Actor Jason Ritter

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on May 30, 2004

What can you tell us about Jason Ritter? Is he related to John Ritter?

—Albert D., Kansas

Yes, Jason Ritter, who plays Kevin Girardi on Joan of Arcadia, is the son of actor John Ritter, who died in 2003, and the grandson of famed film cowboy Tex Ritter. Ritter says his dad supported his choice to become an actor. “My father loved it so much, and he overcame all the difficulties of trying to become an actor. And in that struggle he decided he would support his children in whatever they wanted to do,” Ritter says. But he says his father insisted that he study acting, rather than to “just try to sort of ride in on whatever sort of natural thing I had.” He’s a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and he also studied at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. He was featured in the movies Swimfan and Freddy vs. Jason.