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John Ritter (1948-2003)

  1. Leonard Frey, Fiddler on the Roof, 1970.    During the January auditions, director Norman Jewison saw Ritter for Motel… “But even a poor tailor is entitled to some happiness!”
  2. Paul Michael Glaser, Fiddler on the Roof, 1970.    … and Perchik…  “Money is the world’s curse.”
  3. Ray Lovelock, Fiddler on the Roof, 1970.    … and Fyedka. “I'm a pleasant fellow, charming, honest, ambitious, quite bright, and very modest.”
  4. Timothy Bottoms, The Last Picture Show, 1971.     John’s father, cowboy singer Tex Ritter, was also considered for the film - as Sam The Lion (which won an Oscar for another veteran cowpoke, Ben Johnson). Five years later, John finally made his movie debut in another film from director Peter Bogdanovich, Nickelodeon, just before his star took off in TV’s Three’s Company, 1977-1984. He also starred in Bogdanovich’s They All Laughed, 1981 (they all didn’t) and Noises Off, 1991. .
  5. William Katt, Carrie, 1976.    Battle of Hollywood Sons for the handsome high school lad, Tommy Ross. John’s father was Tex Ritter (best remwmbered for the High Noonsongs, Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darling) and Willaim was the son of Barbara Hale (aka Perry Mason’s secretary Della Street) and B-movie hero Bill Williams.
  6. Michael Douglas, Fatal Attraction, 1986. 
  7. James Caan, Misery, 1990.     "The idea of playing a victim didn't appeal to a lot of people," said director Rob Reiner explaining such refusniks as Ritter, Warren Beatty, Jeff Daniels, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, John Heard, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Klein, Kevin Kline, Ed O’Neill, Al Pacino, Robert Redford, Denzel Washington. How come Caan agreed” "I think he wanted the work."
  8. John Heard, Home Alone, 1990.  For the zero roles of Macauley Culkin’s forgetful parents (in a film written for and duly stolen by him), an astonishing 66 stars were considered - including 32 later seen for the hot lovers in Basic Instinct: Kim Basinger, Stockard Channing, Glenn Close, Kevin Costner, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Douglas, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Linda Hamilton, Daryl Hannah, Marilu Henner, Anjelica Huston, Helen Hunt, Holly Hunter, Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, Christopher Lloyd, Jack Nicholson, Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Annie Potts, Kelly Preston, Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan, Martin Sheen, Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone, John Travolta.   Other potential Pops were Dan Aykroyd, Jim Belushi, Chevy Chase, Jeff Daniels, Tony Danza, John Goodman, Charles Grodin, Tom Hanks, Robert Hays, Steve Martin, Rick Moranis, Bill Murray, Ed O’Neill, John Ritter, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Skerritt, Robin Williams… and the inevitable unknowns: Broadway’s Mark Linn-Baker, Canadian musicians-comics  Alan Thicke ("the affordable William Shatner") and Dave Thomas.

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