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John Ritter
BORN: September 17, 1948

The son of singing Western stars Tex Ritter and Dorothy Fay, John Ritter (by his own admission) couldn't carry a tune in a wash bucket, so he decided to major in psychology at U.S.C. His involvement in student theatricals prompted Ritter to set his sights on an acting career. He made his film debut in a comic supporting role in Disney's The Barefoot Executive (1971), then established himself as a reliable television performer in the supporting role of the minister on The Waltons (1971-1972). Ritter graduated to TV stardom as pratfall-prone Jack Tripper on the immensely popular situation comedy Three's Company, which ran from 1977 to 1985 (if you count the spin-off series Three's a Crowd) and earned Ritter an Emmy award. The actor's attempts to attain film as well as TV stardom have by and large been unsuccessful, with the exception of the amiable satirical comedy Hero at Large (1980). Ritter's post-Three's Company TV projects have included the 1988 "dramedy" Hooperman and the 1992 politically oriented weekly comedy Hearts Afire (1992). John Ritter has also produced several worthwhile TV movie productions; thus far, his number one unrealized project has been a filmed biography of Fatty Arbuckle, which was to have starred the late John Candy.

Taken from: All Movie Guide

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