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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
July 27
3:54am
Home Movies
Chrissy gets a super-8 camera and catches the movie bug.
TV-PG
4:27am
Jack in the Flower Shop
Janet hires Jack to help out at the flower shop.
TV-PG
5:00am
Jack's Navy Pal
The trio plans to ply the Ropers with a gourmet meal to avoid a rent hike.
TV-PG
5:30am
Will the Real Jack Tripper
Larry uses Jack's name with a recent girlfriend, and the woman shows up at the apartment pregnant.
TV-PG
2:00pm
The Goodbye Guy
The trio thinks Furley is suicidal after his brother humiliates him in front of the woman of his dreams.
TV-PG
2:30pm
Furley vs. Furley
The trio take Furley in when his brother fires him as landlord.
TV-PG
3:00pm
The Night of the Ropers
It's a comedy of errors when the Ropers are in town for a bowling banquet.
TV-PG
3:30pm
The Matchbreakers
Furley meets a beautiful woman who the roomies think is only after Ralph for his money.
TV-PG
Sunday
August 3
3:54am
Days of Beer and Weeds
The roommates are wondering if the Ropers' garden has gone to "pot."
TV-PG
4:27am
Chrissy Come Home
Chrissy's minister father demands she come home when he arrives unexpectedly at the apartment and discovers his daughter's unorthodox living arrangements.
TV-PG
5:00am
Bird Song
Roper buys a parakeet as a surprise for Helen.
TV-PG
5:30am
Coffee, Tea or Jack?
Jack's old flame breezes into town which almost ruins his surprise birthday party.
TV-PG
2:00pm
Love Diary
Mr. Roper mistakenly thinks Chrissy has the hots for him.
TV-PG
2:30pm
The Fast
Chrissy agrees to give up nibbling if Jack agrees to give up women
TV-PG
3:00pm
Helen's Rendezvous
The trio believes Mrs. Roper is having an affair with a friend of Mr. Roper.
TV-PG
3:30pm
My Sister's Keeper
Janet's sexy younger sister comes for a visit and sets her sights on Jack.
TV-PG
Tuesday
August 5
4:30am
In need of another roommate, two single girls find their next roommate, Jack, in the tub at their last roommates' going away party. Jack, Janet and Chrissy find themselves living together in an apartment in Santa Monica. Jack is
TV-PG