Johnathan Southworth "John" Ritter
- September 11
) was an American actor and comedian who is the son of country singer and actor Tex Ritter
and the father of actor Jason Ritter
. He was best known for his television roles as Jack Tripper
on the ABC
sitcom Three's Company
and as Paul Hennessy on the ABC sitcom 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter
until his death the following year during production in 2003
. He is also best known for his voice role as the title protagonist
on the animated children's series Clifford the Big Red Dog
to 2003. He appeared in the horror mini series IT
, as the adult of Ben Hanscom
His Disney roles were in the 1971 film The Barefoot Executive (his film debut) and the Playhouse Disney film Stanley's Dinosaur Round-Up. It was his final film and it was dedicated to his memory. He also appeared on some television specials in the 1980s, including guest-starring on Donald Duck's 50th Birthday in 1984 and hosting Disney's Living Seas in 1986. He also played Bob Chipeska in Bad Santa.
John Ritter at the 1988 Emmy Awards.
John Ritter with first wife Nancy Morgan.
John Ritter with second wife Amy Yasbeck and daughter Stella at The Country Bears premier.
John Ritter with his eldest son Jason in February 2003.
John Ritter with (l-r) Martin Spanjers, Kaley Cuoco, Katey Sagal, and Amy Davidson on set of 8 Simple Rules.