John Stamos is an actor, producer, musician, comedian, and singer. He first gained recognition for his contract role as Blackie Parrish on the ABC television series General Hospital, for which he was nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. He is known for his work in television, especially in his starring role as Jesse Katsopolis on the ABC sitcom Full House. Since the show’s finale in 1995, Stamos has appeared in numerous TV films and series. Since 2005, he has been the national spokesperson for Project Cuddle.
From 2005 to 2009, Stamos had a starring role on the NBC medical drama ER as Dr. Tony Gates. In September 2009, he began playing the role of Albert in the Broadway revival of Bye Bye Birdie. From September 2015 to 2016, Stamos starred as the lead character in the Fox sitcom Grandfathered. As of 2016, he is an executive producer of the Netflix series Fuller House, in which he reprised the role of Jesse Katsopolis. Recently, he starred as Dr. Nicky in Lifetime’s psychological thriller You.
“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 on August 19, 1963, in Cypress, California to William “Bill” Stamos, a restaurateur, and Loretta (née Phillips). His father was of Greek descent, and his mother was of English, Irish, and German ancestry. He has two sisters, Alaina and Janeen.
John’s paternal grandmother, Adeline Psaras, was born in the United States to Greek immigrants; his 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.
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.”