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 titular protagonist
of the animated children's series Clifford the Big Red Dog
to 2003. Additionally, he appeared in the horror miniseries It
as the adult of Ben Hanscom
For Disney, he portrayed Roger in the 1971 film The Barefoot Executive (his film debut) and voiced Great Uncle Stew in the Playhouse Disney film Stanley's Dinosaur Round-Up. The latter 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. Additionally, he 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 premiere.
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.