John Stamos

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John Stamos
John Stamos at PaleyFest 2013.jpg
Stamos at the PaleyFest 2013 panel for The New Normal
BornJohn Phillip Stamos
(1963-08-19) August 19, 1963 (age 51)
Cypress, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, musician, singer, songwriter
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Rebecca Romijn (1998–2005)
Musical career
InstrumentsVocals, drums, percussion, guitar, bass, keyboard
Years active1982–present
LabelsCapitol, Brother, Reprise, Caribou, CBS
Associated actsThe Beach Boys, Diamond Carter
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John Stamos
John Stamos at PaleyFest 2013.jpg
Stamos at the PaleyFest 2013 panel for The New Normal
BornJohn Phillip Stamos
(1963-08-19) August 19, 1963 (age 51)
Cypress, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, musician, singer, songwriter
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Rebecca Romijn (1998–2005)
Musical career
InstrumentsVocals, drums, percussion, guitar, bass, keyboard
Years active1982–present
LabelsCapitol, Brother, Reprise, Caribou, CBS
Associated actsThe Beach Boys, Diamond Carter

John Phillip Stamos (/ˈstms/ STAY-mohs; born August 19, 1963) is an American actor, singer and musician best known for his work in television, especially in his starring role as Jesse Katsopolis on the ABC sitcom Full House. Since the show's finale in 1995, Stamos has appeared in numerous television films and series. Since 2005 he has been the national spokesperson for Project Cuddle.[1] From 2006 to 2009, Stamos had a starring role on the NBC medical drama ER as Dr. Tony Gates. In September 2009, he began playing the role of Albert in the Broadway revival of Bye Bye Birdie. In 2013, he assumed a recurring role in season three of the USA Network television series Necessary Roughness, which stars Callie Thorne. In 2014 he is starring in the upcoming ABC primetime soap opera Members Only.

Early life[edit]

Stamos was born in Cypress, California. He attended John F. Kennedy High School.[2] He is the oldest child and only son of Loretta (née Phillips) (1939-2014), a former swimsuit model who was raised in England and is of Irish and English ancestry,[3] and Bill Stamos, a restaurateur of Greek descent.[4] Stamos has two younger sisters, Jannen and Alaina, who are both teachers. His family's last name was originally Stamatopoulos (Greek: Σταματόπουλος) but his paternal grandparents shortened the name to Stamos when they moved to the United States from Greece. ('-poulos' [Gr. -πουλος] is a common Greek suffix in surnames, meaning "son of"; 'Stamat-' is the root, which is derived from the name Stamat-ios [Gr. Σταμάτ-ιος] --> Stamat-is [Gr. Σταμάτ-ης], with the -o- in between being an addition for easier pronunciation).[3]

Acting career[edit]

Early career (1982–86)[edit]

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. His stint on the show got him noticed by daytime viewers. Stamos decided to move on in April 1984, when he auditioned for and got the lead role in a short-lived CBS sitcom called Dreams, in which he played an aspiring musician in a band of the same name. Later, he played a role in the sitcom You Again? (1986) with Jack Klugman.

Full House (1987–95)[edit]

Stamos in February 1990

In the late 1980s, ABC's Full House gradually became a hit, and the show solidified Stamos's career. In the first season, his character's full name was credited as Jesse Cochran. During the second season he then changed his character's last name to 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, 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, and Candace Cameron Bure. As of 2015, the show airs in syndication on TBS and Nick at Nite.

Later career (1996–2009)[edit]

After Full House ended, 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.[5][6] 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 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.[7]

He has made several voice acting appearances such as in the MTV animated series Clone High in the episode, "Changes: The Big Prom: The Sex Romp: The Season Finale", where he played himself, and as the What's Global Warming Penguin in Bob Saget's parody film Farce of the Penguins. In 2006, 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. Executive producer John Wells said that he wanted him earlier the season before but Stamos was contracted with Jake in Progress.[citation needed] Shortly after that show was canceled, Stamos was brought aboard as a series regular. In February 2008, Stamos appeared in the television adaptation of A Raisin in the Sun. In August 2008, Stamos was the roast master for Comedy Central Roast Of Bob Saget.[8]

Recent roles (2010–present)[edit]

On June 8, 2010, it was announced that Stamos would portray Carl Howell, a new love interest for Emma Pillsbury (Jayma Mays), in season two of the popular television show Glee.[9][10] In 2011, Stamos guest starred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.[11] and was featured in a CollegeHumor video with Bob Saget.[12] Stamos also guest-starred as himself on Two and a Half Men as Charlie's old friend, who was interested in buying the house until he found out that the place was Charlie's.

Since 2011, Stamos has appeared in a series of commercials for Dannon's Greek yogurt brand Oikos; including his first Super Bowl commercial which was aired during Super Bowl 2012.[13] In February 2012, it was reported that Stamos would take on one of the lead roles on the new Fox drama Little Brother. The series was created by Everybody Loves Raymond writer Mike Royce, and centers around a man who finds out that he has a long-lost half brother.[14]

In March 2013, Stamos signed on in a recurring role on the USA Network drama Necessary Roughness, during season three. He played Connor McClane, the head of a sports and entertainment management company that is interested in hiring Dani.[15] Stamos is set to play the lead role in ABC's upcoming soap opera Members Only.[16]

Music and theatre[edit]

Stamos started learning drums when he was four, and started his own band called Destiny. They had paying concerts at some amusement parks and parties.[17]


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. Stamos 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. He also performed the role of Emcee in the Broadway production of Cabaret.

On March 30, 2009, he announced that he would participate in the Broadway revival of Bye Bye Birdie.[18] Stamos won the 2009–10 Golden Icon Award for best actor in a musical for his performance in that production.[19] Stamos was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 16, 2009.[20] The star is located at 7021 Hollywood Blvd.

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, & bass guitar throughout the concert. In August 2011, Stamos performed in Hairspray at the Hollywood Bowl as Corny Collins, alongside an all-star cast.[21]

On July 10, 2012, Stamos began performances on Broadway in Gore Vidal's The Best Man as Senator Joseph Cantwell.[22] Stamos reprised his role as Jesse Katsopolis for a "Jesse and the Rippers" reunion on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on July 19, 2013. Played straight by host Fallon (who introduced the band as being from San Francisco and having a number one song in Japan), 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.[23]

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.[24]

The Beach Boys[edit]

Stamos playing with The Beach Boys at Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, January 2014

Stamos, who plays the drums, keyboard, guitar, bass and various percussion instruments, has occasionally performed with The Beach Boys, dating back to 1985. 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.

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:

Personal life[edit]

In 1994, he met Rebecca Romijn at a Victoria's Secret fashion show, where she was modeling. Two months later, the pair began dating.[29] On September 19, 1998, the couple married. They separated in April 2004, and divorced on March 1, 2005.

In 2000, he purchased a sign at the entrance of Disneyland on eBay for US$30,700.[30]



1982–84General HospitalBlackie ParishSoap opera
1984DreamsGino Minnelli12 episodes
1985Alice in WonderlandMessengerMovie
1986–87You Again?Matt WillowsMain role
1987–95Full HouseJesse KatsopolisLead role
1989New Mickey Mouse Club, TheThe New Mickey Mouse ClubJesseEpisode: "Guest Day"
1990Daughter of the StreetsJoeyMovie
1991CaptiveRobert KnottMovie
1992Hangin' with Mr. CooperJesse Katsopolis (uncredited)Episode: "Hangin' with Michelle"
1993Disappearance of Christina, TheThe Disappearance of ChristinaJoe SeldonMovie
1993Tales from the CryptJohnny CanaparoEpisode: "Till Death Do We Part"
1994Fatal Vows: The Alexandra O'Hara StoryNick PaganMovie
1995/97Larry Sanders Show, TheThe Larry Sanders ShowHimself2 episodes
1997Tracey Takes On...Rob TrascaEpisode: "Movies"
1997Match Made in Heaven, AA Match Made in HeavenTom RosnerMovie
1998Marriage Fool, TheThe Marriage FoolRobert WalshMovie
1999Sealed with a KissBennett BlakeMovie
2000Beach Boys: An American Family, TheThe Beach Boys: An American FamilyDrummer (uncredited)Movie
2000How to Marry a Billionaire: A Christmas TaleTom NathanMovie
2001ThievesJohnny10 episodes
2003Clone HighHimself (voice)Episode: "Changes: The Big Prom: The Sex Romp: The Season Finale"
2003FriendsZakEpisode: The One with the Donor
2003Reagans, TheThe ReagansJohn SearsMovie
2005–06Jake in ProgressJake PhillipsLead role
2005–09ERDr. Tony GatesMain role
2006Wedding WarsShel GrandyMovie
2008Comedy Central Roast Of Bob SagetHimself/roastmasterSpecial
2008Raisin in the Sun, AA Raisin in the SunCarl LindnerMovie
2008Two Mr. Kissels, TheThe Two Mr. KisselsAndrew KisselMovie
2010–11GleeDr. Carl Howell4 episodes
2011Law & Order: Special Victims UnitKen TurnerEpisode: "Bang"
2011, 2015Two and a Half MenHimself/Prospective House BuyerEpisodes: "Nice to Meet You, Walden Schmidt", "Of Course He's Dead"
2012Secrets of EdenPastor DrewMovie
2013The New NormalBrice5 episodes
2013Necessary RoughnessConnor McClaneRecurring in season 3[31]
2013Losing It with John StamosHimself10 episodes
2015Members Only
2015GalavantSir Jean HammEpisode: "Joust Friends"


1986Never Too Young to DieLance Stargrove
1991Born To RideCpl. Grady Westfall
2000Dropping OutRonny
2001My Best Friend's WifeSteve Richards
2002Femme FataleCheesy Agent (uncredited)
2003Party MonsterTalk Show Host
2004I Am StamosHimselfShort film
2004KnotsCal Scoppa
2006Farce of the PenguinsWhat's global warming Penguin (voice)
2010Father of InventionSteven Leslie
2014My Man Is a LoserMike
2014They Came TogetherAssistant EngineerCameo

Awards and nominations[edit]




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