His most famous role was as a girl-chasing bachelor.And he was enjoying renewed success as a harried father chasing off the boys who pursued his two teenage girls.Setting some ground rules and all that jazz was easy for me because she was a good toddler. Now that my little Christina was all grown up, the rules I once had for her all flew out the damn window.No one told me how everything changed once she grew up.The third season (after Ritter's death) took a creative turn, revolving more around cousin C. (David Spade) and grandfather Jim (James Garner), than the immediate Hennessy family, more specifically not revolving around the raising of the Hennessy girls.After the novelty of newly added ensemble characters wore off, the series returned to its original format.
After three seasons, ABC cancelled 8 Simple Rules in May 2005 due to low ratings.
But Ritter, who would have celebrated his 55th birthday Wednesday, remains best remembered as Jack Tripper, the closeted heterosexual who shared a Santa Monica apartment with two sexy single women on ABC's hit sitcom "Three's Company."The actor's loose-limbed physical comedy and verbal antics earned him an Emmy and a Golden Globe.
Though never a favorite with critics, "Three's Company" aired for seven seasons and was a top 10 favorite for most of its run.
No one told me about the Hell on Earth that was about to rise up from the ground right in front of me when I least expected it."Daddy!
"My hands literally flew to my head to massage my temples.