John's salary at the utility firm was too small to support a family, so through a brother-in-law's connections, he found a job with the U. Steel Corporation in Homestead, Pennsylvania, where he worked for 16 years as a journeyman welder.
During the 1950s, Evelyn gave birth to Virginia, Carol (1953-2000), Susan, Diane, and Alison. John and Evelyn now also have twenty grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren. They voraciously read everything they could get their hands on, and by June, they requested baptism.
This led to his meeting the girl of his dreams, Evelyn Roberts.
A little over a year later, they married, and as of February 2005, they have been married 53 years.
L'équipe de tournage le conduisit à l'hôpital le plus proche où il devait décéder peu de temps à la suite d'un mauvais diagnostic de crise cardiaque.
Après la mort de John, la chaîne déclara que la série reprendrait après une pause et qu'ils y intégreraient la mort du personnage de John, Paul Hennessy.
His and Senna's accidents were the worst of several accidents that took place that weekend and were the first fatal accidents to occur during a Formula One race meeting in twelve years.
After the novelty of newly added ensemble characters wore off, the series returned to its original format.James Garner and David Spade later joined the main cast as Cate's father and nephew, Jim Egan and C. Barnes, in an attempt to fill the void left by Ritter.After three seasons, ABC cancelled 8 Simple Rules in May 2005 due to low ratings.You know, that golden thread that goes through me and you, and the cameraman, and all the people out there and back through Nancy.That's what an artist can do, that someone - anyone - could do, if they're willing to pluck that. After his death, the September 29 issue of People magazine featured two different covers - issues distributed to the central and southwest United States (except Florida) showed Johnny Cash who had also recently passed away, the rest displayed a photo of John Ritter taken by veteran photojournalist Michael Germana.