In 2003 the world was left in shock after the unexpected death of John Ritter. It turned out that the actor died suddenly at the age of 54 from a rare but deadly disease. And now his widow, Amy Yasbeck, is speaking out about how she is honoring his legacy.
From an early age, after all, Ritter seemed destined for screen success. That’s because his mother, Dorothy Fay, worked as an actress, and his father, Tex Ritter, starred in musical Westerns. Yet the future star actually led the student body at Hollywood High School and originally planned to go into politics.
Ritter even decided to study psychology at the University of Southern California. He then realized, however, that he was more interested in performing. So he transferred to the university’s School of Dramatic Arts and studied theater arts instead. And after his graduation, Ritter got his start in the acting industry.