John Ritter

John Ritter

Highest Rated: 96% Sling Blade (1996)

Lowest Rated: 0% Problem Child (1990)

Birthday: Sep 17, 1948

Birthplace: Not Available

Best known as the loose-limbed klutz Jack Tripper from the hit ABC sitcom Three's Company, John Ritter also had a long (if undistinguished) film career, dating back to the early '70s. Perhaps taking a cue from Robin Williams, Ritter fashioned a full beard when he put his slapstick days behind him, remaking himself as a serious dramatic actor both on television and in the movies in the 1990s. Ritter was born in Burbank, CA, on September 17, 1948, the second son of Western singing stars Tex Ritter and Dorothy Fay, whose talent for song he once admitted he did not inherit. Ritter was class body president at Hollywood High School before enrolling at the University of Southern California, where he majored in psychology and minored in architecture. In his third year, he decided to take a drama class taught by Nina Foch, and quickly changed his major, graduating in 1971. (He later studied with Stella Adler and the Harvey Lembeck Comedy Workshop.) His first film role was in the 1971 film The Barefoot Executive.Minor roles during the 1970s finally gave way to major success in 1977, when Ritter was cast as the pratfalling roommate of two beautiful Southern Californian women on Three's Company. The program became one of the most popular on the air, known for its farcical scenarios based on wild misunderstandings, some of which were fueled by Ritter's Jack Tripper pretending to be gay to throw off the landlord. Ritter was praised for his sharp timing and rubbery ability to bounce around the set through all variety of physical comedy. His work earned him an Emmy. Having become a major television star, Ritter enjoyed the program's success through 1985, when its spin-off (Three's a Crowd) went off the air. He worked on TV movies during the show's run, and found more TV work awaiting him upon its conclusion (the dramedy Hooperman in 1988, the comedy Hearts Afire in 1992). His familiar mug and goofball shtick earned him leads in a handful of lesser film comedies in the late '80s and early '90s, including Real Men (1987), Skin Deep (1988), Stay Tuned (1992), and two Problem Child films (1990 and 1991), on the set of which he met future wife Amy Yasbeck.Not satisfied with his comic pigeonholing, Ritter took well-received strides toward drama in the 1990s. He made a lasting impression on critics as a gay dollar-store owner in Billy Bob Thornton's Sling Blade (1996), as well as a psychiatrist treating a hitman in Henry Bromell's Panic (2000). Ritter has also made recurring guest appearances on the hit television programs Ally McBeal and Felicity, the latter of which cast him in the agonizing role of a frequently relapsing alcoholic father. In 2002 Ritter returned to television in his own new comedy series, 8 Simple Rules for Dating my Teenage Daughter. Though the show proved a modest success, Ritter's sudden death due to aortic dissection in early September of 2003 left castmates and fans alike shocked and deeply saddened.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Clifford the Big Red Dog - Growing Up With Clifford Actor 2006
No Score Yet Clifford the Big Red Dog - Playtime with Clifford Actor 2006
No Score Yet Clifford the Big Red Dog - Doggie Detectives Actor 2005
53% Clifford's Really Big Movie Clifford the Big Red Dog $2.8M 2004
78% Bad Santa Bob Chipeska 2003
No Score Yet Manhood Eli 2003
No Score Yet Nuncrackers - The Nunsense Christmas Musical Actor 2003
78% Tadpole Stanley Grubman $2.9M 2002
No Score Yet Man of the Year Bill Producer 2002
No Score Yet Nuncrackers Narrator 2001
91% Panic Josh 2000
60% Terror Tract Bob Carter 2000
No Score Yet Tripfall Tom 2000
No Score Yet Lost In The Pershing Point Hotel Actor 2000
No Score Yet Lethal Vows David 1999
No Score Yet It Came from the Sky Donald Bridges 1999
No Score Yet Man of Miracles Joe Cass 1999
No Score Yet The History of Toys and Games Actor 1998
46% Bride of Chucky Chief Warren Kincaid 1998
27% I Woke Up Early the Day I Died Robert Forrest 1998
No Score Yet Montana Dr. Wexler 1998
No Score Yet Shadow of Doubt Actor 1998
No Score Yet Dead Husbands Dr. Carter Elston 1998
No Score Yet Sink or Swim Hank 1997
27% Nowhere Moses Helper 1997
No Score Yet Mercenary Jonas Ambler 1997
No Score Yet A Gun, a Car, a Blonde Duncan/Bartender 1997
96% Sling Blade Vaughn Cunningham 1996
No Score Yet Unforgivable Paul Hegstrom 1996
No Score Yet The Colony Rick Knowlton 1995
No Score Yet Problem Child 3: Junior in Love Actor 1995
14% North Ward Nelson 1994
No Score Yet The Only Way Out Jeremy Carlisle 1993
No Score Yet Prison for Children Actor 1993
40% Stay Tuned Roy 1992
61% Noises Off Garry 1992
No Score Yet The Real Story of Christmas Tree Actor 1992
No Score Yet Heartbeat Bill Grant 1992
7% Problem Child 2 Ben Healy 1991
70% Stephen King's It Ben Hanscom 1990
0% Problem Child Ben Healey 1990
No Score Yet My Brother's Wife Barney 1989
38% Skin Deep Zach Hutton 1989
No Score Yet Tricks of the Trade Donald Todsen 1988
No Score Yet Real Men Bob Wilson 1987
No Score Yet A Smoky Mountain Christmas Judge Harold Benton 1986
No Score Yet The Last Fling Phillip Reed 1986
No Score Yet Unnatural Causes Frank Coleman 1986
No Score Yet Letting Go Actor 1985
No Score Yet Love Thy Neighbor Danny Loeb 1984
No Score Yet Sunset Limousine Alan O'Black 1983
No Score Yet The Flight of Dragons Peter Dickenson 1982
No Score Yet Pray TV Tom McPherson 1982
No Score Yet In Love with an Older Woman Robert 1982
44% They All Laughed Charles Rutledge 1981
14% Wholly Moses! Devil 1980
No Score Yet Hero at Large Steve Nichols 1980
No Score Yet The Comeback Kid Bubba Newman 1980
No Score Yet Americathon President Chet Roosevelt 1979
11% Nickelodeon Franklin Frank 1976
No Score Yet The Stone Killer Hart 1973
80% The Other Rider 1972
No Score Yet Evil Roy Slade Minister 1972
83% The Barefoot Executive Roger 1971
No Score Yet Scandalous John Wendell 1971
No Score Yet Montana, (Nothing Personal) Actor


No Score Yet Clifford the Big Red Dog (2000)
Voice 2020
No Score Yet King of the Hill
Voice 2004
58% 8 Simple Rules
Paul Hennessy 2003
62% Breaking News
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Dr. Richard Manning 2002
83% Scrubs
Sam Dorian 2002
No Score Yet Felicity
Mr. Covington John Covington Andrew Covington 2002
No Score Yet Nature
Narrator 2001
0% Tucker
Marty 2001
No Score Yet Chicago Hope
Joe Dysmerski 2000
No Score Yet Family Law
Father Andrews 2000
No Score Yet Veronica's Closet
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
Guest Tom 1999
61% Ally McBeal
George 1998
81% Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Ted 1997
No Score Yet Wings
Stuart 1996
50% Hearts Afire
John Hartman 1995
100% The Larry Sanders Show
No Score Yet The Cosby Show
Ray Evans 1991
No Score Yet Three's Company
Jack Tripper 1984
No Score Yet The Ropers
Jack Tripper 1979
No Score Yet The Waltons
Rev. Matthew Fordwick Rev. Fordwick 1977
No Score Yet Rhoda
Jerry 1976
No Score Yet Starsky & Hutch
No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Rev. Chatfield 1975
No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco
John Steiner 1975
No Score Yet Kojak
Kenny 1974
No Score Yet The Bob Newhart Show
Dave 1974
No Score Yet M*A*S*H
Pvt. Carter 1973
13% Fish Police
No Score Yet The View


Roy Knable says: Sorry, Spike. You're cancelled.

Doyle Hargraves says: We don't got no goddamn band! We don't need to fucking practice Randy! We don't need a shit-ass manager neither! You motherfuckers! Y'all is a bunch of losers! I'm the only one sane son of a bitch here! Just get the fuck out of my house now!

Doyle Hargraves says: [shouting] We don't got no Goddamn band! We don't need to fucking practice, Randy! We don't no shit-ass manager neither! You motherfuckers! You all are a bunch of losers! I'm the only sane son-of-a-bitch here! So get the *fuck* out of my house now!

Vaughan Cunningham says: It's not your house Doyle, it's Linda's.

Vaughan Cunningham says: It's not your house, Doyle, it's Linda's.

Doyle Hargraves says: I'll whip the dogshit out of you Vaughan. I will fucking kill you if you talk to me again! Now all of ya, get the fuck out now before I get too mad to turn back!

Doyle Hargraves says: I'll whip the dog shit out of you, Vaughan. I will [shouts] fucking kill you if you talk to me again!

Karl Childers says: Not funny ha-ha, funny queer. Mmm-hmm.

Vaughan Cunningham says: Well that's a very offensive way to put it. You shouldn't say that, Karl.

Jesse says: You can't keep us from seeing each other.

Chief Warren Kincaid says: I'm the chief of police, sport. I can do whatever I want. Like for example if I were to run a blood test on you tonight and the results made you look like Christian Slater on New Year's Eve, do you think anyone would question me?

Chief Warren Kincaid says: Jade, when you're 18 you can go to hell for all I care. But until then, I'm stuck with you, and I'll be damned if I'm gonna let you embarrass me by winding up on Jerry Springer with some trailer trash low-life.

Jesse says: You f**k!

Chief Warren Kincaid says: But you won't. Not Jade anyway, not anymore.

Chief Warren Kincaid says: So, I've heard a lot about you, David. I understand you're off to Princetown next fall.

David says: Yes, sir.

Chief Warren Kincaid says: What are you gonna study?

David says: Theater arts.

Chief Warren Kincaid says: But on an athletic scholarship, right? Playing hockey?

David says: Figure skating.

Jade says: This is a new low.

Chief Warren Kincaid says: For you too. Get in the car.