Who is Jennifer Aniston's father? Actress pays tribute to once-estranged dad John at Daytime Emmys

Who is Jennifer Aniston's father? Actress pays tribute to once-estranged dad John at Daytime Emmys
Jennifer Aniston with her father John Aniston (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

It was an emotional night for Jennifer Aniston as she paid tribute to her father John Aniston with a heartfelt speech for winning ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at the 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on June 24. Suzanne Rogers, John's 'Days of Our Lives' co-star, introduced the award before the 'Friends' actress virtually appeared at the event, which was held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California, to honor her father, who played the role of Victor Kiriakis on ‘Days of Our Lives’ for 37 years. She said, "This is truly a special moment for me. It's an opportunity to not only pay tribute to a true icon in the daytime television world, but it's also a chance to recognize the lifelong achievements of a great and well-respected actor, who also happens to be my dad."

Jennifer’s speech was accompanied by a clip reel that gave the audience an overview of her father’s long television career, who was not able to attend the event. She continued by saying, "John Aniston has been working in television consistently for over half a century. He started acting in 1962, garnering roles on all types of now-classic television programs like ‘Combat!,’ ‘Mission: Impossible, ‘Kojak’ and later made many guest appearances on shows like ‘Airwolf,’ ‘Gilmore Girls,’ ‘The West Wing,’ ‘Star Trek: Voyager,’ ‘Mad Men,’ the list goes on.”


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She further added, “All while simultaneously appearing in every soap opera imaginable. You name it, I'm sure he's been on it. For over 30 years, his dedication to that show has gained him respect and admiration of his fellow actors, deep friendships and thrilled millions of fans around the world. His career is literally the definition of lifetime achievement."


Who is John Aniston?

The 88-year-old actor graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a BA in Theatre Arts. After completing his college, he served in the US Navy as an intelligence officer in Panama and later in the reserve, got promoted to Lieutenant Commander.

 He began his acting career in 1962 in ‘87th Precinct.’ In 1969, he bagged the role of Eric Richards in ‘Days of Our Lives,' which he played until 1970. In 1985, he returned to the cast of ‘Days of Our Lives’, but this time played the character Victor Kiriakis and continued to play the role till 2021. He was nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in the year 2017. As mentioned by Soaps, he has worked for around 40 other productions on Broadway, in regional stock, Equity Wavier Theaters and dozens of primetime television shows and feature films.

He, who ended his marriage with Jennifer's mother Nancy Dow in 1980, is now married Sherry Rooney and they have a son together, Alex Aniston. The son is known as a free-spirited artist. According to Celeb Suburb, the 33-year-old spent his teen years enjoying the van life. Alone in his black van, Alex traversed the coast from Alaska to California.

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