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‘Days of Our Lives’ Actor John Aniston, Father to Jennifer Aniston, Dies at 89

He played legendary villain Victor Kiriakis on the daytime soap for more than three decades

Actor John Aniston arrives for The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards held at Warner Bros. Studios on April 26, 2015 in Burbank, California.
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Day of Our Lives actor John Aniston — the wildly popular supervillain Victor Kiriakis and father to Friends actress Jennifer Aniston — died Nov. 11 at the age of 89. His death was confirmed by the actress in a touching Instagram post:

“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💔.⁣”

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The Greek-born actor won a 2022 lifetime achievement award at the Daytime Emmys for playing the scheming Kiriakis for more than three decades in 3,000 episodes in which his character was killed off (only to resurface alive) multiple times while wreaking nonstop havoc throughout the fictional town of Salem.

Lauren Koslow (left) and John Aniston in a scene from "Days of Our Lives."
Lauren Koslow and John Aniston in a scene from "Days of Our Lives."
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Though John could not attend the event, Jennifer appeared virtually to pay homage to her father, saying, “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.”

In his long career, the veteran actor appeared on the daytime drama Search for Tomorrow from 1980-1984, plus roles on Mad MenThe Paul Reiser ShowAmerican DreamsGilmore GirlsMy Big Fat Greek LifeDiagnosis MurderKojak and Love of Life.

Actress Jennifer Aniston kisses her father John Aniston at Jennifer Aniston Honored With Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame on February 22, 2012 in Hollywood, California.
John joined Jennifer Aniston in 2012 when she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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In 1990, the father-daughter team did an E! News interview together, pre-Friends superstardom, in which John bragged about Jennifer’s natural talent: “There are certain things you can learn in this business, and there are certain things you can’t learn,” he said. “The comic instinct that she has is unerring. That’s her greatest asset.”

The actor is also survived by his second wife, Sherry Rooney, and adult son, Alexander.