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John Ritter

Three's Company

John Ritter

Jack Tripper

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

April 17
Janet's Promotion
Janet considers some cosmetic alteration to better her chances for advancement.
April 18
Strange Bedfellows
While the girls are away, Jack throws a wild party.
April 20
Chrissy's Date
Chrissy meets a new, "older" man at the supermarket.
Alone Together
Jack and Chrissy spend a night alone in the apartment when Janet stays the night with Mrs. Roper.
Roper's Car
Roper sells the trio his broken-down car, but then gets a better offer and tries to get it back.
Cyrano de Tripper
Chrissy promises a dinner to her new man, a gourmet critic, but she can't even boil water.
Chrissy's Night Out
Chrissy gets a little too friendly to an undercover detective during a girls' night out at the Funky Fox.
Stanley Casanova
Helen thinks Stanley's cheating when she sees an attractive woman cozying up to him at the Regal Beagle.
Janet's High School Sweetheart
A high school heartthrob from Janet's past shows up.
Jack's Uncle
Jack's crafty Uncle Fremont decides to give the trio a hand when the rent comes due.
Helen's Job
Helen takes a job at a seedy cafeteria to teach Stanley a lesson.
Three's Christmas
The trio has an ethical dilemma when they receive a last-minute invitation to hot Christmas party.
The Gift
Chrissy thinks a fancy jacket Jack is holding for Stanley is a birthday gift for her.
The Rivals
Janet thinks Chrissy purposefully stole her blind date.
The Baby Sitters
Janet enlists her roommates to fill in for her at a babysitting gig.
Home Movies
Chrissy gets a super-8 camera and catches the movie bug.
Jack in the Flower Shop
Janet hires Jack to help out at the flower shop.