Monday, June 17, 2024

NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” Will Say Goodbye to Veteran Star John Aniston Next Month With Funeral Send Off


It’s time to say goodbye to Victor Kiriakis.

The fictional character on NBC’s “Days of our Lives” was played for years by veteran actor John Aniston. He passed away last November 11th at age 89.

Aniston originated the patriarchal character 1985 after runs on New York based soaps “Search for Tomorrow” and “Love of Life.” The father of actress Jennifer Aniston also appeared in several prime time shows.

But it was his “Days” run that made him beloved. His character has been variously mentioned as “being away” for most of the year. But early next month, I’m told. “Days” — which now runs on Peacock streaming — will announce his death and have a funeral with all the trimmings. Since “Days” shoots way in advance, the funeral was presumably filmed well before the writers strike and now the actors strike.

Aniston wasn’t the oldest actor on the show. Bill Hayes, now 97, has been playing Doug Williams since the early 1970s.

“Days” isn’t the only soap that has to deal with the death of a beloved actor in real life. “General Hospital” has yet to address the death of Jacklyn Zeman, who died in May at age 71 after a short battle with cancer. She’d been with the show for 45 years playing Bobbi Spencer.

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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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