John Stamos is widely recognized for being on the sitcom Full House as Uncle Jesse or Jesse Katsopolis. He was born on August 19, 1963. He has familial roots in Greece; his original family surname is Stamatopoulos. His parents were supportive of his aspiration to be an actor, and instead of enrolling in college in 1981, he skipped his first semester to focus on launching his professional acting career. After just three weeks, he landed his first role on General Hospital as Blackie Parrish. By 1984, Stamos was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for the role.
Stamos’ Television Career
That same year, he landed a lead role, but in a short-lived CBS sitcom titled Dreams, in which he played an aspiring musician in a band. In 1986, Stamos starred in his first film, the spy action Never Too Young to Die, alongside Gene Simmons. The film was intended to be a “young James Bond” film, even starring former Bond actor George Lazenby as the father of Stamos’ character. However, it was a critical and commercial flop.
Despite that, Stamos landed the role that solidified his acting career in Full House in 1987. He asked that the character’s last name be Katsopolis to highlight his Greek heritage. After eight seasons, the series came to an end, but he 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. Following the end of Full House, the actor appeared in numerous made-for-television films, stage productions, television series, and commercials. And he returned to his most famous role in Fuller House in 2016. He also landed a lead role in the sitcom Grandfathered, also starring Josh Peck and Christina Milian.
Take a look below at how John Stamos hasn’t aged over the years: