John Aniston, the endearing Greek-born actor who played the cruel Victor Kiriakis

on the NBC serial opera Days of Our Lives for

more than three decades, has passed away. He was 89.

Jennifer Aniston's father passed away on Friday, according to his daughter.

Days of Our Lives had Aniston in the role 

of a doctor in the seasons of 1969–1970. 

Aniston passed three auditions to portray newscaster

Ted Baxter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the early 1970s.