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Peter Reckell Celebrates John Aniston’s Lifetime Achievement Emmy

Bo Brady’s life turned upside down in the mid-1980s when he learned that Victor Kiriakis — not Shawn Brady — was his biological pop on…

Days of our Lives Peter Reckell and John AnistonDays of our Lives Peter Reckell and John Aniston

Bo Brady’s life turned upside down in the mid-1980s when he learned that Victor Kiriakis — not Shawn Brady — was his biological pop on Days of our Lives. While Bo didn’t always want to give Victor ‘Father of the Year’ awards, Bo’s portrayer, Peter Reckell, tells Soap Hub he is thrilled that John Aniston, who plays Victor, is getting the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Peter Reckell Praises John Aniston

“[John] certainly deserves it,” Reckell tells Soap Hub when we informed him that his TV dad, who has played Victor Kiriakis since 1985, was getting the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award. “It’s in the genes!” chuckles Reckell, hastening to add, “[John] is so easy to work with. I’d go to his room to run scenes and there’d be three or four jokes [from] him first. There was that sense of ease.”

Bo and Victor’s Tumultuous DAYS

Reckell says that a sense of comfort at the studio affords actors the ability to create better work.

“The whole thing with acting is having the environment be easy,” the actor shares. “John and I ran the gamut of things that we’d do with each other on-screen. Our characters would be angry with each other or they’d love each other. It was one of the most powerful relationships on the show.”

Peter Reckell Praises John Aniston’s Acting

Reckell can’t recall catching his TV dad phoning in his performances. “John played it all,” he says. “When you catch someone acting, then they’re not a good actor. But you would never ‘catch’ John acting. He’s one of the best actors I’ve ever worked with. There are people like him and [the late] Frances Reid [Alice Horton]. They’re part of who I am. I learned so much from that man. I’m so proud that he’s getting that award.”

The 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards air Friday, June 24 at 9 p.m. on CBS. Keep up with the live red carpet action on Soap Hub’s social media accounts, which you can find below. Days of our Lives (DOOL) airs weekdays on NBC. Check your local listings for airtimes. For more about what’s coming up in Salem, check out all the latest that’s been posted on DAYS spoilers, and for an in-depth look at the show’s history, click here.

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