Jonathan Southworth Ritter 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, 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. 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, and Bad Santa in 2003. 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, for which he received four Daytime Emmy Award nominations, and as Paul Hennessy on the ABC sitcom 8 Simple Rules.
|Born:||Jonathan Southworth Ritter, September 17, 1948, Burbank, California, U.S.|
|Died:||September 11, 2003, Burbank, California, U.S.|
|Resting place:||Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, California, U.S.|
|Education:||Hollywood High School|
|Alma mater:||University of Southern California|
|Children:||4, including Jason Ritter and Tyler Ritter|
|Parent(s):||Tex Ritter, Dorothy Fay|
|IMDb:||John Ritter’s IMDb|
|Rotten Tomatoes:||John Ritter’s Rotten Tomatoes|
About John Ritter
Comedy TV and movie actor who played Jack Tripper on the sitcom Three’s Company and Paul Hennessy on 8 Simple Rules. He is the son of country music singer Tex Ritter and is also known for his roles in Bad Santa, Panic, Tadpole, and Bride of Chucky.
At age eighteen, he made a minor appearance as a contestant on The Dating Game.
After his death, fans and fellow actors regarded him as the greatest physical comedian on the planet.
He had three children, Jason, Tyler and Carly, with his first wife, actress Nancy Morgan. His second wife, actress Amy Yasbeck, appeared as his on-screen love interest in the Problem Child films.
He was in a 1970 episode of Dan August, which starred Burt Reynolds.
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- Male actors from Burbank, California
- Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Primetime Emmy Award winners
- Best Musical or Comedy Actor Golden Globe (television) winners
- USC School of Dramatic Arts alumni
- Contestants on American game shows
- Theatre World Award winners
- Burials at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
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