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Birth name Jonathan Southworth RitterNationality USABirth 17 september 1948Jonathan Southworth "John" Ritter (September 17, 1948 – September 11, 2003) was an American actor. Ritter was known for playing Jack Tripper on the hit ABC sitcom Three's Company, for which he won an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award in 1984. He was the son of country/western star Tex Ritter, and the father of actors Jason Ritter and Tyler Ritter.
at Burbank (USA
)Death 11 september 2003
(at 54 years) at Burbank (USA
Ritter appeared in hundreds of films and television shows/episodes combined (and performed on Broadway), including It (1990), Problem Child (1990), Problem Child 2 (1991) and Bad Santa in 2003 (his final live action film which was dedicated to his memory). Prior to Clifford's Really Big Movie (posthumously released), Ritter received four Daytime Emmy Award nominations for his voice work on the children's television series, Clifford the Big Red Dog, in addition to many other awards Ritter was nominated for or won. Don Knotts called Ritter the "greatest physical comedian on the planet".
Ritter died from an aortic dissection on September 11, 2003. His death occurred shortly after the production of an episode for the second season of 8 Simple Rules.
In 1977, Ritter married actress Nancy Morgan, with whom he had three children: Jason (who first appeared in the opening credits of Three's Company), Carly, and Tyler. They divorced in 1996.
He married actress Amy Yasbeck on September 18, 1999 at the Murphy Theatre in Wilmington, Ohio. Their daughter, Stella, was born on September 11, 1998, one year before they married.
Yasbeck played his love interest in the first two Problem Child movies. Yasbeck also played Ritter's wife in two sitcom appearances. In 1991, both were guest stars on The Cosby Show, in which Yasbeck played the in-labor wife of Ritter's basketball coach character. In 1996, Ritter guest starred on Yasbeck's sitcom, Wings, as the estranged husband of Yasbeck's character, Casey. Ritter was also friends with English actor Tim Curry, his co-star from It and Fish Police.