A Different Actor Almost Portrayed Jack Tripper on ‘Three’s Company’

Jack, Janet and Chrissy in 'Three's Company'Jack, Janet and Chrissy in 'Three's Company'
Jack, Janet and Chrissy in ‘Three’s Company’ | Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

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There was one major problem, though. The building’s owner, Mr. Roper, wouldn’t allow co-ed living. The roommates get around the rule by telling Mr. Roper that Jack is gay. The majority of the series revolves around 

Three’s Company is a classic television show that generation after generation of television viewers have been introduced to. The series is largely considered to be the breakout role for both John Ritter and Suzanne Somers. The classic show, however, almost looked very different. Ritter wasn’t the only well-known star who was considered for the role of Jack Tripper.

What was Three’s Company about?

Three’s Company followed the lives of three roommates trying to make their way as struggling adults. Jack Tripper, a culinary student, meets Janet Wood and Chrissy Snow by chance. Janet and Chrissy, desperate for a new roommate to fill the spot of their departing friend, Eleanor, offer Jack the free room in their two-bedroom apartment.

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There was one major problem, though. The building’s owner, Mr. Roper, wouldn’t allow co-ed living. The roommates get around the rule by telling Mr. Roper that Jack is gay. The majority of the series revolves around the three roommates’ Hijinx and missteps while they try to hide Jack’s actual sexual orientation from the incredibly nosey Mr. Roper.

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Three’s Company is considered John Ritter’s breakout role

Ritter had a long and storied career before his untimely death, but for some fans, he will always be Jack Tripper on Three’s Company. Before the series, Ritter had worked fairly steadily as a guest star on several shows, but Three’s Company was his first major part. He portrayed Jack for all 174 episodes of the series.

Jack (John Ritter), Janet (Joyce DeWitt) and Chrissy (Suzanne Somers) | Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives

Following his success on Three’s Company, Ritter went on to appear in several more popular shows. His finale role came in 2002 in 8 Simple Rules. In the series, he portrayed Paul Hennessy. Ritter fell ill during rehearsals for the show and was taken directly to a nearby hospital. Initially diagnosed with a heart attack, it was later revealed that Ritter suffered an aortic dissection. According to Medline Plus, less than half of people who experience an aortic dissection survive the event. Ritter died in 2003 at the age of 54. 

Billy Crystal was considered for the role of Jack Tripper

While fans largely believe Ritter was perfect in his role on Three’s Company,

Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet

      

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