Jennifer Aniston's father, John Aniston, says goodbye to Days Of Our Lives in final episode

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John Aniston appeared on his final episode of the daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives on Monday.

Jennifer Aniston’s Emmy Award-winning father passed away last month at the age of 89.

He was best known for his long-running role as crime boss Victor Kiriakis on the popular show for over 30 years.

The storyline of his final episode introduced his unpredictable character with a bit of comic relief when he threatened to throw one of his nephew’s friends out of Kiriakis’ house after chastising him for wearing holiday pajamas that he said looked like baby clothes.

End of an era: John Aniston will appear in his final episode of daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives on Peacock Monday - pictured with his daughter, Jennifer Aniston during her star ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on 23 February 2012

End of an era: John Aniston will appear in his final episode of daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives on Peacock Monday – pictured with his daughter, Jennifer Aniston during her star ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on 23 February 2012

According to Deadline, the storyline revealed that Victor’s nephew Sonny (Freddie Smith) was blackmailed into marrying her ex-husband Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart), who also sold compromising photos of his nephew to tabloid journalists. .

At the end of the episode, DOOL paid homage to Aniston with a montage of clips of the actor, as well as footage from their past weddings.

The final scene was of Victor sailing away on his yacht, aptly named in his honor, at sunset – classic footage of one of the show’s most controversial characters.

After Aniston’s death, his daughter Jennifer, 53, took to Instagram to honor her father with a series of photos of them together over the years.

The Friends star and her father had a notoriously rocky relationship, but reconciled before his death, as she previously detailed by calling him every day during the coronavirus pandemic.

John first appeared on Days Of Our Lives as Dr. Eric Richards in 1969, but he quit the show after a year.

Chip off the old block: John was best known for his role as Victor Kiriakis in Days of Our Lives, which he played from July 1985

Chip off the old block: John was best known for his role as Victor Kiriakis in Days of Our Lives, which he played from July 1985

Childhood: Young Jennifer Aniston, left, shared a loving photo of her and her dad with the caption: 'Christmas with one of my creators'

Childhood: Young Jennifer Aniston, left, shared a loving photo of her and her dad with the caption: ‘Christmas with one of my creators’

He returned to the show in a new role as Victor Kiriakis in July 1985 and continued playing the character for 37 years.

The role earned him a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2017 and he received a Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2022.

In June, Jennifer honored her father in a clip shown on-screen at the ceremony, while Suzanne Rogers, co-star of John’s Days of Our Lives, presented the award.

“This is really a special moment for me,” said Jennifer. ‘It’s an opportunity not only to pay tribute to a true icon of the daytime television world, but also to recognize the lifetime achievements of a great and respected actor, who is also my father.’

Legendary Role: John started out as Victor Kiriakis for 37 years.  The role earned him a Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2022

Legendary Role: John started out as Victor Kiriakis for 37 years. The role earned him a Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2022

John shared Jennifer with his ex-wife Nancy Dow, who passed away in May 2016.

After 11 years of marriage, he walked out on Nancy in 1979, when Jennifer was ten.

Jennifer spoke about the incident in 1999 in an interview with Rolling Stone, saying it was the most “painful” moment of her life, before reconciling with her father.

She said: ‘My mother told me. I went to a birthday party, and when I got back, she said, “Your dad won’t be here for a little while.”

Childhood photo: The actress, 53, took to Instagram to honor her father with a series of photos of them together over the years

Childhood photo: The actress, 53, took to Instagram to honor her father with a series of photos of them together over the years

In his honor: Jennifer wrote: 'Sweet Daddy¿ John Anthony Aniston.  You were one of the most beautiful humans I've ever met.  She added: 'I will love you until the end of time.  Don't forget to visit'

In his honor: Jennifer wrote: ‘Sweet Daddy…⁣ John Anthony Aniston. You were one of the most beautiful humans I’ve ever met. She added: ‘I will love you until the end of time. Don’t forget to visit’

Jennifer added: ‘I don’t know what I did that night or the next day. I don’t remember anything other than being weird that all of a sudden my dad wasn’t there. And he was gone for a while. About a year.

She revealed that she never heard from him during that time and explained, ‘He called one day and said, ‘Let’s go see The Fantastickes.’

‘So we had some dinner and watched the show. After that, I started seeing him on the weekends, and this new way of life just unfolded.’

Jennifer said that she was desperate to please him so he wouldn’t leave her again and that she asked him why he left.

Looking back: Jennifer spoke about the difficult relationship she had with her parents, including her mother Nancy Dow (right), but she says she has forgiven them both

Looking back: Jennifer spoke about the difficult relationship she had with her parents, including her mother Nancy Dow (right), but she says she has forgiven them both

Candid: Her father's passing comes after Jennifer spoke about the pain of her parents' divorce and forgave her mother and father later in life

Candid: Her father’s passing comes after Jennifer spoke about the pain of her parents’ divorce and forgave her mother and father later in life

In his honor, Jennifer wrote: ‘Sweet Daddy…⁣ John Anthony Aniston. You were one of the most beautiful humans I’ve ever met.

‘I am so grateful that you ascended to heaven in peace – and without pain. And on 11/11 no less!

“You always had perfect timing. That number will forever have even greater meaning to me now. I will love you until the end of time.’

She added: ‘Don’t forget to visit

Forgiveness: She said, 'I forgave my mother.  I forgave my father.  I forgave my family,' Jennifer revealed, which is a big deal considering she had been estranged from her mother for years.

Forgiveness: She said, ‘I forgave my mother. I forgave my father. I forgave my family,’ Jennifer revealed, which is a big deal considering she had been estranged from her mother for years.

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