Ritter, John

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Ritter, John Gender: M
Jonathan Southworth Ritter
born on 17 September 1948 at 07:59 (= 07:59 AM )
Place Burbank (Los Angeles County), California, 34n11, 118w18
Timezone PDT h7w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Wilsons
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 24°37' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 16°05 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 10°51'

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American actor and member of a theatrical family. Ritter received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series in 1983, Emmys in 1983-84 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and a People's Choice Award in 1988. In 1993 he received a star on the Hollywood walk of fame next to his dad's.

The second of two boys born to country singer Tex Ritter and actress Dorothy Fay, John was a quiet young man spending much time alone when he was young. His brother, two years his senior, has cerebral palsy. Ritter was a Boy Scout. After being elected student body president his senior year at Hollywood High, he decided to become a psychiatrist and attended the University of Southern California. He changed his major to theater arts between his sophomore and junior years, receiving a B.F.A. in drama in 1971 with a minor in architecture. His college theater troop took him to Scotland, England and the continent. He studied acting with Stella Adler and Nina Foch and with Harvey Lembeck at his Comedy Workshop.

Ritter's good humor and easy nature belie his unease with his own celebrity. Saying he has inherited none of his dad's singing talent, he has become a very capable dramatic actor with a sense of physical comedy, a modern day vaudeville comic. Enormously successful, he is an intense, hard worker. While on the set he listens to everyone and brings peace if there are clashes, caring deeply about people's feelings.

His debut was on the dramatic TV series "Dan August." In 1971 he did a Disney movie, "Scandalous." A recurring role on "The Walton's" from 1972-77 had him playing Reverend Fordwick. "Three's Company," the sitcom for which he won his first awards, began on 3/15/1977 and ended 9/18/1984. The following show, "Three's A Crowd," aired during the 1984-85 seasons. Always hard on himself, he isn't content with past performances and continues to be nominated for awards, 1987 Golden Globe for the TV movie "Unnatural Causes," 1988 Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for "Hooperman" and July 1999 an Emmy nomination for guest actor on "Ally McBeal."

After having dated many women, John met three-year-younger Nancy Morgan, an actress, in March 1975 and they married 10/16/1977. They have three children, son Jason in February 1980, daughter Carly in 1982 and son Tyler in 1985. Married for 19 years, they separated in 1993 and filed for divorce in September 1996. In September 1998 John and Amy Yasbeck, an actress, announced the birth of a daughter, Stella. The couple announced their engagement 6/25/1999 and married 9/18/1999.

There is a report that due to an injury in his teens, John is legally blind in his right eye. He works toward fund-raising on behalf of Cerebral Palsy, from which his older brother, a lawyer, suffers.

On the evening of September 11, 2003 in Burbank, CA, just days before his birthday, the Emmy-award winning son of Tex Ritter collapsed on the set of his TV series and died moments later. The cause of his sudden death was a break in the main coronary artery. One of his sons, Jason Ritter, 23, is an actor who appears in the upcoming CBS series ``Joan of Arcadia.

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  • associate relationship with Cuoco, Kaley (born 30 November 1985). Notes: co-stars on "8 Simple Rules"
  • associate relationship with DeWitt, Joyce (born 23 April 1949). Notes: Co-star in Three's Company
  • business associate/partner relationship with Sagal, Katey (born 19 January 1954). Notes: Co-stars on "8 Simple Rules"
  • business associate/partner relationship with Somers, Suzanne (born 16 October 1946). Notes: Co-stars on "Three's Company"
  • parent->child relationship with Ritter, Jason (born 17 February 1980)
  • parent->child relationship with Ritter, Tyler (born 31 January 1985)
  • child->parent relationship with Fay, Dorothy (born 4 April 1915)


  • Work : Begin Major Project 15 March 1977 (Debut of "Three's Company")
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  • Relationship : Marriage 16 October 1977 (Nancy Morgan)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities February 1980 (Son Jason born)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 1982 (daughter Carly born)
  • Work : Prize 1983 (Golden Globe Award for Best Actor)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 1985 (son Tyler born)
  • Work : Prize 1988 (People's Choice Award)
  • Social : Great Publicity 1993 (Received a Star on Hollywood walk of fame)
  • Relationship : Divorce dates October 1996 (Nancy Morgan, after four years of separation)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities September 1998 (Daughter Stella born by second wife Amy)
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  • Relationship : Marriage 18 September 1999 (second marriage, Amy Yasbeck)
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  • Death by Heart Attack 11 September 2003
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  • Death of Mother 5 November 2003 (she died eight weeks after he did)
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Source Notes

B.C. in hand from the Wilsons


  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Eyes (Allegedly blind in one eye)
  • Family : Childhood : Family noted (Dad, mom)
  • Family : Childhood : Sibling circumstances (Brother has C.P.)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (three with 1st wife; one with 2nd wife)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Philanthropist (Donates his time to United Cerebral Palsy, fundraisers)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Comedy
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV series/ Soap star (Three's Company)
  • Notable : Awards : Emmy
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (People's Choice Award)