John Kapelos - Biography

Last Modified: Nov 5, 2022

John Kapelos
Profession: Actor
Best Known For: The Breakfast Club (film)
Salary: Under Review
Net Worth: $1 million

Personal Details

Born on : March 8, 1956 (age 67)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
John Thomas Kapelos
Birth Place: London, Ontario, Canada
Horoscope: Pisces
Father's Name: Thomas Kapelos
Mother's Name: Anna Kapelos
Siblings: N/A
Ethnicity: Greek
Nationality: Canadian


Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Wife's Name: Maryann Kapelos

Body Measurements

Height: 1.83 meter (6 feet 0 inch)
Weight: 86 kg (189.60 lb)
Hair Color: Grey
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Shoe Size: N/A
Bicep Size: N/A
Chest Size: N/A
Waist Size: N/A

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Who is John Kapelos?

John Kapelos is an actor by profession and Canadian by nationality. Amongst his decades of work, he is well known for portraying janitor Carl Reed in The Breakfast Club, Detective Donald Schanke in Forever Knight, and starring in Hallmark movies.

John Kapelos – Age, Parents, Siblings

John Kapelos’ birth took place on March 8, 1956, in London, Ontario, Canada. He was born John Thomas Kapelos to his father Thomas Kapelos and his mother Anna Kapelos, who owned as well as operated Thomas Clothing. 

John Kapelos in 1960 (Image: Instagram)

Education, Ethnicity

For education, he attended London Central Secondary School. Other details of his early life such as childhood, family, and the identity of his siblings are not shared with the public.

He is of Greek ethnicity.

John Kapelos – Girlfriend, Wife, Children, Divorce

Although John Kapelos has lived the last four decades of his life in Hollywood, not much has been shared when it comes to her personal life. There have been no records of him dating, girlfriend, or having romantic relationships.

Currently, he is married to Maryann Kapelos. There are no mentions of him and his wife having any children. Moreover, there are no rumors of divorce surrounding the pair.

Currently, Kapelos is believed to be single, although a secret romance cannot be ruled out. He is sans wife, and children and as he has never been married, divorce is out of context.

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John Kapelos as janitor Carl Reed in The Breakfast Club (Image: Times Colonist)

John Kapelos – Career

Early Days

Kapelos started his professional career in 1981. In the initial years of his career, he portrayed minor roles in the films Doctor Detroit (1983), Sixteen Candles (1984), Weird Science (1985), and in The Breakfast Club (1985) as janitor Carl Reed, for which he is mostly recognized.

Films, Series

In the following years, John Kapelos landed a series of roles in both TV series and films. Among dozens of films he has worked in, he is well known for portraying roles in Head Office (1985), Vibes (1988), Internal Affairs (1990), Guilty as Sin (1993), Johnny Skidmarks (1998), I Accuse (2003), Tripping Forward (2009), The Shape of Water (2017), The Unicorn (2018).

In TV series John Kapelos had had roles in Seinfeld (1993), The X-Files (2002), ER (2002), Crossing Jordan (2004), One Tree Hill (2007), Justified (2013–2014), The Expanse (2018), among others.


John Kapelos has starred alongside Steve Martin, Daryl Hannah, James Woods, and Judd Nelson.

John Kapelos guest-starred in Seinfeld  episode the sniffing accountant (Image: Revolvy)

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John Kapelos – Net Worth, Salary

His net worth is estimated at around $1 million while the figure on his annual salary is not shared with the public.

John Kapelos – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

On social media handles such as Twitter, and Instagram John Kapelos is active with 3.4k and 926 followers respectively but is absent from Facebook. However several fan accounts have been set up in his name.

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