A bittersweet goodbye. The annual vacation episode of Days of Our Lives honored the late John Aniston along with his closing look on the cleaning soap opera.
The Monday, December 26, episode started with Aniston’s character, Victor Kiriakis, questioning why Leo Stark (portrayed by Greg Rikaart) was in his house and demanding him to depart. After the alternate, the characters reached an settlement and the present goes again in time to spotlight Victor’s legacy.
In a flashback sequence, viewers obtained to see replays of a few of Victor’s most iconic storylines and the way he grew throughout the sequence. The episode ended along with his character crusing off into the sundown.
The Greece native, whose dying at age 89 was introduced by daughter Jennifer Aniston in November, joined Days in 1970. After an preliminary run as Eric Richards, he left the present in the identical 12 months to pursue different tasks. When returning to the long-running sequence 15 years later, John started his tenure as Victor. He continued to star on the present on and off for 36 years. In 2017, the actor earned a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for his work.
The long-lasting sequence concluded its NBC run in September — after 52 years on the community — and jumped over to the streaming service Peacock for all new episodes. In June, the Seek for Tomorrow star was honored with the 2022 Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award, which was offered to him by Jennifer.
“That is actually a particular second for me. It’s a possibility to not solely pay tribute to a real icon within the daytime tv world, however it’s additionally an opportunity to acknowledge the lifelong achievements of a fantastic and well-respected actor, who additionally occurs to be my dad,” the Associates alum, 53, mentioned throughout the ceremony. “For over 30 years, his dedication to that present has gained him respect and admiration of his fellow actors, deep friendships, and thrilled tens of millions of followers world wide. His profession is actually the definition of lifetime achievement.”
The Morning Present actress introduced the information of her father’s passing in November.
“Candy papa… John Anthony Aniston. You have been one of the crucial lovely people I ever knew,” the Horrible Bosses actress wrote through Instagram on the time, alongside a number of candy childhood pictures. “I’m so grateful that you simply went hovering into the heavens in peace – and with out ache. … I’ll love you until the tip of time💔.”
Along with Jennifer, John is survived by spouse Sherry Rooney and their 33-year-old son, Alexander. After marrying Rooney, 76, in June 1984, the West Wing alum additionally grew to become a stepfather to her son from a earlier marriage, John Melick.