The Sound of Music
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Victor Kiriakis played by John Aniston
Victor Kiriakis first arrived in Salem in 1985. Caroline Brady was not happy to see him, because it would later be revealed that Victor was Bo Brady's biological father. Things got more complicated for Bo and Victor's strained relationship when Victor's wife left him for his estranged son. Victor also discovered he had an illegitimate daughter, Isabella. When Isabella died of cancer, Victor vowed to turn his life around and be a respectable businessman.
Victor opened up a new business, Titan Industries, and teaming up with Kate Roberts. He eventually fell in love with Kate and wanted her to bear him a child. Kate went to a fertility clinic, only to have her embryos switched out by a scheming Vivian who wanted to carry Victor's child herself. Vivian gave birth to Victor's child and named him Philip. Victor suffered a stroke before being able to confront Vivian about the switching of embryos and was moved into a nursing home.
After Victor overcame the obstacles of his stroke, he started a relationship with an unlikely partner, Nicole Walker. They married in a lavish New Year's Eve ceremony and set out to make each other's lives a living hell. Eventually, they split up and Nicole headed to Los Angeles.
Victor made it obvious that he would do anything for his family, especially his son Philip. Philip also became partners with his father over at Titan.
When Shawn passed away, Victor escorted Caroline to his funeral and remained a crutch for her to lean on during that difficult time. Their son Bo was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer shortly after Shawn's death, and Victor had his very talented godson, surgeon Daniel Jonas, flown in to operate on him.
But Victor's troubles were just beginning, as Vivian returned to town to wreak havoc, setting out to win Victor's heart once and for all. He initially teamed up with Vivian to bring down a mutual enemy, Carly Manning. But when Victor realized how far Vivian was willing to take this revenge on Carly, he made an agreement with her. Victor would marry Vivian if she backed off her plot to destroy Carly. Vivian agreed, but as she moved her stuff into the Kiriakis mansion, he began having second thoughts about his new arrangement, especially since he was growing closer to the widowed Maggie Horton.
With his feelings for Maggie growing and a vengeful and unpredictable Vivian living in his house, the only guarantee is that where there is Victor around, there's bound to be drama.
John Aniston plays Victor Kiriakis
John Aniston has become a legend in daytime television for his portrayal of the powerful and manipulative Victor Kiriakis on "Days of our Lives."
Aniston's career started on the stage in the original New York production of the smash hit musical 'Little Mary Sunshine.' His most recent stage appearance was in the Hollywood Production of the greatest of American dramas, 'Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.' In between were 40 other productions on Broadway, off Broadway and in regional stock or Equity Waiver Theaters. Along the way there were several dozen primetime television shows and a smattering of feature films.
He is most familiar to fans of daytime since he has appeared almost continually on the show since 1975. He joined the cast of "Days of our Lives" during the summer of 1985 as the nefarious Victor Kiriakis. He received double honors as Outstanding Leading Actor and as Outstanding Villain at "The Third Annual Soap Opera Awards" in 1986. His other daytime credits include "Search for Tomorrow" and "Love of Life." Acting runs in the family. John's daughter is Jennifer Aniston.
Aniston was born on the island of Crete and is fluent in Greek and Spanish. He graduated from Penn State University with a BA in Theater Arts, served in the US Navy as an intelligence officer on active duty in Panama and later in the reserves attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He currently resides in Los Angeles. He is married to actress Sherry Rooney-Aniston and they have a son, Alexander. His birthday is July 24.