Actor Jason Ritter was honoured on Thursday night (21OCT04), with a new Humanitarian Leadership Award named after his late father, John Ritter.

Jason's friend, Michael J Fox, suggested he be the first to receive the award, which is given to people who use their fame to spread awareness about a certain disease or illness. Fox uses his celebrity status to put the spotlight on Parkinson's Disease, which he suffers from.

Jason's father, who passed away last year (03) at the age of 54, gained fame for his role as JACK TRIPPER on the classic TV series THREE'S COMPANY.

24/10/2004 10:47