John 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 the surname to "Stamos" upon emigrating
from Greece to the USA.
John Stamos has two sisters, Janeen and Alaina (both of whom are school teachers). Stamos was raised in the Disciples of Christ church, which he still attends.
John Stamos started his acting career with a role on the television show General Hospital as Blackie Parrish. Later he joined Full House as Adam Cochran, but he then changed the first name to Jesse before filming the premiere. During the second season he then changed his character's last name to Katsopolis to highlight his Greek heritage, which Stamos is very proud of. John also played the role of Jesse's cousin Stavros in episode 18 of season 7.
After the eighth season of Full House, ABC decided to drop the show from their lineup. The ninth season was to be shown on the WB Network. Because of this, John Stamos announced his departure from the show. Because Stamos's influence on the show was critical, the eighth season on ABC ended up being the last one. John Stamos 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.
John recently starred in the television series, Jake in Progress, which debuted in 2005 and now it is probably going to be cancelled because John is joining the cast of ER on it's 13th season. In 2006, it was announced he'd be joining the cast of ER. The producers originally wanted him earlier, but it was postponed when ABC renewed Jake in Progress. He was also a guest star on Friends.
Stamos married supermodel/actress Rebecca Romijn on September 19, 1998. The couple officially divorced in March 2005. Stamos has also dated numerous celebrities, including former Full House costar and TV wife Lori Loughlin (who also starred in Summerland), Chelsea Noble, Demi Moore, Denise Richards, and current American Idol judge and former pop star Paula Abdul.
John Stamos is a huge fan of Disneyland and holds a lifetime pass to the park. He once paid $30,000 for an entrance sign to the park.
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