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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

Wednesday
September 2
9:00am
Extra, Extra
Janet's dating a reporter who tells her he wants to write a piece about the trio's living situation emphasizing the financial benefits of it.
TV-PG
9:36am
Jack Gets His
In a case of look before you leap, Jack eagerly accepts an offer to be a chef at one of Angelino's restaurants, seeing it as a golden opportunity.
TV-PG
10:12am
Opening Night
A misprint of flyers for the opening of Jack's Bistro leaves the place empty on the big night.
TV-PG
Thursday
September 3
9:00am
Cousin, Cuisine
As a favor to Felipe, the trio take in his beautiful cousin Maria.
TV-PG
9:36am
An Affair to Forget
Trying to play cupid, Janet sets Jack up with an old high school friend who's in town.
TV-PG
10:12am
The Brunch
In order to get his liquor license, Jack needs to convince a local pastor that his restaurant is a respectable place.
TV-PG
Friday
September 4
9:00am
The Impossible Dream
Jack soon finds that business and friendship don't mix when he hires bungling Furley to work as a cook.
TV-PG
9:36am
Breaking Up is Hard to Do
Jack and Janet have fixed Terri up with a guy they both like.
TV-PG
10:12am
Larry's Sister
Jack is the only one Larry trusts to take his teenage sister out while she's in town visiting.
TV-PG