I read with sorrow that Don Knotts, the Ralph Furley to Three's
Company, the Barney Fife to the Andy Griffith Show, has died at 81. Don Knotts
career spanned 60 years and started before I was born.
Our thoughts go out to him and his family. The LA Times has an
obituary saying "longtime friend Griffith was one of his last visitors on Friday night."
I haven't found any quotes yet from the Three's Company cast and crew. The official Don Knotts web site
has a guestbook to share your
With the final season of Three's Company on DVD getting close, I hope they
will include a tribute to Don and all of the cast who is no longer with us. A
final time capsule of the show and its cast, 30 years after the show's premiere.
Lots has happened in the world of Three's Company since I last updated my
page. Several cast members have passed on. Norman Fell (Stanley Roper) and
Audrey Lindley (Helen Roper) have left us.
And, tragically, John Ritter (Jack
Tripper) died of an undiagnosed heart ailment September 11th, 2003 on the set of
"8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter." He was only 54 years old. The date is eerie
for a few reasons. First, and most apparent, is his death coincided with
the second anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Second, is that his 55th
birthday was only 6 days away, September 17th. Third, September 11th is the birthday of one of his daughters, Stella Ritter, who was only 5 years old at the time.
John Ritter will be dearly missed not just by Three's Company fans, but by all
of the people whose lives he touched.
Speaking of 8 Simple Rules, this series came to
life since my last update and has been a modest success. It continued
two years after the loss of its start John Ritter. The final season has just
completed and ABC announced on May 17th, 2005 that it will not be returning next
And finally, to the joy of Three's Company fans
everywhere, the Three's Company series is available on
DVD! As of this writing,
Season 5 is due out in one month. I have created a guide to track the progress
of the release of the DVD seasons. They have been releasing one DVD season about
every six months. I will maintain estimates of when upcoming DVD seasons will be
released in the Three's Company DVD section.
Well, I think we're up to date on Three's
Company news. If I missed anything, just let me know, I love to hear from other
Three's Company fans. See you next update!