Rita and Tom first met in the early 1980s while filming the ABC sitcom, Bosom Buddies. Their love continued to flourish as they worked on more projects together.
After years of dating, Tom and Rita made it official on April 30, 1988!
When asked what the secret is to their happiness, Tom told PEOPLE that it just comes when you respect and love each other!
"I wish there was a secret, you know. We just like each other. You start there."
Tom's children from a previous marriage, Colin and Elizabeth, were joined by two more siblings Chet and Truman several years later. Their home was always busy, but Rita and Tom made sure to honor the vows they made and dedicate themselves fully to their union.
To this day, Tom is shocked that Rita chose him as a lifelong partner. He told PEOPLE:
"I still can't believe my wife goes out with me. If we were in high school and I was just funny, I'd never have the courage to talk to her."
Tom knows that each day Rita is by his side is a blessing and he doesn't want to do anything to put their relationship in jeopardy. That's why, for their 29th anniversary, Rita took to Instagram to silence the rumors that their marriage is in trouble...
The loving wife posted an adorable picture of she and Tom smiling for the camera and shared a heartwarming anniversary shoutout.
"29 years of marriage! Thank you, God, for bringing me this man."
While things may not always be easy, Tom told PEOPLE that the good days always outweigh the bad!
"They say it must be hard work. No it's not. Every now and again you know, you gotta get over some stuff but life is one [darn] thing after another and it's actually more pleasant to be able to go home with someone you like to spend time with in order to get with it."
Tom and Rita are proof that the institution of marriage is still alive and well. The example they set is rare for couples in the limelight, but they handle it all with grace and humor!