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.
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. He is the father of actress Jennifer Aniston.
Aniston’s career started on the stage in the original New York production of the smash hit musical Little Mary Sunshine. His most recent stage appearance was in the Hollywood Production of the greatest of American dramas, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. In between were 40 other productions on Broadway, off-Broadway and in regional stock or Equity Wavier Theaters. Along the way, there were several dozen primetime television shows and a smattering of feature films.
“In show business, you get
chewed up and spit out.”
Agnew was re-elected as vice-president in 1972 but the following year it was announced he was being investigated for extortion, bribery, and income-tax violations while governor of Maryland.
After months of maintaining his innocence, Agnew pleaded no contest to a single felony charge of tax evasion and resigned from office. Nixon replaced him with House Republican leader Gerald Ford.
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.