The Cast Of 'Three's Company': Then And Now
By Thomas Taylor
eventMay 19, 2017
Even the best shows must eventually come to an end, and it was a sad moment when we learned that people wouldn't be knocking on Jack and the girls' apartment door any longer. Three's Company was a show that consistently kept viewers watching and wanting more, and though many of the sitcom's stars didn't have another big break once the show ended, some went on to become more well-known for taking on other roles. See what happened to the unforgettable trio and their friends after the show!NEXT »
Suzanne Somers - Then
Suzanne Somers played the attractive and ditzy Chrissy Snow. A secretary from Fresno, Chrissy once revealed that she was actually named Christmas, as her father thought "she was the best present he ever got." Believe it or not, Suzanne Somers almost didn't make the cut for the role. In the original unaired pilot, Chrissy was actually a character named Samantha played by Susanne Zenor. But ultimately, Somers wowed with her role as Chrissy.
Suzanne Somers - Now
Somers was fired from Three's Company over a salary dispute! After the show, she appeared in the sitcom She's the Sheriff and later in Step by Step. The blonde star may no longer be gracing the screen in new roles nowadays, but she did write a series of best-selling self-help books, one of which was Ageless: The Naked Truth About Bioidentical Hormones. Somers is also the author of four diet books and a book of poetry. Most recently, she was a contestant on the 20th season of Dancing with the Stars.
Joyce DeWitt - Then
Joyce DeWitt played Janet Wood, the most intelligent and responsible of all the ladies who lived in the house throughout the series. Janet was also the only woman who shared the apartment with Jack for the whole duration of the series. Often times, it was this short-haired gal who was the first to reprimand Jack for his mischievous doings. In the series finale, she got married in the apartment!
Joyce DeWitt - Now
By far, Janet was Joyce DeWitt's most well-known role. Aside from appearing in an episode of Finder of Lost Loves in 1984, DeWitt took a break from acting for several years. She then later started acting again in the 1990s through the 2000s, making appearances in shows like Hope Island and 18. She's also taken on roles in several films, including Call of the Wild, The Great Fight, and 2016's Renaissance Man.
Priscilla Barnes - Then
Priscilla Barnes played Terri Alden, the lovelorn and intelligent replacement for Suzanne Somers in the series. Her character was a registered nurse, with much more substance than dim-witted Chrissy Snow. In fact, Terri was portrayed as a "woman with brains" in response to some viewers complaining about the way blondes on the show were characterized.
Priscilla Barnes - Now
While Priscilla Barnes may be best known for playing Terri on the hit sitcom, she did make several appearances in other works after the show ended. In 1989, she played Della in the James Bond film Licence to Kill before taking on roles in Lords of the Deep, Mallrats, The Devil's Rejects, and American Cowslip. Barnes currently plays Magda in the series Jane the Virgin.
Jenilee Harrison - Then
Jenilee Harrison was a temporary replacement for Suzanne Somers, playing Cindy Snow, Chrissy's accident-prone cousin. After seasons five and six, Harrison was replaced by Priscilla Barnes, the actress who played Terri. Cindy, a klutzy farm girl who believed she "played second fiddle to Chrissy, because she was so beautiful," took over her cousin's job as a secretary before becoming a veterinary student at UCLA.
Jenilee Harrison - Now
Like many other actors and actresses who starred on the show, Jenilee Harrison's best-known role was her Three's Company character, even though she was only on the show for two years. Afterward, she went on to appear as Jamie in Dallas from 1984 until 1986. Harrison also guest-starred on That '70s Show, and in 2005, she started appearing in infomercials for the Ultimate Chopper.
John Ritter - Then
He may have been clumsy and accident-prone, but there probably wasn't a single person who didn't love Jack Tripper. Played by John Ritter, Jack was portrayed as a ladies' man who was loyal, compassionate, and protective of his friends and family. He was also pretty convincing. Since he lived with two women, Jack had to pretend he was gay so that Mr. Roper wouldn't question his intentions!
John Ritter - Now
After the show, John Ritter reprised his role on the spin-off series Three's a Crowd. He later appeared in hundreds of films and TV shows combined, including Problem Child (and the sequel) and Bad Santa. He also won a People's Choice Award for his role on the show Hooperman. Tragically, Ritter passed away from an aortic dissection in September 2003. At the time, he had a starring role on the sitcom 8 Simple Rules.
Richard Kline - Then
Richard Kline played Jack’s scheming best friend, Larry Dallas, who added loads of energy to the show. Larry lived upstairs from Jack and the girls and was constantly trying to win over women. He was even often seen lying about his occupation (he was a used car salesman) and told girls he was everything from "Playboy's best photographer," to a doctor, airline pilot, and more.
Richard Kline - Now
Like much of the cast, Richard Kline's most memorable role was that of his character on Three's Company. He then went on to reprise his role as Larry for the spin-off series The Ropers and Three's a Crowd. Later, he hosted two game show pilots - Jumble and To Tell the Truth. In 2010, Kline was cast as the Wizard in Wicked's first national tour. Most recently, he appeared in the film Don't Think Twice in 2016.
Don Knotts - Then
How could anyone forget Ralph Furley? Mr. Furley, portrayed by actor Don Knotts, was the whimsical landlord and manager who lived below Jack and the girls and who almost always wore outlandish outfits. A self-described macho man, Mr. Furley, much like Mr. Roper before him, was tricked into believing Jack was gay. He even called Jack "Tippy Toes" and often cracked jokes about his believed sexuality.
Don Knotts - Now
Don Knotts is best known for playing Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show, so after Three's Company, he joined Griffith in another show called Matlock. He later continued to act, though much of his work was for voiceovers. By the 2000s, Knotts had become virtually blind, leaving him to make few appearances on the screen. Ironically, his last live-action TV role was that of a landlord on an episode of That '70s Show. Sadly, Don Knotts passed away in 2006 at the age of 81.
Norman Fell - Then
Norman Fell played the unforgettable Stanley Roper, the original manager of the Santa Monica apartment building. Mr. Roper was generally friendly, though hard-nosed at times. He'd especially get angry if rent was late! He was also quite the cheapskate. In fact, Jack, Janet, and Chrissy called him "the cheapest man alive" in one episode! But Mr. Roper had his own nickname for Jack, often calling him "Tinkerbell" to joke about his supposed homosexuality.
Norman Fell - Now
Norman Fell took on quite the number of roles for both film and television after Three's Company ended. He went on to appear in Heartbreak High, You're Driving Me Crazy, The Naked Truth, and Beach House throughout the '80s and '90s. And on TV, he appeared in episodes of Murder, She Wrote and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Sadly, Fell died from bone marrow cancer at the age of 74 in 1998.
Audra Lindley - Then
Audra Lindley played the lovable and muumuu-wearing Helen Roper. Most of the time, Mrs. roper was on Jack’s side much more than Mr. Roper was. She was also often seen yearning for romance from her husband, who was typically not interested in showing affection. But unlike Mr. Roper, she knew Jack's true love for women and always played along with the trio when they pretended Jack was gay.
Audra Lindley - Now
Audra Lindley's career didn't end when Three's Company did! She had a supporting role in the 1987 TV movie Dangerous Affection, and in 1989, she appeared as the director of the Wilderness Girls in Troop Beverly Hills. She was also the main character in Tales from the Crypt, a horror anthology series. Lindley later took on small parts for shows like Friends and Cybill. Tragically, she died at the age of 79 in 1997 from leukemia.
Ann Wedgeworth - Then
Ann Wedgeworth played the promiscuous character Lana Shields, an older woman who had a crush on Jack. Jack was not impressed, despite Lana's constant flirting and efforts to seduce him whenever she spotted him. Though Jack had no interest in her, Mr. Furley sure did! He was always trying to win over Lana. And while she didn't have feelings for him, Lana sometimes seduced Mr. Furley to get what she wanted.
Ann Wedgeworth - Now
After the show was canceled, Ann Wedgeworth guest-starred as Dan Conner's emotional mother on the hit sitcom Roseanne. She then took on her longest role on the show Evening Shade, on which she played Merleen Eldridge. That series aired from 1990 through 1994. Wedgeworth also appeared in several films, including Steel Magnolias, The Hunter's Moon, and The Hawk Is Dying.
Jeffrey Tambor- Then
Actor Jeffrey Tambor may have only appeared in a few episodes of Three's Company, but his role, specifically that of Dr. Phillip Greene, was unforgettable. Though his character was a doctor, you would think by his personality that he was mentally insane. And that's exactly what Jack and Janet thought. Tambor also played Jeffrey P. Brookes III, the Ropers' snobby neighbor, on The Ropers.
Jeffrey Tambor - Now
Jeffrey Tambor is quite an accomplished actor. He's most notably known for his roles as George Bluth, Sr. and Oscar Bluth on the hit sitcom Arrested Development and Hank Kingsley on The Larry Sanders Show. He's also known for playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent, a role that earned him a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild, and two Emmys. You'll see Tambor acting in upcoming films too!
Brad Blaisdell - Then
Mike the Bartender, played by Brad Blaisdell, was the second bartender - replacing Jim the Bartender - at the famous Regal Beagle on Three's Company through seasons 5-8. The local pub was the go-to spot where the three roommates, their friends, The Ropers, and Mr. Furley would head to relax with drinks and food. In all, Mike appeared in 10 episodes of the show.
Brad Blaisdell - Now
Aside from playing Mike the Bartender, Brad Blaisdell is known for acting in Executive Decision in 1996, The Negotiator and The Rat Pack in 1998, and Inspector Gadget in 1999. As far as television goes, he has most recently appeared in The Mentalist, CSI: NY, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, and Criminal Minds. Blaisdell is married to actress Merilee Magnuson, with who he had one child.
Gino Conforti - Then
Felipe Gomez, played by actor Gino Conforti, was Angelino's Restaurant's salad chef. Often times, Felipe was passed up by Mr. Angelino as the head chef and was first quite jealous of Jack when he started working at Angelino's. Later in the series, Gomez filled in as the chef at Jack's Bistro! By that time, he and Jack had become friends. He also became friends with the roommates and Mr. Furley.
Gino Conforti - Now
After Three's Company went off the air, Gino Conforti began voice acting and landed himself a starring role in the cartoon Galaxy High School. He also had voice roles in DuckTales as Benzino Gasolini and as Rotocelli in Adventures of the Gummi Bears. Conforti has even appeared in an advertising campaign for T-Mobile in 2008, in which he played a hot dog vendor.
Jordan Charney - Then
Angelino's Restaurant on the show was owned by Frank Angelino, played by actor Jordan Charney. Mr. Angelino, Jack Trippers' sometimes angry boss, had later given Jack the opportunity to run the abandoned restaurant storefront that he also owned. That restaurant then became known as Jack's Bistro. But before Charney played Mr. Angelino, you may recall him playing Mr. Layton, Larry's boss, in the third season!
Jordan Charney - Now
Before Three's Company, Jordan Charney had roles on the CBS soap The Secret Storm, Another World (and Somerset, the spin-off series), and on One Life to Live from 1975-1977. He later appeared on Falcon Crest, Dynasty, Night Court, and 100 Centre Street. He's been in films too, including Ghostbusters. Most recently, Charney put his skills to the test Off-Broadway in The Gold Standard alongside Sabine Singh.
Anne Schedeen - Then
Linda, played by Anne Schedeen, was Jack Tripper's one-time steady girlfriend and friend of both Janet and Chrissy during the second season of the show. At one point, if you can recall, she even temporarily stayed in the apartment while Janet was away on vacation. Schedeen also played girlfriend Lisa Page in one episode and bank manager Louise Prescott in another!
Anne Schedeen - Now
As she only appeared in five episodes of Three's Company, Anne Schedeen is best known for playing Kate Tanner on ALF from 1986 through 1990. From the list of works she's appeared in, she certainly has notable acting skills! Schedeen has also appeared on Cheers, Emergency!, E/R, Judging Amy, and Murder, She Wrote. Most recently, she played Anne in the series Tiny Nuts.