John Ritter was a talented comedic actor with a long list of credits to his name. Among them was the popular television show “Three’s Company.” Thanks to his successful career, Ritter was a wealthy man at the time of his death.
According to an article on CelebrityNetWorth.com, John Ritter’s net worth was $20 million when he died on Sept. 11, 2003. He was 54 years old.
Ritter bought a home in Beverly Hills, California, for $2.2 million in 1996. The home was put on the market in 2017 by his widow, actress Amy Yasbeck. The price tag was $6.5 million. The house reportedly sold for $55,000 more than that.
John Ritter Known for Role on ‘Three’s Company’
When most people think of the actor John Ritter, they picture him in the role of Jack Tripper on “Three’s Company.” The show aired on ABC from 1977-1984. He won a Golden Globe and an Emmy in 1984 for his work on the show. In addition to this role, Ritter had roles in more than 100 television shows and movies. He was also known for his work on stage, according to the article.
Interestingly, the first time John Ritter appeared on television was on an episode of “The Dating Game” in 1970. He won a vacation to Arizona thanks to his appearance on the show. He first appeared in an acting role on the television series “Dan August,” which starred Burt Reynolds. His first movie role took place in 1971 when he acted in the Disney movie, “The Barefoot Executive.”
Also according to the article, Ritter also appeared on the popular television shows “Hawaii Five-O,” “M*A*S*H,” and “The Waltons” before starring in “Three’s Company.” Starring alongside Ritter on the show were Suzanne Somers and Joyce DeWitt. Ritter’s movie career included roles in “Problem Child,” “Mercenary,” “Skin Deep,” and “Sling Blade.”
During 2000, John Ritter had a lead role in Neil Simon’s “The Dinner Party.” He won a Theater World Award the following year for his work in the show, the article reported.
John Ritter Upset by Suzanne Somers Leaving Show
“Three’s Company” was a humorous show. But, things weren’t always so funny behind the scenes. When Suzanne Somers left the show, John Ritter was hurt.
After the show’s fifth season, Somers’s contract came to an end. She reportedly wanted to make the same salary per episode as Ritter, but the network said no. She complained and her run on the show ended.
“Three’s Company” wasn’t the same without Somers’ character, Chrissy. Ratings even declined after her exit. Ritter was angered by Somers complaining in public about her salary. It would take two decades for the actors to reconcile.
Despite the drama behind the scenes, “Three’s Company” remains a very popular sitcom of its era. Fans still enjoy the show and find humor in the antics of Jack, Chrissy, and Janet.