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!