Two years later, he worked with his close friend, Jenny Sullivan, in Breakfast in Bed (1977), and the following year, played "Pres. Also 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 in the 15 years he ran the telethon.He also became more popular with movies such as Hero at Large (1980) and They All Laughed (1981).
1984 - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Three's Company 1984 - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy - Three's Company 1988 - People's Choice Award for Favorite Actor in a New TV Series - Hooperman John Ritter was an American actor and son of renowned country singer and actor, Tex Ritter and his wife, Dorothy Fay who was also an actress.
He was the father of actors Jason Ritter and Tyler Ritter. He acted in numerous films and television shows including ‘Problem Child’ (1990) and ‘Bad Santa’ (2003).
In 1980, when "Three's Company" (1977) was sold into syndication, the show became a ratings phenomenon, during its last 2 years.
However, at the height of Ritter's popularity, he won a Golden Globe in 1983 for Best Performance by an Actor, after being nominated twice for Best TV Actor in a Musical-Comedy Series and, one year later, he won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor In a Comedy Series, after being nominated twice.
Prior to ‘Three’s Company’, he made small appearances on ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ and ‘The Waltons’ in 1970, ‘Hawaii Five-O’ in 1971 and ‘M. He died from an aortic dissection in 2003 soon after the production of an episode for the second season of ‘8 Simple Rules’.