John Ritter (1948-2003) was an actor and comedian from the U.S. before getting the part of Jack Tripper in Three's Company. He appeared as a guest star on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Waltons, Hawaii Five-O, and MASH. In 1984, he established his own production firm, which he used to host and feature in numerous TV programmes. He has appeared in a number of comedy roles on the big screen. Let us know more about John Ritter and how old was John Ritter when he died.
Southworth Jonathan Ritter was born in Burbank, California, on September 17, 1948. Ritter and his older brother, Tom, grew up in a world of entertainment, thanks to their parents, Tex Ritter and Dorothy Fay Southworth.
Ritter had no desire to follow in his parents' footsteps when he was a child. At the University of Southern California he studied Psychology and minored in Architecture, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree. A famous theatre instructor and actress named Nina Foch persuaded him, however, to enrol in her class after two years. A few semesters later, he changed his major to Theater Arts, graduating in 1971 with a BFA.
‘As You Like It’ and ‘Love Letters’ were two the plays that Ritter appeared in in Europe between 1968 and 1969. As soon as he returned to the United States, Ritter appeared in a number of well-known TV series, including The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Waltons, Hawaii Five-O, and M*A*S*H, before landing the role of Jack Tripper in the 1977 comedy Three's Company. Attractive young adults sharing an apartment in the 1970s appealed to television audiences, who fell in love with the quirky and accident-prone boy next door. He received A Golden Globe and an Emmy for his performance in 1983 and 1984, respectively.
In 1984, Ritter established his own production business, Adam Productions, in addition to presenting and appearing in numerous television specials, including ABC's John Ritter: Being of Sound Mind and Body. Hooperman, a comedy-drama starring Ritter, was produced and starred by Adam Productions, for which he received critical acclaim. Ritter participated in a number of comedies on the big screen that tapped into his ability to be physically funny. Among these were Real Men (1987) and Problem Child (1990) were few. He started getting some success with his films from 1990s. For his performance in The Dinner Party, He was honoured with a Theatre World Award in 2001, for his marvellous performance in The Dinner Party. From 2002 until his death in 2003, he co-starred Kaley Cuoco and Katey Sagal in the television series 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter.
On September 11, 2003, while filming an episode of 8 Simple Rules, Ritter developed chest pain, nausea, and vomiting. He was rushed to a nearby hospital. But he died shortly after reaching the hospital due to an aortic dissection. Ritter was 54 years old.
He was nominated for an Emmy in 2004 for his role in 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, which he portrayed soon before his death.
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