(with Morgan), and Stella (with Yasbeck)
Source Johnathan Southworth "John" Ritter
was an American actor and comedian. He was best known for his television roles as
and as Paul Hennessy on the ABC sitcom
8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter
until his death the following year during production in
. 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
to 2003. Additionally, he appeared in the horror miniseries
as the adult version of
Disney, he portrayed Roger in the 1971 film, (his film debut), and voiced The Barefoot Executive Great Uncle Stew in the Playhouse Disney film . The latter was his final film and it was dedicated to his memory. He also appeared on some television specials in the Stanley's Dinosaur Round-Up 1980s, including guest-starring on in Donald Duck's 50th Birthday 1984, playing Dudley Goode in , and hosting Mickey's 60th Birthday in Disney's Living Seas 1986. Additionally, he played Bob Chipeska in and co-starred in Bad Santa . 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.
John Ritter at the 1988 Emmy Awards
John Ritter with his first wife, Nancy Morgan.
John Ritter with his second wife, Amy Yasbeck and daughter Stella at
The Country Bears premiere in June 2002.
John Ritter with his eldest son, Jason in February 2003.