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John Ritter | Source: Getty Images
John Ritter | Source: Getty Images

Noah Lee Ritter Was Born as John Ritter's Daughter - More about the Late Actor's Child

Aug 11, 2023
04:15 P.M.

"Three's Company" star John Ritter was just 54 when he died of an undiagnosed aortic dissection in 2003, on his youngest, Noah Lee Ritter's birthday. In recent years, Noah has transitioned from female to male.

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John Ritter's son Noah Lee Ritter keeps a low profile, has not acted in anything since 2013, and has all his social media private. He made one of his first public appearances since his transition in May 2022 at an event for his dad's foundation.

He has half-siblings from his dad's previous marriage. Considering the star's kids, it seems that Noah is the most private of the group. However, there are a few photos of him available online.

Members of the Ritter family pose with Jason Ritter, Tyler Ritter and Leila Parma as the John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health hosts an Evening from the Heart LA 2022 Gala at Valley Relics Museum, on May 5, 2022, in Van Nuys, California. | Source: Getty Images

Members of the Ritter family pose with Jason Ritter, Tyler Ritter and Leila Parma as the John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health hosts an Evening from the Heart LA 2022 Gala at Valley Relics Museum, on May 5, 2022, in Van Nuys, California. | Source: Getty Images

John Ritter Died When Noah Lee Ritter Was Just 5

Noah Lee Ritter was born on September 11, 1998, and is the only child of John and his second wife, Amy Yasbeck. On Noah's fifth birthday in 2003, his father unexpectedly passed away. It was also his first week of preschool.

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"Hi honey, this is John, " John said in a voice message to his wife on the day of his passing. "I'm in my dressing room and not feeling very well. I think I have food poisoning."

Amy brought a $67 million wrongful death lawsuit in February 2008 against the cardiologist who treated her husband on the day of his death, Dr. Joseph Lee, and a radiologist who took his body scan in 2001, Dr. Matthew Lotysch.

Michael Plonsker, Noah Ritter and Amy Yasbeck attend the 15th Annual DesignCare, on July 27, 2013, in Malibu, California. | Source: Getty Images

Michael Plonsker, Noah Ritter and Amy Yasbeck attend the 15th Annual DesignCare, on July 27, 2013, in Malibu, California. | Source: Getty Images

She testified that he called back complaining about chest pains. Following a month-long trial, a jury cleared the two medical professionals of negligence by mid-March. The widow had received over $14 million from other medical defendants.

Amy set up a foundation in her husband's name, The John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health, which spreads awareness of the rare condition. She said after the court case:

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"So many people have reported to me that they go into an emergency room with chest pains and say, 'I'm not going out of here until you check me for that John Ritter thing.' It has saved their lives. It’s in the front of their minds now"

Amy Yasbeck and Pre-transition Noah Ritter at a private residence on July 21, 2012 in Malibu, California | Source: Getty Images

Amy Yasbeck and Pre-transition Noah Ritter at a private residence on July 21, 2012 in Malibu, California | Source: Getty Images

Noah Lee Was Born under a Different Name

Born Stella Ritter, Noah has been keeping a low profile on social media and in public. His Twitter, which has been rebranded to X, account is set to private.

John helped his eldest son Jason Ritter get his first part.

He warns in his X profile that he hardly ever accepts follow requests and does not use social media much as "a private guy." Noah's IMDb profile is still under his dead name 'Stella Ritter,' but the pronouns have been updated to reflect his identity.

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Actress Amy Yasbeck and Pre-transition Noah Ritter attend the 3rd Annual My Brother Charlie Family Fun Festival at Culver Studios | Source: Getty Images

Actress Amy Yasbeck and Pre-transition Noah Ritter attend the 3rd Annual My Brother Charlie Family Fun Festival at Culver Studios | Source: Getty Images

He acted opposite Mike Bloodworth, Joe Brown, and Jake Johnson as Girl at School in the 2007 TV comedy movie "This Is My Friend."

Amy Yasbeck's child is also known for "The Namazu," a 2012 short film on which he is also credited as composer, and did voice work in 2013 on "Behind Closed Doors."

Noah posed alongside his mother and half-siblings at "An Evening from the Heart in L.A." for his father's foundation in May 2022.

Tyler Ritter, Lelia Parma, Nancy Morgan, Jason Ritter and Carly Ritter attend the 2nd Annual Freeze HD fundraiser at Bootleg Theater on September 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Tyler Ritter, Lelia Parma, Nancy Morgan, Jason Ritter and Carly Ritter attend the 2nd Annual Freeze HD fundraiser at Bootleg Theater on September 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

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Noah Lee Ritter Is the Youngest of the Late Actor's Children

The "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" and his first wife, the late actress Nancy Morgan, had three kids in their marriage that spanned from 1977 to 1996.

Their children have followed their parents into the entertainment industry to various degrees of success. John helped his eldest son, Jason Ritter, get his first part.

The youngster had a voice role beside his dad in the animated Christmas special "The Real Story of O Christmas" when he was six. On graduating from New York University, Jason took up acting full-time.

Jason Ritter and Melanie Lynskey attend the 74th Primetime Emmys at Microsoft Theater, on September 12, 2022, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Jason Ritter and Melanie Lynskey attend the 74th Primetime Emmys at Microsoft Theater, on September 12, 2022, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

He has proven himself in multiple genres and mediums, such as horror with "Freddy vs. Jason," the drama of TV series "Parenthood," for which he was nominated for an Emmy, and he showed his comedy chops in "The Class."

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Jason Ritter is married to "Yellowjackets" alum Melanie Lynskey, with whom he has one daughter. The power couple have made cameos in each other's projects such as "The Last of Us," "Candy," and "Yellowjackets."

John Ritter's daughter Carly Ritter, born March 1, 1982, was affected by her early contact with music. However, she only found country later in life, as with her father's overexposure to country music in his youth, he listened to rock music.

Amy Yasbeck, John Ritter, Jason Ritter and Carly Ritter at the 2003 Angel Awards on August 09, 2003 | Source: Getty Images

Amy Yasbeck, John Ritter, Jason Ritter and Carly Ritter at the 2003 Angel Awards on August 09, 2003 | Source: Getty Images

Her paternal grandfather is Country Music Hall of Famer Tex Ritter. She was raised in Los Angeles and attended high school in Santa Monica. Later, she attended Vassar College in New York.

Carly released only one full-length recording, a self-titled album, in 2017. The Vassar grad distributed the 2021 single "They Don't Work Here Anymore (Ballad of a Bygone Climate)" via YouTube.

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The activist has performed for The Huntington's Disease Society of America events numerous times and is involved with Moms Demand Action, an organization that fights gun violence.

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Born January 31, 1985, John Ritter's third child, Tyler Ritter, made a life-altering detour before he joined the family business.

Upon graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, he was a teacher in Argentina for a few years, where he met Argentinian film director Leila Parma, his future wife.

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The couple welcomed John's first grandbaby, Benjamin Parma Ritter, on June 11, 2017. Smaller soles in obscure projects characterized Tyler's early career, but that changed when he landed a part in an episode of "Modern Family."

Since then, he has appeared in a long list of popular series, and his filmography includes shows like "The Good Doctor," "Hot in Cleveland," and a recurring role in the DC show "Arrow." He won a big part in a short-lived series, "The McCarthys."

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