Old Hollywood star James Garner appeared in The Notebook around the same time as 8 Simple Rules, and he lent his voice to movies like Battle for Terra and Superman/Shazam! Garner passed away in 2014 at the age of 86, leading many of his sitcom co-stars to write tributes online. He added extra comic relief during the family's most trying time.
Since 8 Simple Rules, David Spade's TV work includes starring roles in The Showbiz Show with David Spade and Rules of Engagement.
In honor of John and his lasting legacy, let's take a look at what the cast of 8 Simple Rules has been doing since the show wrapped 10 years ago.
Tragically, John passed away during the show's filming, but his influence clearly lived on in later seasons.It goes without saying that we were all fortunate to have a few final moments of John doing what John did best, and that's just one of the things that made 8 Simple Rules a standout.The last episode aired on April 15, 2005 and is titled “Ditch Day.” Here are the details… is your basic Dom Com where Paul and Cate Hennessy (played by John Ritter and Katey Sagal) attempt to ride herd on the burgeoning love life of their teenage daughters, bookish Kerry (Amy Davidson) and promiscuous Bridget (Kaley Cuoco).The trouble is that they’re now a trio of independent teenagers — popular Bridget (Kelly Cuoco), brainy Kerry (Amy Davidson), and smart-aleck Rory (Martin Spanjers).
The show was a moderate success, ranked 43rd for its first season on the air, and was renewed with an average of 10.85 million viewers. He’s not pleased and gets his revenge on Bridget by detaining her on the school’s unofficial day off.After 8 Simple Rules, she's gone on to play more strong, complex women including Leela on [Futurama](series:200475) and Gemma Teller Morrow on [Sons of Anarchy](series:201186), a role that nabbed her a Golden Globe.In 2014, she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.Cate’s father, Jim Egan (James Garner), moves in to help and Cate’s very immature nephew, C. (David Spade), moves in for additional comedy relief. There was initially a great deal of curiosity about how the death of Ritter would impact the show. She asks Rory to do it instead and Kerry, tired of being a “goodie two-shoes,” wants to be part of it. Cate comes home soonafter and she’s not happy about the four-legged houseguest either.After a while though, the additional viewership subsided and the sitcom averaged 9.98 million and ranked 50th for the season. can’t control himself and immediately tells Bridget. Over the phone, Cate and Ed agree that they are actually dating and she decides to take the big step of telling the kids. While they’re all arguing, it comes out that Cate’s begun dating Ed. She’s surprised that he cares so much and is touched.Cate's father Jim (James Garner) joined the show and helped the family adjust to the loss.