Birthplace: Cypress, California
John Stamos' original family name is Stamopolous, which was shortened by his grandparents when they came to America from Greece. His parents are Bill & Loretta, and he has two younger sisters, Janeen & Alaina, both schoolteachers. John's first professional role was as Blackie Parrish on the daytime soap, "General Hospital" (1963), which turned into a 2-year role, for which John won two Soap Opera Digest Awards (1982 & 1983). In 1987, he began the role of Jesse on "Full House" (1987/I), which is his best-known role to date, spanning 8 years. At his request, the writers of "Full House" gave his character the last name of Katsopolis, instead of the original character's name, Cochran, in order to highlight John's Greek heritage. He has played drums occasionally with The Beach Boys since 1985, and directed their "Hot Fun in the Summertime" video. More recently, he expanded his career to include the role of J. Pierrepont Finch in Broadway's production of "How to succeed in Business Without Really Trying!", in 1995, showcasing not only his musical talents, but his dancing ability as well. On September 19, 1998, he married Rebecca Romijn of MTV's "House of Style", which is the first marriage for them both.
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Stamos was born in Cypress, California, to William John Stamos (a restaurant owner of Greek descent) and Loretta Phillips (an Irish immigrant); his paternal grandfather, Hermes Stamotopoulos, shortened his surname to Stamos upon emigrating from Greece to the USA.
John has two sisters, Janeen and Alaina (both of whom are school teachers). He was raised in the Disciples of Christ church, which he still attends.
Stamos started his acting career with a role on the television soap opera General Hospital. He is probably best known for his role as the character of Jesse Katsopolis, a rocker and motorcycle aficionado, on the TV show Full House, which ran from 1987-1995. He has subsequently appeared in numerous made-for-television films, stage productions and commercials (including advertisements for the long-distance phone call carrier 10-10-987 in 2004). Stamos also has an active music career, having occasionally toured as a drummer with The Beach Boys, and having appeared on Broadway as the Master of Ceremonies in Cabaret.
In 1990, he was chosen by People Magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. He currently stars in the television series, Jake in Progress, which debuted in 2005 and is now off the air..
Stamos also made a guest appearance on the sitcom Friends, around season 8
Stamos has dated actresses Demi Moore, Lori Loughlin and Chelsea Noble, as well as singer Paula Abdul. He married supermodel Rebecca Romijn in 1998. This was the first marriage for both of them, and they had no children. The couple separated in 2004 and officially divorced in 2005.
John Stamos is a Disney fan and a frequent Disneyland visitor. He is an annual passholder at the Disneyland Resort, and in November of 2000, Stamos was the winning bidder in the eBay auction of the fourteen-foot-tall Disneyland sign, which had stood at the entrance to the park for the past decade. He paid $30,700 for it.