Greek American Actor John Aniston Anastasakis Dies at 89

The Greek American actor, John Anthony Anastasakis, who was also Jennifer Aniston’s father, was best known for portraying Victor Kiriakis on Days of Our Lives, starting in 1985. On Monday, the Friends star announced that her father passed on Nov. 11. “Sweet papa…⁣ John Anthony Aniston,” she captioned a set of photos of the pair. “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💔⁣” – Jennifer Aniston wrote in a tribute to millions on her Instagram.


John Aniston was born in Greece on the Greek island of Crete, in Chania. After 52 years on the Soap Opera ‘Days of Our Lives’ he earned the Daytime Emmy Awards’ Lifetime Achievement trophy in 2022. He also won Soap Opera Digest awards in 1986 and 2001. He also had roles in “The West Wing,” “Star Trek: Voyager,” “Mission: Impossible” and “Kojak.” John and “Kojak” star Telly Savalas were best friends, and John even picked him to be Jennifer’s Godfather. See more on Jennifer Aniston’s Greek roots 

See the beautiful and heartwarming photos Jen shared with millions in her tribute on her Instagram below:

6 thoughts on “Greek American Actor John Aniston Anastasakis Dies at 89

  1. Αιωνία η Μνήμη του! So sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family ❤️

  2. Jennifer ~
    Prayers of love and sympathy to your family. I too am the daughter of a Greek born father and share in your loss. Life is not the same since my father’s passing this year. The bond between Greek fathers and their daughters is priceless. May he RIP
    ~ Maria

  3. Hello Jennifer. Συλλυπητήρια για τον Μπαμπά σου.
    I am also Greek and have been proud to see you in films and special moments in your life. Take care my sweet girl and fondest memories of your Μπαμπά.

  4. My love and prayers go out to you and John. I loved your dad. I have been watching Days since I was in school and am now 72. John was one of my favorites on Days. I know how tuff this is for you Jennifer I also from a Greek and Italian world and this is the hardest part about life.

  5. Jennifer so sorry for your loss prayers and condolences being sent to you and family❤️

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