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John Phillip Stamos

(1963-08-19) August 19, 1963 (age 60)
  • Actor
  • musician
  • singer
Years active 1982–present
(m. 1998; div. 2005)
(m. 2018)
Children 1
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • drums
Associated acts The Beach Boys

John Phillip Stamos (/ˈstms/ STAY-mohss; born August 19, 1963) is an American actor and musician. He first gained recognition for his contract role as Blackie Parrish on the ABC television soap opera General Hospital, for which he was nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. 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.

From 2005 to 2009, Stamos had a starring role on the NBC medical drama ER as Dr. Tony Gates. In October 2009, he began playing the role of Albert in the Broadway revival of Bye Bye Birdie, which he played until January 2010. He then played Senator Cantwell in a Broadway revival of Gore Vidal's play The Best Man from July to September 2012, replacing Eric McCormack.

From September 2015 to 2016, Stamos starred as the lead character in the Fox sitcom Grandfathered. He executive produced the Netflix series Fuller House, in which he reprised the role of Jesse Katsopolis. He also starred in Never Too Young to Die (1986), Born to Ride (1991) and as Dr. Nicky in the Lifetime/Netflix psychological thriller You.

Early life

Stamos was born on August 19, 1963, in Cypress, California, to William "Bill" Stamos, a second-generation Greek-American restaurateur, and Loretta (née Phillips). His original family surname is Stamatopoulos (Greek: Σταματόπουλος).

In his youth, Stamos worked for his father's restaurants, and as a teenager, had a job flipping burgers in the Orange County area. He attended John F. Kennedy High School and played in the marching band there. At 15, he attended his first Beach Boys concert; a huge fan, he would later tour with the band. His parents were supportive of his aspiration to be an actor, and although he planned to enroll at Cypress College for the 1981 term, he skipped his first semester to focus on launching a career as an actor—with his father's blessing. After just three weeks, he landed his first role on General Hospital.

Acting career

1982–1986: 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. In 1986, Stamos starred in his first film Never Too Young to Die, an action spy film also starring Kiss bassist Gene Simmons. Though intended to be a "young James Bond" film (and even starred former Bond actor George Lazenby as the father of Stamos' character), the movie was a critical and commercial flop.

1987–1995: Full House

John Stamos (1990)
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 show creator and executive producer Jeff Franklin. He played one of the show's protagonists, Jesse, who lives with his brother-in-law, Danny, 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 Danny's three young daughters. 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. In 2003, Stamos guest-starred on Friends, appearing in the season nine episode, "The One with the 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.

He has made several voice acting appearances such as in the MTV animated series Clone High and 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. In February 2008, Stamos appeared in the television adaptation of A Raisin in the Sun. In August 2008, he was the roastmaster for Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget.

2010–present: Grandfathered, Fuller House, and other ventures

Stamos in 2012

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 television show Glee. In 2011, Stamos guest-starred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and was featured in a CollegeHumor video with Bob Saget. 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.

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. 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.

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

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. In September, he began leading the cast of the Fox sitcom Grandfathered, also starring Josh Peck, Christina Milian, and Paget Brewster. In 2016, Stamos appeared in the film My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, and joined the Fox black comedy series Scream Queens in its second season, as series regular Dr. Brock Holt.

In 2018, Stamos starred in Lifetime's former television adaptation of You as Dr. Nicky, which premiered on September 9, 2018. On June 24, 2019, it was confirmed that Stamos would reprise his role as Dr. Nicky in the second season, by which point the series had been announced to move to Netflix. The second season was released on December 26, 2019.

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 played concerts at some amusement parks and parties.


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, as Guido Contini in Nine and as J. Pierrepont Finch in 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. Stamos won the 2009–10 Golden Icon Award for best actor in a musical for his performance in that production. Stamos was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 16, 2009. 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.

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

In 2014, Stamos directed the music video "Let Yourself be Loved" for the Nashville-based band Diamond Carter, featuring the band's front-man Tyler Tuohy alongside actress Nicky Whelan. Stamos was also noted as a co-writer for the song, along with Michael Gigante, and the video was released on Yahoo Music on May 21, 2014.

The Beach Boys

John Stamos by Peter Chiapperino
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 appeared 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. However, three of The Beach Boys members are briefly shown singing harmonies with Stamos: Carl Wilson, Bruce Johnston, and Mike Love.

Other performances include:

  • July 4, 1985, Ben Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, in a large outdoor performance that featured guests like Jimmy Page, Joan Jett, and the Oak Ridge Boys.
  • March 30, 2010, episode of ABC's Dancing with the Stars, playing drums, congas, and guitar, also touring with them that spring, including an appearance at Fort Myers, Florida
  • June 2011 at a benefit concert for the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network
  • Several appearances on their 50th Reunion Tour (April – September 2012)
  • May 26, 2013, performed during a post-game concert at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • July 4, 2017, performed during the A Capitol Fourth concert in Washington, D.C.
  • July 4, 2018, hosted the A Capitol Fourth special on PBS and performed with The Beach Boys in front of the White House in Washington, D.C.
  • March 24, 2022, emceed the 80-year MD Anderson benefit concert and performed with The Beach Boys at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas

Personal life

Stamos is a big fan of Elvis Presley and has often referenced or paid homage to him in the show Full House. 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. They announced their separation in April 2004. Stamos filed for divorce in August 2004, and it became final on March 1, 2005.

Since 2005, Stamos has been the national spokesperson for the Project Cuddle child-oriented charity.

On October 23, 2017, Stamos announced his engagement to model and actress Caitlin McHugh, who is 22 years his junior, after a year of dating. In December 2017, the couple announced they were expecting their first child, due in the spring of 2018. Stamos and McHugh married in February 2018. The couple's son was born in April 2018.

On May 19, 2018, Stamos and McHugh announced their new jewelry line, "St. Amos Jewelry", with 100% of the proceeds going to the Childhelp foundation.

Acting credits


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 Never Too Young to Die Lance Stargrove Movie
1986–87 You Again? Matt Willows Lead role (26 episodes)
1987–95 Full House Jesse Katsopolis Lead role (192 episodes)
1989 New Mickey Mouse Club, TheThe New Mickey Mouse Club Jesse Katsopolis Episode: "Guest Day"
1990 Daughter of the Streets Joey Movie
1991 Captive Robert Knott Movie
1993 The Disappearance of Christina Joe Seldon Movie
1993 Tales from the Crypt Johnny Canaparo Episode: "Till Death Do We Part"
1994 Fatal Vows: The Alexandra O'Hara Story Nick Pagan Movie
1995; 1997 The Larry Sanders Show Himself 2 episodes
1997 Tracey Takes On... Rob Trasca Episode: "Movies"
1997 A 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); also producer
2003 Clone High Himself (voice) 1 episode
2003 Friends Zack Episode: "The One with the Donor"
2003 The Reagans John Sears Movie
2005 The Andy Milonakis Show Himself Episode 3
2005–06 Jake in Progress Jake Phillips Lead role (21 episodes); also producer
2005–09 ER Dr. Tony Gates Lead role (65 episodes)
2006 Wedding Wars Shel Grandy Movie
2008 Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget Himself/Roastmaster Special
2008 A Raisin in the Sun Carl Lindner Movie
2008 The Two Mr. Kissels Andrew Kissel Movie; also producer
2010 Entourage Himself Episode: "Tequila Sunrise"
2010–11 Glee Dr. Carl Howell 4 episodes
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Ken Turner Season 12 episode: "Bang"
2011, 2015 Two and a Half Men Prospective House Buyer / Himself 2 episodes
2012 Secrets of Eden Pastor Drew Movie
2013 The New Normal Brice 5 episodes
2013 Necessary Roughness Connor McClane 10 episodes (season 3)
2013 Losing It with John Stamos Himself/host Web series (20 episodes); also executive producer
2013 I Am Victor Victor Unsold pilot
2015 Members Only Randy Canceled before premiere
2015 Galavant Sir Jean Hamm 2 episodes
2015–16 Grandfathered Jimmy Martino Lead role (22 episodes); also executive producer
2016–20 Fuller House Jesse Katsopolis Recurring role; also executive producer
2016 Scream Queens Dr. Brock Holt Main role (season 2)
2017 Who Do You Think You Are? Himself 1 episode
2017–20 A Capitol Fourth Himself/host Also performed with The Beach Boys
2018–19 You Dr. Nicky Recurring role: season 1; special guest star: season 2
2019 Historical Roasts John Wilkes Booth Episode: "Abraham Lincoln"
2019 The Little Mermaid Live! Chef Louis Special
2021–22 Big Shot Marvyn Korn Lead role
2021 Muppets Haunted Mansion Himself Special
2022–present Spidey and His Amazing Friends Tony Stark / Iron Man (voice) Recurring role
2022–present Mickey Mouse Funhouse Captain Salty Bones (voice) Recurring role
2023 The Prank Panel Himself/host Episode: "Gullible Granny / Pageant Problems"


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Never Too Young to Die Lance Stargrove
1991 Born to Ride Cpl. Grady Westfall
1997 Private Parts Himself Cameo
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
2004 Knots Cal Scoppa
2006 Farce of the Penguins What's global warming Penguin Voice role
2006 Wedding Wars Shel Grandy TV Movie
2010 Father of Invention Steven Leslie
2014 My Man Is a Loser Mike
2014 They Came Together Assistant Engineer Cameo
2016 My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 George
2022 Dirty Daddy: The Bob Saget Tribute Himself


Year Title Role Notes
1995-96 How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying J. Pierrepont Finch Broadway
2002 Cabaret The Emcee Broadway
2003 Nine Guido Contini Broadway
2009-10 Bye Bye Birdie Albert Peterson Broadway
2011 Hairspray Corny Collins Hollywood Bowl
2012 The Best Man Senator Joseph Cantwell Broadway
2016 The Little Mermaid Chef Louis Hollywood Bowl
2023 Gutenberg! The Musical! Producer Broadway (One night only)

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 Nominated
1983 Young Artist Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
1984 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (tie) 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


See also

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