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Jennifer Aniston Kicks Off Dad John Aniston's Lifetime Achievement Honor With Heartfelt Virtual Tribute

ES Staff  |  And The Winner Is...

In recognition of his 37 years as Victor Kiriakis on Days of Our Lives, John, 88, received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the presentation this year.

Before Jennifer's video during the ceremony started to play on the screen, John's Days of Our Lives co-star Suzanne Rogers gave the award's introduction. The actress Jennifer lauded her father's accomplished career in the video.

Jennifer, 53, declared that this was a particularly wonderful occasion for her. "It's a chance to not only honor a true icon in the daytime television industry, but it's also a chance to honor the lifetime accomplishments of a wonderful and well-respected actor, who also happens to be my dad."

Jennifer added, before citing her father's long list of accomplishments, "John Aniston has been regularly working in television for almost fifty years."

The actress claimed that all these tasks were completed by her father "performing in every soap opera imaginable at the same time. He has probably been on just about anything."

She continued, "For more than 30 years, his commitment to that show has earned him the respect and admiration of his fellow actors, the enduring friendships, and the awe of millions of fans worldwide. He literally embodies lifetime excellence in his professional life.

John received a rousing round of applause from the crowd for his legendary career even if he couldn't attend in person.

John talked about what he thought was noteworthy in his daughter's performance before she became famous for her role on Friends.

In 1990, John stated to E! News, "Jennifer is a natural gift." "You can learn some things about this industry and you can't learn other things. She always has the perfect sense of humor. Her strongest quality is that."

During her 10-year tenure as Rachel Green on the NBC Must-See TV sitcom, the actress went on to earn a 2002 Emmy Award.

A tender moment for the father and daughter, whose relationship has occasionally been rocky, was the Anistons' onstage expression of admiration.

She honored her "papa" in 2019 by posting a sepia-tinted image of herself as a young child cuddling up to him and encircling his neck.

Later, in a picture, the elder Anistons grinned as Jennifer leaned on her father.

She posted a photo to Instagram captioned, "Christmas with one of my creators." "Now and back then #TBT Dear Papa, I love you."