John Ritterdied last night from heart failure at the age of 54. He is best known as the star of the 1977-84 sitcom “Three’s Company.” He was again having success with “8 Simple Rules … For Dating My Teenage Daughter,” which was about to begin its second season.

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  1. jen says:

    Three’s Company was on until 1984? That’s as surprising as Ritter’s untimely death.

  2. James Joyner says:

    It was rather shocking. Johnny Cash was no surprise, since his health had been lousy for years.

    And, yup, the show was on forever in various incarnations. Indeed, Ritter starred in a follow-on show that I never saw called “Three’s a Crowd” for another year. And, of course, there was the Ropers spinoff which ran 1979-80.

  3. jen says:

    I remember Three’s a Crowd and The Ropers, I just don’t remember Three’s Company lasting quite that long. Hmmm…