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John Stamos: “This is a great moment”

Correspondent Tracy Smith asked actor John Stamos: “Do you feel like you’re having a moment?”

“I hope it is,” he replied. “But then, if you have a moment, then that moment has to end, right? Or something like that. [Still]I’m happier than ever”.

If John Stamos is happier these days, it might be because he’s about to kick off the second season of the Disney+ series “Big Shot,” about a brash college basketball coach who gets fired and ends up coaching a high school girls team. with a certain intensity.

Smith asked, “Do you find it difficult to play tough?”

“Did not answer. “That’s pretty easy.”

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The truth is, Stamos might be one of the nicest people in the world, even if he’s not, by his own admission, a great athlete. “It’s the jacket,” he explained after missing a shot.

But he is someone who seems to be moving forward, on and off screen. Over the past four decades, Stamos has become something of a fixture in our lives: he’s the heartbreaker who will never break your heart…the friend who won. I will never let you down…and from here to Broadway, someone who has been called one of the truly underrated actors in the game.

These days, he’s also a husband and father. He married actress and model Caitlin McHugh in 2018, just before the birth of her son Billy. It was the end of what he says was perhaps one of the longest childhoods in history.

“I became an adult kicking and screaming,” he said. “And when you have everyone saying, ‘You look 20,’ I didn’t have any of those tent poles that say you’re an adult, right? I was just skating.”

“Didn’t you have to grow up?”

“I didn’t have to. I had Peter Pan syndrome, which is dangerous, you know?”

The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up was born in Orange County, California, in 1963. John was the first of three children born to Bill and Loretta Stamos, and even as a child, little John seemed destined for the stage.

“I wanted to be famous,” he said. “I wanted to be famous so bad! And then once I got it, I loved it. I still do. You know, these people are like, ‘Oh, I hate being famous, taking pictures.’ If you see me anywhere, ask for a picture.” I’m happy to do it, because it’s what I wanted all my life.”

Actor John Stamos.

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He skipped college to try his hand at acting and landed a role as Blackie Parish on the soap opera “General Hospital.”

But his star really took off in 1987, when he was cast as Uncle Jesse Katsopolis on the television series “Full House.”

“‘Full House’ arrives, I’m not going to lie, it was very difficult, a lot. It was very difficult,” he said.

Why? “Because it just wasn’t where I saw myself. You know, the reviews said, ‘This show won’t last until Thanksgiving.’ And now, I’m very proud of that. Now I am very happy that I did that program. I’m glad I did, obviously.”

John Stamos and Bob Saget in the comedy “Full House.”


Whatever your feelings about “Full House,” it made John Stamos a next-level star and gave him a best friend in co-star Bob Saget.

At Stamos’ 50th birthday party in 2013, Saget toasted his friend: You deserve so much happiness and you are so full of love and you are a great person. And the talent and the looks that everyone resents, but you’re just a heart, and I love you very, very much.”

The two were practically inseparable, and when Say died last January after a fall in a Florida hotel room, Stamos was left shattered.

Stamos said, “I don’t know what else to say about that other than obviously… one of the biggest influences in my life was Bob. I wouldn’t be who I am without Bob. My parents, now that’s obvious. But he, you know, he was there for everything, all the good, all the bad. He was my brother, you know? He’s the brother I always wanted.”

At his home, Stamos showed off the Smith Saget guitar, given to him by his wife. “You can only play dirty songs here,” he said.

Stamos is a collector: his house is full of photos of heroes who became friends. He also earned some screen credits, such as a long-term part in the hit series “ER.”

With looks, charm and a star on the Walk of Fame, Stamos always seemed to have the perfect life. But there were times, he said, when he didn’t always want to live it. “For a long time, when he wasn’t sober, when he was confused, he was like, ‘I’ve done it all.’ I didn’t want to kill myself, but I didn’t care if he died.”

“You did not do it watch out if you died?

“I said, ‘I’ve done it all. I’ve done it…if I die tomorrow, that’s fine.'” What was she thinking? there was not done all; I haven’t done it all yet, not even close.”

And he got something of a wake-up call in 2015 when was arrested for driving under the influence.

He said: “You know, that fateful night when I got in my car, I thought I could drive, and I couldn’t. I just have flashes in my mind about driving in circles. And people would drive by me and they would roll down the window, ‘Uncle Jesse, stop!’ And I went to rehab, and it was the hardest thing I’ve ever had.

“My friend said, ‘You know, your mom was really worried about you.’ He said my mom would call him and say, ‘I’m worried about Johnny.’ Because I thought he was fooling everyone. Anyway, that was it. So when that happened I said: I can’t screw this up now. I have to stay with this.”

And here’s something you might not know about Stamos: He’s a great drummer. He has been playing with the Beach Boys and co-founder Mike Love since the 1980s. Love even officiated at John and Cailtin’s wedding.

“You know how they say don’t meet your heroes?” Stamos said. “I’m glad I met him, because he’s everything you wish Mike Love was.”

John Stamos on drums.

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And maybe, after a few decades of finding out, John Stamos is also everything he wants to be.

Smith asked him, “What does the future look like?”

“I don’t know, I don’t know,” he replied. “More kids, I hope. But I’m not looking too far ahead. I’m just thinking about the now. Because the next moment could be someone, you know, gone, right?”

“And this timing is pretty good?”

“This is a great moment. Winnie the Pooh said something like, ‘Today is my new favorite day.’ Making these new memories, and it’s, you know, my new favorite day me new favorite day.

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Story produced by John D’Amelio. Editing: Mike Levine.


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