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Also Known As: Jason Morgan Ritter Died:
Born: February 17, 1980 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor

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Previously best known for being the son of the late sitcom star John Ritter, actor Jason Ritter had struck out on his own since the untimely death of his father, consistently making a name for himself as an actor equally adept at both drama and his father's forte, comedy. Even before his dad passed, Ritter had begun taking his first steps towards an onscreen career with a recurring role on "Joan of Arcadia" (CBS, 2003-04), playing a former athlete adjusting to his new life as a paraplegic. But because of his last name, Ritter faced higher expectations, particularly in acting school, where he felt he already had one strike against him before he even started. Luckily for him, his parents were supportive when he informed them of his plans to become an actor - though they were adamant he attend college - and gave him all that was necessary for his success. By the time he starred in his own high-profile drama series, "The Event" (NBC, 2010- ), Ritter was well on his way to becoming a star in his own right.

Previously best known for being the son of the late sitcom star John Ritter, actor Jason Ritter had struck out on his own since the untimely death of his father, consistently making a name for himself as an actor equally adept at both drama and his father's forte, comedy. Even before his dad passed, Ritter had begun taking his first steps towards an onscreen career with a recurring role on "Joan of Arcadia" (CBS, 2003-04), playing a former athlete adjusting to his new life as a paraplegic. But because of his last name, Ritter faced higher expectations, particularly in acting school, where he felt he already had one strike against him before he even started. Luckily for him, his parents were supportive when he informed them of his plans to become an actor - though they were adamant he attend college - and gave him all that was necessary for his success. By the time he starred in his own high-profile drama series, "The Event" (NBC, 2010- ), Ritter was well on his way to becoming a star in his own right.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 I Am I (2014)
2.
 You're Not You (2014)
3.
 Hits (2014)
6.
 Seven Minutes (2013)
8.
 East, The (2013)
9.
 Teddy Bears (2013)
10.
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1990:
First role at age 10 was opposite his father (John Ritter) and mother (Nancy Morgan) in the TV-movie "The Dreamer of Oz" (NBC)
1999:
Played Ted Danson and Mary McDonnell's son in "Mumford"
2000:
Starred opposite Mary Steenburgen in the off-Broadway production of "The Beginning of August"
2002:
Appeared in "Swimfan," a thriller starring Jesse Bradford and Erika Christensen
2002:
Starred as Tim in the world premiere of Neil LaBute¿s play "The Distance from Here" at London¿s Almeida Theatre
2003:
First starring role in the slasher hit "Freddy vs. Jason"
2003:
Cast in the CBS series "Joan of Arcadia," as Kevin Girardi, a former star athlete who is adjusting to life as a paraplegic
2004:
Cast opposite Hilary Duff and Rita Wilson in "Raise Your Voice"
2005:
Joined an ensemble cast for "Our Very Own"
2005:
Played Tom Arnold's son in "Happy Endings"
2006:
Starred in the CBS sitcom "The Class"
2007:
Acted in the independent feature "The Education of Charlie Banks," directed by Fred Durst
2008:
Portrayed Jeb Bush in Oliver Stone's controversial biopic "W."
2010:
Cast as an MIT graduate investigating the mysterious disappearance of his girlfriend on NBC's "The Event"
2010:
Joined the cast of NBC's "Parenthood" as a high school English teacher
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Education

New York University: New York , New York -
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England -

Notes

Founding member of The Irreputable Theater Company in New York City.

"I don't use my father for parts," claims Jason Ritter, son of actor John Ritter. "It would be embarrassing for me to get hired not for my ability." But Ritter admits he did take dad's advice: "Go to college and study acting."---Jason Ritter quoted to New York Daily News, January 4, 2003.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Marianna Palka. Dating 2004.

Family close complete family listing

mother:
Nancy Morgan. Actor.
father:
John Ritter. Actor. Played Jack Tripper on the TV series "Three's Company"; died September 11, 2003.
grandmother:
Dorothy Fay. Actor. Born April 4, 1915; suffered a stroke in 1987; died November 5, 2003, two months after the death of her son, John Ritter.
grandfather:
Tex Ritter. Country-music star, actor. Born January 12, 1905; Singing-cowboy star of "B" westerns during the 30's and 40's; died January 2, 1974.
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