John Phillip Stamos (born August 19 1963) is an Emmy Award-nominated American television/theatre actor. He is known for his role as Jesse Katsopolis on the ABC comedy series Full House; he can now be seen as Tony Gates on the NBC drama series ER.
Stamos kept up television guest appearances until he landed a starring role opposite Jack Klugman in the NBC sitcom You Again?, in which he played Klugman's 17 year-old-son who had come back to live with him after many years. This series lasted exactly one year, and upon its cancellation, Stamos was approached by producer Jeff Franklin about a new comedy pilot for ABC, which eventually became Full House. He was later offered a part for the hit television series the Wiggles, but he declined stating that he was "too wiggled out."
Stamos signed on originally as Adam Cochran, but he then changed the first name to Jesse before taping the premiere. Full House gradually became a hit, and the show solidified Stamos' career. During the second season he then changed his character's last name to Katsopolis to highlight his Greek heritage, according to Jeff Franklin.
After the eighth season of Full House, ABC decided to drop the show from their lineup. The ninth season was picked up by the WB Network, and consequently, Stamos announced his departure from the show. Concerned over the loss of such a major character, the Full House producers opted not to continue the series.
Since the show's cancellation, 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 in Friends. He appeared in the episode The One with the Donor, playing Zach, a friend that Chandler brings home to use as a potential sperm donor.
In the controversial 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 in the episode, Changes: The Big Prom: The Sex Romp: The Season Finale, where he played himself, and as the What's Global Warming Penguin in Bob Saget's parody film Farce of the Penguins.
In February 2008 Stamos appeared in the television adaptation of A Raisin in the Sun.
In 1994, he met Rebecca Romijn at a Victoria's Secret fashion show, where she was modeling. Two months later, the pair began dating. On September 19, 1998, the couple married. They were officially divorced on March 1, 2005.
In 2007, Stamos arrived in Australia for a promotional tour. He appeared on a sketch on The Nation and an interview on Mornings with Kerri-Anne during which his behavior was erratic. A spokesperson for the network initially told reporters that it was due to jet-lag, however Stamos later states that it was in fact due to Ambien, a prescription sleeping medication.
Stamos is scheduled to be awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2009.
In the film The Benchwarmers (2006) Jon Heder and his friend David Spade are watching a geek deliver a speech at a baseball game. Jon Heder says, "This nerd makes me seem like Rambo", to which David Spade replies "I don't think so". Jon Heder asks "John Stamos?", then David Spade says "Warmer". The movie was co-written by Nick Swardson, who has also used John Stamos as a reference in his stand-up material, citing that he'd like to pay him $5,000 to show up at his funeral, just to "cry, and leave. That's it!"
In the film Step Brothers (2008), Will Ferrell and his stepbrother John C. Reilly are conversing in their bedroom when he asks him, "If you were a girl, who is the one guy you would sleep with?". Both actors agree on John Stamos and evolve into best friends.
John also frequently drums for The Beach Boys when they tour during the summer. He usually gets to sing Dennis Wilson's "Forever" during the set. "Forever" was also featured on Full House as a video in which Stamos also sings with his band and to his twins on the show.
|1986||Never Too Young to Die||Lance Stargrove|
|1991||Born to Ride||Cpl. Grady Westfall|
|1997||Private Parts||Himself||Cameo Appearance|
|2001||My Best Friend's Wife||Steve Richards|
|2002||Femme Fatale||Cheesy Agent||Cameo Appearance|
|2003||Party Monster||Talk Show Host|
|2004||I Am Stamos||Himself||Short film|
|2007||Farce of the Penguins||What's Global Warming Penguin|| Voice Role |
|1982–1984||General Hospital||Blackie Parrish|
|1985||Alice in Wonderland||Messenger||CBS TV-Movie|
|1986||You Again?||Matt Willows|
|1987–1995||Full House||Jesse Katsopolis|
|1989||The New Mickey Mouse Club||Episode: Guest Day|
|1990||Daughter of the Streets||Joey||ABC TV-Movie|
|1991||Captive||Robert Knott||ABC TV-Movie|
|1992||Hangin' with Mr. Cooper||Jesse Katsopolis||Episode: Hangin' with Michelle|
|1993||The Disappearance of Christina||Joe Seldon||TV-Movie|
|Tales from the Crypt||Johnny||Episode: Till Death Do We Part|
|1994||Fatal Vows: The Alexandra O'Hara Story||Nick Pagan||TV-Movie|
|1997||Tracey Takes On...||Rob Trasca||Episode: Movies|
|A Match Made in Heaven||Tom Rosner||TV-Movie|
|1998||The Marriage Fool||Robert Walsh||TV-Movie|
|1999||Sealed with a Kiss||Bennett Blake||TV-Movie|
|2000||Fortunate Son||Unsold TV-Pilot|
|The Beach Boys: An American Family||Drummer|| Uncredited Role/Executive Prodcuer |
ABC Miniseries Emmy Award nomination - "Outstanding Miniseries"
|How to Marry a Billionaire: A Christmas Tale||Tom Nathan||FOX TV-Movie|
|2003||Friends||Zach||Episode: The One With the Donor|
|The Reagans||John Sears||CBS TV-Movie|
|2006||Wedding Wars||Shel Grandy||A&E Network TV-Movie|
|2005||The Andy Milonakis Show||Himself||Episode: 1.3|
|2005–2006||Jake in Progress||Jake Phillips|
|2005–present||ER||Dr. Tony Gates|
|2008||A Raisin in the Sun||Karl Lindner||ABC TV-Movie|
|The Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget||Himself|