Actor John Ritter, son of legendary country star Tex Ritter, was born on September 17, 1948, and sadly died just days before his 55th birthday in 2003. He died from an aortic dissection and it was a shock to his family, friends, co-stars, and fans, especially since he was in the middle of filming the show 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter. The show addressed his death by having his character pass away suddenly as well. Ritter’s death was also addressed in the show Scrubs, where he had a recurring role as the main character J.D.’s father, Sam Dorian.
In honor of Ritter’s legacy and his birthday, let’s go over some of his best roles over the years. We have to start with one of his first and perhaps most famous: Three’s Company. Don’t tell me the jingle isn’t already in your head!