33 Facts About John Ritter


Johnathan Southworth Ritter was an American actor.


John Ritter is known for playing Jack Tripper on the ABC sitcom Three's Company, and received a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for the role in 1984.


John Ritter briefly reprised the role on the spin-off Three's a Crowd, which aired for one season, producing 22 episodes before its cancellation in 1985.


John Ritter appeared in over 100 films and television series combined and performed on Broadway, with roles including adult Ben Hanscom in It, Problem Child, Problem Child 2, a dramatic turn in Sling Blade, and Bad Santa in 2003.


Johnathan Southworth Ritter was born on September 17,1948, at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California.


John Ritter had a birth defect known as a coloboma in his right eye.


John Ritter's father, Tex Ritter, was a singing cowboy and matinee star, and his mother, Dorothy Fay, was an actress.

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John Ritter attended Hollywood High School, where he was student body president.


John Ritter attended the University of Southern California and majored in psychology with plans to have a career in politics.


John Ritter later changed his major to theater arts and attended the USC School of Dramatic Arts.


John Ritter was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity at USC.


John Ritter made his film debut in the 1971 Disney film The Barefoot Executive.


John Ritter had a recurring role as the Reverend Matthew Fordwick on the drama series The Waltons from October 1972 to December 1976.


In 1978, John Ritter played Ringo Starr's manager on the television special Ringo.


In 1982, John Ritter provided the voice of Peter Dickinson in the animated film The Flight of Dragons.


John Ritter became a household name on Three's Company, portraying struggling culinary student Jack Tripper with two female roommates.


John Ritter co-starred opposite Joyce DeWitt and Suzanne Somers, and then later Jenilee Harrison and Priscilla Barnes.


In 1988, John Ritter was nominated for both an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for his work on Hooperman.


John Ritter played the lead role in Blake Edwards' 1989 film Skin Deep, appeared in the film version of Noises Off, rejoined Billy Bob Thornton in the Oscar-winning Sling Blade, and co-starred with Olivier Gruner in the 1996 action film Mercenary.


John Ritter provided the voice of the title character in the animated children's show Clifford the Big Red Dog and its animated film adaptation Clifford's Really Big Movie, a role for which he received four Emmy nominations.


In 2000, John Ritter co-starred with Henry Winkler in Neil Simon's The Dinner Party at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway, portraying Claude Pichon.


John Ritter won the Theatre World Award in 2001 for his performance in that work.


In 2003, John Ritter made his final stage appearance in All About Eve at the Ahmanson Theatre.


On October 16,1977, John Ritter married actress Nancy Morgan, with whom he had three children: Jason Carly, and Tyler.


John Ritter married actress Amy Yasbeck on September 18,1999, at the Murphy Theatre in Wilmington, Ohio.

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In 1996, John Ritter guest-starred on Yasbeck's sitcom, Wings, as the estranged husband of Yasbeck's character, Casey.


On September 11,2003, John Ritter was rehearsing for 8 Simple Rules.


John Ritter was initially treated by emergency room physicians for a heart attack; however, his condition quickly worsened.


Many of John Ritter's colleagues expressed sorrow following the news of his death.


Shortly before his death, John Ritter had done a week-long taping with Hollywood Squares, which was aired as a tribute to him, introduced by Henry Winkler, the executive producer of the show and a very close friend of John Ritter's.


In 2004, John Ritter was posthumously given an Emmy nomination for playing Paul Hennessy in 8 Simple Rules.


On June 6,2008, Hollywood High School dedicated a mural of John Ritter painted by Eloy Torrez.


In March 2010, the Thoracic Aortic Disease Coalition, in partnership with Yasbeck and the John Ritter Foundation, announced the creation of the "Ritter Rules" which are life-saving reminders to recognize, treat and prevent thoracic aortic dissection.