SOAP ROLES: Victor Kiriakis, DAYS OF OUR LIVES (1985-present); Martin Tourneur, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW (1978-1984); Eddie Aleata, LOVE OF LIFE (1975-1978)
2001 Soap Opera Digest Award win for Outstanding Supporting Actor
1986 Soap Opera Digest Award win for Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role on a Daytime Serial
1986 Soap Opera Digest Award win for Outstanding Villain on a Daytime Serial
COMMENTS FROM THE PANEL:
Damon L. Jacobs: John Aniston has made a living by portraying the consummate rogue. His willingness to make his characters so damn unlikable is exactly what makes him so lovable. He has portrayed Victor Kiriakis as a thorn in the side of dozens of Salem residents with his unpredictable hybrid of anger, menace, and humor. After 25 years he is finally being given a chance to deliver hysterical one-liners that make the viewer laugh out loud, and then feel ashamed for giggling at such blatant cruelty. Very few actors can so gleefully toggle the line between comedy and villainy, but Aniston has continued to reinvent and master his craft.
Nelson Aspen: I first worked with John when I was still a teenager on SFT and even now, 25+ yrs later, I still have the same reaction when I see him on DOOL: there is a MAN! He has the strength and presence that make men admire him and women swoon.
Roger Newcomb: Aniston has been able to play different types of characters in his 35 years on soaps. And even when Victor on DAYS was at his bad guy worst, I always loved to hate him. I'm so happy he made this countdown and his contributions to daytime are being recognized.
COMMENTS FROM CO-STARS/CO-WORKERS/INDUSTRY:
Patsy Pease: (worked with Aniston on SEARCH FOR TOMORROW and DAYS OF OUR LIVES) Best story/joke teller ever! [He has a] plethora of mesmerizing antidotes and experiences but, come time for work, John is a consummate professional!
Louise Sorel: (works with Aniston on DAYS OF OUR LIVES) John Aniston and I have a wonderful witted relationship both on and off stage. He's a teddy bear and as sweet as they come.
Suzanne Rogers: (works with Aniston on DAYS OF OUR LIVES) I absolutely adore John Aniston. I really do. I like him a lot.