aniston will be honored with a Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award on June 18 during the 49th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy Awards, which was revealed in April 2022. 

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Aniston also had minor roles in episodes of the TV shows Airwolf’s second season, “Short Walk to Freedom,” Gilmore Girls “A Deep Fried Korean Thanksgiving” from 2002, The West Wing’s “Game On” and “Debate Camp” from 2002, and Mission Impossible’s “Time Bomb” from 1969 as the First IMF Captain.

Along with Combat! (1964), My Big Fat Greek Life (2002), Star Trek: Voyager (2001), American Dreams (with Days co-star Frances Reid), Journeyman, and Mad Men, Aniston has also had cameo appearances on these shows.


With his first wife, Nancy Dow, Aniston had a daughter named Jennifer Aniston (born 1969), and with his second wife, Sherry Rooney, he had a son named Alexander (whom he met while co-starring on Love of Life).

One of his closest pals, Telly Savalas, served as the godfather of his daughter Jennifer. John also reared John T. Melick, a stepson from Nancy’s first marriage, since he was a little child.