(September 17, 1948 – September 11, 2003) was an American actor and comedian, best known for his role of Jack Tripper in Three's Company, for which he won an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award in 1984; also playing the same role in Three's a Crowd, he was the son of the late singing cowboy star Tex Ritter and the father of actors Jason Ritter and Tyler Ritter.
Ritter appeared in hundreds of films and television shows/episodes combined (and performed on Broadway), including It (1990), Problem Child (1990), Problem Child 2 (1991), and Bad Santa in 2003 (his final live action film which was dedicated to his memory).
After a while though, the additional viewership subsided and the sitcom averaged 9.98 million and ranked 50th for the season. can’t control himself and immediately tells Bridget. Over the phone, Cate and Ed agree that they are actually dating and she decides to take the big step of telling the kids. While they’re all arguing, it comes out that Cate’s begun dating Ed. She’s surprised that he cares so much and is touched.
(which co-stars Ritter’s son Jason), the show averaged just 6.8 million and fell to 94th for the season. promise that they won’t tell the kids, just in case it doesn’t turn out to be serious. Rory and Kerry enter and ask to borrow the mini-van (to steal the goat). The two steal the mascot and hide it upstairs in their house, where it eats Cate’s green sweater and stinks up the place. Surprisingly, they’re all okay with it and Cate feels much better. Then, Ed calls and tells her that he’s been offered a great position as a headmaster of a school in New York. She moves the phone call upstairs while the rest of the family are left to wonder what’s going on.
The next few episodes deal with his loss and how the Hennessy family moves on. Bridget was supposed to be in charge of the Ditch Day prank, in which she was to steal a rival school’s goat mascot.
Cate’s father, Jim Egan (James Garner), moves in to help and Cate’s very immature nephew, C. (David Spade), moves in for additional comedy relief. There was initially a great deal of curiosity about how the death of Ritter would impact the show. She asks Rory to do it instead and Kerry, tired of being a “goodie two-shoes,” wants to be part of it. Cate comes home soonafter and she’s not happy about the four-legged houseguest either.
The actor is in post production on the TV series Tales Of Titans.
He went on to the University of Southern California and majored in psychology with plans to have a career in politics. While still in college, Ritter traveled to the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and West Germany to perform in plays. Ritter made his film debut in the 1971 Disney film The Barefoot Executive.
The star said she did not reveal on social media that she was engaged to Jason because she likes to be 'more private' and thinks using a hashtag on his name is not right because he's a public figure.
She also said she has gone out of her way to call him her boyfriend and not her fiance.
He later changed his major to theater arts and attended the USC School of Dramatic Arts (formerly School of Theatre) after the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. He made guest appearances on the television series Hawaii Five-O, M*A*S*H, and many others.
He had a recurring role as the Reverend Matthew Fordwick on the drama series The Waltons from October 1972 to December 1976.