The cast of Days of Our Lives have taken to social media to pay tribute to John Aniston. The actor, who was best known for his role as Victor Kiriakis on the hit soap, died at the age of 89 this week. Here’s what you need to know.
Days of Our Lives Stars Pay Tribute To John Aniston (Victor Kiriakis)
“It is truly unimaginable to think he won’t be stepping foot on our set again, but it’s comforting to all of us to know that he is at rest and no longer in pain,” said DOOL executive producer Ken Corday in a statement. “John was one of the best — kind, smart, witty, and incredibly talented. It is enormously fitting that he received the Emmy for Lifetime Achievement this past year. There is no question that all of us at DAYS will be mourning this great and profound loss. John was an icon, but even more so, he was a pillar of strength and unity for our DAYS OF OUR LIVES community. He, along with our Victor Kiriakis, will forever be in our hearts. Our love and support goes out to his family and all those who knew him.”
Kristian Alfonso wrote, “Rest in Peace, John. It was an Honor knowing you & working with you. Thank you for always being so kind and for always making me laugh. XOXO You will be greatly missed.”
Arianne Zucker said, “My heart is so full when I think of this wonderful man, John Aniston! I have nothing but incredible memories of a man who was so professional at his job and always walked in with the best jokes. No one could tell a joke like John! He taught me how to be a better actress. When I would get a note from a director that I didn’t understand at the time, John would say, ‘Just act faster.’ Ha! It actually works! I sang him the same tune every single day I saw him! He loved it! Our characters were married for four years and some of my fondest storylines have been with John. I will love him forever and am so grateful I was able to know him.”
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Eric Martsolf added, “I will miss this gentle giant so much. He reminded me that ‘work’ can be ‘play’; and we are so damn lucky to do what we do. Thank you, Grandpa Vic, for allowing me to play with you over the years.”
On Monday, John’s daughter Jennifer Aniston announced her father’s death on social media. Sharing several throwback photos of the two of them together, Jennifer captioned her Instagram post with, “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.”
Jennifer also added, “Don’t forget to visit.”
John first started playing Victor Kiriakis on Days of Our Lives back in 1985. He appeared in the episode that aired last week but seeing how there usually are months between when the daytime drama films episodes and when they air, fans will get to see more of John Aniston on the daytime television show in the coming weeks ahead.
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