John Aniston (Yannis Anastasakis) is a Greek-American actor who was born on the island of Crete (Chania, Crete) and is fluent in Greek and Spanish. He graduated from Penn State University with a BA in Theater Arts, served in the US Navy as an intelligence officer on active duty in Panama and later in the reserve attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
Aniston was one of the main characters in the NBC daytime drama series Days of Our Lives (in the role of Victor Kiriakis), which he originated in July 1985. He is the father of actress Jennifer Aniston.
His stage career started in the original New York production of the smash hit musical Little Mary Sunshine and his most recent stage appearance was in the Hollywood Production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. In between were 40 other theatrical productions, several dozen primetime television shows and a smattering of feature films.
“In show business, you get
chewed up and spit out.”
He is most familiar to fans of daytime since he has appeared almost continually since 1975. He joined the cast of Days of Our Lives during the summer of 1985 as the nefarious “Victor Kiriakis.” He received double honors as Outstanding Leading Actor and as Outstanding Villain at “The Third Annual Soap Opera Awards” in 1986. His other daytime credits include Search for Tomorrow and Love of Life. Acting runs in the family.