Jennifer Aniston is a natural at playing rom-com roles in movies and series. At the start of her career, she had initially featured in a couple of unsuccessful television shows but hit the jackpot as a female star in the television sitcom “Friends.”
Her role as Rachel Green in the sitcom earned her critical acclaim alongside award recognitions like the Primetime Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild award.
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Since she left the sitcom, she has grown in fame and starred in several top-notch films.
Aniston’s success brought immense public interest, and blog sites have been relentless in dropping juicy info about her to fans and haters alike. Although most fans know of Anniston’s failed marriages, other tidbits about her family life might still be a bit sketchy.
Here is a quick rundown on Anniston’s not too talked about half-siblings.
Back in 2016, the “Horrible Bosses” star announced the demise of her mother. In her statement, she referred to an older half-brother that was not familiar to her fans.
“It is with great sadness that my brother John [Melick] and I announce the passing of our mother Nancy Dow,” the Friends alum said. “She was 79 years old and passed peacefully surrounded by family and friends after enduring a long illness. We ask that our family’s privacy be respected as we grieve our loss.”
The actress’s reference to her brother piqued the curiosity of fans who found him mysterious. Like his sister, Melick is also in the movie industry but has chosen to work more behind the screen.
He plays the role of an assistant director or a production supervisor. According to his IMDB page, he played a part in projects such as “The Sarah Silverman Program,” “Christmas in Palm Springs,” and “The Tribes of Palos Verdes.”
Unlike his siblings, Aniston’s younger brother Alex tailed the part of a free-spirited life away from the glitz of the film industry. He spent his early adult years as a nomad wandering the coast from Alaska to California with his black van.
His nomadic lifestyle, however, had no dent in his relationship prospects. Back in 2014, he began dating model and makeup artist Adriane Hallek.
Their relationship produced two kids, a son named Ryan and a daughter named Kira.
As per reports, Alex is estranged from his children and has been negligent in paying child support, abandoning both children to live with their mother.
Since he parted ways with the mother of his kids, Alex hooked up with Australian-born, Georgia-raised veterinary technician with New Zealand Maori heritage. His last public appearance was for the premiere of Anniston’s movie, “Along Came Polly,” 10 years ago with his parents.
Who Are Jennifer Aniston’s Parents?
Aniston is the daughter of deceased Nancy Dow and John Aniston. Her parents were Hollywood veterans, with Dow having featured in films like “The Wild Wild West” and “Mr. Terrific” while John was a popular face on NBC soap opera “Days of Our Lives.”
Before Dow met John, she was married to Jack Melick, father of Anniston’s elder half-sibling. They divorced, and Dow re-married for a second time to Anniston’s father. Their relationship lasted for a while, spanning almost two decades.
John left the marriage for another woman, Sherry Rooney, the mother of Alex, which made growing up difficult for Aniston. Their separation strained the relationship between the actress and her parents.
Fortunately, Aniston reconciled with Dow before her demise. As for John, they have dealt with their bad blood and have grown closer since the corona outbreak.
Jennifer Anniston’s Romantic Life
Despite having a successful acting career and numerous business ventures, the “Morning Show” star has had a topsy-turvy romantic life.
In the late 90s, she dated actor Tate Donovan but broke up before her whirlwind romance with A-list star Brad Pitt.
Pitt and Anniston dated and married on July 29, 2000, amid a lavish Hollywood wedding. Their marriage hit the rocks when Pitt allegedly cheated on her with “Eternal” actress Angelina Jolie while shooting a movie.
Her romance ill-luck continued with a short-lived affair with singer John Meyer. The duo dated for a year then broke up for undisclosed reasons.
After Meyer, Anniston had a string of beaus before tying the knot with actor, director, and screenwriter Justin Theroux on August 5, 2015. The couple parted ways at the end of 2017 and shared no kids in the marriage. Since then, the actress has been linked to “Friends” co-star David Schwimmer after a “Friends” reunion special.