Carla's Fan Page for John Ritter
I think John Ritter was brilliant! This website is for all the times his slap stick comedy has had me rolling on the floor with laughter and for his tender caring moments that have made me cry.
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Amy Yasbeck's book "With Love and Laughter, John Ritter" which releases on Sept. 7, 2010
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1416598413/ref=nosim/threescompanyWatch Jason Ritter (John's oldest son) on the new series The Event, Monday nights at 9.This site includes a bit of everything on John, enjoy!Amy Yasbeck's (John's wife) goal is to promote awareness for the John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health. John's only brother, Tom got tested after John's death and he had the same tear John did. He was successfully operated on and is doing well. John's death probably saved his brother's life. Please visit the site to learn more, the knowledge may save someone you love as well!
You can also share a story regarding Aortic Health with that site.Amy interview on the Today Show (click).
was born in Burbank, California as Jonathan Southworth Ritter on September
1948. He followed
his father, Tex Ritter's foot steps and became
an actor. Tex was a well known actor, composer and singer in the
30's through 60's. John's Mom, Dorothy Fay Southworth,
Dorothy and Tex starred together in a few Westerns
in the late 1930's. They married in 1941. Tex passed away from a heart
attack at age 68, Jan. 2, 1974. Dorothy became the official greeter at
Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. She passed away 2 months after John.
Nov. 5th 2003 at the age of 88. John has one older brother named Tom,
attorney. Tom, John and their mom have raised
millions of dollars for Cerebral Palsy,
Dorothy was also a CP vice president.
John was voted
president at Hollywood High. Proving he was
extremely popular. He went on to the University of
Southern California, where he majored in
minored in Architecture.
After a couple of years, he joined an acting class taught by Nina Foch. He changed his major to Theater Arts, graduating in 1970 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drama.
He also studied with Stella Adler at the Harvey Lembeck Comedy Workshop.
John was married to
Nancy Morgan (pictured here) for
19 years. 1977-1996.
Nancy was in Americathon with John in 1979.
Together the two had 3 children, Jason, Tyler &
The 1990 movie "The Dreamer of Oz", was
a real family affair for the Ritters, as it starred John, Nancy
and 10 year old son Jason. John
though they were no longer married. Just the week
death, Nancy and John got son Tyler ready for his first
year at University. Picture on the right was taken in 2000. It's Nancy,
John & his brother Tom.
On September 18th, 1999 John married actress Amy Yasbeck, in her hometown of Wilmington, Ohio. (On a personal note this also happens to be MY Anniversary too, but 1993 for me.) John and Amy have one daughter named Stella.
John and Amy
starred in "Problem
"Problem Child 2" together.
was a guest star on "Wings" in 1991
where he played Amy's husband. The two also guest starred on the "Cosby
Show" as a married couple expecting a baby.
Their last work together was in the 1998 TV movie, "Dead Husbands".
For a collage of Amy & John see my page 2!
In 1966 at the age of 18, John was a contestant on "The Dating Game" (pictured here). Isn't he too cute! While still in college, John traveled to England, Scotland, Holland and Germany to perform in plays.
After his 1970 graduation from UCS. His first TV acting experience was a campus revolutionary in the TV series, "Dan August". This show starred Burt Reynolds and Norman Fell. In 1971 John got his first movie "The Barefoot Executive". John had quite a few TV show guest appearances, here are JUST a few... "Hawaii Five-O" (1968, 1971 & '77), "The Streets of San Francisco" (1972). "M*A*S*H" (1973), "Kojak" (1974). He also had a reoccurring role on the "Waltons", from 1972-77 where he played Reverend Matthew Fordwick. He received great reviews for his role on the Waltons."Starsky and Hutch" (1976). "The Love Boat" (1977). John did a guest appearance on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show". In this 1975 episode John is a tennis playing Minister on the go. He married Ted and Georgette. John was super hilarious in it!
I first fell
in love with John was on "Three's
Company". This show brought great comic relief into
homes from March 15, 1977 to September 18, 1984.
With the help of reruns, and DVD's new generations are able to appreciate this blast from the past. What a gem it is, and mostly because of John's adorable and hilarious character Jack Tripper! I won't describe every aspect of this fabulous show as there are several wonderful sites that do just this, (links for these at bottom my page 2.)
favourite TV shows of all times!
In 1984 when
Company" went off the air
I was almost 15. John had won his way into my heart. I had pictures of
John in my wallet and on my wall and locker. In 1984 John did the
spin-off show "Three's
A Crowd", it only lasted
one season. Since Janet got married and Terri left for Hawaii,
Jack moved in with his love Vicky, played by Mary
Cadorette. John was still wonderful, but I found
"Vicky" all wrong for Jack. Perhaps I just wasn't ready
to see Jack fall in love.
John received a
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series in 1984.
Also that year he was honoured with an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. He had been nominated for an Emmy twice before in 1978 and 1981.
And nominated for a Golden Globe in 1979 and 1980.
celebrated their 25th Anniversary.
Norman Fell & Audra
also passed away.
May they and John be enjoying the laughs together again!
In 1998 Chris Mann
wrote a book called "Come
and Knock on Our Door, a Hers & Hers & His Guide to
Three's Company". It really is a treat for any
Three's Company fan! Its full of pictures and a great behind the
scenes look at how the show was run. The actors themselves give
lots of their own input for this book.
This book can be purchased through
most websites selling books, such as Amazon.com
The book is full of
interesting facts. I was thrilled to read John's
favourite episode is actually mine as
well. #125 "Up
in the Air" from the 6th season. Jack has to fly to
a remote island for a party with Janet, being scared of flying he
takes some tranquilizers. However washing them down with a drink
called the "Rocket" can only mean one thing, John
Ritter at his best! Every second is gut aching hilarious as John
works his magic, "Strut with me, mama".
Three's Company on TV. Check TV LAND .
All 8 seasons of Three's Company have been released on DVD. Buy yours now and enjoy the fun!
was John's next
TV series. It aired from 1987 to 1989.
played Detective Harry Hooperman who inherits a run down
apartment building in need of help. He hires Susan Smith (Deborah
Farentino). A relationship follows and Hooperman must juggle
work, love, plus the antics of Bijoux
the dog (pictured here).
John was nominated
for both an Emmy and a Golden Globe in 1988.
He did win
a People's Choice
for this role.
Ritter returned to
TV for 3 seasons as John Hartman, aide to the Senator in "Hearts
This series starred Markie
Post as Georgie Anne Lahti and Billy Bob Thorton
as Billy Bob Davis. The chemistry between John and Markie was
wonderful. This show was very well written but unfortunately
didn't reach mass public appeal.
and "Hearts Afire"
were co-produced by John's production company, Adam
which he started in 1984 with college friend Robert Myman.
John was on stage in New York in 2000 /
a play called Dinner
Winkler (the Fonz). Henry
and John had
been friends for over 25 years.
In 2002 John returned to theatre in the play, J for J. John Ritter teams up with long time friend Jenny Sullivan in her semi-autobiographical drama, about coming to terms with and appreciating her relationship with her developmentally disabled brother.
John also gave of his
help several causes. In 1999, he did public service announcements
to stop child abuse and neglect for the Child Welfare
League of America.
A John Ritter Fact:
especially John Lennon. He had been fortunate enough to meet John,
Ringo and George. I'm sure he met Paul as well.
On the set
Company' he wanted a Beatles poster in his, (Jack's)
bedroom. As pictured here.
8 Simple Rules WONfor Favourite Comedy
Series by the Family Awards! January 2003 "Simple
the People's Choice Award for Best New Comedy. John
OK readers, today we're having a little pop quiz. It's multiple choice, so sharpen your number two pencils and put on your thinking caps. Ready? Here's a quote: "Dad, you're an idiot!" Now contestants, this was said to me because of which of the following transgressions?
A.) Coming to the breakfast table wearing pajamas and black socks.
B.) Asking my oldest daughter if that guy I saw her talking to yesterday was her boyfriend.
C.) Referring to rapper 50 cent as "fifty cents." or
D.) Entering the room.
OK. Pencils down. Actually it was a trick question. The answer is all of the above. Now do you know how many times I called my father an idiot? Zero. Why? Because I feared him. Back then we didn't share our deep personal feelings. Our deepest conversations usually revolved around the Tigers' bullpen. But my kids, I can't get them to shut up. There's not a feeling that my kids are afraid to express over and over and over. And my wife reassures me this is a good thing over and over and over, and she's always right. So do I wish that my kids feared me? Well, my house would be quieter and I'd spend a lot less time in the bathroom, but no, because I know that whenever they insult me, whether it's a "You're an idiot," "What a geek!" or an "I hate you;" an "I love you" isn't far behind. And it's the knowledge that my wife and kids love me, that makes it safe for me to wear pajamas and black socks to the breakfast table.
Here's proud Dad John and son Jason.
At the 2003 Family Choice Awards
Jason presented his Dad the award for
Favorite Comedy Series for the hit sitcom
"8 Simple Rules for Dating my Teenage Daughter".
John and his other son Tyler, born in 1984. Tyler is about 17 years old
at the time of this photo.
At 18 Tyler started
his first year
at the University of Pennsylvania in Sept. 2003.
John often boasted on TV interviews how awesome a baseball player Tyler is!
Carly attended Vassar College, located in the heart of the Hudson Valley in
New York State.
passed, just days before his 55th Birthday.
The cause of death was a dissection of the aorta, the result of an unrecognized flaw in his heart. John first felt ill while rehearsing on the set of 8 Simple Rules. He was rushed across the street to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank CA. John passed away shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday Sept. 11th, 2003. John's wife Amy and son Jason had made it to the hospital, however since they didn't know it was the end, I'm not sure if "goodbye's" were said. The ages of John's four children, at the time of his passing were as follows: Jason (23), Carly (21), Tyler (18) and Stella (5). John's Mother Dorothy Fay was 88.
meaningful month for
Sept. 11th 2003 John passes away.
Sept. 11th 2003 Stella, John's daughter turned 5, the SAME day her father died.
Sept. 12th 2003 Amy's 40th birthday, the day after her husband died.
Sept. 17th John's Birthday, he would have turned 55 in Sept. 2003
Sept. 18th John and Amy's Wedding Anniversary
John's private funeral was Sept. 15th. in L.A. The services were led by his dear friend (and college roommate) Paul Linke. Also speaking was his best friend from high school, Joe Landon, long time friends from college, Robert Myman and director Jack Bender, who had directed many of John's TV movies. Henry Winkler John's great friend for decades also did a tribute. The last speaker was his son Jason.
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