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This is the story of Jonathan Southworth Ritter...........



Birth name
Jonathan Southworth Ritter
6' 1" (1.85 m)
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The son of a legendary country singing musician/actor (Tex) and his wife (Dorothy), Jonathan Southworth Ritter was born in Burbank, Cal., on September 17, 1948. His older brother, Tom, became a lawyer, but John was destined to follow in his father's footsteps. In 1977, he and his brother emceed the Annual United Cerebral Palsy Telethon (a neurological condition particularly close to their hearts because of Tom's triumph over it) and racked up millions of dollars for the cause. John was enrolled at Hollywood High School, where he was a student body president, and later attended the University of Southern California, where he majored in Psychology and minored in Architecture. After a couple of years, he was induced to join an acting class taught by Nina Foch. He changed his major to Theater Arts, graduating in 1971 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drama. In addition to Nina Foch, he also studied acting with Stella Adler at the Harvey Lembeck Comedy Workshop. Between 1968 and 1969, he appeared in a series of stage plays in England, Scotland, Holland and in Germany. His father was entertaining troops in Germany at the same time that his son was performing at an air base there. Unfortunately, John's father passed away in 1973, before his son achieved the celebrity status that arrived with his second series, Three's Company (1977).



At a Glance


Date of Birth: September 17th 1948

   Highschool: Hollywood Highschool
   College: University of Southern California
                   Major: Psychology
                        Minor: Architecture
Family History:
   Father: Tex Ritter, Actor/Country Singer
   Mother: Dorothy Ritter
   Brother: Tom Ritter, with whom he helped to raise millions of dollars for Cerebral Palsy
   Wife: Nancy Morgan
             Son: Jason Ritter, also an actor
             Daughter: Carly Ritter
             Son: Tyler Ritter
   Wife: Amy Yasbeck
              Daughter: Stella Ritter
First Professional Role:

Astr"Mannix" (1967) playing "Cliff Elgin" in episode: "Hardball" (episode # 8.24) 13 April 1975
Astrological Sign: Virgo
Thing he wanted to do everyday: Make people laugh
Favorite Music: The Beatles
Date of Death: September 11th 2003, at the age of 54 in the very same hospital where he was born. John died of aortic disection which is, a weak spot in the hearts most veluable blood vessel. If under enough pressure this can lead to a tear and if close to the heart it is usually fatal.