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John Stamos (26 Jan. 2004)

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John Phillip Stamos, You Know?
23 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

John Stamos fans of the 1980's would probably enjoy tuning in to learn of updates in John's life and career as of early 2004, but the "Biography" series has by now undertaken various changes and a brand new appearance.

For one thing, this episode doesn't contain a Host to introduce this account. For another, its camera work seems to be directed along the lines of a music video, with segues from color into black and white, as well as instances of grainy frames at times, while its Interview Guests, particularly John, are zoomed out into long shots at times, and he and others appear to break that fourth wall, by peering over shoulder to address a crew member during a discussion.

Whether or not the new look distracts, it cannot be said that John doesn't create the center of attention among his family, friends and associates, who strongly applaud his talent and acting range, or at least until Rebecca Romijn is introduced, and then John and several others direct their attention to her for an extending segment.

The reporting seems to lead to chaotic level of waving back and forth, as this discusses John Stamos' work on television, in music and on Broadway in haphazard fashion, perhaps causing a viewer to wonder why they repeat his career achievements in a cyclical loop of sorts.

But everyone admires John, and, of course, you may also admire him and/or his work to a certain degree, or else why risk a headache trying to follow the jumpy camera movements of this episode, which, by the way, does not contain a sub-title, merely, "Biography: John Stamos."

This follows John's formative years, in Orange County, California, from his 1963 birth, through the standard school days' bullying by tough kids who do not understand John's desire to become an actor and singer one day.

Parents, Loretta Phillips Stamos and Bill Stamos, operate a fast food restaurant, at which John and his sisters, Janine and Alaina, work after school and on days free from school, but they permit John to audition for his role on "General Hospital" at age 18, providing that he continue to work the family business on his days off from filming.

Initially, his role as Blackie Parrish is written for a one-week stint, but when fans flood the "General Hospital" mail-room with letters pleading for more of Blackie, the daytime serial extends his run for the next two years, as he averages 10,000 fan letters per week.

(John says that one day he walks into the mail-room when nobody's looking, and he glances at a few of the envelopes, and surely enough, they're addressed to him. Why the production doesn't instead deliver his mail to John himself or his fan club remains a mystery and seems to violate the Postal Code.)

John says that he enjoys his run on daytime television, but he envisions himself performing Comedy and Music on a prospective prime time program, and he fits in well when John is hired to play the character of Jesse Katsopolis (orignally Jesse Cochran) on "Full House" for eight seasons.

During his final year on the program, John meets fashion model Rebecca Romijn in New York City and approaches her across a crowded room, inviting her to Hollywood to visit his studio set. When she arrives at his studio, she says that she wears work-out clothing, ties back her hair, and applies no makeup, telling John that this is the worst that it gets if he still wishes to pursue her. But the cast and crew and John reportedly go wild over her natural beauty, and so he marries Rebecca Romijn.

After the series runs its course, John Stamos heads to Broadway for a successful run, but after the show closes, his career becomes stagnant, while Rebecca's flourishes. (At the time of this episode's production, they are still married and complimenting each other gracefully.)

John does appear in a short-term television series, "Thieves" (2001), opposite Jack Klugman, who remains a career adviser and life-long friend. But while critics and acting peers pan "Full House," and audiences enjoy the program, critics and acting peers cheer "Thieves," but audiences avoid the show, and it does not survive its low ratings.

Musically, John tours with the Beach Boys, playing with the long-established recording group, and appearing in Musical theatre. And then there's John Stamos' long distance telephone advertising campaign, which is said to introduce the complex actor to a brand new audience via a series of television commercials.

This episode does appear to break all records for the number of "You know?" citations anywhere within the "Biography" series, with John Stamos in the lead, Rebecca Romijn a close second, and Molly Ringwald and Bob Saget's adding to the fun, you know? (But Jack Klugman abstains from such slang.)

John's Broadway performances cited here are with the shows "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" (1995-96), "Cabaret" (2002), and "Nine" (2003).

Interview Guests for this episode consist of John Stamos (Self), Loretta Stamos (Mother), Janine Stamos (Sister), Alaina Stamos (Sister), Rebecca Romijn (Wife/model), Mary Murphy (TV Guide), Molly Ringwald (Actress), Mary Stuart Masterson (Actress), Jack Klugman (Actor), Stuart Damon (Actor), Bob Saget (Actor), Matt Stone (Animator), Rob Meltzer (Producer), Alex Eastburg (Producer), Tom Citrano (Producer), Bob Boyett (Theatre Producer), Michael McGinnis (Theatre Producer), Mike Owen (Theatre Producer), David Leveaux (Theatre Producer), Pat Wontorek (Entertainment Reporter), and Mike Love (Beach Boys singer), with Jonathan Brown-Tea (Narrator).

Archive film footage includes John Stamos, Chris Robinson, Matthew Broderick, plus various unidentified fellow cast members in scenes with John Stamos.

Television Clips include a screen glimpse of John Stamos, in scenes from "General Hospital" (1982-84), "Full House" (1987-95), "The Beach Boys: An American Family" (2000), plus Clips from John Stamos' Broadway productions, home movies, a charity concert, and those long distance telephone commercials.


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