For Immediate Release
September 17, 2003
USC Mourns the Loss of John Ritter
LOS ANGELES--The Friends of the USC Libraries and everyone associated with the USC Scripter® Award mourn the loss of John Ritter, who served as master of ceremonies for the 15th annual Scripter Award and was on board to return for the 16th Scripter gala.
"We are all deeply saddened by the sudden loss of John Ritter," said Jerry D. Campbell, chief information officer and dean of the USC Libraries. "He was a great friend and alumnus of the university and a major talent in the entertainment industry. As emcee of last year's landmark Scripter ceremony, he elevated the event to a whole new level of success with his warmth, humor and professionalism."
An alumnus of the USC School of Theatre, Ritter came to national prominence as the star of television's long-running hit comedy Three's Company, for which he won Emmy, Golden Globe and People's Choice awards. For his critically acclaimed series Hooperman, he received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations and won a People's Choice award. His series Hearts Afire ran from 1992-1995.
Ritter returned to television last season starring in the ABC hit 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, winner of a Family Television Award and the People's Choice Award for favorite new comedy series.
Ritter starred in more than 25 television movies, including Stephen King's It, The Dreamer of Oz, Unforgivable, A Child's Wish and his Emmy-nominated turn in Unnatural Causes. He guest starred on numerous series, including Ally McBeal, which earned him an Emmy nomination. He also has received two Emmy nominations for voicing Clifford the Big Red Dog on the popular PBS animated series.
His motion picture credits include Sling Blade, They All Laughed, Noises Off, Skin Deep and Problem Child. Most recently, he co-starred with Sigourney Weaver in Tadpole. Ritter appeared in more than 50 plays and recently completed a nine-month starring role in the Broadway premiere of Neil Simon's The Dinner Party, which won a Theatre World Award and the 2001 Outer Critics Circle Award.
His talent, humor and grace will be deeply missed.