John Aniston

Birth Name:John Anthony Aniston
Birth Place: Chania, Greece
Profession: Actor

Birth Name: John Aniston
Birth Place: Crete, Greece
Profession: Actor


John Aniston was born Yannis Anastassakis on the island of Crete in Greece. When he was a boy, his family migrated to the United States, where his father changed their surname to Aniston.

He developed a love for performing, prompting him to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts from Pennsylvania State University. Upon graduation, Aniston served in the United States Navy as an intelligence officer and, later, in the reserves, where he was a Lieutenant Commander.

Aniston’s acting career began on Broadway when he appeared in the musical Little Mary Sunshine. He has performed in numerous theatrical productions over the years.

In 1975, he was cast on New York soap, Love of Life, where he met his future wife, Sherry Rooney (ex-Dory).

Three years later, he left the show to join Search for Tomorrow as matriarch Mary Stuart’s love interest, Martin Tourneur. Aniston won the role of Days of Our Lives crime lord Victor Kiriakis in 1985.

Over the years, he has guest-starred on numerous primetime hits, including West Wing, Mad Men, and Cold Case.

Aniston currently resides in Oxnard, California, with his wife, Sherry.

Fast Facts

  • July 24, 1933 — Birthdate
  • Served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy, stationed in Panama.
  • Speaks Greek and Spanish.
  • In 1970, was supposed to play Ted Baxter in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, but was replaced by Ted Knight.
  • Years before he joined the cast of Days, he auditioned for the role of Doug Williams.
  • Best friend was Telly Savalas, who is daughter Jennifer’s godfather.


  • Sherry Rooney – Wife
  • Nancy Dow – Ex-wife
  • Jennifer Aniston – Daughter
  • Alexander Aniston – Son
  • Ryat Aniston – Grandson
  • Kira Aniston – Granddaughter


John Aniston has been continuously on television since 1975. He started on daytime serials like Love of Live then Search for Tomorrow.

On September 6, 1986, he joined the cast of Days of Our Lives 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.

Don’t let his daytime record fool you, Aniston is a hard worker and has credits from film and television that go back to 1962 with appearances that include That Girl, Mission: Impossible, Kojak, Star Trek: Voyager, The West Wing and Mad Men.

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Actor (16 Credits)

Title Role Year

Days of Our Lives (TV Show)

13203 — 2017
13202 — 2017
13201 — 2017

Victor Kiriakis 2017

Cold Case (TV Show)

WASP — 2009

Herbert James 2009

Awakening of Spring (TV Show)

Mr. Gable

Worst Week (TV Show)

The Wedding — 2008

Jim 2008

Journeyman (TV Show)

Home by Another Way — 2007


Sands of Oblivion (TV Show)

Nigel Barrington

American Dreams (TV Show)

Old Enough to Fight — 2004

Customer 2004

My Big Fat Greek Life (TV Show)

Greek Easter — 2003

Constantine Christakos 2003

The West Wing (TV Show)

Game On — 2002

Debate Moderator 2002

Star Trek: Voyager (TV Show)

Workforce — 2001

Ambassador 2001

Search for Tomorrow (TV Show)

Martin Tourneur

Kojak (TV Show)

Down a Long and Lonely River — 1974

Dancik 1974

Love of Life (TV Show)

Eddie Aleata

Days of our Lives Friday (TV Show)

Days of our Lives Monday (TV Show)

Days of our Lives Wednesday (TV Show)