September 17 would have marked John Ritter's 64th birthday. Best known for his TV roles — that loveable ladies' man Jack Tripper from "Three's Company," which is still must-see TV whenever you happen upon a re-run, and later a family guy in "8 Simple Rules" — the comedian also appeared in several movies from the Oscar-winning drama "Sling Blade" to the light-hearted comedy "Problem Child" and its subsequent sequel. It's been 22 years since "Problem Child" hit the big screen, so Snakkle decided to bring the cast back together and recreate some of the memorable scenes and images from the film.
Of course, it was while making "Problem Child" that Ritter met his wife, Amy Yasbeck, who played his character's not-so-nice wife. So the 50-year-old actress — who recently appeared on "Hot In Cleveland" and starred in the feature "Little Women, Big Cars" — was game for a reunion and a chance to spotlight The John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health, which she established after Ritter's sudden death in 2003. At the photo shoot, Yasbeck — who raises the couple's 14-year-old daughter, Stella — took a trip down memory lane with her on-screen son, Michael Oliver — who is no longer the pint-sized boy who hammed it up on the set two decades ago — and other cast members.
Oliver, now 30, played mischievous prankster Junior — who was adopted by Ritter's Ben and Yasbeck's Flo — in the film, which was produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. At the time, the redhead was compared to a young Opie — Howard's character from "The Andy Griffith Show." While he was making the first two "Problem Child" films, Oliver also appeared in the television show "Amen!" as well as "The Munsters Today." He also appeared on the show Drexel's Class and in the film Dillinger and Capone (1995). Oliver was nominated for a Young Artist Award for his acting in "Problem Child 2." As an adult, he moved away from acting to focus on a career in the tech industry working in computer programming.
While you adjust to seeing Junior with a goatee — it's okay, it took us a minute, too — we'll also point out Ivyann Schwan, who co-starred with Oliver in "Problem Child 2." She played Trixie, who was Junior's partner in mischief. At the Snakkle shoot, it was as if they were child stars again, adorably recreating the movie poster in which they sit back to back on a washing machine. Like Oliver, Schwan, now 28, is also living out of the public eye; the animal lover resides with her family in Seattle.
Check out Snakkle to see more of the photos from the "Problem Child" reunion — as well as other exclusive behind-the-scenes pictures from the making of both movies, including cute pix of Ritter being his trademark silly self on the set and shooting scenes with his bride-to-be Yasbeck.
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