Versatile British actor Paul Ritter, whose roles ranged from a hapless suburban patriarch in sitcom “Friday Evening Dinner” to a Soviet engineer who helps trigger a nuclear catastrophe in “Chernobyl,” has died at 54
LONDON — Versatile British actor Paul Ritter, whose roles ranged from a hapless suburban patriarch in sitcom “Friday Evening Dinner” to a Soviet engineer who helps trigger a nuclear catastrophe in “Chernobyl,” has died, his agent stated Tuesday. He was 54 and had been affected by a mind tumor.
A well-recognized face to British tv viewers and theatregoers, Ritter performed Martin Goodman, the eccentric father of a London Jewish household, within the acerbic however heat Channel 4 sitcom “Friday Evening Dinner.”
He additionally performed ill-fated nuclear engineer Anatoly Dyatlov within the Emmy-winning HBO drama “Chernobyl;” the wizard Eldred Worple in “Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince;” and a devious political operative within the James Bond movie “Quantum of Solace.”
Those that labored with Ritter in his most well-known roles rated him extremely. Robert Popper, the creator of “Friday Evening Dinner,” stated Ritter “was a beautiful, fantastic human being. Sort, humorous, tremendous caring and the best actor I ever labored with.”
“Chernobyl” screenwriter Craig Mazin stated on Twitter that Ritter was “one of the light, gracious and sensible individuals I’ve ever identified, a lot much less labored with. We misplaced him at present, and much too quickly. I want his household and family members peace and luxury as they mourn the passing of this stunning man.”
The actor was nominated for a Tony Award in 2009 for his efficiency in Alan Ayckbourn’s farce “The Norman Conquests” on Broadway.
Actor Russell Tovey stated Ritter was “one of many nicest and finest actors you’ll ever meet.”
Actor-comedian Rob Delaney tweeted that Ritter had “knocked it out of the PARK in Chernobyl. Watching it I consciously thought, ‘Oh, we’ve a brand new film star.’ Between that & how humorous he was in Friday Evening Dinner… simply unreal expertise.”
Company Markham, Froggatt & Irwin stated Ritter died Monday night time “peacefully at residence along with his spouse Polly and sons Frank and Noah by his aspect.”
“Paul was an exceptionally gifted actor taking part in an unlimited number of roles on stage and display screen with extraordinary talent,” the company stated. “He was fiercely clever, variety and really humorous. We’ll miss him drastically.”