John Ritter

John Ritter

Highest Rated: 96% Sling Blade (1996)

Lowest Rated: 0% Problem Child (1990)

Birthday: Sep 17, 1948

Birthplace: Burbank, California, USA

One of the most popular TV stars of the late-1970s, John Ritter enjoyed a diverse career right up until his tragic death in 2003. The son of famed country-western star Tex Ritter, he first emerged with dozens of small television guest spots, including a recurring role as the serious-minded Reverend Fordwick on "The Waltons" (CBS, 1971-1981). Ritter rose to fame on the small screen as the irascible, klutzy Jack Tripper on the hit sitcom "Three's Company" (ABC, 1977-1984), where his boyish charm and affinity for physical comedy made him an audience favorite. While television projects like "Hooperman" (ABC, 1987-89) and "Hearts Afire" (CBS, 1992-95) provided moderate success, it was Ritter's transformative performance in close friend Billy Bob Thornton's drama "Sling Blade" (1996) that garnered the actor a level of professional respect he had not previously enjoyed. With his career invigorated, Ritter moved on to a slew of supporting film roles and TV guest appearances until the family sitcom "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" (ABC, 2002-05) once again provided him a showcase for his inimitable comedic skills. Although his untimely death cut short his still vibrant life and career, the beloved actor lived on in the memories of the friends, family and the audiences he entertained for decades.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
53% 34% Clifford's Really Big Movie Clifford the Big Red Dog (Voice) $2.8M 2004
No Score Yet 50% Manhood Eli (Character) - 2003
78% 75% Bad Santa Bob Chipeska (Character) $60.1M 2003
No Score Yet 47% Man of the Year Bill (Character),
Co-Producer
- 2002
78% 57% Tadpole Stanley (Character) $2.9M 2002
91% 62% Panic Josh Parks (Character) $775.8K 2000
60% 35% Terror Tract Bob Carter (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 20% Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel Christian Therapist (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 36% TripFall Tom Williams (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet The House on Terror Tract Bob Carter (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lethal Vows Dr. David Farris (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 62% Holy Joe Joe Cass (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 43% It Came From the Sky Donald Bridges (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chance of a Lifetime Tom Maguire (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Truth About Lying Bruce Simon Barker (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 50% Montana Dr. Wexler (Character) - 1998
27% 50% I Woke Up Early the Day I Died Robert Forrest (Character) $863 1998
No Score Yet 16% Shadow of Doubt Steven Mayer (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dead Husbands Dr. Carter Elston (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 58% A Gun, a Car, a Blonde Duncan/The Bartender (Character) - 1998
46% 46% Bride of Chucky Chief Warren Kincaid (Character) $32.4M 1998
No Score Yet 27% Mercenary Jonas Ambler (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 40% Hacks Hank (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dead Man's Gun Harry McDonacle (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Child's Wish Ed Chandler (Character) - 1997
27% 76% Nowhere Moses Helper (Character) $172.7K 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Unforgivable Paul Hegstrom (Character) - 1996
96% 92% Sling Blade Vaughan Cunningham (Character) $24.5M 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gramps Clarke MacGruder (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Colony Rick Knowlton (Character) - 1995
14% 27% North Ward Nelson (Character) $6.6M 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Only Way Out Jeremy Carlisle (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Heartbeat Bill Grant (Character) - 1993
47% 55% Stay Tuned Roy Knable (Character) $9.4M 1992
61% 84% Noises Off Garry Lejeune/Roger Tramplemain (Character) $2.2M 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Summer My Father Grew Up Paul (Character) - 1991
7% 42% Problem Child 2 Ben Healy (Character) $25.1M 1991
0% 42% Problem Child Ben (Character) $53.5M 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dreamer of Oz: The L. Frank Baum Story L. Frank Baum (Character) - 1990
67% 63% It Ben Hanscom (Character) - 1990
38% 56% Skin Deep Zach (Character) $19.4M 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Brother's Wife Barney (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tricks of the Trade Donald Todsen (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Prison for Children David Royce (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet 88% The Last Fling Phillip Reed (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet 60% Real Men Bob Wilson (Character) $411.5K 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Unnatural Causes Frank Coleman (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet 100% Letting Go Alex (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love Thy Neighbor Danny (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 40% Sunset Limousine Alan O'Black (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pray TV Tom McPherson (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet 92% The Flight of Dragons Peter Dickenson (Voice) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mixed Blessings Tom McPherson (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet In Love With an Older Woman Robert (Character) - 1982
44% 51% They All Laughed Charles Rutledge (Character) - 1981
14% 39% Wholly Moses! Satan (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 54% Hero at Large Steve Nichols (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Comeback Kid Bubba Newman (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 35% Americathon President Chet Roosevelt (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Leave Yesterday Behind Paul Stallings (Character) - 1978
9% 47% Nickelodeon Franklin Frank (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Night That Panicked America Walter Wingate (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 40% The Stone Killer Hart (Character) - 1973
83% 65% The Other Rider (Character) - 1972
20% No Score Yet Scandalous John Wendell (Character) - 1971
83% 48% The Barefoot Executive Roger (Character) - 1971

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 71% King of the Hill Unknown (Guest Voice) 2003-2004 2000 1997
58% No Score Yet 8 Simple Rules Paul Hennessy (Character) 2002-2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Clifford the Big Red Dog Unknown (Voice) 2000-2003
83% 87% Scrubs Sam Dorian (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wednesday at 9:30 (8:30 Central) Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet 60% Felicity Unknown (Guest Star) 2000-2002
54% No Score Yet The Ellen Show Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
78% 89% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. Richard Manning (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet TV Funhouse Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Law Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chicago Hope Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 1999 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Veronica's Closet Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
61% 70% Ally McBeal Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
82% 92% Buffy the Vampire Slayer Ted Buchanan (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Over the Top Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dead Man's Gun Unknown (Character) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wings Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
95% No Score Yet NewsRadio Dr. Frank Westford (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dave's World Unknown (Guest Star) 1994-1995
50% No Score Yet Hearts Afire John Hartman (Character) 1992-1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Anything but Love Unknown (Guest Star),
Executive Producer
1991 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cosby Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stephen King's It Ben Hanscom (Character) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Joan Rivers Show Guest 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hooperman Detective Harry Hooperman (Character) 1987-1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Three's a Crowd Jack Tripper (Character) 1984-1985
No Score Yet 94% Three's Company Jack Tripper (Character) 1977-1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Carson Guest 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Associates Unknown (Guest Star) 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ropers Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tattletales Guest 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Love Boat Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Waltons Unknown (Guest Star) 1972-1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rhoda Unknown (Guest Star) 1975-1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Starsky and Hutch Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rookies Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show Reverend Chatfield (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco John 'Johnny' Steiner (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Cliff Elgin (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Movin' On Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bob Newhart Show Dave (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet 93% M*A*S*H Pvt. Carter (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dan August Coley Smith (Guest Star) 1970

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