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Ritter at the 1988 Emmy Awards
Jonathan Southworth Ritter

(1948-09-17)September 17, 1948
DiedSeptember 11, 2003(2003-09-11) (aged 54)
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
Education Hollywood High School
Alma mater University of Southern California
OccupationActor, comedian
Years active1968–2003
Nancy Morgan
(m. 1977;div. 1996)

Amy Yasbeck (m. 1999)
Children4; including Jason Ritter and Tyler Ritter
Parent(s) Tex Ritter
Dorothy Fay

Jonathan Southworth Ritter [1] (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.

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Jason Ritter American actor

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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". [2] 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 class of professional theater presented in New York City, New York, USA

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<i>Problem Child 2</i> 1991 film by Dennis Dugan, Brian Levant

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.

Early life

Ritter was born at the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California, on September 17, 1948. [3] 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. [4] He had an older brother, Thomas Matthews "Tom". [5] 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. [6]

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Burbank, California City in California, United States

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.

Coloboma eye disease characterized by missing pieces of tissue in structures that form the eye, such as the iris, retina, choroid or optic disc

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.


Film and television

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Ritter as Jack Tripper, 1977

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 .

<i>Dan August</i> American crime drama series

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Burt Reynolds American actor, director and producer

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 American actor *1924

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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.

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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 Award [7] and 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.

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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. [8] 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.

Personal life

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 ), [9] [10] Carly, and Tyler. [6] They divorced in 1996. [11]

He married actress Amy Yasbeck on September 18, 1999, at the Murphy Theatre in Wilmington, Ohio. [12] They had a daughter Stella, born on September 11, 1998; [13] in 2016, Stella adopted the name Noah Lee Ritter and self-identified as a trans man. [14]

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.


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Ritter's gravestone

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. [3] Physicians treated Ritter for what they had diagnosed as a heart attack; however, his condition worsened. [15] 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. [16] [17]

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. [18] [19]

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. [20] 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, [21] 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. [21] 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. [22] [23]

Response and legacy

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. [24] Katey Sagal testified in the wrongful death lawsuit, calling Ritter a "funny man who was funny like nobody's business". [25] His Three's Company co-star Joyce DeWitt remarked he was "impossible to forget. Impossible not to love". [26]

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. [27]

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. [28] 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. [29]

On June 6, 2008, a mural of Ritter painted by Eloy Torrez was dedicated at Hollywood High School. [30]

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 RogerDebut
Scandalous John Wandell
1972 The Other Rider
1973 The Stone Killer Hart
1975 The Prisoner of Second Avenue Elevator PassengerUncredited
1976 Nickelodeon Franklin Frank
1977Breakfast in BedPaul
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 DickensonVoice, Direct-to-video
1985The Joy of Natural ChildbirthHimself
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 TreePineyVoice, Direct-to-video release
1992 Noises Off Garry Lejeune / Roger Tramplemain
Stay Tuned Roy Knable
1994 North Ward Nelson
1996 Sling Blade Vaughan Cunningham
MercenaryJonas Ambler
1997 Nowhere Moses Helper
A Gun, a Car, a BlondeDuncan / The Bartender
Hacks Hank
1998 Montana Dr. Wexler
1998The Truth About LyingSimon Barker
1998Shadow of DoubtSteven Mayer
I Woke Up Early The Day I Died Robert Forrest
Bride of Chucky Police Chief Warren Kincaid
2000 Panic Dr. Josh Parks
Tripfall Tom Williams
Lost in the Perishing Point HotelChristian Therapist
Terror Tract Bob Carter(segment "Make Me An Offer")
Tadpole Stanley Grubman
2002Man of the YearBill
2003 Manhood Eli
Bad Santa Bob ChipeskaPosthumously 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 StewVoice, Posthumously released, (final film role)


1967 The Dating Game HimselfContestant (winning bachelor)
1968Crazy World, Crazy PeopleVarious charactersSpecial
1970 Dan August Coley SmithEpisode: "Quadrangle for Death"
1971 Hawaii Five-O Ryan Moore / Mike Welles2 episodes
1972–1976 The Waltons Rev. Matthew FordwickRecurring role (18 episodes)
1973 Medical Center RonnieEpisode: "End of the Line"
Bachelor-at-LawBen Sykes Unsold pilot
M*A*S*H Pvt. CarterEpisode: "Deal Me Out"
1974 Kojak Kenny SoamesEpisode: "Deliver Us Some Evil"
Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law GregEpisode: "To Keep and Bear Arms"
The Bob Newhart Show DaveEpisode: "Sorry, Wrong Mother"
1975 Movin' On CaseyEpisode: "Landslide"
Mannix Cliff ElginEpisode: "Hardball"
The Bob Crane Show HornbeckEpisode: "Son of the Campus Capers"
Petrocelli John OlesonEpisode: "Chain of Command"
Barnaby Jones Joe RockwellEpisode: "The Price of Terror"
The Streets of San Francisco John 'Johnny' SteinerEpisode: "Murder by Proxy"
The Night That Panicked America Walter Wingate ABC film
The Mary Tyler Moore Show Reverend ChatfieldEpisode: "Ted's Wedding"
The Rookies Hap DawsonEpisode: "Reluctant Hero"
Rhoda Vince Mazuma / Jerry Blocker2 episodes
1976 Starsky & Hutch Tom ColeEpisode: "The Hostages"
Phyllis Paul JamesonEpisode: "The New Job"
1977–1984 Three's Company Jack Tripper Lead role (174 episodes)
1977 The Love Boat Ben Cummins / Dale Riley/Reinhardt2 episodes
1978 Ringo Marty Movie
Leave Yesterday BehindPaul StallingsABC film
1979 The Ropers Jack Tripper Episode: "The Party"
1980 The Associates ChickEpisode: "The Censors"
The Comeback Kid Bubba NewmanABC film
1981 Insight FrankieEpisode: "Little Miseries"
1982 Pray TV Tom McPhersonABC film
In Love with an Older WomanRobertCBS film
The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show HimselfSpecial
1983 Sunset Limousine Alan O'BlackCBS film
1984 Love Thy Neighbor Danny LoebABC film
Pryor's Place HimselfEpisode: "The Showoff"
1984–1985 Three's a Crowd Jack Tripper Lead role (22 episodes)
1985Letting GoAlexABC film
1986Living SeasHost NBC film
Unnatural CausesFrank ColemanNBC film
A Smoky Mountain Christmas Judge Harold BentonABC film, Uncredited[ citation needed ]
Life with Lucy HimselfEpisode: "Lucy Makes a Hit with John Ritter"
1987 The Last Fling Phillip ReedABC film
Prison for Children David RoyceCBS film
1987–1989 Hooperman Det. Harry HoopermanLead role (42 episodes)
1988 Mickey's 60th Birthday Dudley GoodeSpecial
Tricks of the TradeDonald TodsenCameo; CBS film
1989My Brother's WifeBarneyABC film
1990 It Adult Ben "Haystack" HanscomABC film
The Dreamer of Oz: The L. Frank Baum Story L. Frank Baum NBC film
1991 The Cosby Show Ray EvansEpisode: "Total Control"
The Summer My Father Grew UpPaulNBC film
Anything but Love Patrick SerreauRecurring role (5 episodes)
1992 Fish Police Inspector GillVoice, 5 episodes
1992–1995 Hearts Afire John HartmanLead role (54 episodes)
1993 Heartbeat Bill GrantNBC film
The Only Way OutJeremy CarlisleABC film
The Larry Sanders Show HimselfEpisode: "Off Camera"
1994 Dave's World John HartmanEpisode: "Please Won't You Be My Neighbor"
1995GrampsClarke MacGruderNBC film
The Colony Rick KnowltonUSA Network film
NewsRadio Dr. Frank WestfordEpisode: "The Shrink"
The Larry Sanders Show HimselfEpisode: "The Fourteenth Floor"
1996 Unforgivable Paul HegstromCBS film
Wings Stuart DavenportEpisode: "Love Overboard"
For Hope Date #5ABC film (uncredited)[ citation needed ]
Touched by an Angel Mike O'Connor / Tom McKinsley2 episodes
1997Loss of FaithBruce Simon BarkerMovie
MercenaryJonas Ambler HBO film
A Child's Wish Ed ChandlerCBS film
Dead Man's Gun Harry McDonacleSegment: "The Great McDonacle"
Over the Top Justin TalbotEpisode: "The Nemesis"
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Ted BuchananEpisode: "Ted"
1997–2004 King of the Hill Eugene GrandyVoice, 4 episodes
1998Chance of a LifetimeTom MaguireCBS film
Ally McBeal George Madison2 episodes
Dead Husbands Dr. Carter ElstonUSA Network film
1999 Veronica's Closet TimEpisode: "Veronica's Favorite Year"
Holy JoeJoe CassCBS film
It Came from the Sky Donald BridgesRomance Classics film
Lethal Vows Dr. David FarrisCBS film
2000–2003 Clifford the Big Red Dog CliffordVoice, 64 episodes
2000 Chicago Hope Joe DysmerskiEpisode: "Simon Sez"
Batman Beyond Dr. David WheelerVoice, Episode: "The Last Resort"
Family Law Father AndrewsEpisode: "Possession is Nine Tenths of the Law"
2000–2002 Felicity Mr. Andrew CovingtonRecurring role (7 episodes)
2001 Tucker MartyEpisode: "Homewrecker for the Holidays"
2002 The Ellen Show Percy MossEpisode: "Gathering Moss"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. Richard ManningEpisode: "Monogamy"
Breaking News Lloyd FuchsEpisode: "Pilot"
Scrubs Sam Dorian 2 episodes
2002–2003 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter Paul Hennessy Lead role (31 episodes)

Video games

2001Clifford the Big Red Dog: Learning Activities [31] Clifford
2002Clifford the Big Red Dog: Musical Memory Games [32]
2003Clifford the Big Red Dog: Phonics [33]

Awards and honors

Daytime Emmy Awards 2001 Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program Clifford the Big Red DogNominated
2002 Nominated
2003 Nominated
2004 Nominated
Emmy Awards 1978 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Three's CompanyNominated
1981 Nominated
1984 Won
1988 HoopermanNominated
1999 Ally McBealNominated
2004 8 Simple RulesNominated
Golden Globe Awards 1979 Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy Three's CompanyNominated
1980 Nominated
1984 Won
1987 Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Unnatural CausesNominated
1988 Best TV Actor in a Musical/Comedy HoopermanNominated
People's Choice Awards 1988Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Program[ citation needed ]HoopermanWon
Screen Actors Guild 1997 Outstanding Performance by a Cast Sling Blade (shared w/co-stars)Nominated

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