John Stamos

John Stamos

Stamos at the 2013 PaleyFest
Born John Phillip Stamos
(1962-08-19) August 19, 1962
Cypress, California, U.S
  • Actor
  • film producer
  • instrumentalist
  • singer
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s) Rebecca Romijn (m. 19982005)

Musical career

Genres Pop rock
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • drums
  • percussion
Associated acts The Beach Boys

John Phillip Stamos (/ˈstms/ STAY-mohs; born August 19, 1963)[1] is an American actor and musician. He is 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 TV films and series. Since 2005, he has been the national spokesperson for Project Cuddle.[2]

From 2005 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. From September 2015 to 2016, Stamos starred as the lead character in the Fox sitcom Grandfathered. As of 2015, he has been executive producer of the Netflix series Fuller House, as well as making occasional appearances reprising his role of Jesse Katsopolis.

Acting 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

Stamos at the 1990 Grammy Awards

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, 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.

1996–2009: 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.[3][4] 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.[5]

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 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. Executive producer John Wells said that he wanted him earlier the season before but Stamos was contracted with Jake in Progress. Shortly after that show was canceled, he 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, he was the roast master for Comedy Central Roast Of Bob Saget.[6]

2010–present: Grandfathered, Fuller House and other ventures

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.[7][8] In 2011, Stamos guest starred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit[9] and was featured in a CollegeHumor video with Bob Saget.[10] 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.

Stamos in 2012

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.[11] 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.[12]

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.[13] Stamos was to play the lead role in ABC's soap opera Members Only,[14] but the network decided not to air the show.[15]

In April 2015, Stamos announced on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that the streaming service Netflix would be picking up Full House for a 13-episode sequel, titled Fuller House, to start airing on February 26, 2016.[16] In September, he began leading the cast of the Fox sitcom Grandfathered, also starring Josh Peck, Christina Milian, and Paget Brewster.[17] In 2016, Stamos appeared in the film My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. In late 2016, he will join the Fox black comedy series Scream Queens in its season two premiere as series regular Dr. Brock Holt.[18]

Music and theatre

Stamos started learning drums when he was four, then began to take up playing the guitar, and started his own band called Destiny. The band had paying concerts at some amusement parks and parties.[19]


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.[20] Stamos won the 2009–10 Golden Icon Award for best actor in a musical for his performance in that production.[21] Stamos was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 16, 2009.[22] 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, 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.[23]

On July 10, 2012, Stamos began performances on Broadway in Gore Vidal's The Best Man as Senator Joseph Cantwell.[24] 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.[25]

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.[26]

The Beach Boys

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

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:

Personal life

Stamos began dating model/actress Rebecca Romijn in 1994, after they met at a Victoria's Secret fashion show in which she was modeling. Stamos and Romijn became engaged on Christmas Eve 1997, and they married on September 19, 1998 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.[31] They announced their separation in April 2004.[32] Stamos filed for divorce in August 2004,[33] and it became final on March 1, 2005.[34]



Year Title Role Notes
1982–84 General Hospital Blackie Parrish Soap opera
1984 Dreams Gino Minnelli 12 episodes
1985 Alice in Wonderland Messenger Movie
1986–87 You Again? Matt Willows Main role (26 episodes)
1987–95 Full House Jesse Katsopolis Lead role (192 episodes)
1989 New Mickey Mouse Club, TheThe New Mickey Mouse Club Jesse Episode: "Guest Day"
1990 Daughter of the Streets Joey Movie
1991 Captive Robert Knott Movie
1993 Disappearance of Christina, TheThe Disappearance of Christina Joe Seldon Movie
Tales from the Crypt Johnny Canaparo Episode: "Till Death Do We Part"
1994 Fatal Vows: The Alexandra O'Hara Story Nick Pagan Movie
1995/97 Larry Sanders Show, TheThe Larry Sanders Show Himself 2 episodes
1997 Tracey Takes On... Rob Trasca Episode: "Movies"
Match Made in Heaven, AA Match Made in Heaven Tom Rosner Movie
1998 Marriage Fool, TheThe Marriage Fool Robert Walsh Movie
1999 Sealed with a Kiss Bennett Blake Movie
2000 How to Marry a Billionaire: A Christmas Tale Tom Nathan Movie
2001 Thieves Johnny Lead role (10 episodes)
2003 Clone High Himself (voice) Episode: "Changes: The Big Prom: The Sex Romp: The Season Finale"
Friends Zak Episode: The One with the Donor
Reagans, TheThe Reagans John Sears Movie
2005–06 Jake in Progress Jake Phillips Lead role (21 episodes)
2005–09 ER Dr. Tony Gates Main role (65 episodes)
2006 Wedding Wars Shel Grandy Movie
2008 Comedy Central Roast Of Bob Saget Himself/roastmaster Special
Raisin in the Sun, AA Raisin in the Sun Carl Lindner Movie
Two Mr. Kissels, TheThe Two Mr. Kissels Andrew Kissel Movie
2010 Entourage Himself Episode: "Tequila Sunrise"
2010–11 Glee Dr. Carl Howell 4 episodes
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Ken Turner Episode: "Bang"
Two and a Half Men Prospective House Buyer
"Nice to Meet You, Walden Schmidt"
"Of Course He's Dead"
2012 Secrets of Eden Pastor Drew Movie
2013 The New Normal Brice 5 episodes
Necessary Roughness Connor McClane 10 episodes (season 3)[35]
Losing It with John Stamos Himself/host Miniseries (19 episodes)
I Am Victor Victor Unsold pilot[36]
2015 Members Only Randy Canceled before premiere
Galavant Sir Jean Hamm 2 episodes
2015–16 Grandfathered Jimmy Lead role (22 episodes)
2016– Fuller House Jesse Katsopolis Netflix series; also executive producer of series
2016 Scream Queens[18] Dr. Brock Holt Series regular (season 2)


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
2003 Party Monster Talk Show Host
2004 I Am Stamos Himself Short film
Knots Cal Scoppa
2006 Farce of the Penguins What's global warming Penguin Voice role
2010 Father of Invention Steven Leslie
2014 My Man Is a Loser Mike
They Came Together Assistant Engineer Cameo
2016 My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 George

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1982 Soapy Awards Most Exciting New Actor General Hospital Won
1983 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series General Hospital Nominated
1983 Young Artist Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series General Hospital Nominated
1984 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (tie) General Hospital Won
1985 Best Young Actor in a Television Comedy Series Dreams Nominated
2016 People's Choice Awards Favorite Actor in a New TV Series Grandfathered Won


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