Thursday, April 25, 2024

RIP John Aniston, Longtime Star of “Days of our Lives,” Famous Actor Father of Jennifer Aniston — NBC Owes Him A Broadcast Special


John Aniston, long time star of “Days of our Lives,” has died at age 89. Aniston was a TV actor long before his daughter, Jennifer, became one of the biggest stars in the world from the TV show, “Friends.” He was 89.

Aniston played tycoon Victor Kiriakis on “Days of our Lives.” He started out as a villain but over the years turned into a crochety but lovable pot stirrer and patriarch of a large family. Despite being in declining health, Aniston appeared in the daily show on a fairly regular basis until recently. He’d sit in a large, comfortable chair and give advice — or warnings — to the other characters. But “Days” shoots months in advance, so Aniston probably had not actually worked in some time.

For years before “Days of our Lives,” Aniston starred as Martin Tourneur on “Search for Tomorrow.” And he had a long resume dating well before that, with dozens of TV appearances. His TV history was immense. He joined “Days” in 1985, but had already appeared as another character long before, in 1970. He won a Lifetime Achievement Award this past summer from the Daytime Emmy Awards.

PS NBC owes John Aniston a broadcast special of “Days of our Lives” — not on Peacock, on the network. He worked for them for 42 years.

Jennifer Aniston wrote on Instagram:

“Sweet papa…⁣ John Anthony Aniston ⁣
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💔⁣

Don’t forget to visit 💫🤗❤️”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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