Ten years ago today, on September 11, 2003, we lost a TV legend when John Ritter passed away suddenly after falling ill on the set of his ABC sitcom "8 Simple Rules." And we're still in mourning.
No TV star before or since made us laugh quite like Ritter, especially during his eight seasons as goofy playboy Jack Tripper on the zany 1977-84 farce "Three's Company." And we thought the best way to honor Ritter's memory would be to treat you to the majestic beauty of Jack Tripper falling over things, in GIF form.
Come and knock on our door; we've got a dozen GIFs waiting for you.
We start with Jack's very first pratfall: tumbling off his bike onto the forgiving sands of Santa Monica in the original "Three's Company" opening credits. (The credits went through a couple more iterations over the years, but as with most things, the original is the best.)
Well, at least Jack's bouquet emerges from this ordeal relatively unscathed.
Oh, like you thought Jack Tripper and roller skates would be a good combination?
Here's a pratfall so epic, it starts in the kitchen, ends at the front door… and involves a head of iceberg lettuce, somehow.
Decades before the term was coined, Jack Tripper defined the very essence of "crunk."
Jack demonstrates why grown men should not attempt to ride kiddie rocking horses.
Jack will do anything to impress this aerobics babe… even tear his hamstring. (And wear a headband!)
Here, Jack is pretending to be in a fight with his own twin brother. It's a long story.
Jack lived in the swinging '70s, so of course he had his share of one-night stands. This one, though, he's not proud of.
Yes, this GIF does come from the same episode as the "CRUNK" one; why do you ask?
You know how they say you should never drink alone? Jack Tripper took that advice to heart.
Lastly, we could watch this pillow fight for hours. (And we have.) Ritter's overreaction to Janet's head-smack is pure gold, and we love how it looks like Chrissy is swatting Jack's butt on an endless loop for eternity. Ahhhh... rest in peace, John.
- Jack Tripper
- John Ritter