John Phillip Stamos is a Greek-American actor and musician, initially recognized for his role on ABC’s soap opera General Hospital, where he received a Daytime Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Blackie Parrish; he’d ultimately win two Soap Opera Digest Awards for his role in the show.
Stamos solidified his successful career in television with his subsequent role as Jesse Katsopolis on ABC’s television sitcom Full House. Ultimately skipping his first semester at Cypress College in 1981, he decided to focus immediately on launching his acting career, landing his first role on General Hospital a mere three weeks later. Fostering a life-long love for music, he reportedly met The Beach Boys after attending a show, leading to a connection that would result in Stamos touring with the band on occasion throughout the late 80s, culminating in his appearance in the band’s 1988 music video: Kokomo.
Stamos continued to make guest appearances on television sitcoms after Full House came to an end in 1995, and widened his endeavors to include made-for-television films, stage productions, and more. He played notable guest star roles on shows such as Friends, in the episode “The One with the Donor”, and MTV’s The Andy Milonakis Show, and NBC’s ER, earning himself a series regular, Tony Gates.
In 2015, the Netflix sequel, Fuller House was announced, with Stamos reprising his role as the beloved Uncle Jesse; that same year, he became an ordained minister with Universal Life Church!
Stamos went on to star in the Fox sitcom, Grandfathered, winning the 2016 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Actor in a New TV Series. He spent a stint of time in the late 2000s performing in Broadway stage productions like Bye, Bye, Birdie, and Gore Vidal’s, The Best Man. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in November 2009.
Want to become ordained like John Stamos? Click here!