John Ritter

Energetic performer who brought excitement.

John Ritter
Full NameJonathan Southworth Ritter


The renowned John Southworth Ritter, born of legendary royalty in Burbank, California on 17th September 1948, was destined to follow in his parent's footsteps. His father, Tex Ritter, renowned country singer and actor, and his mother, actress Dorothy Fay Southworth, married in 1941. John was enrolled in Hollywood High School, where, as Student Body President, he graduated before attending the University of Southern California to study Psychology and Architecture. His very first foray into the world of entertainment was in 1966, when he won a vacation to Lake Havasu, Arizona on the television show The Dating Game (1965). Soon after, he was encouraged to join an acting class taught by the esteemed Nina Foch and changed his major to Theatre Arts. He went on to grace the stage in various plays such as 'The Fantasticks', 'The Creation of the World and Other Business' and 'The Glass Menagerie'. His success was unprecedented and his legacy remains to this day.

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  • Primetime Emmy1984
    Three's CompanyOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
  • Golden Globe1984
    Three's CompanyBest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical


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  • The Waltons: A Decade of the Waltons
  • Scrubs
  • All-Star Party for Lucille Ball
  • Sling Blade
  • Fish Police
  • The Associates
  • TV Funhouse
  • Tales from the Crypt
  • Bad Santa: Outtakes
  • The Flight of Dragons
  • The Waltons
  • Noises Off...
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  • King of the Hill
  • Muppet Babies
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  • The Dreamer of Oz
  • Mickey's 60th Birthday
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  • Prison for Children
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  • The Night That Panicked America
  • Doc
  • For Hope
  • Anything But Love
  • Felicity
  • A Smoky Mountain Christmas
  • Ringo
  • Rhoda
  • It
  • Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood
  • The Other
  • Panic
  • John Ritter: Being of Sound Mind and Body
  • Have Faith
  • General Electric's All-Star Anniversary
  • In Love with an Older Woman

Family Tree

The House of Ritter is an illustrious dynasty of actors and creators, descended from the illustrious Tex Ritter, a renowned actor and country singer. Through his union with Dorothy Fay, Tex produced sons Tom and Jonathan who followed in their father's footsteps, with Jonathan achieving great success in theater and television. Dorothy's daughter, Amy Yasbeck, was a successful actress in film, while her son Tyler is a successful actor and producer. Nancy Morgan, John Ritter's ex-wife, is also a successful actor with appearances in a variety of projects. The House of Ritter is a prestigious family that has contributed greatly to the entertainment industry.

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