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John Ritter (1948–2003)

The son of a legendary country singer/actor Tex Ritter and his wife Dorothy Fay, who was also an actress, John Ritter started out his life as Jonathan Southworth Ritter, born in Burbank, California, on September 17, 1948. After his father married Dorothy Fay Southworth in 1941, the couple had their first child, Tom Ritter, who had been diagnosed ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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The Singing Cowboys Ride Again (4 Emmys) One-hour syndicated entertainment tribute. Host, John Ritter. (1980) See more »

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1 Portrayal | 13 Articles | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


5' 11" (1.8 m)

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I knew when I grew up, I always wanted to be a liar, and if you're in television, you're lying because you're just pretending to be yourself much like I'm doing now. See more »


His final film, Bad Santa (2003), was dedicated to his memory. See more »

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