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Ritter at the 1988 Emmy Awards
Jonathan Southworth Ritter
September 17, 1948
Burbank, California, U.S.
|Died||September 11, 2003 54) (aged|
Burbank, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)|
|Education||Hollywood High School|
|Alma mater||University of Southern California|
(m. 1977;div. 1996)
Amy Yasbeck (m. 1999)
|Children||4; including Jason Ritter and Tyler Ritter|
|Parent(s)|| Tex Ritter |
Jonathan Southworth Ritter(September 17, 1948 – September 11, 2003) was an American actor and comedian. He was the son of the singing cowboy star Tex Ritter and the father of actors Jason and Tyler Ritter. Ritter is known for playing Jack Tripper on the ABC sitcom Three's Company (1977–1984), for which he received a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award in 1984. He briefly reprised the role on the spin-off Three's a Crowd , which aired for one season.
A singing cowboy was a subtype of the archetypal cowboy hero of early Western films, popularized by many of the B-movies of the 1930s and 1940s. The typical singing cowboys were white-hat-wearing, clean-shaven heroes with the habit of showing their emotions in song.
Woodward Maurice "Tex" Ritter was an American country music singer and actor popular from the mid-1930s into the 1960s, and the patriarch of the Ritter acting family. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Jason Ritter is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Kevin Girardi in the television series Joan of Arcadia, Ethan Haas in The Class, Sean Walker in the NBC series The Event, and as the voice of Dipper Pines in Gravity Falls. He also played the recurring role of Mark Cyr in the NBC television series Parenthood, for which he received an Emmy Award nomination. In 2017, he starred in the TV comedy series Kevin (Probably) Saves the World.
Ritter appeared in over 100 films and television series combined and performed on Broadway, with roles including It (1990), Problem Child (1990), Problem Child 2 (1991), and Bad Santa in 2003 (his final live action film, which was dedicated to his memory). In 2002, Don Knotts called Ritter the "greatest physical comedian on the planet".His final roles include voicing the title character on the PBS children's program Clifford the Big Red Dog (2000–2003), for which he received four Daytime Emmy Award nominations, and as Paul Hennessy on the ABC sitcom 8 Simple Rules (2002–2003).
Broadway theatre, also known simply as Broadway, refers to the theatrical performances presented in the 41 professional theatres, each with 500 or more seats located in the Theater District and Lincoln Center along Broadway, in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Along with London's West End theatre, Broadway theatre is widely considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre in the English-speaking world.
It is a 1990 American horror miniseries directed by Tommy Lee Wallace and adapted by Lawrence D. Cohen from Stephen King's 1986 novel of the same name. It is the first of two adaptations of the novel; the second being the 2017 film adaptation and its upcoming 2019 sequel.
Problem Child 2 is a 1991 American comedy film and a sequel to the 1990 film Problem Child; a continuation of the exploits of Junior, an adopted orphan boy who deliberately wreaks comedic havoc everywhere he goes. John Ritter returns as his adopted father, Ben Healy. Amy Yasbeck, who played Ben's wife, Flo, in the first movie, also returns, as school nurse Annie Young. It was produced by Robert Simonds, who also produced the first one. It was rated PG-13, unlike its predecessor, which was rated PG.
Ritter was born at the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California, on September 17, 1948.Ritter had a birth defect known as a coloboma in his right eye. His father, Tex Ritter, was a singing cowboy /matinee star, and his mother, Dorothy Fay (née Southworth), was an actress. He had an older brother, Thomas Matthews "Tom". Ritter attended Hollywood High School, where he was student body president. He attended the University of Southern California and majored in psychology with plans to have a career in politics. He later changed his major to theater arts and attended the USC School of Dramatic Arts (formerly School of Theatre). Ritter was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity at USC. While still in college, Ritter traveled to the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and West Germany to perform in plays. Ritter graduated in 1971.
Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center is a hospital in Burbank, California. The hospital has 446 beds, and is part of Providence Health & Services. Its address is 501 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91505. On the opposite side of Buena Vista Street from the hospital is the world headquarters of The Walt Disney Company. The hospital is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
Burbank is a city in Los Angeles County in the Los Angeles metropolitan area of Southern California, United States, 12 miles (19 km) northwest of downtown Los Angeles. The population at the 2010 census was 103,340.
A coloboma is a hole in one of the structures of the eye, such as the iris, retina, choroid, or optic disc. The hole is present from birth and can be caused when a gap called the choroid fissure, which is present during early stages of prenatal development, fails to close up completely before a child is born.
Ritter headlined several stage performances. After his graduation from USC in 1970, his first TV acting experience was a campus revolutionary in the TV series Dan August starring Burt Reynolds and future Three's Company co-star Norman Fell. Ritter made his film debut in the 1971 Disney film The Barefoot Executive . He made guest appearances on the television series Hawaii Five-O , M*A*S*H , and many others. He had a recurring role as the Reverend Matthew Fordwick on the drama series The Waltons from October 1972 to December 1976. Since he was not a weekly cast member, he had time to pursue other roles, which he did until December 1976, when he left for a starring role in the hit ABC sitcom Three's Company (the Americanized version of the 1970s British Thames Television series Man About the House ) in 1977. In 1978, Ritter played Ringo Starr's manager on the TV special Ringo . In 1982, Ritter provided the voice of Peter Dickinson in The Flight of Dragons .
Dan August is an American crime drama series which aired on ABC from September 23, 1970, to April 8, 1971. Burt Reynolds played the title character. Reruns of the series aired in prime time on CBS from May to October 1973 and from April to June 1975. In 2018, after Reynolds' death, the series was shown on the television network getTV, along with his other cop series of the era, Hawk.
Burton Leon Reynolds Jr. was an American actor, director and producer. He first rose to prominence starring in television series such as Gunsmoke (1962–1965), Hawk (1966), and Dan August (1970–1971).
Norman Fell, was an American actor of film and television, most famous for his role as landlord Mr. Roper on the sitcom Three's Company and its spin-off, The Ropers. Early in his career, he was billed as Norman Feld.
Ritter became a household name playing struggling culinary student Jack Tripper with two female roommates. Ritter co-starred opposite Joyce DeWitt and Suzanne Somers; however, Somers left due to a contractual dispute in 1981. Jenilee Harrison and then Priscilla Barnes filled Somers's role. Much of the comedy centered around Jack's pretending to be gay to keep the old-fashioned landlords appeased over the seemingly sordid living arrangements. The series spent several seasons near the top of the TV ratings in the U.S. before ending in 1984. A year-long spin-off Three's a Crowd ensued, as the Jack Tripper character has a live-in girlfriend and runs his own bistro. The original series has been seen continuously in reruns and is also available on DVD. During the run of Three's Company, Ritter also appeared in the films Hero at Large , Americathon , and They All Laughed . In 1986, he played the role of "Dad" in the music video for Graham Nash's song "Innocent Eyes" from the album of the same name.
Jack Tripper is a fictional character on the sitcoms Three's Company and Three's a Crowd, based upon the character Robin Tripp of Man About the House and Robin's Nest. Jack was played by John Ritter.
A roommate is a person with whom one shares a living facility such as a room or dormitory without being family or romantically involved. Similar terms include dormmate, suitemate, housemate, or flatmate. Flatmate is the term most commonly used in New Zealand, when referring to the rental of an unshared room within any type of dwelling. Another similar term is sharemate. A sharehome is a model of household in which a group of usually unrelated people reside together. The term generally applies to people living together in rental properties rather than in properties in which any resident is an owner occupier. In the UK, the term "roommate" means a person living in the same bedroom, whereas in the United States and Canada, "roommate" and "housemate" are used interchangeably regardless whether a bedroom is shared, although it is common in US universities that having a roommate implies sharing a room together. This article uses the term "roommate" in the US sense of a person one shares a residence with who is not a relative or significant other. The informal term for roommate is roomie, which is commonly used by university students.
Joyce Anne DeWitt is an American actress known for playing Janet Wood on the ABC sitcom Three's Company from 1977 to 1984.
Hooperman was Ritter's first regular television role after Three's Company. Detective Harry Hooperman inherits a run-down apartment building and hires Susan Smith (Debrah Farentino) to run it. A relationship follows and Hooperman must juggle work, love, and the antics of Bijoux the dog. In 1988, John was nominated for both an Emmy Awardand a Golden Globe Award for his work on Hooperman. Ritter won a People's Choice Award for this role. In 1992–95, Ritter returned to television for three seasons as John Hartman, aide to a U.S. Senator in Hearts Afire . This series starred Markie Post as Georgie Anne Lahti and Billy Bob Thornton as Billy Bob Davis. He also played Garry Lejeune / Roger Tramplemain in the production Noises Off in 1992.
Hooperman is an American comedy-drama series which aired on ABC from September 23, 1987 until July 26, 1989. The show centered on the professional and personal life of San Francisco police Inspector Harry Hooperman, played by John Ritter. The series was created by Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher, who were the team responsible for creating L.A. Law. Though not the first comedy-drama — in fact, the long-running M*A*S*H, which could also be categorized as one, had the highest-rated TV episode of all time with its series finale just four years earlier — Hooperman was considered the vanguard of a new television genre when it premiered, and critics coined the term "dramedy" to describe it.
Debrah Farentino is an American actress, producer and journalist. She began her career starring in the CBS daytime soap opera Capitol from 1982 to 1987, before moving to prime time with a female leading role in the ABC comedy drama series Hooperman (1987-88).
An Emmy Award, or simply Emmy, is an American award that recognizes excellence in the television industry, and is the equivalent of an Academy Award, the Tony Award, and the Grammy Award.
After his time on television, he appeared in a number of movies, most notably Problem Child and its first sequel. He 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 (playing a kindhearted, gay, discount-store manager), and co-starred with Olivier Gruner in the 1996 action film Mercenary. Ritter starred in many made-for-TV movies, including Gramps (1995), co-starring with Andy Griffith, Rob Hedden's The Colony (1995) with Hal Linden, Stephen King's It , Danielle Steel's Heartbeat with Polly Draper, and It Came From the Sky in 1999 with Yasmine Bleeth.
Ritter also made guest appearances on TV shows, such as Felicity , Ally McBeal, Scrubs, Buffy the Vampire Slayer , and an episode of Law & Order: SVU (2002). John also provided the voice of the title character in the PBS animated children's show Clifford the Big Red Dog , a role for which he received four Emmy nominations. His final film was Stanley's Dinosaur Round-Up (2006), an animated direct-to-DVD film based on the television series, which was dedicated to his memory.
At the time of his death he was starring in 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter .
Ritter played Claude Pichon in The Dinner Party (2000) at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway, which was written by Neil Simon. It ran for 364 performances. Ritter won the Theatre World Award in 2001 for his performance in that work.In 2003, Ritter made his final stage appearance in All About Eve, a star-studded benefit for the Actors' Fund of America held at the Ahmanson Theatre.
In 1977, Ritter married actress Nancy Morgan, with whom he had three children: Jason (who first appeared in the opening credits of Three's Company ),Carly, and Tyler. They divorced in 1996.
He married actress Amy Yasbeck on September 18, 1999, at the Murphy Theatre in Wilmington, Ohio.They had a daughter Stella, born on September 11, 1998; in 2016, Stella adopted the name Noah Lee Ritter and self-identified as a trans man.
Yasbeck played his love interest in the first two Problem Child movies. Yasbeck also played Ritter's wife in two sitcom appearances. In 1991, both were guest stars on The Cosby Show , in which Yasbeck played the in-labor wife of Ritter's basketball coach character. In 1996, Ritter guest-starred on Yasbeck's sitcom, Wings , as the estranged husband of Yasbeck's character, Casey.
On September 11, 2003, Ritter suffered from heart problems while rehearsing for 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter . He began sweating profusely and vomiting, and complained of having chest pains. He was taken across the street from Walt Disney Studios (where the sitcom was recorded) to the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, by coincidence the same hospital where he was born.Physicians treated Ritter for what they had diagnosed as a heart attack; however, his condition worsened. Physicians then diagnosed Ritter with an aortic dissection, a tear in the aorta that grows. Ritter died during surgery to repair the dissection, six days before his 55th birthday.
A private funeral was held on September 15, 2003, in Los Angeles, after which Ritter was interred at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills Cemetery in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles.
In 2008, Amy Yasbeck (Ritter's wife) on behalf of herself and Ritter's children, filed lawsuits against doctors involved in Ritter's treatment and Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, the hospital where he was seen. Some of the lawsuits were settled out of court, including a $9.4 million settlement with the hospital.However, a $67 million wrongful-death lawsuit against two of the physicians, radiologist Matthew Lotysch and cardiologist Joseph Lee, went to trial. Yasbeck accused Lee, who treated Ritter on the day of his death, of misdiagnosing his condition as a heart attack, and Lotysch, who had given him a full-body scan two years earlier, of failing at that time to detect an enlargement of Ritter's aorta. In 2008, at the Los Angeles County Superior Court, the jury concluded that the doctors who treated Ritter the day he died were not negligent and were not responsible for his death.
Many of Ritter's co-workers expressed deep sorrow and heartbreak following the news of his death. Ritter's Three's Company co-star Suzanne Somers said: "I'm so sad for the family. We lost a good one, it was so unfinished". Zach Braff, who worked with Ritter on Scrubs, called Ritter a "comic hero" of his, and said he had approached series creator Bill Lawrence to get Ritter to play his TV father.Katey Sagal testified in the wrongful death lawsuit, calling Ritter a "funny man who was funny like nobody's business". His Three's Company co-star Joyce DeWitt remarked he was "impossible to forget. Impossible not to love".
8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter was later retitled 8 Simple Rules following Ritter's death and continued for one and a half more seasons until its cancellation in 2005. Ritter's character, Paul Hennessy, was said to have died after collapsing in a grocery store while buying milk. ABC aired the first three episodes of the show's second season that had been taped before his death, each of which was introduced by Katey Sagal. The remainder of the show dealt with the family trying to grapple with Paul's death. New male characters, played by James Garner and David Spade, were later added to the main cast as Ritter's replacements. Shortly before his death, 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 very close friend of Ritter's. Four days after Ritter's death, Nick at Nite ran an all-night Three's Company marathon dedicated to his memory.
In 2004, Ritter was posthumously given an Emmy nomination for playing Paul Hennessy in 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, but lost to Kelsey Grammer for playing the title character of Frasier . Upon accepting his trophy, Grammer's remarks included comments made in tribute and remembrance of Ritter.Ritter's final films, Bad Santa and Clifford's Really Big Movie, along with an episode of Scrubs (his character in this series died, as well) and King of the Hill , were dedicated to his memory.
On June 6, 2008, a mural of Ritter painted by Eloy Torrez was dedicated at Hollywood High School.
In March 2010, the Thoracic Aortic Disease (TAD) Coalition, in partnership with Yasbeck and the John Ritter Foundation (JRF), announced the creation of the "Ritter Rules" which are life-saving reminders to recognize, treat, and prevent thoracic aortic dissection. The purpose of the JRF is to provide accurate information to the general public about the disease and its risk factors, provide support to individuals who have thoracic aortic disease or have lost a loved one to the disease, and improve the identification of individuals at risk for aortic dissections and the treatment of thoracic aortic disease through medical research. Yasbeck worked with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) to establish the John Ritter Research Program in Aortic and Vascular Diseases with the goal of preventing premature deaths due to aortic dissection by identifying genetic mutations that predispose individuals to thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections.
|1971||The Barefoot Executive||Roger||Debut|
|1973||The Stone Killer||Hart|
|1975||The Prisoner of Second Avenue||Elevator Passenger||Uncredited|
|1977||Breakfast in Bed||Paul|
|1979||Americathon||President Chet Roosevelt|
|1980||Hero at Large||Steve Nichols|
|Wholly Moses!||Satan (The Devil)|
|1981||They All Laughed||Charles Rutledge|
|1982||The Flight of Dragons||Peter Dickenson||Voice, Direct-to-video|
|1985||The Joy of Natural Childbirth||Himself|
|1987||Real Men||Bob Wilson / Agent Pillbox, CIA|
|1989||Skin Deep||Zachary 'Zach' Hutton|
|1990||Problem Child||Benjamin 'Ben' Healy, Jr.|
|1991||Problem Child 2||Benjamin 'Ben' Healy, Jr.|
|The Real Story of O Christmas Tree||Piney||Voice, Direct-to-video release|
|1992||Noises Off||Garry Lejeune / Roger Tramplemain|
|Stay Tuned||Roy Knable|
|1996||Sling Blade||Vaughan Cunningham|
|A Gun, a Car, a Blonde||Duncan / The Bartender|
|1998||The Truth About Lying||Simon Barker|
|1998||Shadow of Doubt||Steven Mayer|
|I Woke Up Early The Day I Died||Robert Forrest|
|Bride of Chucky||Police Chief Warren Kincaid|
|2000||Panic||Dr. Josh Parks|
|Lost in the Perishing Point Hotel||Christian Therapist|
|Terror Tract||Bob Carter||(segment "Make Me An Offer")|
|2002||Man of the Year||Bill|
|Bad Santa||Bob Chipeska||Posthumously released; final live action film|
|2004||Clifford's Really Big Movie||Clifford the Big Red Dog||Voice, Posthumously released|
|2006||Stanley's Dinosaur Round-Up||Great Uncle Stew||Voice, Posthumously released, (final film role)|
|1967||The Dating Game||Himself||Contestant (winning bachelor)|
|1968||Crazy World, Crazy People||Various characters||Special|
|1970||Dan August||Coley Smith||Episode: "Quadrangle for Death"|
|1971||Hawaii Five-O||Ryan Moore / Mike Welles||2 episodes|
|1972–1976||The Waltons||Rev. Matthew Fordwick||Recurring role (18 episodes)|
|1973||Medical Center||Ronnie||Episode: "End of the Line"|
|Bachelor-at-Law||Ben Sykes||Unsold pilot|
|M*A*S*H||Pvt. Carter||Episode: "Deal Me Out"|
|1974||Kojak||Kenny Soames||Episode: "Deliver Us Some Evil"|
|Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law||Greg||Episode: "To Keep and Bear Arms"|
|The Bob Newhart Show||Dave||Episode: "Sorry, Wrong Mother"|
|1975||Movin' On||Casey||Episode: "Landslide"|
|Mannix||Cliff Elgin||Episode: "Hardball"|
|The Bob Crane Show||Hornbeck||Episode: "Son of the Campus Capers"|
|Petrocelli||John Oleson||Episode: "Chain of Command"|
|Barnaby Jones||Joe Rockwell||Episode: "The Price of Terror"|
|The Streets of San Francisco||John 'Johnny' Steiner||Episode: "Murder by Proxy"|
|The Night That Panicked America||Walter Wingate||ABC film|
|The Mary Tyler Moore Show||Reverend Chatfield||Episode: "Ted's Wedding"|
|The Rookies||Hap Dawson||Episode: "Reluctant Hero"|
|Rhoda||Vince Mazuma / Jerry Blocker||2 episodes|
|1976||Starsky & Hutch||Tom Cole||Episode: "The Hostages"|
|Phyllis||Paul Jameson||Episode: "The New Job"|
|1977–1984||Three's Company||Jack Tripper||Lead role (174 episodes)|
|1977||The Love Boat||Ben Cummins / Dale Riley/Reinhardt||2 episodes|
|Leave Yesterday Behind||Paul Stallings||ABC film|
|1979||The Ropers||Jack Tripper||Episode: "The Party"|
|1980||The Associates||Chick||Episode: "The Censors"|
|The Comeback Kid||Bubba Newman||ABC film|
|1981||Insight||Frankie||Episode: "Little Miseries"|
|1982||Pray TV||Tom McPherson||ABC film|
|In Love with an Older Woman||Robert||CBS film|
|The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show||Himself||Special|
|1983||Sunset Limousine||Alan O'Black||CBS film|
|1984||Love Thy Neighbor||Danny Loeb||ABC film|
|Pryor's Place||Himself||Episode: "The Showoff"|
|1984–1985||Three's a Crowd||Jack Tripper||Lead role (22 episodes)|
|1985||Letting Go||Alex||ABC film|
|1986||Living Seas||Host||NBC film|
|Unnatural Causes||Frank Coleman||NBC film|
|A Smoky Mountain Christmas||Judge Harold Benton||ABC film, Uncredited[ citation needed ]|
|Life with Lucy||Himself||Episode: "Lucy Makes a Hit with John Ritter"|
|1987||The Last Fling||Phillip Reed||ABC film|
|Prison for Children||David Royce||CBS film|
|1987–1989||Hooperman||Det. Harry Hooperman||Lead role (42 episodes)|
|1988||Mickey's 60th Birthday||Dudley Goode||Special|
|Tricks of the Trade||Donald Todsen||Cameo; CBS film|
|1989||My Brother's Wife||Barney||ABC film|
|1990||It||Adult Ben "Haystack" Hanscom||ABC film|
|The Dreamer of Oz: The L. Frank Baum Story||L. Frank Baum||NBC film|
|1991||The Cosby Show||Ray Evans||Episode: "Total Control"|
|The Summer My Father Grew Up||Paul||NBC film|
|Anything but Love||Patrick Serreau||Recurring role (5 episodes)|
|1992||Fish Police||Inspector Gill||Voice, 5 episodes|
|1992–1995||Hearts Afire||John Hartman||Lead role (54 episodes)|
|1993||Heartbeat||Bill Grant||NBC film|
|The Only Way Out||Jeremy Carlisle||ABC film|
|The Larry Sanders Show||Himself||Episode: "Off Camera"|
|1994||Dave's World||John Hartman||Episode: "Please Won't You Be My Neighbor"|
|1995||Gramps||Clarke MacGruder||NBC film|
|The Colony||Rick Knowlton||USA Network film|
|NewsRadio||Dr. Frank Westford||Episode: "The Shrink"|
|The Larry Sanders Show||Himself||Episode: "The Fourteenth Floor"|
|1996||Unforgivable||Paul Hegstrom||CBS film|
|Wings||Stuart Davenport||Episode: "Love Overboard"|
|For Hope||Date #5||ABC film (uncredited)[ citation needed ]|
|Touched by an Angel||Mike O'Connor / Tom McKinsley||2 episodes|
|1997||Loss of Faith||Bruce Simon Barker||Movie|
|Mercenary||Jonas Ambler||HBO film|
|A Child's Wish||Ed Chandler||CBS film|
|Dead Man's Gun||Harry McDonacle||Segment: "The Great McDonacle"|
|Over the Top||Justin Talbot||Episode: "The Nemesis"|
|Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Ted Buchanan||Episode: "Ted"|
|1997–2004||King of the Hill||Eugene Grandy||Voice, 4 episodes|
|1998||Chance of a Lifetime||Tom Maguire||CBS film|
|Ally McBeal||George Madison||2 episodes|
|Dead Husbands||Dr. Carter Elston||USA Network film|
|1999||Veronica's Closet||Tim||Episode: "Veronica's Favorite Year"|
|Holy Joe||Joe Cass||CBS film|
|It Came from the Sky||Donald Bridges||Romance Classics film|
|Lethal Vows||Dr. David Farris||CBS film|
|2000–2003||Clifford the Big Red Dog||Clifford||Voice, 64 episodes|
|2000||Chicago Hope||Joe Dysmerski||Episode: "Simon Sez"|
|Batman Beyond||Dr. David Wheeler||Voice, Episode: "The Last Resort"|
|Family Law||Father Andrews||Episode: "Possession is Nine Tenths of the Law"|
|2000–2002||Felicity||Mr. Andrew Covington||Recurring role (7 episodes)|
|2001||Tucker||Marty||Episode: "Homewrecker for the Holidays"|
|2002||The Ellen Show||Percy Moss||Episode: "Gathering Moss"|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Dr. Richard Manning||Episode: "Monogamy"|
|Breaking News||Lloyd Fuchs||Episode: "Pilot"|
|Scrubs||Sam Dorian||2 episodes|
|2002–2003||8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter||Paul Hennessy||Lead role (31 episodes)|
|2001||Clifford the Big Red Dog: Learning Activities||Clifford|
|2002||Clifford the Big Red Dog: Musical Memory Games|
|2003||Clifford the Big Red Dog: Phonics|
|Daytime Emmy Awards||2001||Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program||Clifford the Big Red Dog||Nominated|
|Emmy Awards||1978||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||Three's Company||Nominated|
|2004||8 Simple Rules||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Awards||1979||Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy||Three's Company||Nominated|
|1987||Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television||Unnatural Causes||Nominated|
|1988||Best TV Actor in a Musical/Comedy||Hooperman||Nominated|
|People's Choice Awards||1988||Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Program[ citation needed ]||Hooperman||Won|
|Screen Actors Guild||1997||Outstanding Performance by a Cast||Sling Blade (shared w/co-stars)||Nominated|
Ronald William Howard is an American filmmaker and actor. Howard is best known for playing two high-profile roles in television sitcoms in his youth and directing a number of successful feature films later in his career.
Catherine Louise Sagal is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She is known for playing Peggy Bundy on Married... with Children, Leela on Futurama, and Cate Hennessy on 8 Simple Rules. In the latter role, Sagal worked with John Ritter until his death, leading to Sagal's taking over as the series lead for the remainder of the show's run. She is also widely known for her role as Gemma Teller Morrow on the FX series Sons of Anarchy, for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama in 2011.
Jesse Donald Knotts was an American actor and comedian, best known for his role as Deputy Sheriff Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show, a 1960s sitcom for which he earned five Emmy Awards, and for his role as Ralph Furley on the highly rated sitcom Three's Company from 1979 to 1984. He also starred in multiple comedic films, including playing Luther Heggs in The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966) and Henry Limpet in The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964). In 1979 TV Guide ranked him #27 on its 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time list.
Three's Company is an American sitcom that aired for eight seasons on ABC from March 15, 1977, to September 18, 1984. It is based on the British sitcom Man About the House.
Aortic dissection (AD) occurs when an injury to the innermost layer of the aorta allows blood to flow between the layers of the aortic wall, forcing the layers apart. In most cases, this is associated with a sudden onset of severe chest or back pain, often described as "tearing" in character. Also, vomiting, sweating, and lightheadedness may occur. Other symptoms may result from decreased blood supply to other organs, such as stroke or mesenteric ischemia. Aortic dissection can quickly lead to death from not enough blood flow to the heart or complete rupture of the aorta.
8 Simple Rules is an American sitcom comedy television show, originally starring John Ritter and Katey Sagal as middle-class parents Paul and Cate Hennessy raising their three children. Kaley Cuoco, Amy Davidson, and Martin Spanjers co-starred as their teenage kids; Bridget, Kerry, and Rory Hennessy. The series ran on ABC from September 17, 2002 to April 15, 2005. The first season focused on Paul being left in charge of the kids after Cate takes a full-time job as a nurse, with comedic emphasis on his often strict rules concerning his daughters and dating. The series' name and premise were derived from the book 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter by W. Bruce Cameron.
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Lloyd Vernet "Beau" Bridges III is an American actor and director. He is a three-time Emmy, two-time Golden Globe and one-time Grammy Award winner, as well as a two-time Screen Actors Guild Award nominee. Bridges was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 7, 2003, at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard for his contributions to the television industry. He is the son of actor Lloyd Bridges and elder brother of fellow actor Jeff Bridges.
John Bernard Larroquette is an American actor. His roles include attorney Dan Fielding on the 1984-1992 sitcom Night Court, Mike McBride in the Hallmark Channel series McBride, John Hemingway on The John Larroquette Show, and Carl Sack in Boston Legal. He recently played Jenkins/Galahad in TNT's The Librarians.
Amy Marie Yasbeck is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Casey Chappel Davenport on the sitcom Wings from 1994 to 1997, and also having played the part of Madison in the television film Splash, Too in 1988. She has guest starred in various television shows and co-starred in films such as House II: The Second Story, Pretty Woman, Problem Child, Problem Child 2, The Mask, Robin Hood: Men in Tights and Dracula: Dead and Loving It.
Nancy Karen Morgan is an American actress.
Paul Linke is an American actor, known for his role as Officer Arthur "Artie" Grossman in the television series CHiPs. Linke has worked in film and extensively in television, mostly portraying mild-mannered everyman roles.
David Wayne Spade is an American actor, stand-up comedian, writer, and television personality. He rose to fame in the 1990s as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, then began a successful acting career in both film and television. He also starred or co-starred in the films Tommy Boy (1995), Black Sheep (1996), Joe Dirt (2001), Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser (2015), Grown Ups (2010), Grown Ups 2 (2013), and Father of the Year (2018) among others.
Tyler Ritter is an American actor best known as the star of The McCarthys.
I'd like to take a minute to pay respect to John Ritter and his family", Grammer said the actor who received a posthumous nomination in the category. "He was a terrific guy and his death was a shock to all of us. He will be missed not only for his kindness, but for his work.
...Clifford (voiced, as on TV, by the late John Ritter, to whom the movie is fittingly dedicated)...
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