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John Ritter: A Tribute To The Actor, Comedian and Man
A Quick Look
Jonathan Southworth Ritter was born in Burbank, California. He was 5 ft 11 inches Tall.
John Ritter majored in Psycholgy at The University of Southern California.
John Ritter was born on September 17, 1948 and he died of Aortic Dissection on September 11, 2003.
The Early Years.....
John Ritter started out acting live on stage doing plays and concerts. He has had several small bit roles on sitcoms and in films before getting a big role as a Priest on the television show, The Walton's. Throughout the years Ritter has guest starred on many shows from television and also, he has been in many made for television movies. John Ritter's dad was Tex Ritter, who was a famous country singer himself.
Other than Three's Company and 8 Simple Rules, Ritter has had recurring and guest roles on such television shows as The Walton's, Mash, Hawaii Five-o, Kojak, The Bob Newhart Show, and a show he directed and produced called Hooperman.
Three's Company aired from 1977 until 1984. John Ritter stars as Jack Tripper and he lives with two female roommates. Joyce DeWitt co-Stars as roommate Janet and the other roommate changes several times from Chrissy to Cindy to Terri.
In the sitcom Jack must pretend to be gay in order to live with the girls in order to trick the landlord. The show featured suggestive themes in a harmless way and Jack was always into something ridiculous. The show takes place in an apartment and later at Jack's restaurant. The landlords are The Roper's and later on Mr. Furley (Don Knotts).
The show had a short lived spin off starring Ritter entitled Three's a Crowd. Ritter made Three's Company a success with his physical humor and his overall comedy. The show also had his neighbor and best friend Larry who was a car salesman and a big time womanizer. The show was number one for a number of weeks in the ratings and in the top two or three during its entire television run.
Jack, Chrissy and Janet
8 Simple Rules
8 Simple Rules was a sitcom on ABC that aired from 2002-2005. It starred John Ritter and Katey Sagal. The show centers around John Ritter and his teenage daughter and life's issues mixed with comedy. The series had 77 total episodes before it's cancelation.
The show has a list of 8 "simple"rules that one must follow in order to date Ritter's daughter in the show. The show had far less physical comedy and more verbal comedy but John Ritter was till on point and hilarious. When Ritter passed away the sitcom had an episode dealing with the great John Ritter's untimely death.
John Ritter Tribute
Have You Seen It?
Have you ever watched " Three's Company" before?
Believe it or not John Ritter made his television debut acting in a made for TV movie called Crazy World, Crazy People in 1968. Ritter is known for his comedy but he can act dramatically if the role calls for it. He has been in comedy roles such as Problem Child 1 and 2, Stay Tuned and Bad Santa. He has also been in far more serious films such as Stephen King's It and Sling Blade.
John Ritter is known for his great physical comedy courtesy of Three's Company episodes but he could seriously act. Ritter also has done many voice overs for cartoons and animated films such as "Clifford The Big Red Dog" for which he received an Emmy nomination after his death. John Ritter was really starting to branch into voice over roles shortly before he died and his work was remarkable to say the least.
Ritter also had a tremendously successful Broadway career with his powerful performance in The Dinner Party in 2000. Personally, I loved John Ritter in Sling Blade, Bad Santa, Stephen King's It, Stay Tuned and both of the Problem Child films. Ritter commanded attention once the film started rolling and his work should be appreciated as it was top notch. He passed away tragically at the young age of 54 years old.
8 Simple Rules Cast
John Ritter's Best Movies
Bride of Chucky
Problem Child 2
Awards and Accolades
This is a list of John Ritter's wins but he has been nominated over 80 other times for major awards as well.
1983: John Ritter has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1984: Won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for "Three's Company".
1984: Won a Golden Globe for Best TV Actor in a Comedy for "Three's Company".
1988: Won a People's Choice Award for Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Program for " Hooperman".
2001: Won Theatre World Award for "The Dinner Party".
Three's Company on DVD
John Ritter was a great actor whether he was being comical or serious. Everyone that worked with him loved him with their heart. He was taken far too soon from us and he will be sorely missed. He always lightened the mood and relaxed you with ease. Watch clips of Ritter Not on Three's Company or in a movie but on a late night talk show or being interviewed. His politeness, smile, humbleness, humility and humor truly comes out from within. From the man John Ritter not the celebrity.
R.I.P. Jonathan Ritter.
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