His father was of Greek descent, and his mother was of English and Irish ancestry. He has two sisters, Alana and Janeen. John's paternal grandmother, Adeline Psaras, was born in the United States to Greek immigrants; his paternal grandfather, Ioannis Stamatopoulos, came from the village of Kakouri in the Peloponnese region of Greece and changed the family surname from "Stamatopoulos" to "Stamos" upon arriving in the United States.
Ioannis's father, Vasilios Stamatopoulos, was murdered in Kakouri in by a gunshot wound to the head during a feud with a man named Ioannis Koliopoulos. 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 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. Early career[ edit ] Stamos began his acting career with the role of Blackie Parrish on the soap opera General Hospital in late January , for which he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in 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? 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, 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 three young girls. 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 , after eight seasons, the series came to an end. Later career[ edit ] Stamos has appeared in numerous made-for-television films, stage productions, television series, and commercials. He had starring roles in the television series Thieves and Jake in Progress Both shows ran for several episodes before cancellation.
He took part in only one skit, which featured him in a tree, having rabies, and being put down by another character. He stated that his performance reflected his support for same-sex marriages. In , Stamos guest-starred in two episodes in season 12 of ER as paramedic-turned-intern Tony Gates.
In , at the start of ER's thirteenth season, he joined the cast of ER as a series regular. Executive producer John Wells said that he wanted him earlier the season before but Stamos was contracted with Jake in Progress. Grandfathered, Fuller House, and other ventures[ edit ] On June 8, , it was announced that Stamos would portray Carl Howell, a new love interest for Emma Pillsbury Jayma Mays , in season two of the popular television show Glee.
Stamos in Since , 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 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. He played Connor McClane, the head of a sports and entertainment management company that is interested in hiring Dani. In late , he joined the Fox black comedy series Scream Queens in its season two premiere as series regular Dr.
The band had played concerts at some amusement parks and parties. Shades of Blue was re-released digitally through iTunes and other channels in after being long out-of-print. Stamos rotated between the tambourine, drums, and bass guitar throughout the concert.
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. Stamos was also noted as a cowriter for the song, along with Michael Gigante, and the video was released on Yahoo Music on May 21, Blaisdell Center in Honolulu , Hawaii, January Stamos has occasionally performed in concert with The Beach Boys , dating back to , typically playing drums and various other percussion instruments.
In , he appeared in their video for " Kokomo ", in which he played both the conga drums and the steel drums. In , he played drums for them on the title track of the comedy Problem Child and also appearing in the song's music video. In , 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 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 music video, titled "Forever by Jesse and the Rippers", featured Stamos predominantly. Three of The Beach Boys members are however briefly shown singing harmonies with Stamos: Since the s, Stamos has occasionally performed with The Beach Boys, such as during their summer tours, playing drums and guitar, and singing along on some of their hit songs, like " Forever ", including: