John was born in Los Angeles and "discovered" by a talent agent (at the age of 6) at his Fathers restaurant in N. Hollywood, California.
Days later he was cast in his first TV commercial (for Zippy RollerSkates) but had been confused with character actor Frank Puglia who also showed up for the filming.
He appeared in several national TV commericals (for Kelloggs Fruit Loops, Parkay Margarine, Crest, Tide, Ken-L-Ration Dog food, Lifebouy Soap etc.) including one with Henry Fonda for GAF Viewmasters.
He was also cast in several tv series pilots, guested on hit shows and performed in the theater.
He attempted a comeback into acting in his teens but was unsuccessful and later worked as a jazz musician.