"Days of Our Lives" Veteran John Aniston Passes On


Reel Illustrated  commiserates with Friends alum Jennifer Aniston on the passing of her father, John Aniston. The late Greek-American actor was best known for playing villian businessman Victor Kiriakis in the long running soap, "Days of Our Lives" from 1985 to 2022. Before playing Kiriakis, he briefly appeared as another character in 1970, Dr. Eric Richards.  On the 18th June, Aniston received the  Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award at the 49th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy Awards, which Jennifer accepted on his behalf. 

Aniston was 89 at the time of his death, 11th of November. 

Aniston appeared other soaps and T.V Shows including Gilmore Girls, Kojak which starred his best friend, late Telly Savalas, Diagnosis: Murder, the short lived My Big Fat Greek Life,  Cold Case and Mad Men. 

Jennifer Aniston described her late dad as, "one of the most beautiful humans I ever knew." 

Tributes from "Days of Our Lives" alum and current cast members...

 Crystal Chappelle (Dr. Carly Manning) : "A wonderful and funny man! 💔🙏 #RIP" 

James Reynolds (Abe Carver): "My dear friend, John Aniston is missed and admired. One of the true professionals. ⁦@daysofourlives⁩ @Days Peacock #DaysofOurLives #Peacock #JohnAniston" 

Staci Greason (Isabella Toscano Black) : "He played my father on days of our lives. He was very kind. I’m so sorry Jennifer 💔 " 

Wally Kurth (Justin Kiriakis): "RIP John 🙏❤️  ⁦@DaysPeacock⁩ #JohnAniston" 

Lauren Koslow (Kate Roberts): John, thankU for making me laugh EVERY time I saw you( best joke teller ever) ,for always being playful & terrifically creative in our work, inspirational as a friend-what an extraordinary life you lived .I feel lucky & privileged to have known you -Rest In Peace 😘 #JohnAniston

Mary Beth Evans (Kayla Brady Johnson): "What a force,  this lovely man was...and the nicest, sweetest man around. He was the master of this daytime art form & all of us Days of Lives can't imagine Salem without him. We love you John, rest in peace". 

Victor Kiriakis has left the building after 37 years. Rest in peace. ❤️🌹


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