John has appeared in soap operas almost continually since 1975, when he joined the cast of Love of Life as Eddie Aleata. In 1978, he left the series to play Mary Stuart's new love interest, Martin Tourneur, on Search for Tomorrow. He played that role until 1984, until he joined the cast of
In 1986 John won 'Outstanding Villain' and 'Outstanding Leading Actor' in the Soap Opera Digest Awards.
John is the son of Yaya Joanna Aniston. He has two sisters and is the ex-stepfather of assistant director, John T. Melick.
John had his daughter, Jennifer Aniston, with his first wife, Nancy Dow (from whom he was later divorced). John also has a son, Alex, from his second wife, Sherry Rooney Aniston. John, unlike Nancy has an incredibly close relationship with Jennifer. He is equally close to his son Alex. He has said often in interviews, that his children are the most important things in his life!
John is a member of the Alpha Chi Rho fraternity.
John's father anglicized his name when he first immigrated to the U.S.A., changing it from Anastasakis to Aniston.
John was on the first cover of Soap Opera Digest in November 1975, while he starred on the soap Love of Life.
John auditioned for the role of 'Doug Williams' in
John's first role was on the stage in the original New York production of the musical Little Mary Sunshine.
John was a lieutenant commander with the U.S. Navy Intelligence.
John moved to Greece with his wife and children to study medicine. At the time there was much political turmoil, and all the universities were closed. After waiting for 12 months for the universities to reopen, he decided it was time to come back to LA and be an actor.
John studied biology at California State University and graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts.
John is 6'3" tall.
John has acted in over 40 theatrical productions.
John is a recurring player in
John: (on trying to dissuade Jennifer from getting into showbiz) Why thrust your kid into that? You try to protect them from all the bad people out there, ... you get chewed up and spit out.