The versatile rich British actor Paul Ritter, whose role in the sitcom Friday Night Dinner, from a helpless suburban father to a Soviet engineer who helped cause a nuclear disaster in Chernobyl, has died, his agent said on Tuesday. Said to He was 54 and suffering from a brain tumor.
A well-known face of British television audiences and theater goers, Ritter played Martin Goodman, the eccentric father of a London Jewish family, but in the acerbic and warm Channel 4 sitcom Friday Night Dinner.
He also played the nuclear engineer Anatoly Dietlove in the Emmy-winning HBO drama Chernobyl; Wizard Eldred in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince; And a devious political operative in James Bond’s film Quantum of Solace.
Those who worked with Ritter in his most famous roles gave him very high status. The creator of the Friday Night Dinner, Robert Popper, said that Ritter was “a beautiful, amazing human being.” Kind, funny, super caring and the greatest actor I’ve ever worked with. “
Chernobyl screenwriter Craig Majin said on Twitter that Ritter says, “I am one of the most gentle, gracious and talented people I have ever worked with.” We lost her today, and very soon. I wish his family and loved ones peace and peace as they mourn the demise of this beautiful man. “
Ritter was a compelling stage actor, a frequent and memorable performer in productions on Britain’s National Theater, including All My Sons, Corum Boy and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. He appeared in London’s Old Vic and on a West End stage in art as Prime Minister John Major, performing alongside Helen Mirren’s Queen Elizabeth II in the royal drama The Audience.
The actor was nominated for a Tony Award in 2009 for his performance in Alan Jobburn’s film The Norman Conquest on Broadway.
Actor Russell Tovey said that Ritter is “one of the nicest and coolest actors you’ll ever meet.”
Actor-comedian Rob Delaney tweeted that Ritter walked out of PARK in Chernobyl and knocked. Seeing this, I consciously thought, ‘Oh, we have a new movie star.’ What fun he had between that and Friday night… just unreal talent. “
It was ejected from PARK in Chernobyl. Seeing this, I consciously thought, “Oh, we have a new movie star.” What fun he had between that and Friday night… just unreal talent. Rest in Peace, Paul Ritter. pic.twitter.com/nw8HnRZxRd
– Rob Delany (@robdelaney) 6 April, 2021
The agency Markham, Froggatt and Irwin said Ritter died Monday night “at peace with his wife Polly and sons Frank and Noah.”
The agency added, “Paul was an exceptionally talented actor who performed a variety of roles on stage and screen with exceptional skills.” “He was very intelligent, kind and very funny. We will miss him a lot. “