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Actor John Stamos played Blackie on the soap opera General Hospital and Uncle Jesse on the sitcom Full House. He also recorded and toured with The Beach Boys.
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The latter role proved to be an ideal vehicle for Stamos. As the motorcyle-riding, Elvis-worshipping Uncle Jesse, Stamos became a huge success. By the time the series reached its second season, it had become a Top 20 hit, and Stamos was a household name.
In the late 80s and early 90s, Stamos began touring and recording with The Beach Boys. After he appeared in the video for the 1988 hit "Kokomo,
" their joint efforts produced the single "Forever" (1992), which featured Stamos on vocals. The song later appeared in the Full House series to commemorate Jesse's wedding to love interest Rebecca, played by Lori Loughlin. In addition to his drumming duties, Stamos took on several other sideline projects: the World War II movie Born to Ride (1991); USA Network's The Disappearance of Christina (1993), and CBS's made-for-TV movie Fatal Vows: The Alexandra O'Hara Story (1994).
After eight seasons, Full House wrapped production in 1995. The show enjoyed a healthy run in syndication, but this longevity negatively impacted Stamos' post-show career. Branded as "Uncle Jesse," Stamos struggled to separate himself from his most popular character. He embraced theater and, that same year, landed the lead role in the Broadway production of How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, replacing Matthew Broderick as the star. He also appeared in several made-for-TV movies: CBS's A Match Made in Heaven (1997) and The Marriage Fool (1998).
In September 1998, Stamos wed supermodel Rebecca Romijn, and soon after, founded St. Amos Productions. Intended as a venture to keep Stamos working in between acting roles, the company largely focused on small-screen productions. Its most notable effort, the ABC miniseries Beach Boys: An American Family (2000), garnered an Emmy nod. Returning to television, Stamos was offered a leading role in ABC's Theives, but the series was quickly canceled. He returned his focus to St. Amos, and produced MTVs The Virgin Chronicles (2002) and CBS's Martin and Lewis (2002). In between his behind-the-camera projects, Stamos also revisited the stage, starring as the Emcee in the Broadway production of Cabaret. Two years later, Stamos and his wife filed for divorce.
The ABC romantic-comedy, Jake in Progress, which debuted in 2005, offered Stamos another shot at primetime. That same year, Stamos made a guest appearance on ER, NBC's enduring hospital drama. The response to his cameo was enormous, and injected life (and ratings) into the series. When executives canceled Jake in Progress in 2006, Stamos was able to join ER's 13th season as a principal character: military veteran Dr. Tony Gates. Right around this time, Stamos was also offered a role in A&E's Wedding Wars.
While continuing in his role on ER, Stamos appeared opposite Sean Diddy Combs and Phylicia Rashad in ABC's adaptation of A Raisin in the Sun (2008). The production was honored with nominations at the Golden Globes and the Emmys.
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