John Stamos is an actor, producer, musician, comedian, and singer. Stamos played Blackie Parrish on the ABC television series General Hospital. For this role, he was nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Stamos is mostly known for his starring role as Jesse Katsopolis on the ABC sitcom Full House.
After the success of Full House Stamos tried his luck in a few TV shows before landing another great starring role as Dr. Tony Gate on the NBC medical drama ER, from 2005 to 2009. In 2009, he played the role of Albert in the Broadway revival of Bye Bye Birdie. Stamos starred as the lead character in the sitcom Grandfathered from 2015-2016 and as of 2016, he is starring and he’s also an executive producer on the Netflix series Fuller House, in which he reprised the role of Jesse Katsopolis.
“I’ve had a fairy tale life. I had a perfect family, a beautiful childhood, an incredible upbringing.
I lived a lot of life but a lot of good life.”
Is John Stamos Greek?
Yes, he is half Greek. John Stamos was born in Cypress, California in 1963 (August 19, 1963). His father Bil Stamos was of Greek descent, and his mother was of English, Irish, and German ancestry. He has two sisters, Alaina and Janeen.
Stamos’ paternal grandfather, Ioannis Stamatopoulos, came from the village of Kakouri in the Peloponnese region of Greece and changed the family surname from “Stamatopoulos” to “Stamos” upon arriving in the United States. His paternal grandmother, Adeline Psaras, is of Greek background as well as she was born to Greek immigrants the United States.
John speaks about his Greek heritage fairly often and he is also very proud of his Greek background, even wanting to portray his Greek heritage while acting. In the television series “Full House”, John’s character was originally named Jesse Cochran, however, John reportedly wanted his character to better reflect his Greek background, so the creator of the show Jeff Franklin decided to change the character’s surname to Katsopolis. The series was a major success, winning 16 awards and skyrocketed John’s acting career.
Being a Greek-American, John was also personally invited by President Obama to the White House Greek Independence Day celebration in 2015. He shared his Greek pride and experience on Jimmy Kimmel, mentioning how honoured and humbled he was by the experience, being personally invited by the President and how he was in the company of so many prestigious Greeks and Greek-Americans. John even stated that Obama told him he was the “best looking Greek man in the entire World.”