Jennifer Aniston paid tribute to her father, John Aniston, on Friday, June 24 at the Daytime Emmy Awards. The Friends actress, 53, delivered an emotional speech while presenting a lifetime achievement award to the iconic Days of Our Lives actor, 88.
Although John was not present at the in-person ceremony at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium and Jennifer had previously recorded her message, it was undeniably a special moment because the couple had been estranged for quite some time.
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“It’s an opportunity to not only pay tribute to a true icon in the daytime television world, but it’s also a chance to recognize the lifelong achievements of a great and well-respected actor who also happens to be my dad,’ Jennifer said.
“John Aniston has been working in television consistently for over half a century. He started acting in 1962, garnering roles on all types of now-classic television programs like Combat!,
“Mission: Impossible, Kojak and later made many guest appearances on shows like Airwolf, Gilmore Girls, The West Wing, Star Trek: Voyager, Mad Men, the list goes on. All while simultaneously appearing in nearly every soap opera imaginable. You name it, I’m sure he’s been on it,” she added.
Jennifer Aniston also highlighted the role John took in 1985 that made him a household name: Victor Kiriakis on Days of Our Lives.
“For over 30 years, his dedication to that show has gained him the respect and admiration of his fellow actors, deep friendships, and thrilled millions of fans around the world. His career is literally the definition of lifetime achievement,” she said.
The outpouring of love and support was a far cry from Jennifer and John’s previous relationship, in which the father and daughter were estranged after John left his wife and Jennifer’s mother, Nancy Dow, and Jennifer when the star was only nine years old.
In a 1999 interview with Rolling Stone. Jennifer stated that she did not see her father for a year.
“He just called one day and said, ‘Let’s go see The Fantastickes.’ So we had a little dinner and saw the show. After that, I started seeing him on weekends, and this new way of life just unfolded.
“As best he could, my dad explained and apologized, and it’s enough. We’ve made up. There’s still parts that are hard for me, but I’m an adult. I can’t blame my parents anymore,” she said.