Jenilee Harrison and then Priscilla Barnes filled Somers's role.Much of the comedy centered around Jack's pretending to be gay to keep the old-fashioned landlords appeased over the seemingly sordid living arrangements. A year-long spin-off Three's a Crowd ensued, as the Jack Tripper character has a live-in girlfriend and runs his own bistro.In 1978, Ritter played Ringo Starr's manager on the TV special Ringo.
His final film was Stanley's Dinosaur Round-Up (2006), an animated direct-to-DVD film based on the television series, which was released posthumously.
At the time of his death he was starring in 8 Simple Rules.
(September 17, 1948 – September 11, 2003) was an American comic actor.
He was a son of the singing cowboy star Tex Ritter and the father of actors Jason Ritter and Tyler Ritter.
He later changed his major to theater arts and attended the USC School of Dramatic Arts (formerly School of Theatre) after the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. While still in college, Ritter traveled to the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and West Germany to perform in plays. Ritter made his film debut in the 1971 Disney film The Barefoot Executive.
He made guest appearances on the television series Hawaii Five-O, M*A*S*H, and many others.
Ritter became a household name playing struggling culinary student Jack Tripper with two female roommates.
Ritter co-starred opposite Joyce De Witt and Suzanne Somers; however, Somers left due to a contractual dispute in 1981.
In 1986, he played the role of "Dad" in the music video for Graham Nash's song "Innocent Eyes" from the album of the same name.