Sunday, 15 July 2012

FAMOUS GREEKS - John Stamos (Stamatopoulos)

famous greeksBorn: 1963
Born in Cypress, CA, US
John Stamos' original family name is Stamatopoulos, 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 school teachers.
His first professional role was as Blackie Parrish on the daytime soap, "General Hospital", which turned into a 2-year role, for which he won two Soap Opera Digest Awards (1982 & 1983). In 1987, he began the role of Jesse on "Full House" (1987), 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.

1 comment:

  1. My husband's grandfather came to America from Greece. His name was Nicholas Stamatopoulos. His family was separated at ELLIS Island and the Americans at the gate shortened the last name to Thomas for our family and his brother's family name was shortened to Stamos at the other gate. We have a Greek Thomas family reunion to celebrate the Stamatopoulos heritage every Father's Day in Indiana