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His final roles include voicing the title character on the PBS children's program Clifford the Big Red Dog (2000–2003), for which he received four Daytime Emmy Award nominations, and as Paul Hennessy on the ABC sitcom 8 Simple Rules (2002–2003).
Ritter attended Hollywood High School, where he was student body president.
Hooperman was Ritter's first regular television role after Three's Company.
Detective Harry Hooperman inherits a run-down apartment building and hires Susan Smith (Debrah Farentino) to run it.
Ritter starred in many made-for-TV movies, including Gramps (1995), co-starring with Andy Griffith, Rob Hedden's The Colony (1995) with Hal Linden, Stephen King's It, Danielle Steel's Heartbeat with Polly Draper, and It Came From the Sky in 1999 with Yasmine Bleeth.
Ritter also made guest appearances on TV shows, such as Felicity, Ally Mc Beal, Scrubs, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and an episode of Law & Order: SVU (2002).
Ritter is known for playing Jack Tripper on the ABC sitcom Three's Company (1977–1984), for which he received a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award in 1984.
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.
After his time on television, he appeared in a number of movies, most notably Problem Child and its first sequel.
He played the lead role in Blake Edwards' 1989 film Skin Deep, appeared in the film version of Noises Off, rejoined Billy Bob Thornton in the Oscar-winning Sling Blade (playing a kindhearted, gay, discount-store manager), and co-starred with Olivier Gruner in the 1996 action film Mercenary.
Ritter was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity at USC. After his graduation from USC in 1970, his first TV acting experience was a campus revolutionary in the TV series Dan August starring Burt Reynolds and future Three's Company co-star Norman Fell.
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.