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John Ritter –


About John Ritter (1948 – 2003)

John Ritter born on September 17, 1948 in Burbank, California.

On September 11, 2003 John Ritter passed away in Burbank, California from a aortic dissection. John and Henry Winkler were rehearsing lines when John collapsed and died soon afterwards.

John Ritter father, cowboy star Tex Ritter, John a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next to that of his Dad.

Pretending to be gay was the role that made John Ritter a huge star in the hit series THREE'S COMPANY and in its spin off THREE'S A CROWD. Following in his father footsteps, John Ritter son Jason Ritter plays a gay man pretending to be straight in PERCEPTIONS.

Dedicated to the memory of John Ritter his final film, BAD SANTA in 2003.

In 2004 John Ritter character Paul Hennessy, on the hit series 8 SIMPLE RULES... FOR DATING MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER, was ranked #48 in TV Guide's list of the 50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time about a year after he suddenly passed away.

Entertaining children John Ritter brought to life the big red dog in the animated movie CLIFFORD'S REALLY BIG MOVIE, also from 2000 to 2003 John Ritter was the voice of Clifford in the TV Series CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG.

In the hit movie SLING BLADE John Ritter worked with Billy Bob Thornton, Ritter played a gay manager of a department store. Billy Bob Thornton wrote and directed the movie.

In 1989 John Ritter was the executive producer for 2 TV series HAVE FAITH and ANYTHING BUT LOVE.

Winning a trip to Mexico, John Ritter's first TV appearance was as a contestant on the hit show THE DATING GAME.

Ten years prior to John Ritter and Amy Yasbeck's marriage they appeared in an episode of THE COSBY SHOW. Playing a husband and wife expecting their first child.

Based on a book, John Ritter role in 8 SIMPLE RULES FOR DATING MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER, playing a dad that has to face a variety of challenges, he has to lay down the ground rules for his three children. The show was such a hit because they worked with real issues that face family today like sex, drugs, and day to day family life. The Series won a People's Choice Award for Best New Comedy and the Family Award for Favorite Comedy Series.

John Ritter will always be remembered as Jack Tripper in the hit series THREE'S COMPANY, playing a straight guy pretending to be gay while living with two attractive ladies.

THREE'S COMPANY was so popular, John Ritter won a Golden Globe in 1983 for Best Performance by an Actor. The hit series lasted eight season, the show began to drop in the ratings the show was cancelled in 1984. Then came the spin off only last for 1 season THREE'S A CROWD could not keep the crowd like THREE'S COMPANY.

John Ritter was a TV guest star on the TV show HOLLYWOOD SQUARES 30 times.

In 1973 John Ritter played Rev. Matthew Fordwick in the hit family series THE WALTONS his role continued til 1976. This was John's fathers favorite program.

John Ritter's notable movie credits include...

BAD SANTA (2003)
MANHOOD (2003)
PANIC (2000)
MONTANA (1998)




Ritter in PROBLEM CHILD (1990).





Ritter in PROBLEM CHILD 2.