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(Actor and Comedian)

John Ritter was an actor and comedian. He had one child with Amy and three children from Nancy.

Relationship Facts of John Ritter

John Ritter is married to Amy Yasbech.
John Ritter married on September 18, 1999.
💑 Anniversary in 202 days 💑
He is father of Four (Jason Ritter, Tyler Ritter, Carly Ritter and Noah Ritter).
John Ritter is not having an affair with anyone presently.
His sexual orientation is straight.

Who was John Ritter married to? Wife and Kids

John Ritter was previously married to Amy Yasbech (1933-2003) and Nancy Morgan (1977-1996). He had one child with Amy and three children with Nancy.

The names of his other children are Jason Ritter, Tyler Ritter, Carly Ritter, and Stella Ritter. Ritter and Nancy divorced in 1996.

He married Amy Yasbech on September 18, 1999. Stella was a beautiful girl who decided to transition into a male and changed her name to Noah Ritter which happened in 2017.

Jason and Tyler Ritter both have starred in several opening credits and movies.

Who is John Ritter?

John Ritter was an American actor and comedian.

Ritter reprised the role on the spin-off Three’s a crowd and has also appeared in over 100 films and television series.

His roles include It (1990), Problem child (1990), Problem child 2 (1991), and Bad Santa in 2003 which was his last live-action film which was dedicated to his memory.

Ritter was addressed as “The greatest physical comedian on the planet”.

What caused John Ritter’s death?

John Ritter experienced discomfort during a rehearsal for the latter on the afternoon of September 11, 2003.

At the age of 54, he died later that evening of an Aortic Dissection.

John Ritter: Birth, Parents, Ethnicity

Ritter was born on September 17, 1948, at the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California. His childhood name was Jonathan Southworth Ritter.

He was the son of the singing cowboy star Tex Ritter and was the father of actors Jason Ritter and Tyler Ritter.

His mother’s name was Dorothy Fay and was an actress. Ritter also had an older brother named Thomas Matthews (also known as Tom).

John Ritter was raised in Burbank, California, and was born American As both of his parents were actors, he grew up amidst showbiz. He first appeared on TV as a contestant on “The Dating Game”.

Then, he joined an acting class and traveled to Holland, Scotland, Germany, and  England to act in plays while still in college.

Education History

John Ritter received his education from Hollywood High School and was a student body president at the school.

Later, he enrolled at the University of Southern California and took psychology as his major and architecture as his minor with plans to have a career in politics, but, later changed his major to theater arts and then graduated in 1971.

Then, he attended the USC School of Dramatic Arts currently, ‘The School of Theater’.

John Ritter: Early Professional life and Career

John Ritter had several stage performances and after his graduation from USC in 1970, he had his first campus revolutionary in the TV series named Dan August starring Burt Reynolds and Norman Fell.

In 1971, Ritter had his first debut Disney film ‘The Barefoot Executive.

John Ritter also made guest appearances on the television series Hawaii Five-O, M*A*S*H, and many others as well.

He had a repeating role as the Reverend Matthew Fordwick on the drama series ‘The Walton’ from October 1972 to December 1976.

John Ritter had time to pursue other enough roles as he was not a weekly cast member and continued it until December 1976, and in 1977 he left for pursuing a role in the hit ABC sitcom ‘Three’s Company.

In 1978, he played ‘Ringo’ Starr’s manager on the TV show ‘Ringo’. During the run of ‘Three’s Company ‘, Ritter also appeared in the films Hero at Large ‘ and ‘They All Laughed ‘.  ‘Hooper man’  was the first television show role of Ritter after ‘Three’s Company.

John was nominated for an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for his work on ‘Hooper man’ in 1988.

Ritter won a People’s Choice Award for this role. In 1992, also played Garry Lejeune/Roger Trample in the production Noises Off.

He played the lead role in ‘Blake Edwards’ 1989 film Skin Deep, appeared in the film version of ‘Noises Off ‘, and in Oscar-winning Sling Blade ’ in which he played a kindhearted, gay, discount-store manager.

He also acted in the 1996 action film ‘Mercenary ‘. Ritter starred in many made-for-TV movies, including ‘Gramps’ (1995),’ The Colony (1995), ‘It  ‘, ‘Heartbeat’, and ‘It Came From the Sky ‘in 1999.

John Ritter also made guest appearances on TV shows, such as ‘Felicity’, ‘Scrubs, ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and in an episode of Law & Order: SVU (2002).

Lifetime Achievement and awards

In 1983, John Ritter was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at  Hollywood Boulevard and also won the Emmy Award in the category ‘Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for the sitcom ‘Three’s Company in 1984 and in the same year.

John Ritter also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy category for the same series along with the People’s Choice Award in Favourite Male Performer in a New TV Programme category for ‘Hooper man’ in 1988.

John Ritter: Salary, net worth

John Ritter’s net worth is about $20 million as of 2023.

His earnings in 1976 were $50k and $75k in 2002.

John Ritter: Rumors and controversies

There was a big rumor about John Ritter. In one of John Ritter’s performances, a viewer alerted nickelodeon that Ritter’s testicles could be clearly seen in a 17-year-old episode of ‘Sitcom’.

Although Nickelodeon could not identify the specific episode. Other accounts identified it as part of the final season episode “The Charming Stranger”. Nickelodeon confirmed this scene.

John Ritter’s family said, “ He did not have to die”.

He died on his daughter’s 5th birthday in September 2003. Ritter was suffering from Aortic Dissection.

The defense attorney said that Ritter would have died no matter what the doctors did and that their clients did nothing wrong.

Body Measurements: Height, Weight, Body Size

John Ritter’s weight is about 220 Ibs (100 kg) and his height is 5’11” (1.8m).

His hair color is dark brown and his eye color is blue. His shoe size is 10(US).

Social Media

John Ritter is not active on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram account.


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