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Three's Company

John Ritter

Jack Tripper

John Ritter was destined to be a star. Both his parents were actors, and his father was the legendary Tex Ritter. Born in Los Angeles, he attended Hollywood High and received a B.A. in Theater from the University of Southern California.

While in college, Ritter appeared on The Dating Game (1966), a rite of passage for many aspiring actors, but his formal TV debut was on Dan August (1970). Before landing his break out role as Jack Tripper on Three's Company (1977-1984), Ritter made numerous TV appearances, including M*A*S*H (1973), The Bob Newhart Show (1974), Starsky and Hutch (1976), and The Waltons(1976), where he had a recurring role as Rev. Matthew Fordwick. But it was as loveable goof Jack Tripper that he earned his fame. For seven seasons Ritter slipped, tripped, and fumbled his way to stardom and multiple award nominations, winning both an Emmy and a Golden Globe in 1984. Ritter parlayed his popularity into a film career, with roles in Americathon (1979), Hero at Large (1980), They All Laughed (1981), Problem Child and Problem Child II (1990, 1992), and Noises Off (1992). After the Three's Company era (including spin-off Three's A Crowd), Ritter went on to star in three more sitcoms, Hooperman (1987), Hearts Afire (1992-1995), and 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter (2003). While on Hearts Afire, Ritter met Billy Bob Thornton who would later cast him in the Academy Award winning film Sling Blade (1996). The two worked together again in Ritter's final film, Bad Santa (2003). On September 11, 2003, while working on the set of 8 Simple Rules, Ritter fell ill and later died from an undiagnosed heart condition. Twice married, he is survived by ex-wife Nancy Morgan and their three children, Jason, Carly, and Tyler and by his second wife Amy Yasbeck, and their daughter, Stella.

Character Bio

In his mind, this aspiring chef is as suave with the ladies and as highly skilled in the kitchen as Graham Kerr, the Galloping Gourmet. In reality, Jack isn't very fleet of foot (his last name kind of sums it up) and he's not as smooth with the ladies as he'd like to be, but that doesn't stop him from chasing women with best buddy, Larry Dallas.

Not overly handsome, nor the smartest guy in the room, Jack's a charming everyman, who's clever and fun-loving.Until his fateful meeting with Janet and Chrissy, Jack had been something of a leaf blowing in the wind (which might have something to do being a navy deserter), but living with "the girls" means he can continue to pursue his career as a chef, and the dream of owning a restaurant. So if he has to pretend to be gay in order to secure his living situation, no problem. Besides, there's nothing like living with women to improve a guy's chances for meeting more of them!

Three's Company TV Schedule

Sunday
September 7
3:00am
Larry Loves Janet
Larry develops a crush on Janet when he observes her gentle, domestic side.
TV-PG
3:30am
Mighty Mouth
Jack falls for an athletic gym instructor.
TV-PG
4:00am
The Love Lesson
Furley's been giving Jack lessons on wooing the opposite sex and thinks he's cured him when he spies him out with a girl.
TV-PG
4:30am
Handcuffed
In a playful moment Chrissy and Jack accidentally handcuff themselves together.
TV-PG
5:00am
And Baby Makes Two
Janet makes a passing comment about babies and suddenly Jack and Chrissy think she wants a child of her own.
TV-PG
5:30am
Jack's Bad Boy
A 12-year-old runaway becomes Jack's nemesis when the girls take him in.
TV-PG
Sunday
September 14
3:00am
Lee Ain't Heavy, He's my Brother
Childhood feelings of inferiority arise when Jack's handsome, successful brother Lee comes to visit.
TV-PG
3:30am
The Root of All Evil
A lucky bet at the race track leaves Chrissy flush with cash,
TV-PG
4:00am
Secret Admirer
After receiving a slew of notes from a secret admirer, Chrissy sets up a rendezvous to blow the guy off once and for all.
TV-PG
4:30am
The Goodbye Guy
The trio thinks Furley is suicidal after his brother humiliates him in front of the woman of his dreams.
TV-PG
5:00am
Jack's Graduation
When a dirty-dealing classmate scuttles Jack's final exam, it's up to Janet and Chrissy to set things straight.
TV-PG
5:30am
Upstairs, Downstairs, Downstairs
Jack tries to prepare a gourmet meal for his roommates while also filling in for Larry on a blind date.
TV-PG
1:48pm
...And Justice for Jack
On his first day as a grill cook at a busy diner, Jack soon finds that his boss wants to sample more than his daily special.
TV-PG
2:24pm
A Hundred Dollars a What?
Chrissy takes a part-time job at a convention from a new friend.
TV-PG
3:00pm
Downhill Chaser
Jack tells his new girlfriend he's a skiing pro to impress her.
TV-PG
3:30pm
A Crowded Romance
Janet works overtime to keep Larry and Jack from discovering that they're both dating the same woman.
TV-PG
4:00pm
Room at the Bottom
Jack applies for a position at fancy French bistro.
TV-PG
4:30pm
Chrissy's Cousin
While Chrissy's out of town, her clumsy, yet sweet cousin, Cindy Snow takes her place.
TV-PG