Johnathan Southworth "John" Ritter was an American actor and comedian. He was best known for his television roles as Jack Tripper on the ABC sitcom Three's Company from 1977 to 1984 and as Paul Hennessy on the ABC sitcom 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter from 2002 until his death the following year during production in 2003. He was also well-known for voicing the titular protagonist of the animated children's series Clifford the Big Red Dog and the animated film Clifford's Really Big Movie from 2000 to 2003. Additionally, he appeared in the horror miniseries It as the adult version of Ben Hanscom.

For Disney, he portrayed Roger in the 1971 film, The Barefoot Executive (his film debut), and voiced Great Uncle Stew in the Playhouse Disney film Stanley's Dinosaur Round-Up. The latter was his final film and it was dedicated to his memory. He also appeared on some television specials in the 1980s, including guest-starring on Donald Duck's 50th Birthday in 1984, playing Dudley Goode in Mickey's 60th Birthday, and hosting Disney's Living Seas in 1986. Additionally, he played Bob Chipeska in Bad Santa and co-starred in Sling Blade. The former was his final live-action role and was also dedicated to his memory.

He is also the son of actor and musician Tex Ritter, and the father of actors Jason Ritter, Tyler Ritter, and singer Carly Ritter.

On September 11, 2003, Ritter suddenly collapsed of an apparent heart attack and was rushed to the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, but it turned out it was an aortic dissection, and he died during the surgery. He was 54 years old, six days shy of his 55th birthday. 

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