Who Is John Ritter’s Daughter Carly Ritter? Her Personal & Professional Life

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Carly Ritter is the daughter of the late actor, John Ritter and his former wife Nancy Morgan. Her parents were together for almost a decade. Both Ritter’s father and mother hail from an acting career, though, she herself decided to pivot to music and not just any genre, the traditional and folk ones.

In fact, Carly had even managed to gain some attention at the beginning phase of her musical journey. However, since the start of the late 2010s, Ritter transitioned into a somewhat of a has-been celebrity.

So, has she really dropped her music career? Is she all a normal face now? Also, how is she doing personally and professionally? Catch all this in the ensuing details.

Carly Ritter Is From Actors And A Musician Family

Carly Ritter (originally, Carly Constance Ritter) was born on March 1, 1982, in Los Angeles, California. Her paternal grandfather (also John’s father), Tex Ritter was a country music singer. Carly’s grandfather is also an inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Carly Ritter is the second child of the late actor, John Ritter. John was known for his role in series Three's Company
Carly Ritter (far left) with her mother, Nancy Morgan, brother Jason Ritter, father, John Ritter, and another brother, Tyler Ritter

Likewise, her paternal grandmother, Dorothy Fay, was an actress mainly known for her appearances in Western movies. Some of them are Frontier Scout (1938), Song of the Buckaroo (1938), Sundown on the Prairie (1939), Rollin’ Westward (1939), and Rainbow Over the Range (1940).

Ritter Is A Graduate Of Vassar College 

Ritter attended Crossroads High School in Santa Monica and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York. John and Nancy’s daughter has worked for several non-profit organizations.

She did her junior year in Scotland at the University of St. Andrews. In college, she took a lot of visual art classes and classes in music and art history but she actually majored in Religion.

Carly Ritter’s Parents Are Celebrities

As mentioned, Carly’s famous father, John Ritter (fully, Jonathan Southworth Ritter), known for playing Jack Tripper on the ABC sitcom Three’s Company, is a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award winner. Throughout his lifetime, John appeared in over 100 films and television series combined.

He performed on Broadway, with roles including adult Ben Hanscom in It (1990), Problem Child (1990), Problem Child 2 (1991), a dramatic turn in Sling Blade (1996), and Bad Santa in 2003. The comic actor’s last TV appearance was in ABC’s sitcom, 8 Simple Rules… (2002-2005).

Carly’s biological parents, John and Nancy married on October 16, 1977. Nancy at the time was a struggling young actress whose credits included appearances on Lucas Tanner, Medical Center, the mini-series, Backstairs at the White House, and the feature Grand Theft Auto. Carly’s nesters would remain married to each other for 19 years divorcing in 1996.

Carly Ritter’s Siblings

Carly has an older brother Jason Ritter. Jason has roles in films and shows like Gravity Falls, Raising Dion, Frozen II, and Freddy Vs Jason.

Carly, the daughter of John Ritter and Nancy Morgan, has two brother and a half siblings
Carly’s brother Jason Ritter is known for films like Frozen II and Freddy vs Jason. Source: Instagram

In the same way, Carly’s other brother, Tyler, her younger, is also into acting and has credits in shows such as Modern Family, Grey’s Anatomy, Agents Of Shield, NCIS, The Good Doctor, among others.

One of Her Half-Sibling Is A Transgender

In addition to Jason and Tyler, Carly has a half-brother (formerly half-sister), Noah Lee Ritter (Stella Ritter). Noah is from Carly’s father, John’s second marriage to actress, Amy Yasbeck.

Ritter’s half-brother, Noah changed his gender from female to male in September 2016 and, himself appeared in few short animation comedies and a TV movie from 2007 to 2013. Some of them are This Is My Friend (2007), The Namazu (2012), and Hannah Lost Her Smile (2013).

Fun Fact: Carly was the first to know about Stella’s gender after Yasbeck and John.

Carly Ritter Is A Country Singer

The Vassar College graduate has launched a few singles of her own, especially in the Country genre. Her songs are available on YouTube under her channel, Carly Ritter. It includes singles like It Don’t Come Easy, Storms On The Ocean, Oh Farmer, Princess Of The Prairie, The Lamb, and so on.

In 2013 she released her debut album titled Carly Ritter.

Carly is a country singer better known as the daughter of the late actor John Ritter
Ritter has released an album by her name, Carly Ritter. It includes country music, western and folk-themed songs. Source: Instagram

Vanguard Records released the collection while Crossroads High Scool alums Joachim Cooder and Juliette Commagere served as its producers. The Santa Monica native has also written songs in Western and Bluegrass.

There were reports that the folk music lover was going to release her next album in September 2015, though the news never developed any further.

Growing Up Carly Didn’t Know Much About Country Music

Ironically, Carly’s father, John never liked country music and didn’t even give much exposure to his daughter and other children to it. It was because he had gotten his fill of country music during his own childhood; not to mention his father (and Carly’s grandfather) was seminal country singer Tex Ritter.

The former student of Crossroads, nonetheless, found the music on her own and later decided to pursue a career out of it.

How Did Carly Get Into Music?

It was Joachim Cooder, a drummer and the son of veteran guitarist, Ry Cooder who after seeing and listening to Carly’s songs decided to bring her into his group. Joachim and his wife, Juliette Commagere, and Ritter had gone to the same high school, Crossroads.

Carly says her inspiration to become a folk and country artist came from her listening to old ballads while in Scottland.

“That was a special time for me. I was getting exposed to these old ballads, and the imagery was strong, heartbreaking, haunting, and beautiful. At that point in my life, it really struck a chord, and so, when I came back, I spent my last year of college in the basement of the music library scouring sheet music for all these old folk songs, spirituals, blues, and country songs,”

revealed John’s first daughter.

The second child of Johna and Nancy had been playing classical piano and harp since she was little but says it was the guitar that really inspired her.

She once confessed becoming a UN ambassador was another dream of hers.

Ritter Lost Her Father To Misdiagnosis

Carly’s father was just 54 when he collapsed on the set of 8 Simple Rules…for Dating My Teenage Daughter. The California-born actor began feeling very ill on the set and started sweating, vomiting, and complaining of chest pains.

They rushed him to the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, just across the street. The doctor blundered away his diagnosis and instead treated him for a heart attack. John would lose his life on the table hours later on September 11, 2003.

Although the reports afterward claimed undiagnosed aortic dissection as the primary cause of death, there were still some stones that had been left unturned.

Carly Ritter’s Family Sued The Hospital For Her Father’s Death

Roughly a year after Ritter’s father, John’s sudden demise, his widow sued the doctors and Providence St Joseph Medical Center in 2004, claiming her husband died because they wrongly treated him for a heart attack instead of the torn aorta.

An attorney for the Ritter family, by the name, Moses Lebovits, in his opening remarks, reported to the court the doctors failed to do a chest X-ray for Ritter. Lebovits at the time explained how this move would have discovered the torn aorta and possibly save the life of the comic actor.

However, the defendant for the radiologist, Matthew Lotysch, and for the cardiologist, Joseph Lee argued that John had arrived at the hospital in grave condition. They stressed that their team did everything they could to keep him alive.

In the end, the Ritter family reportedly settled their plea against the hospital and several other defendants for an apparent sum of $14 million.

Four years later, Carly’s step-mom, John’s widow again filed a lawsuit for $67 million, an amount she had originally claimed her husband would have earned over his lifetime. Yasbeck specifically made the ER’s cardiologist and a radiologist her target. The concerned professionals had administered a body scan of her spouse, two years prior to his death.

Carly Ritter Had A Gene Test?

After knowing how the cause of her husband’s death had to do a lot with his genetics and a subsequent misjudgment, the Wings actress, Yasbeck took a revolutionary approach to save her children, including John’s kids from his previous relationship — from meeting the same fate.

It was around Feb 2010 when Ms. Ritter began working with Dr. Milewicz and her UT-Houston team to study the genes that led to her spouse’s death.

The Splash Too actress and her team of specialists convinced tens of thousands of people to collect their gene samples and see if they were prone to the same conditions as her late husband. After a thorough study, the results showcased and isolated four of the genes that had a relation with aortic aneurysms.

Among the subjects were also Yasbeck’s daughter Stella and John’s three older children. Their results, however, were never disclosed.

Carly Ritter Is Involved With Lots Of Philanthropic Activities

Carly’s now deactivated Facebook page once showed she was in several philanthropic and community activities all over the world. It included fundraising for the Huntington’s Disease Society, Meals on Wheels, planting an olive tree in Beirut with family members of 9/11 and the Lebanese Civil War victims. Additionally, she worked with children in Haiti.

She also volunteers periodically at Comfort Zone Camp, a camp for kids who have lost a parent or sibling.

Who Is Carly Ritter’s Husband?

The Princess Of Prairie singer is married to Tim Rappold. They had their wedding on April 22, 2017. Ritter’s husband is from Mettmann Germany. Together Tim and Carly share a daughter, Aria. It though is believed, the pair are parents to two more kids.

When last reported the couple used to reside in Oakland, California.

John Ritter's daughter, Carly Ritter married Tim Rappold from Germany with whom she has a daughter
Carly Ritter with her husband, Tim Rappold, and daughter, Aria. Source: Nancy Morgan Instagram

Nancy Morgan, the artist’s mother last shared Carly’s picture taken with her husband and their daughter in September 2017. The family of three were strolling through some streets of Mettmann.

Carly’s spouse, Tim is a data scientist and team leader with 10+ years in San Francisco Bay Area. He has been working as a senior data scientist at Apeel Sciences since January 2019. Assuming his LinkedIn profile, Rappold with Ritter and their daughter live in Los Angeles, California.

What Is Ritter Doing Now?

Again according to her now-deceased Facebook page, Carly had announced that she was going to quit her solo career and would work alongside her cousin and other musicians in the band B-Western. There, though, haven’t been many updates from her musical pursuits yet.

Speculations tell Ms. Rappold is currently busy raising a family with her tech geek husband.

Carly Ritter’s Net Worth

Unlike her father’s fortune, Ritter’s net worth is a stone that is yet to be turned and studied. Although, a good country artist, her fame hasn’t quite garnered that much of media’s attention at least not to an extent where the sources might have bothered to know even the approximation of her monetary gains.

There’s a good possibility she must have inherited some portion from her late father’s multimillion career earnings, but as it appears it will be quite a while before Carly decides to go on talking about her own financial details.


Narayan Shankar, who goes by the name David, is a seasoned writer and editor, who has a passion for covering the entertainment industry. He has years of experience writing content, especially in the entertainment niche. He is currently an editor and writer for celebsuburb.com along with other websites under our organization named Pandora Group of Companies.