Amy Yasbeck Biography

Amy Yasbeck is an American actress known for her roles in the sitcom ‘Wings’ and the made-for-television film ‘Splash, Too’. She began her acting career with a CBS television pilot and went on to appear in popular shows like ‘Days of Our Lives’ and ‘Dallas’. Yasbeck also had starring roles in series such as ‘Alright Already’ and ‘Life on a Stick’. In addition to her television work, she appeared in films like ‘Robin Hood: Men in Tights’ and ‘Pretty Woman’. Yasbeck is also known for her collaborations with her late husband, John Ritter, in films like ‘Problem Child’ and ‘Problem Child 2’.

Quick Facts

  • Also Known As: Amy Marie Yasbeck
  • Age: 61 Years, 61 Year Old Females
  • Family:
    • Spouse/Ex-: John Ritter (m. 1999)
    • Father: John Yasbeck
    • Mother: Dorothy Murphy
    • Children: Noah Ritter
  • Occupation: Actresses
  • Nationality: American
  • Height: 5’7″ (170 cm), 5’7″ Females
  • U.S. State: Ohio
  • Ancestry: Lebanese American, Irish American
  • Notable Alumni: University Of Detroit Mercy
  • Education: University Of Detroit Mercy

Childhood & Early Life

Amy Yasbeck was born on September 12, 1962, in Blue Ash, Ohio, US to John Anthony Yasbeck and Dorothy Louise Mary (née Murphy). Her father, of Lebanese descent, was a butcher and grocery store owner, while her mother, of Irish ancestry, was a homemaker. Amy attended Summit Country Day School and Ursuline Academy. Unfortunately, her father passed away from a heart attack and her mother succumbed to emphysema. Following their deaths, Amy Yasbeck relocated to New York City.

Career

In 1985, Yasbeck made her professional acting debut appearing in the unsold CBS television pilot, ‘Rockhopper’. The following year, she landed the role of Olivia Reed in the popular American television soap opera ‘Days of Our Lives’. She starred in this role for four months until 1987.

Yasbeck also appeared in the commercially successful American comedy-horror film ‘House II: The Second Story’ in 1987. She guest starred in various television shows during this time, including ‘Dallas’, ‘J.J. Starbuck’, ‘Werewolf’, ‘Spies’, and ‘Magnum, P.I.’.

One of Yasbeck’s notable roles was as mermaid Madison Bauer in the 1988 American made-for-television film ‘Splash, Too’. This role was a dream come true for Yasbeck, as she had loved mermaids since she was a child. She also appeared in the blockbuster hit film ‘Pretty Woman’ in 1990, followed by the successful comedy film ‘Problem Child’ and its sequel ‘Problem Child 2’, both of which she starred in alongside her future husband John Ritter.

Yasbeck continued to gain fame with roles in films such as ‘Robin Hood: Men in Tights’ (1993) and ‘Dracula: Dead and Loving It’ (1995). She also had a recurring role as Casey Chappel Davenport in the sitcom ‘Wings’ from 1994 to 1997.

Throughout her career, Yasbeck appeared in various TV series and movies, including ‘Murphy Brown’, ‘Matlock’, ‘Alright Already’, ‘Life on a Stick’, and ‘That’s So Raven’. She also participated as a contestant on the quiz game show ‘Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?’ in 2010.

Family & Personal Life

Amy Yasbeck married John Ritter on September 18, 1999. They had a daughter named Stella Dorothy, who later adopted the name Noah Lee Ritter in 2016 and identified as a trans man.

Tragically, John Ritter suffered from heart problems and passed away on September 11, 2003, during surgery to repair an aortic dissection. Following his death, Yasbeck filed lawsuits against the Providence St. Joseph Medical Center and the doctors involved in Ritter’s treatment. Some lawsuits were settled out of court, including a $9.4 million settlement with the hospital. However, a $67 million lawsuit against cardiologist Joseph Lee and radiologist Matthew Lotysch concluded in favor of the doctors, clearing them of any negligence or wrongdoing.

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