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John Ritter (1948–2003)

Jonathan Southworth Ritter was born in Burbank, California, on September 17, 1948. He was the son of legendary country singer/actor Tex Ritter and his wife, actress Dorothy Fay. The couple married in 1941 and had their first child, Tom Ritter, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. John was destined to follow in his parents footsteps. He was ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Sling Blade Vaughan Cunningham
Three's Company
Three's Company Jack Tripper / David Bell / Himself
Bad Santa
Bad Santa Bob Chipeska
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8 Simple Rules Paul Hennessy


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 2006 Stanley's Dinosaur Round-Up
Great Uncle Stew (voice)
 1997-2004 King of the Hill (TV Series)
Eugene Grandy
 2004 Clifford's Really Big Movie
Clifford the Big Red Dog (voice)
 2003 Bad Santa
Bob Chipeska
 2002-2003 8 Simple Rules (TV Series)
Paul Hennessy
 2000-2003 Clifford the Big Red Dog (TV Series short)
Clifford the Big Red Dog
 2003 Manhood
 2002 The Ellen Show (TV Series)
Percy Moss
 2002 Scrubs (TV Series)
Sam Dorian
 2002 Breaking News (TV Series)
Lloyd Fuchs
 2002 Man of the Year
 2000-2002 Felicity (TV Series)
Mr. Andrew Covington
 2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Dr. Richard Manning
 2001 Nuncrackers (Video)
 2001 Tucker (TV Series)
 2000 Tadpole
Stanley Grubman
 2000 Terror Tract
Bob Carter (segment "Make Me An Offer")
 2000 Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel
Christian Therapist
 2000 Family Law (TV Series)
Father Andrews
 2000 Batman Beyond (TV Series)
Dr. David Wheeler
 2000 Chicago Hope (TV Series)
Joe Dysmerski
 2000 Tripfall
Tom Williams
 2000 Panic
Dr. Josh Parks
 1999 Lethal Vows (TV Movie)
Dr. David Farris
 1999 It Came from the Sky (TV Movie)
Donald Bridges
 1996-1999 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Sheriff Tom McKinsley / Mike O'Conner
 1999 Holy Joe (TV Movie)
Joe Cass
 1999 Veronica's Closet (TV Series)
 1998 Dead Husbands (TV Movie)
Dr. Carter Elston
 1998 Loss of Faith (TV Movie)
Bruce Simon Barker
 1998 Ally McBeal (TV Series)
George Madison
 1998 Bride of Chucky
Chief Warren Kincaid
 1998 I Woke Up Early the Day I Died
Robert Forrest
 1998 Shadow of Doubt
Steven Mayer
 1998 Chance of a Lifetime (TV Movie)
Tom Maguire
 1998 Montana
Dr. Wexler
 1997 Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV Series)
Ted Buchanan
 1997 Over the Top (TV Series)
 1997/I Hacks
 1997 A Gun, a Car, a Blonde
Duncan / The Bartender
 1997 Nowhere
Moses Helper
 1997 Dead Man's Gun (TV Movie)
Harry McDonacle (segment "The Great McDonacle")
 1997 A Child's Wish (TV Movie)
Ed Chandler
 1996 For Hope (TV Movie)
Date #5 (uncredited)
 1996 Mercenary (Video)
Jonas Ambler
 1996 Sling Blade
Vaughan Cunningham
 1996 Wings (TV Series)
Stuart Davenport
 1996 Unforgivable (TV Movie)
Paul Hegstrom
 1992-1995 Hearts Afire (TV Series)
John Hartman
 1995 NewsRadio (TV Series)
Dr. Frank Westford
 1995 The Colony (TV Movie)
Rick Knowlton
 1995 Gramps (TV Movie)
Clarke MacGruder
 1994 Dave's World (TV Series)
John Hartman
 1993-1994 The Larry Sanders Show (TV Series)
John Ritter
 1994 North
Ward Nelson
 1993 The Only Way Out (TV Movie)
Jeremy Carlisle
 1993 Heartbeat (TV Movie)
Bill Grant
 1992 Stay Tuned
Roy Knable
 1992 Fish Police (TV Series)
Inspector Gil
 1992 Noises Off...
Garry Lejeune / Roger Tramplemain
 1991 The Real Story of O Christmas Tree (Video short)
 1991 Anything But Love (TV Series)
Patrick Serreau
 1991 Problem Child 2
Ben Healy
 1991 The Summer My Father Grew Up (TV Movie)
 1991 The Cosby Show (TV Series)
Ray Evans
 1990 The Dreamer of Oz (TV Movie)
L. Frank Baum
 1990 It (TV Mini-Series)
Ben Hanscom
 1990 Problem Child
Benjamin 'Ben' Healy, Jr.
 1989 My Brother's Wife (TV Movie)
 1987-1989 Hooperman (TV Series)
Detective Harry Hooperman
 1989 Have Faith (TV Series)
Rick Shepherd
 1989 Skin Deep
 1988 Tricks of the Trade (TV Movie)
Donald Todsen
 1988 Mickey's 60th Birthday (TV Movie)
Dudley Goode
 1987 Real Men
Bob Wilson
 1987 Prison for Children (TV Movie)
David Royce
 1987 The Last Fling (TV Movie)
Phillip Reed
 1986 A Smoky Mountain Christmas (TV Movie)
Judge Harold Benton (uncredited)
 1986 Unnatural Causes (TV Movie)
Frank Coleman
 1986 Life with Lucy (TV Series)
John Ritter
 1986 Living Seas (TV Movie)
 1985 Letting Go (TV Movie)
 1984-1985 Three's a Crowd (TV Series)
Jack Tripper
 1984 Pryor's Place (TV Series)
 1976-1984 Three's Company (TV Series)
Jack Tripper / David Bell
 1984 Love Thy Neighbor (TV Movie)
Danny Loeb
 1977-1983 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Ben Cummins / Dale Riley / Reinhardt
 1983 Sunset Limousine (TV Movie)
Alan O'Black
 1982 In Love with an Older Woman (TV Movie)
 1982 The Flight of Dragons (Video)
Peter Dickenson (voice)
 1982 Pray TV (TV Movie)
Tom McPherson
 1981 Insight (TV Series)
 1981 They All Laughed
Charles Rutledge
 1980 Wholly Moses!
Satan (The Devil)
 1980 The Comeback Kid (TV Movie)
Bubba Newman
 1980 The Associates (TV Series)
 1980 Hero at Large
Steve Nichols
 1979 The Ropers (TV Series)
Jack Tripper
 1979 Americathon
President Chet Roosevelt
 1978 Leave Yesterday Behind (TV Movie)
Paul Stallings
 1978 Ringo (TV Movie)
Marty Flesh
 1977 Breakfast in Bed
 1971-1977 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Mike Welles / Ryan Moore
 1972-1976 The Waltons (TV Series)
Rev. Matthew Fordwick
 1976 Nickelodeon
Franklin Frank
 1976 Phyllis (TV Series)
Paul Jameson
 1975-1976 Rhoda (TV Series)
Jerry Blocker / Vince Mazuma
 1976 Doc (TV Series)
Jeff / George
 1976 Starsky and Hutch (TV Series)
Tom Cole
 1975 The Rookies (TV Series)
Hap Dawson
 1975 Mary Tyler Moore (TV Series)
Reverend Chatfield
 1975 The Night That Panicked America (TV Movie)
Walter Wingate
 1975 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
John 'Johnny' Steiner
 1975 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)
Joe Rockwell
 1975 Petrocelli (TV Series)
John Oleson
 1975 The Bob Crane Show (TV Series)
 1975 Great Performances (TV Series)
 1975 Mannix (TV Series)
Cliff Elgin
 1975 The Prisoner of Second Avenue
Elevator Passenger (uncredited)
 1975 Movin' On (TV Series)
Casey Crawford
 1974 The Bob Newhart Show (TV Series)
 1974 Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law (TV Series)
 1974 Kojak (TV Series)
Kenny Soames
 1973 M*A*S*H (TV Series)
Pvt. Carter
 1973 The Stone Killer
 1973 Bachelor-at-Law (TV Movie)
Ben Sykes
 1973 Medical Center (TV Series)
 1972 The Other
 1972 Evil Roy Slade (TV Movie)
Priest (uncredited)
 1971 Scandalous John
 1971 The Barefoot Executive
 1970 Dan August (TV Series)
Coley Smith
 1968 Crazy World, Crazy People (TV Movie)
Various Characters
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I knew when I grew up, I always wanted to be a liar, and if you're in television, you're lying because you're just pretending to be yourself much like I'm doing now. See more »


Played the clarinet. See more »

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