John Ritter is and was a legend. He had the power to light up the screen and our hearts. He is perhaps, most remembered for this work on the television show Three’s Company. He was a successful actor, comedian, and father. He had active in the entertainment industry since 1971, and until his death in 2003. He made millions smile! Here you will find details on John Ritter’s early life, school daze, filmography, awards, children, and more inormation pretinent to his life. He will be remembered always.
Jonathon Southworth Ritter was born in Burbank, California, on September 17, 1948. His mother is Dorothy Fay Southworth. She was an actress. His father is Tex Ritter, who was a singing-cowboy and matinee star. John Ritter went to Hollywood High School and was deemed the Student Body President. After high school he attended the University of Southern California. In college he was in the Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) fraternity. At USC, he majored in psychology with a minor in architecture.
He was married to Nancy Morgan from 1977-1996. Together they had three children named Jason, Carly, and Tyler. He married Amy Yasbeck in 1999, and was married with her until the day he died. Together, they had one daughter named Stella.
He starred in Three’s Company, the television seriesthat ran from 1977 up until 1985. Several seasons of the TV show was close to the top of the TV ratings, before it ended. During the show’s run he also appeared in feature films such as Hero At Large, Americathon, and They All Laughed. There was also a television special called Ringo, in which John played Ringo Starr’s manager. John also had a voice role in Flight of Dragons.
Before starring in Three’s Company he appeared in the first five seasons of The Waltons. He played the Reverd Matthew Forwich from 1972-1976. He also appeared in an epsiode of M*A*S*H, Hawaii Five-O, and The Cosby Show. He also in the film The Stone Killer.
After Three’s Company, he appeared in a numerous amount of movies like Problem Child, Sling-Blade, Noises Off, Hearts Afire, and Hooperman. He garnered movies like It Came From The Sky, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Stephen King’s It, Felicity, Scrubs, All McBeal, and also had a voice role on Clifford the Big Red Dog. He received two Emmy nominations for his part in the animated children’s show.
Ritter, was also in the Broadway Production of The Dinner Party, written by Neil Simon. There were 364 performances and Ritter won the Theatre World Award for his performance.
It wasn’t until 2002 that Ritter began his work on the family sitcom 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter. His last appearances include Bad Santa, starring his friend Billy Bob Thorton and Bernie Mac. His other last roles were Clifford’s Really Big Movie, an episode of Scrubs, and King of the Hill.
Ritter was nominated for an Emmy after his death, for his role in 8 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Daughter. Instead, Kelsey Grammer won for his work in Frasier, Grammer’s remarks included a rememberance of Ritter.
June 6, 2008, a mural was painted and dedicated to Ritter at Hollywood High School (his old school). The mural was painted by Eloy Torrez.
Some of his films included:
Real Men, Skin Deep, Noises Off, Stay Tuned, Danielle Steele’s Heartbeat, North, Montana, Shadow of a Doubt, Tripfall, I Woke Up Early The Day I Died, Bride of Chucky, Panic, Lost in the Perishing Point Hotel, Manhood, Nuncrackers, Nowhere, and A Gun, a car, a Blonde.
He appeared in TV shows such as:
Crazy World, Crazy People, Dan August, the Waltons, Movin’ On, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda, Starsky and Hutch, Phyllis, The Love Boat, The Bob Crane Show, Mannix, The Bob Newhart Show, The Rookies, Petrocelli, Kojak, Owen Marshall, A Smoky Mountain Christmas, My Brother’s Wife, Mickey’s 60th Birthday, Anything But Love, The Summer My Father Grew Up, Fish Police, Heartbeat, The Colony, NewsRadio, The Last Fling, Gramps, King of the Hill, Ally McBeal, Dead Husbands, Holy Joe, Veronica’s Closet, It Came From The Sky, The World’s Greatest Magic V, Dead Man’s Gun, For Hope, Wings, Dave’s World, The Ellen Show, Scrubs, Family Law, Batman Beyond, Tucker, Chicago Hope, Family Law, Breaking News, 8 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Daughter, and more.
Emmy Award in 1984 for Three’s Company.
Golden Globe Award in 1988 for Three’s Company.
People’s Choice Award in 1988 for Hooperman.
Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1983. You can find it at 6627 Hollywood Boulevard. His father Tex Ritter, is also in the Walk of Fame, in a separate category.
John was also nominated for many other awards, as he was recognized for his talent.
Ritter got ill on September 11, 2003, while doing rehearsals for 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter. He was seen by a Doctor just across the street from rehearsals. He died at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, later that day, in Burbank, California. His death was caused by an aortic dissection said to be caused by a previously undiagnosed congenital heart defect. John’s father died from a heart attack almost 30 years prior. John Ritter’s eternal resting place is located at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills Cemetary in L.A.
His wife Amy, filed a wrongful death suit against the doctor and cardiologist who had treated Ritter. Amy Yasbeck claimed that the doctor has misdiagnosed her husband’s condition as a heart attack. The radiologist had given Ritter a complete body scan just two years earlier, in which he failed to detect as enlargement of Ritter’s aorta. The trial started on February 11, 2008 and by March, the defendants were found not responsible for Ritter’s death. Other defendants are said to have settled out of court for $14 million, including $9.4 million paid from Providence St. Joseph.
You can find many tribute (fan) web sites for John Ritter at http://www.google.com/search?q=john+ritter+official+website&rls=com.microsoft:*:IE-SearchBox&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=ie7&rlz=1I7DKUS
Or remember Three’s Company at www.threescompany.com . Here you will find trivia, and more fun stuff concerning John and the cast.
Remembering John Ritter is a good feeling I believe. He lit up up our world and will forever be emblazoned in our hearts. Rest in Peace, John!