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John Ritter Net Worth $20 Million Dollars

John Ritter Net Worth: John Ritter was an American actor, comedian and voice-over artist who had a net worth of $20 million. Born Jonathan Southworth Ritter (September 17, 1948 — September 11, 2003) in Burbank, California, US, he made a name for himself playing Jack Tripper on the hit ABC sitcom Three’s Company (1976–1984), that he won an Emmy and also a Golden Globe Award in 1984. A student body president at Hollywood High School, Ritter first felt the perks of popularity as a teenager. He went to study in the University of Southern California with a major in Psychology along with a minor in Architecture. He made his first TV appearance in The Dating Game (1970) as a winning contestant, having earned a vacation to Lake Havasu, Arizona. Next, he joined Nina Foch’s performing classes, and after that shifted to Theater Arts in 1971 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Play. Thus, he played in a series of stage plays in England, Scotland, Holland and Germany from 1968 to 1969. As for his screen debut, it came in 1968 on an episode of the series Hawaii Five-O (CBS, 1968–1980). Ever since, he has landed hundreds of TV and feature film characters, most notable being his turns in Dan August (1970), Breakfast in Bed (1977), Hearts Afire (1992), Sling Blade (1996) and Bad Santa (2003), in addition to his guest appearances for Medical Center (1969), Mary Tyler Moore (1970), The Waltons (1971), The Streets of San Francisco (1972), Kojak (1973) and Rhoda (1974). He also did voice-over on several occasions, beginning using the animated film The Flight of the Dragons (1982). Off screen, John Ritter was married twice and had four kids, three with his first wife Nancy Morgan and one with Amy Yasbeck. He perished on September 11, 2003, because of aortic dissection brought on by a previously undiagnosed congenital heart disease.


John Ritter information

John Ritter information

Birth date: September 17, 1948
Death date: September 11, 2003, Burbank, California, United States
Birth place: Burbank, California, USA
Height:1.8 m
Profession:Television producer, Comedian, Voice Actor
Education:Hollywood High School, University of Southern California
Nationality:American
Spouse:Amy Yasbeck, Nancy Morgan
Children:Jason Ritter, Tyler Ritter, Stella Ritter, Carly Ritter
Parents:Tex Ritter, Dorothy Fay
Siblings:Tom Ritter
Awards:Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy, People's Choice Award for Favorite Actor in a New TV Series
Nominations:Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer In An Animated Program
Movies:Problem Child, Bad Santa, Problem Child 2, Stay Tuned, Sling Blade, Hero at Large, Skin Deep, Clifford's Really Big Movie, Bride of Chucky, Noises Off, Americathon, They All Laughed, Real Men, The Barefoot Executive, Tadpole, Unforgivable, The Dreamer of Oz: The L. Frank Baum Story, Terror Tract, The Flight of Dragons, The Comeback Kid, Lethal Vows, Wholly Moses!, It Came from the Sky, Tripfall, I Woke Up Early The Day I Died, A Child's Wish, Nowhere, The Stone Killer, Manhood, Loss of Faith, Dead Husbands, The Last Fling, Gramps, Sunset Limousine, A Gun, a Car, a Blonde, Nuncrackers, Unnatural Causes, Stanley's Dinosaur Round-Up, Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel, Pray TV, Shadow of Doubt, Nickelodeon, The Colony, Hacks, The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show, North, Panic, Heartbeat, Man of Miracles, Love Thy Neighbor, The Summer My Father Grew Up
TV shows:The Waltons, Three's Company, Three's a Crowd, Hooperman, It, Hearts Afire, Clifford the Big Red Dog, 8 Simple Rules, Fish Police

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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Stanley's Dinosaur Round-Up2006Great Uncle Stew (voice)
King of the Hill1997-2004TV SeriesEugene Grandy
Clifford's Really Big Movie2004Clifford the Big Red Dog (voice)
Bad Santa2003Bob Chipeska
8 Simple Rules2002-2003TV SeriesPaul Hennessy
Clifford the Big Red Dog2000-2003TV Series shortClifford the Big Red Dog
Manhood2003Eli
Scrubs2002TV SeriesSam Dorian
Breaking News2002TV SeriesLloyd Fuchs
Man of the Year2002Bill
Felicity2000-2002TV SeriesMr. Andrew Covington
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2002TV SeriesDr. Richard Manning
The Ellen Show2002TV SeriesPercy Moss
Nuncrackers2001VideoNarrator
Tucker2001TV SeriesMarty
Tadpole2000Stanley Grubman
Terror Tract2000Bob Carter (segment "Make Me An Offer")
Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel2000Christian Therapist
Family Law2000TV SeriesFather Andrews
Batman Beyond2000TV SeriesDr. David Wheeler
Chicago Hope2000TV SeriesJoe Dysmerski
Tripfall2000Tom Williams
Panic2000Dr. Josh Parks
Lethal Vows1999TV MovieDr. David Farris
It Came from the Sky1999TV MovieDonald Bridges
Holy Joe1999TV MovieJoe Cass
Veronica's Closet1999TV SeriesTim
Dead Husbands1998TV MovieDr. Carter Elston
Ally McBeal1998TV SeriesGeorge Madison
Bride of Chucky1998Chief Warren Kincaid
Loss of Faith1998TV MovieBruce Simon Barker
I Woke Up Early the Day I Died1998Robert Forrest
Shadow of Doubt1998Steven Mayer
Chance of a Lifetime1998TV MovieTom Maguire
Montana1998Dr. Wexler
Buffy the Vampire Slayer1997TV SeriesTed Buchanan
Over the Top1997TV SeriesJustin
Hacks1997/IHank
A Gun, a Car, a Blonde1997Duncan / The Bartender
Nowhere1997Moses Helper
Dead Man's Gun1997TV MovieHarry McDonacle (segment "The Great McDonacle")
A Child's Wish1997TV MovieEd Chandler
For Hope1996TV MovieDate #5 (uncredited)
Sling Blade1996Vaughan Cunningham
Wings1996TV SeriesStuart Davenport
Unforgivable1996TV MoviePaul Hegstrom
Mercenary1996VideoJonas Ambler
NewsRadio1995TV SeriesDr. Frank Westford
The Colony1995TV MovieRick Knowlton
Gramps1995TV MovieClarke MacGruder
Hearts Afire1992-1995TV SeriesJohn Hartman
Dave's World1994TV SeriesJohn Hartman
The Larry Sanders Show1993-1994TV SeriesJohn Ritter
North1994Ward Nelson
The Only Way Out1993TV MovieJeremy Carlisle
Heartbeat1993TV MovieBill Grant
Stay Tuned1992Roy Knable
Noises Off...1992Garry Lejeune / Roger Tramplemain
Fish Police1992TV SeriesInspector Gil
The Real Story of O Christmas Tree1991Video shortPiney
Anything But Love1991TV SeriesPatrick Serreau
Problem Child 21991Ben Healy
The Summer My Father Grew Up1991TV MoviePaul
The Cosby Show1991TV SeriesRay Evans
The Dreamer of Oz1990TV MovieL. Frank Baum
It1990TV Mini-SeriesBen Hanscom
Problem Child1990Benjamin 'Ben' Healy, Jr.
My Brother's Wife1989TV MovieBarney
Hooperman1987-1989TV SeriesDetective Harry Hooperman
Have Faith1989TV Series
Skin Deep1989Zach
Tricks of the Trade1988TV MovieDonald Todsen
Mickey's 60th Birthday1988TV MovieDudley Goode
Real Men1987Bob Wilson
Prison for Children1987TV MovieDavid Royce
The Last Fling1987TV MoviePhillip Reed
A Smoky Mountain Christmas1986TV MovieJudge Harold Benton (uncredited)
Unnatural Causes1986TV MovieFrank Coleman
Life with Lucy1986TV SeriesJohn Ritter
Living Seas1986TV MovieHost
Letting Go1985TV MovieAlex
Three's a Crowd1984-1985TV SeriesJack Tripper
Pryor's Place1984TV Series
Three's Company1976-1984TV SeriesJack Tripper David Bell
Love Thy Neighbor1984TV MovieDanny Loeb
The Love Boat1977-1983TV SeriesBen Cummins / Dale Riley / Reinhardt
Sunset Limousine1983TV MovieAlan O'Black
In Love with an Older Woman1982TV MovieRobert
The Flight of Dragons1982VideoPeter Dickenson (voice)
Pray TV1982TV MovieTom McPherson
Insight1981TV SeriesFrankie
They All Laughed1981Charles Rutledge
Wholly Moses!1980Satan (The Devil)
The Comeback Kid1980TV MovieBubba Newman
The Associates1980TV SeriesChick
Hero at Large1980Steve Nichols
The Ropers1979TV SeriesJack Tripper
Americathon1979President Chet Roosevelt
Leave Yesterday Behind1978TV MoviePaul Stallings
Ringo1978TV MovieMarty Flesh
Breakfast in Bed1977Paul
Hawaii Five-O1971-1977TV SeriesMike Welles / Ryan Moore
The Waltons1972-1976TV SeriesRev. Matthew Fordwick
Nickelodeon1976Franklin Frank
Phyllis1976TV SeriesPaul Jameson
Rhoda1975-1976TV SeriesJerry Blocker / Vince Mazuma
Doc1976TV SeriesJeff / George
Starsky and Hutch1976TV SeriesTom Cole
The Rookies1975TV SeriesHap Dawson
Mary Tyler Moore1975TV SeriesReverend Chatfield
The Night That Panicked America1975TV MovieWalter Wingate
The Streets of San Francisco1975TV SeriesJohn 'Johnny' Steiner
Barnaby Jones1975TV SeriesJoe Rockwell
Petrocelli1975TV SeriesJohn Oleson
The Bob Crane Show1975TV SeriesHornbeck
Great Performances1975TV SeriesRichard
Mannix1975TV SeriesCliff Elgin
Movin' On1975TV SeriesCasey Crawford
The Bob Newhart Show1974TV SeriesDave
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law1974TV SeriesGreg
Kojak1974TV SeriesKenny Soames
M*A*S*H1973TV SeriesPvt. Carter
The Stone Killer1973Hart
Bachelor-at-Law1973TV MovieBen Sykes
Medical Center1973TV SeriesRonnie
The Other1972Rider
Evil Roy Slade1972TV MoviePriest (uncredited)
Scandalous John1971Wendell
The Barefoot Executive1971Roger
Dan August1970TV SeriesColey Smith
Crazy World, Crazy People1968TV MovieVarious Characters

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Man of the Year2002co-producer
Poochinski1990TV Short executive producer
Anything But Love1989TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
Have Faith1989TV Series executive producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Over the Top1997TV Series performer - 1 episode
Skin Deep1989performer: "Have You Met Miss Jones"
The Waltons1972TV Series performer - 1 episode

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
John Ritter: Being of Sound Mind and Body1980TV Movie creator - segment "Fear Itself" / writer - segment "Walter Simmons"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ryan & Ruby2014TV Series short thanks - 2 episodes
What's Life Got to Do with It?2011Short thanks
Artists of the Roundtable2008Video documentary special thanks
Stanley's Dinosaur Round-Up2006in memory of
King of the Hill2004TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Clifford's Really Big Movie2004dedicatee
Bad Santa2003in loving memory of
Man of the Year2002dedicatee

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nature2001TV Series documentaryHimself
I've Got a Secret2001TV SeriesHimself
Headliners & Legends with Matt Lauer2000-2001TV Series documentaryHimself
The 28th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards2001TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Early Show2001TV SeriesHimself
TV Funhouse2001TV SeriesHimself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade2000TV MovieHimself
Saturday Night Live2000TV SeriesHimself - Audience Member
Intimate Portrait2000TV Series documentaryHimself - Interviewee / Narrator
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1999-2000TV SeriesHimself
Larry King Live2000TV SeriesHimself
The 70s: The Decade That Changed Television2000TV Movie documentarySegment Presenter
TV Guide's Truth Behind the Sitcom Scandals1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
Celebrity Profile1998TV Series documentaryHimself
This Is My Father1998/IIDocumentary
The World's Greatest Magic 51998TV SpecialHimself - Host
Ordinary/Extraordinary1997TV SeriesHost
3rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards1997TV SpecialHimself
The World's Greatest Magic 41997TV SpecialHimself - Host
Harry Anderson: The Tricks of His Trade1996TV Special
The World's Greatest Magic 31996TV SpecialHimself - Host
Sex, Censorship and the Silver Screen1996TV Series documentaryQuote Reader
Totally Animals1996TV MovieHimself - Host
50 Years of Funny Females1995TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
Dave's World1994-1995TV SeriesHimself
The Greatest Commercials Ever Made1995TV SpecialHimself - Host
The 8th Annual American Comedy Awards1994TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Bob Hope's Birthday Memories1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 19th Annual People's Choice Awards1993TV SpecialHimself - Host and Presenter: Favorite Actress in a Dramatic Motion Picture
Jerry Lewis: Total Filmmaker1993TV MovieHimself
The First Annual Comedy Hall of Fame1993TV MovieHimself
Martin & Lewis: Their Golden Age of Comedy1992TV MovieHimself
The Making of 'High Noon'1992Video short documentaryHimself
The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1992TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
What About Me? I'm Only 3!1992TV MovieHimself
A Festival at Ford's1991TV SpecialHimself - Host
Star-athon: Weekend with the Stars 19911991TV MovieHimself
Help Save Planet Earth1990TV SpecialHimself
Muppet Babies1990TV SeriesHimself
The American Cinematheque Honors Ron Howard1990TV MovieHimself
An All Star Salute to Country Music1990TV MovieHimself
Star-athon: Weekend with the Stars 19901990TV MovieHimself
The American Red Cross Emergency Test1990TV MovieHimself
American Masters1989TV Series documentaryHimself
CBS This Morning1989TV SeriesHimself
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1989TV SeriesHimself
Star-athon: Weekend with the Stars 19891989TV MovieHimself
Stand-up Comics Take a Stand1988TV Special documentaryHimself
The 40th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1988TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Memories Then and Now1988TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
ABC Presents: A Royal Gala1988TV MovieHimself - Host
Hour Magazine1982-1988TV SeriesHimself
The 14th Annual People's Choice Awards1988TV Special documentaryHimself - Winner: Favourite Male Performer in New Television Show
Star-athon: Weekend with the Stars 19881988TV MovieHimself
It's Howdy Doody Time1987TV SpecialGuest
Evening Magazine1987TV SeriesHimself
The 39th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1987TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 1987 Annual Salute to Hollywood Benefit1987TV MovieHimself
We the People 200: The Constitutional Gala1987TV MovieHimself - Performer
Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood1987TV Special documentaryHimself
Superstars and Their Moms1987TV MovieHimself
The 13th Annual People's Choice Awards1987TV SpecialHimself -Co- Presenter: Favourite New Television Comedy
The 44th Annual Golden Globe Awards1987TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
Star-athon: Weekend with the Stars 19871987TV MovieHimself
Breaking Ground1986TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 38th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1986TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Weekend with the Stars Telethon1986TV MovieHimself
Teenage America: Glory Years1986TV Movie documentary
All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan1985TV SpecialHimself
The 2nd TV Academy Hall of Fame1985TV MovieHimself
Weekend with the Stars Telethon1985TV MovieHimself
The Joy of Natural Childbirth1985Himself
Strong Kids, Safe Kids1984Video documentary shortHimself
All-Star Party for Lucille Ball1984TV SpecialHimself
Donald Duck's 50th Birthday1984TV Special shortHimself
The 36th Primetime Emmy Awards1984TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
The Love Boat Fall Preview Special1984TV MovieHimself
The Secret World of the Very Young1984TV MovieHimself - Host
Sunday Night Live1984TV MovieHimself - Host
Super Birthday: A World's Fair Salute to Bob Hope1984TV MovieHimself
The 10th Annual People's Choice Awards1984TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Award for Favourite TV Comedy Program
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1977-1984TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
The 41st Annual Golden Globe Awards1984TV SpecialHimself
Weekend with the Stars Telethon1984TV MovieHimself
Breakaway1984TV SeriesHimself
The 1983 Annual American Image Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Winner
The 40th Annual Golden Globe Awards1983TV SpecialHimself
Weekend with the Stars Telethon1983TV MovieHimself
The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show1982TV MovieHimself
Three's Company1982TV SeriesHimself / Jack Tripper
The Regis Philbin Show1982TV SeriesHimself
The 33rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1981TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series / Presenter: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series & Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Omnibus1980TV SeriesHimself
John Ritter: Being of Sound Mind and Body1980TV MovieHimself / Various
The Mike Douglas Show1977-1980TV SeriesHimself - Actor / Himself - Co-Host
The Alan Hamel Show1978-1979TV SeriesHimself
The 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1979TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Special & Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Special
Completely Off the Wall1979TV MovieHimself - Host
Bonkers!1979TV SeriesHimself
The 36th Annual Golden Globes Awards1979TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a TV-Series- Musical / Comedy
All-Star Family Feud Special1979TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant
Hee Haw1978TV SeriesHimself
A Salute to American Imagination1978TV Movie documentaryHimself
General Electric's All-Star Anniversary1978TV Movie documentaryHimself
Donahue1978TV SeriesHimself
The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1978TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
ABC Presents Tomorrow's Stars1978TV MovieHimself - Host
The $10,000 Pyramid1977-1978TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant
The $25,000 Pyramid1978TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant
The Goldie Hawn Special1978TV SpecialHimself
How to Survive the 70s and Maybe Even Bump Into Happiness1978TV Special
The 4th Annual People's Choice Awards1978TV SpecialHimself
The 1978 Cerebral Palsy Telethon Benefit1978TV MovieHimself - Host
ABC's Silver Anniversary Celebration1978TV SpecialHimself
The Jim Nabors Show1978TV SeriesHimself
Dinah!1978TV SeriesHimself
Family Feud1978TV SeriesHimself
The Paul Ryan Show1977TV SeriesHimself
Disco Fever: 'Saturday Night Fever' Premiere Party1977TV MovieHimself
Get Rich Quick!1977TV MovieHimself - Panelist
The Hollywood Squares1977TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
The Merv Griffin Show1977TV SeriesHimself
Captain Kangaroo1977TV SeriesHimself
Tattletales1977TV SeriesHimself
Given a Chance... A Little Girl's Journey2004Himself
The Funniest Families of Television Comedy: A Museum of Television & Radio Special2004TV MovieHimself
The 29th Annual People's Choice Awards2003TV SpecialHimself
Time Machine: When Cowboys Were King2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Extra2003TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Squares2000-2003TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
The Teen Choice Awards 20032003TV SpecialHimself
The 30th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards2003TV SpecialHimself
ABC's 50th Anniversary Celebration2003TV Special documentaryHimself
Good Morning America1977-2003TV SeriesHimself
TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV2003TV Special documentaryHimself - Host
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2003TV SeriesHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2003TV SeriesHimself
ET in TV Land2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade2002TV SpecialHimself
Inside TV Land: Taboo TV2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Biography2000-2002TV Series documentaryHimself
MADtv2002TV SeriesHimself
Access Hollywood1997-2002TV SeriesHimself
Good Day Live2002TV SeriesHimself
The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
Regis and Kelly in Prime Time2002TV SpecialHimself
The View2002TV SeriesHimself
The Wayne Brady Show2002TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight1990-2002TV SeriesHimself
The 4th Annual Family Television Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
KTLA Morning News2002TV SeriesHimself
Fox and Friends2002TV SeriesHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael2000-2002TV SeriesHimself
The Daily Show2002TV SeriesHimself
TVography: Suzanne Somers - Mastering Success2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
'Buffy': Season 2 Overview2002Video documentary shortHimself
The Power of Play2002TV Movie documentaryNarrator
The Honeymooners 50th Anniversary Celebration2002TV MovieHimself
CBS: 50 Years from Television City2002TV MovieHimself
TV Road Trip2002TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
My Adventures in Television2002TV SeriesHimself
The Other Half2002TV SeriesHimself
E! True Hollywood Story1998-2002TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself (Archive 1998)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1993-2002TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight2003-2016TV SeriesHimself
Nostalgia Critic2014TV SeriesBob Chipeska
The Insider2014TV SeriesHimself
Edición Especial Coleccionista2012TV SeriesGarry Lejeune
Visionado obligado2011TV SeriesVarious roles
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy2010Video documentaryHimself
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2005TV Series documentaryHimself
The 76th Annual Academy Awards2004TV SpecialHimself (Memorial Tribute)
A Life of Laughter: Remembering John Ritter2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Larry King Live2003TV SeriesHimself
VH-1 Behind the Movie2002TV Series documentaryHimself
The Dick Cavett Show1992TV SeriesGary LeJeune
Hollywood Mavericks1990DocumentaryCharles Rutledge
Three's Company1982TV SeriesJack Tripper
The Waltons: A Decade of the Waltons1980TV MovieRev. Fordwick
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1973TV SeriesRoger

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014OFTA TV Hall of FameOnline Film & Television AssociationActors and Actresses

For four decades, John Ritter

1998Audience AwardUS Comedy Arts FestivalGrand Jury Award - Comedy (Performance)· Steve Martin (entire cast)
· Julie Hagerty (entire cast)
· William H. Macy (entire cast)
· Felicity Huffman (entire cast)
· Matthew Poage (entire cast)
· Paula Cale (entire cast)
· Keene Curtis (entire cast)
· Joan Stein (Producer)
· Ted Weiant (Director)
1988People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Male Performer in a New TV Program
1984Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalThree's Company (1976)
1984Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesThree's Company (1976)
1983Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 28 September 1983. At 6627 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2004Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series8 Simple Rules... for Dating My Teenage Daughter (2002)
2004Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in an Animated ProgramClifford the Big Red Dog (2000)
2003Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in an Animated ProgramClifford the Big Red Dog (2000)
2003DVD Premiere AwardDVD Exclusive AwardsBest Audio Commentary, Library ReleaseHigh Noon (1952)· Maria Cooper Janis
· Jonathan Foreman
· Tim Zinnemann
2002Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in an Animated ProgramClifford the Big Red Dog (2000)
2001Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in an Animated ProgramClifford the Big Red Dog (2000)
1999Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesAlly McBeal (1997)
1997Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Supporting ActorSling Blade (1996)
1997ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a CastSling Blade (1996)· Billy Bob Thornton
· Dwight Yoakam
· J.T. Walsh
· Lucas Black
· Natalie Canerday
· Robert Duvall
1988Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalHooperman (1987)
1988Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesHooperman (1987)
1987Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionUnnatural Causes (1986)
1981Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesThree's Company (1976)
1980Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalThree's Company (1976)
1979Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalThree's Company (1976)
1978Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesThree's Company (1976)

TitleSalary
8 Simple Rules... for Dating My Teenage Daughter (2002)$75,000 (per episode)
Three's Company (1976)$50,000

#Fact
1Director Peter Bogdanovich directed him in three feature films: Nickelodeon (1976), They All Laughed (1981), and Noises Off... (1992). He had earlier considered him for the role of Sonny in The Last Picture Show (1971) that went to Timothy Bottoms.
2Initially misdiagnosed with a heart attack, he died from an aortic dissection, following surgery, at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, in Burbank, California.. [11 September 2003].
3Was 3 months younger than Phylicia Rashad. He guest-starred with her on an episode of The Cosby Show (1984).
4Lifelong friend of Kevin Tighe.
5Attended Walter Reed Jr. High School in North Hollywood, California.
6Played the clarinet.
7His acting mentor was the late Harry Morgan.
8Before he was a successful actor, he worked with Harry Morgan in two movies of Ritter's early career: The Barefoot Executive (1971) and Scandalous John (1971).
9John Ritter's great-grandfather Benjamin Franklin Ritter (1834-1902) was an officer in the Confederate Cavalry (37th Texas Cavalry) during the War between the States.
10John Ritter died one week before his fourth wedding anniversary to wife Amy Yasbeck. Additionally, Ritter passed away only 6 days before his 55th birthday.
11Best remembered by the public for his starring role as Jack Tripper on Three's Company (1976).
12Attended and graduated from Hollywood High School in Hollywood, California in 1966.
13Was considered for the role of Dan Gallagher in Fatal Attraction (1987), which went to Michael Douglas.
14Died on his youngest daughter's, Stella Ritter, fifth birthday.
15Good friends with Jenny Sullivan and Paul Linke.
16Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 464-465. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
17After his death, the September 29 issue of People magazine featured two different covers - issues distributed to the central and southwest United States (except Florida) showed Johnny Cash who had also recently passed away, the rest displayed a photo of John Ritter taken by veteran photojournalist Michael Germana. Appropriately, he was waving goodbye.
18His final film, Bad Santa (2003), was dedicated to his memory.
19On Three's Company (1976) and Three's a Crowd (1984), he played a straight man pretending to be gay. In Dangerous Perceptions (2005), his son, Jason Ritter, played a gay man pretending to be straight.
20On an episode of 8 Simple Rules (2002), he and the cast did a spoof of his situation comedy Three's Company (1976). In the spoof, he played Mr. Roper, Katey Sagal played Helen Roper, Kaley Cuoco and Amy Davidson played Janet and Chrissy respectively, Billy Aaron Brown played Jack and Martin Spanjers played Larry. At the end of the episode, Don Knotts who played Mr. Furley on Three's Company, reprised his role in one short scene. It was, not surprisingly, Ritter's favorite episode.
21Ended 20 year rift with his Three's Company (1976) co-star Suzanne Somers shortly before his death.
22Died one day before the death of country music legend Johnny Cash. Incidentally, his father, Tex, had written several songs for Johnny during the 1950s and 1960s.
23Was nominated for an Emmy Award, for best actor in a comedy, for 8 Simple Rules (2002) one year after his death, after appearing in 31 episodes.
24Buried at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, California (actually borders Glendale and Griffith Park). Lot 1622 Court of Liberty near Stan Laurel's grave-site.
25Paul Hennessy, Ritter's character on 8 Simple Rules (2002), was ranked #48 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [June 20, 2004 issue].
26His favorite musical group was The Beatles, and he even appeared on Ringo Starr's television special Ringo (1978).
27At the same time he attended Hollywood High School, he fell in love with The Beatles.
28Father of four children: Jason Ritter, (born on Sunday, February 17, 1980), Carly Ritter, (born on Monday, March 1, 1982), Tyler Ritter, (born on Thursday, January 31, 1985) and Stella Ritter, (born on Friday, September 11, 1998).
29Died in the same hospital he was born in, which was the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center.
30Was the first guest of The Wayne Brady Show (2002).
31One of John's last public appearances was at Disney's Prime Time Weekend at Disney's California Adventure Park, 4 days before his death.
32He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6631 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on September 28, 1983.
33His father, cowboy star Tex Ritter, tried to steer him away from an acting career but lived long enough to rejoice in seeing him in a recurring role on The Waltons (1971), which was Tex's favorite television series.
34His talent for physical schtick was heralded by television comedy icon Lucille Ball, who hosted a tribute to John's talent on Three's Company (1976). John later appeared in an episode of Lucille's last comedy series Life with Lucy (1986) In that episode, Lucy claims that during the shooting of a scene, it was the third time in her entire career that she had to yell "cut" because he broke her up laughing.
35He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity.
36Had starred with his wife, Amy Yasbeck, in The Cosby Show (1984) episode, The Cosby Show: Total Control (1991), eight years prior to their marriage. Coincidently, they played a husband and wife expecting their first child.
37He was a scout (but not an Eagle).
38During an interview on Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993), Ritter claimed that he chose the name "Vaughan Cunningham" for his character in Sling Blade (1996) based on an in-joke with the cast of Happy Days (1974).
39(September 18, 1999) Married Amy Yasbeck in Wilmington, Ohio. The two had lived together for a couple of years.

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1[How John wants to be remembered] Just as a guy who was interested in the golden thread that intertwines all of us together. You know, that golden thread that goes through me and you, and the cameraman, and all the people out there and back through Nancy. That's what an artist can do, that someone - anyone - could do, if they're willing to pluck that. And either it makes you laugh or it makes you cry, it's that golden thread of humanity, and I'd like to be remembered as maybe a guy who plucked a few of those.
2The Harvey Lembeck Workshop was for me a support group. A place where I had the freedom to fall on my face.
3I knew when I grew up, I always wanted to be a liar, and if you're in television, you're lying because you're just pretending to be yourself much like I'm doing now.


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