Actor John Aniston, who lengthy starred within the daytime cleaning soap opera “Days of Our Lives” and who was the daddy of “Friends” actor Jennifer Aniston, has died. He was 89.
His daughter confirmed Monday on Instagram that Aniston died Friday, sharing a number of pictures of them collectively. She didn’t point out the reason for dying.
“Sweet papa… John Anthony Aniston,” she wrote. “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.”
His daughter signed off her submit with, “Don’t forget to visit.”
Representatives for Jennifer Aniston didn’t instantly reply Monday to The Occasions’ requests for remark.
John Aniston, whose profession spanned six many years, was greatest recognized for taking part in villainous crime lord Victor Kiriakis on the daytime drama set within the fictional Midwestern city of Salem. Since his debut because the character on the NBC collection in 1985, he had remained a gradual presence on the present. (The cleaning soap not too long ago moved to NBC’s streaming platform, Peacock.)
The collection on Monday paid tribute to the late actor with a video montage posted on Twitter.
“Our hearts are broken over the loss of our beloved family member John Aniston. We love you John. Your legend will live on,” the tweet stated.
Aniston was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for the position in 2017 and final summer season obtained the lifetime achievement award on the forty ninth Daytime Emmy Awards.
“Soap operas have just the right amount of recognition. You get just enough recognition to salve your ego and not enough to disrupt your life. Whereas some people, my daughter being one of them, can’t go anywhere,” he stated in an prolonged interview with the Tv Academy Basis.
He additionally informed the inspiration that his proudest profession achievement was performing in a Theatre East manufacturing of “The Royal Hunt of the Sun.” His profession regrets? Not being forged as Ted Baxter in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” a task that finally went to Ted Knight. Aniston stated producers didn’t need “any possibility of a romance between the character and Mary, and with me there would’ve been that possibility.”
“Once I saw it — you get pissed off about something — [Knight] was perfect for it,” he informed the inspiration.
Born Yannis Anastassakis on the Greek island of Crete on July 24, 1933, Aniston and his household moved to the USA when he was 2. They shortened their final identify to Aniston and settled in Pennsylvania, the place his mother and father opened a diner known as the Rialto. Aniston and his brother and sisters labored there alongside their mother and father earlier than he went to school. He later graduated from Penn State College with a level in theater arts and commenced performing after enlisting within the Navy, the place he served as a Naval Intelligence officer and reached the rank of lieutenant commander.
Aniston started performing within the Sixties with a small half on the collection “New Man in the Precinct” and appeared in cleaning soap operas. He was first forged on “Days of Our Lives” in a minor position as Eric Richards in 1970, but in addition appeared in cleaning soap operas “Love of Life” and “Search for Tomorrow.”
“I was a mature adult when I was 18. I didn’t really start working until I was 40,” he stated. “Sometimes you just have to grow into things.”
The actor additionally notched visitor roles in “Star Trek: Voyager,” “The West Wing,” “Gilmore Girls,” “My Big Fat Greek Life,” “American Dreams,” “Cold Case” and “Mad Men.”
Aniston was married to fellow actor Nancy Dow, Jennifer Aniston’s mom, from 1965 to 1980. She died in 1990.
In 1984, he married his “Love of Life” co-star Sherry Rooney, with whom he had a son, artist Alex Aniston.
“John’s genteel character, charm and great sense of humor will be missed but certainly not forgotten as he leaves behind an incredible body of work and legacy over the course of his career [that] spanned 60+ years of continuous work,” his supervisor, Richard N. Lewis, stated Monday in a press release to The Occasions. “He was a devoted husband, father, and friend to millions of fans across the globe.”
Aniston is survived by his spouse and two youngsters.