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John Stamos
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Stamos at SDCC 2016
Biographical Information
Date of Birth: August 19, 1963 (age 53)
Origin: Cypress, California
Years active: 1982-present
Show Information
Character(s): Dr. Brock Holt
Season(s): Season Two
Show Status: Starring
If you were flipping by the channels and saw this show, you'd be like what the hell is this? It's outrageous!
—John Stamos about Scream Queens
John Phillip Stamos is an American actor and musician. He is most known for his work in television, especially for his starring role as Jesse Katsopolis on the ABC sitcom Full House. Since the show's finale in 1995, Stamos has appeared in numerous TV films and series. Most recently, he starred as the lead character in the FOX sitcom Grandfathered and is now reprising his role as Jesse Katsopolis on Netflix's Fuller House.

He is currently starring as Dr. Brock Holt on Season Two of Scream Queens.[1]

Early life

Stamos was born in Cypress, California to Loretta Phillips, a former swimsuit model who was raised in England and was of Irish and English ancestry, and Bill Stamos, a restaurateur of Greek descent. He is the oldest child, having two younger sisters, Janeen and Alaina, who are both teachers. His family's original last name was "Stamotopoulos", but his paternal grandparents shortened it to "Stamos" after coming to the United States from Greece.

He attended John F. Kennedy High School in La Palma, California.

Personal life

Stamos began dating model Rebecca Romijn in 1994 after meeting at a Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in which she was modeling. The couple got engaged on Christmas Eve of 1997 and became married on September 19, 1998 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. In April 2004, they announced their separation, and Stamos filed for divorce shortly after in August. The divorce became final on March 1, 2005.

On June 12, 2015, Stamos was arrested in Beverly Hills and later charged with driving under the influence. The following month he entered a residential rehab center for substance abuse.

Career

1982–86: Early career

Stamos began his acting career with the role of Blackie Parrish on the soap opera General Hospital in late January 1982, for which he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in 1984. That April, he went on to the lead role in the short-lived CBS sitcom Dreams, in which he played an aspiring musician in a band of the same name. Later, he played a cast role in the sitcom You Again? (1986) with Jack Klugman.

1987–95: Full House

In the late 1980s, ABC's Full House gradually became a hit, and the show solidified Stamos's career. He asked that the character's last name be Katsopolis to highlight his Greek heritage, according to Jeff Franklin. He played one of the show's protagonists, Jesse, who lives with his brother in-law, Danny, whose deceased wife was Jesse's older sister. Danny's best friend, Joey, also lives in the house with them. The three help each other raise three young girls. Jesse is known to be the "bad boy" at first, until he falls in love with and marries Rebecca Donaldson and has twin boys, Nicky and Alex. In 1995, after eight seasons, the series came to an end. Stamos has since maintained close relationships with co-stars Bob Saget, Dave Coulier, Lori Loughlin, Jodie Sweetin, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Andrea Barber, and Candace Cameron Bure.

1996–2008: Later career

Stamos has appeared in numerous made-for-television films, stage productions, television series and commercials. He had starring roles in the television series Thieves (2001) and Jake in Progress (2005). Both shows ran for several episodes before cancellation. In 2003, Stamos guest-starred in Friends, appearing in the episode "The One with the Donor", playing a man who went to Chandler and Monica's apartment for dinner, not knowing he was actually being interviewed to be a sperm donor. Stamos was a guest star in a first-season episode of MTV's The Andy Milonakis Show (2005), playing himself. He took part in only one skit, which featured him in a tree, having rabies, and being put down by another character. In 2005, Stamos guest-starred in two episodes in season 12 of ER as paramedic-turned-intern Tony Gates. In 2006, at the start of ER's thirteenth season, he joined the cast of ER as a series regular. In the A&E television movie Wedding Wars (2006), he starred as Shel, a gay wedding planner. He stated that his performance reflected his support for same-sex marriages. In February 2008, Stamos appeared in the television adaptation of A Raisin in the Sun. In August 2008, he was the roast master for Comedy Central Roast Of Bob Saget.

Music and Theater Career

Stamos performed on an independently released 1994 album entitled Shades of Blue along with Lanny Cordola, Gary Griffin, Sandra Stephens, Tony Guerrero, and David Enos. Shades of Blue was re-released digitally through iTunes and other channels in 2010 after being long out-of-print. He appeared on Broadway as the emcee in Cabaret, and also in Nine and How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. Stamos performed the Billy Joel song "Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)" on the 2006 charity album Unexpected Dreams – Songs From the Stars. On March 30, 2009, he announced that he would participate in the Broadway revival of Bye Bye Birdie. Stamos won the 2009–10 Golden Icon Award for best actor in a musical for his performance in that production. Stamos performed with John Fogerty on April 24, 2010 during one of the Tampa Bay Rays post-game concerts. Stamos rotated between the tambourine, drums, and bass guitar throughout the concert. In August 2011, Stamos performed in Hairspray at the Hollywood Bowl as Corny Collins, alongside an all-star cast. On July 10, 2012, Stamos began performances on Broadway in Gore Vidal's The Best Man as Senator Joseph Cantwell. Stamos reprised his role as Jesse Katsopolis for a "Jesse and the Rippers" reunion on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on July 19, 2013. Stamos performed a medley of songs featured on Full House including "Forever" and the series' theme song "Everywhere You Look". Bob Saget and Lori Loughlin also made cameos. In 2014, Stamos directed the music video "Let Yourself be Loved" for Nashville-based band Diamond Carter, featuring the band's front man Tyler Tuohy alongside actress Nicky Whelan. Stamos was also noted as a cowriter for the song, along with Michael Gigante, and the video was released on Yahoo Music on May 21, 2014.

The Beach Boys

Stamos has occasionally performed in concert with The Beach Boys, dating back to 1985, typically playing drums and various other percussion instruments. In 1988, he appeared in their video for "Kokomo", in which he played both the conga drums and the steel drums. In 1990, he played drums for them on the title track of the comedy Problem Child and also appearing in the song's music video.

In 1992, he sang lead vocals on a new version of "Forever" for their album Summer in Paradise. The song was originally written and sung by Beach Boy Dennis Wilson and released in 1970. The song was also featured twice on Full House. The first was a recording sung at his character's wedding, while the second was a recording sung for his character's twin sons. The 1992 music video, titled "Forever by Jesse and the Rippers", featured Stamos predominantly. Three of The Beach Boys members are however briefly shown singing harmonies with Stamos: Carl Wilson, Bruce Johnston, and Mike Love. Since the 1990s, Stamos has regularly performed with The Beach Boys, such as during their summer tours, playing drums and guitar, and singing along on some of their hit songs, like "Forever", including:

  • March 30, 2010 episode of ABC's Dancing with the Stars, playing drums, congas, and guitar, also touring with them that spring, including an appearance at Fort Myers, Florida
  • June 2011 at a benefit concert for the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network
  • Several appearances on their 50th Reunion Tour (April – September 2012)
  • May 26, 2013, performed during a post-game concert at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • July 29, 2014, played the drums, guitar, congas and sang with The Beach Boys at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus
  • July 4, 2016, played the drums, guitar, conga, misc percussion and sang with The Beach Boys as part of their 50th anniversary performance at the Coney Island Amphitheater in Brooklyn, NY

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1986 Never Too Young to Die Lance Stargrove
1991 Born to Ride Cpl. Grady Westfall
2000 Dropping Out Ronny
2001 My Best Friend's Wife Steve Richards
2002 Femme Fatale Cheesy Agent uncredited
2003 Party Monster Talk Show Host
2004 I Am Stamos Himself Short film
2004 Knots Cal Scoppa
2006 Farce of the Penguins What's Global Warming Penguin Voice
2010 Father of Invention Steven Leslie
2014 My Man is a Loser Mike
2014 They Came Together Assistant Engineer Cameo
2016 My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 George

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1982-1984 General Hospital Blackie Parrish
1984 Dreams Gino Minnelli 12 episodes
1985 Alice in Wonderland Messenger
1986-1987 You Again? Matt Willows Main role (26 episodes)
1987-1995 Full House Jesse Katsopolis Lead role (192 episodes)
1989 The New Mickey Mouse Club Jesse Episode: "Guest Day"
1990 Daughter of the Streets Joey
1991 Captive Robert Knott
1993 The Disappearance of Christina Joe Seldon
1993 Tales from the Crypt Johnny Canaparo Episode: "Till Death Do We Part"
1994 Fatal Vows: The Alexandra O'Hara Story Nick Pagan
1995, 1997 The Larry Sanders Show Himself 2 episodes
1997 Tracey Takes On... Rob Trasca Episode: "Movies"
1997 A Match Made in Heaven Tom Rosner
1998 The Marriage Fool Robert Walsh
1999 Sealed with a Kiss Bennett Blake
2000 How to Marry a Billionaire: A Christmas Tale Tom Nathan
2001 Thieves Johnny Lead role (10 episodes)
2003 Clone High Himself Voice
2003 Friends Zak Episode: "The One With the Donor"
2003 The Reagans John Sears
2005-2006 Jake in Progress Jake Phillips Lead role (21 episodes)
2005-2009 ER Dr. Tony Gates Main role (65 episodes)
2006 Wedding Wars Shel Grandy
2008 Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget Roastmaster Special
2008 A Raisin in the Sun Carl Lindner
2008 The Two Mr. Kissels Andrew Kissel
2010 Entourage Himself Episode:"Tequila Sunrise"
2010-2011 Glee Dr. Carl Howell 4 episodes
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Ken Turner Episode: "Bang"
2011, 2015 Two and a Half Men Prospective House Buyer,

Himself

Episodes: "Nice to Meet You, Walden Schmidt",

"Of Course He's Dead"

2012 Secrets of Eden Pastor Drew
2013 The New Normal Brice 5 episodes
2013 Necessary Roughness Connor McClane 10 episodes (Season 3)
2013 Losing It with John Stamos Host 19 episodes
2015 Galavant Sir Jean Hamm 2 episodes
2015-2016 Grandfathered Jimmy Lead role (22 episodes)
2016-present Fuller House Jesse Katsopolis 4 episodes
2016-present Scream Queens Dr. Brock Holt Main role (Season 2)

Gallery

Trivia

  • Stamos was chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world.
  • Stamos was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 16, 2009.
  • He purchased a Disneyland entrance sign for over $30,000.
  • In real life, he is very close to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who both played his niece Michelle on Full House.
  • Stamos started learning drums when he was four, and started his own band called Destiny. The band had paying concerts at some amusement parks and parties.
  • He not only was a touring drummer for The Beach Boys at one time, but he also played drums at Howard Stern's wedding.
  • His family's original surname was "Stamotopoulos".
  • He loves Elvis Presley.

References

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