John Ritter

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John Ritter
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Birth name Jonathan Southworth Ritter
Born September 17, 1948 in Burbank, California, USA
Died September 11, 2003 in Burbank, California, USA from an aortic dissection
Notable Roles Three's Company:
Jack Tripper
Clifford the Big Red Dog:
Clifford
8 Simple Rules... for Dating My Teenage Daughter:
Paul Hennessy
Notable Episodes
Awards 1 Emmy Award, USA
1 Golden Globe Award, USA
1 Peoples Choice Award, USA
Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Contents

Roles

Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Three's Company Jack Tripper 1977–1984 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Three's a Crowd Jack Tripper 1984–1985 1
Hooperman Harry Hooperman 1987–1989 1 2
Hearts Afire John Hartman 1992–1995 1 2 3
Clifford the Big Red Dog Clifford 2000–2003 1 2
8 Simple Rules... for Dating My Teenage Daughter Paul Hennessy 2002–2003 1 2

Recurring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
The Waltons Rev. Matthew Fordwick 1973–1976

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Hawaii Five-O Mike Wells - Strangers in Our Own Land October 3, 1968
Dan August 1x13 - Quadrangle for Death December 16, 1970
Hawaii Five-O Ryan Moore - Two Doves and Mr. Heron October 12, 1971
The Waltons Reverend Matthew Fordwick - The Sinner October 26, 1972
Medical Center Ronnie 4x18 - End of the Line January 17, 1973
M*A*S*H Pvt. Carter 2x13 - Deal Me Out December 8, 1973
Kojak (1973) Kenny Soames 1x15 - Deliver Us Some Evil February 13, 1974
Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law Greg 3x21 - To Keep and Bear Arms March 23, 1974
The Bob Newhart Show Dave - Sorry, Wrong Mother October 12, 1974
Movin' On (1974) - Casey January 16, 1975
Rhoda Vince Mazuma - Chest Pains February 3, 1975
Mannix Cliff Elgin - Hardball April 13, 1975
Petrocelli John Oleson - Chain of Command October 8, 1975
Barnaby Jones Joe Rockwell - The Price of Terror October 10, 1975
The Streets of San Francisco John 'Johnny' Steiner - Murder by Proxy October 23, 1975
The Mary Tyler Moore Show Reverend Chatfield - Ted's Wedding November 8, 1975
The Rookies Hap Dawson - Reluctant Hero November 25, 1975
Starsky and Hutch Tom Cole - The Hostages January 7, 1976
Rhoda Jerry Blocker - Attack on Mr. Right January 12, 1976
Phyllis Crooked City Supervisor - The New Job September 20, 1976
Hawaii Five-O Mike Welles - Dealer's Choice -- Blackmail February 3, 1977
The Love Boat Dale - A Tasteful Affair / Oh, Dale! / The Main Event October 1, 1977
The Ropers Jack Tripper 2x01 - The Party September 15, 1979
The Associates Chick - The Censors April 10, 1980
Omnibus Himself - December 28, 1980
Insight Frankie - Little Miseries November 15, 1981
Life with Lucy Himself - Lucy Makes a Hit with John Ritter September 27, 1986
The Cosby Show Ray Evans - Total Control January 31, 1991
Anything but Love Patrick Serreau 3x01 - Say It Again, Han (1) February 6, 1991
Anything but Love Patrick Serreau 3x02 - Martus Interruptus (2) February 13, 1991
Anything but Love Patrick Serreau 3x03 - Hello... Mali (3) February 27, 1991
Anything but Love Patrick Serreau - Stop Me Before I... Again (1) December 4, 1991
Anything but Love Patrick Serreau - Stop Me Before I... Again (2) December 11, 1991
The Larry Sanders Show Himself - Off Camera September 15, 1993
The Larry Sanders Show Himself - The Fourteenth Floor September 21, 1994
Dave's World Himself - A Room with a View September 26, 1994
Dave's World John Hartman - Please Won't You Be My Neighbor October 3, 1994
Dave's World Himself - The Accidental Tourists February 20, 1995
NewsRadio Dr. Frank Westford 2x05 - The Shrink November 7, 1995
Wings Stuart Davenport - Love Overboard May 14, 1996
Touched by an Angel Mike O'Connor (Special Guest Star) - Random Acts September 22, 1996
Over the Top Justin Talbot - The Nemesis November 4, 1997
King of the Hill Eugene Grandy - The Son That Got Away November 23, 1997
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Ted Buchanan - Ted December 8, 1997
Ally McBeal George Madison - It's My Party October 19, 1998
Ally McBeal George Madison - Story of Love October 26, 1998
Veronica's Closet Tim - Veronica's Favorite Year February 18, 1999
Touched by an Angel Tom McKinsley - Black Like Monica May 2, 1999
Chicago Hope Joe Dysmerski - Simon Sez February 24, 2000
Family Law Father Andrews - Possession Is Nine Tenths of the Law May 8, 2000
Felicity Andrew Covington - The Anti-Natalie Intervention October 11, 2000
Felicity Andrew Covington - Hello, I Must Be Going October 18, 2000
Saturday Night Live Himself - Audience Member - November 11, 2000
Felicity Andrew Covington - Kissing Mr. Covington November 15, 2000
King of the Hill Eugene Grandy - What Makes Bobby Run? December 10, 2000
Tucker Marty - Homewrecker for the Holidays March 6, 2001
Felicity Andrew Covington 4x06 - Oops...Noel Did It Again November 14, 2001
Felicity Mr. Andrew Covington - The Storm November 21, 2001
Felicity Mr. Andrew Covington - A Perfect Match December 19, 2001
The Ellen Show Percy Moss - Gathering Moss 2002
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. Richard Manning - Monogamy January 4, 2002
Felicity Mr. Andrew Covington - Kiss and Tell March 27, 2002
Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central) John Ritter - The Art of Groveling April 3, 2002
Scrubs Mr. Sam Dorian - My Old Man April 9, 2002
Scrubs Mr. Sam Dorian - My Lucky Day December 5, 2002
King of the Hill Eugene Grandy - The Witches of East Arlen May 18, 2003
King of the Hill Eugene Grandy - Stressed for Success May 2, 2004

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
The Night That Panicked America Walter Wingate October 31, 1975
Mickey's 60th Birthday Dudley Goode November 13, 1988

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Series Role Episode Airdate
The Merv Griffin Show Himself - October 4, 1977
Family Feud Himself - Three's Company, Eight Is Enough, Soap, Love Boat May 8, 1978
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Himself - October 16, 1978
Entertainment Tonight Himself - October 16, 1999
Larry King Live Himself - October 7, 2000
I've Got a Secret Himself - October 24, 2001
Live with Regis and Kelly Himself - July 15, 2002
The Daily Show Himself - July 15, 2002
Fox and Friends Himself - July 16, 2002
Entertainment Tonight Himself - August 27, 2002
The Wayne Brady Show Himself - September 2, 2002
The View Himself - September 16, 2002
Hollywood Squares (1998) Himself - September 16-20, 2002
Good Morning America Himself - September 16, 2002
Access Hollywood Himself - September 18, 2002
Good Day Live Himself - September 24, 2002
Access Hollywood Himself - September 24, 2002
Mad TV Himself - September 28, 2002
Biography Himself - John Ritter: In Good Company October 30, 2002
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn Himself - February 10, 2003
Hollywood Squares (1998) - September 29-October 3, 2003
Extra Himself - October 15, 2003
Entertainment Tonight Himself - October 16, 2003
Entertainment Tonight Himself - November 4, 2003

Awards and Accolades

Golden Globe Awards

(1 Win in 5 Nominations)

  • Won: Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical (1984)
Three's Company

Primetime Emmy Awards

(1 Win in 6 Nominations)

  • Won: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (1984)
Three's Company

Trivia

  • Son of Tex Ritter and Dorothy Fay
  • Married to Nancy Morgan from 1977 to 1996; has three children: sons Jason (born in 1980) & Tyler (born in 1985), and daughter Carly (born in 1982)
  • Married to Amy Yasbeck from 1999 until his death in 2003; they have a daughter, Stella (born in 1998)
  • Attended Walter Reed Jr. High School in North Hollywood, California.
  • Attended Hollywood High School
  • Attended the University of Southern California where he majored in psychology; he planned to have a career in politics, but later changed his major to theatre arts
  • Was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity while attending USC
  • Attended the USC School of Dramatic Arts