Actress Jennifer Aniston shared on Monday via Instagram that her father, veteran actor John Aniston, who was best known for his work on the daytime serial “Days of Our Lives,” has passed away. He was 89.
Jennifer wrote with a black and white childhood photo on Instagram ; 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💔
Over the course of his lengthy career, the actor participated in a number of TV shows, including approximately three thousand episodes of “Days of Our Lives.”
On the Greek island of Crete in 1933, Aniston was given the name John Anastassakis. When he was 10 years old, his family immigrated to the US, and they changed their last name to Aniston.
Aniston performed in an off-Broadway musical and served in the US Navy before breaking into the soap opera industry, according to Soap Opera Digest. He opened a restaurant in New York, divorced his first wife, Nancy Dow, and married costar Sherry Rooney and moved to Los Angeles.
In a 2019 interview with the Television Academy Foundation, Aniston said he found out his daughter had been calling his agent to ask for auditions while he was appearing on “Search for Tomorrow.”
“I told her, ‘You don’t want to be in show business. Show business stinks,’” he said. “I tell everybody who wants to be an actor, don’t be an actor, be something else. Because if my telling (them) to stay out of show business is gonna keep them out, they shouldn’t be in it in the first place.”
Though John advised Jennifer Aniston not to go into acting, he has always been proud of her. In a 1990 interview with E! News alongside his daughter, Aniston offered fatherly praise: “Jennifer is a natural talent,”