The famous versatile actor Paul Ritter died on Tuesday; he appeared in the Harry Potter franchise as the Wizard Eldred Worple and was also notable for his role as Anatoly Dyatlov in the HBO drama Chernobyl. Paul was 54 years old and was suffering from a brain tumor.
A familiar face in the British Television series and theatergoers, Paul Ritter had many famous roles to his name, such as Martian Goodman, the eccentric father of a London Jewish family in “Friday Night Dinner” sitcom on Channel 4.
We are so saddened to hear of the loss of one of our favourite actors Paul Ritter. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues. pic.twitter.com/M2c3imSdRf
He also played the role of engineer Anatoly Dyatlov in the famous HBO Max drama Chernobyl. In the Harry Potter franchise, he played the role of wizard Eldred Worple; also, he portrayed the role of Guy Haines in a James Bond film “Quantum of Solace”.
Ritter was also a regular member of Britain’s National Theater. He performed many theater dramas such as “All My Sons,” “Coram Boy,” and “The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time.”
Ritter also appeared in “Art,” the French-language play by Yasmina Reza. Also performed the role of Prime Minister John Mayor opposite Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II in the royal drama “The Audience.” by British playwright and screenwriter Peter Morgan.
Paul Ritter was also nominated for the Tony Award back in 2009 for his performance in the play “The Norman Conquests,” written by Alan Ayckbourn.
Actor Russel Tovey and others also shared their thoughts on Paul Ritter through Twitter. Here are the tweets:
Paul Ritter, one of the nicest and best actors you’ll ever meet, I had the absolute pleasure of a first play at 19 with him, he called me a “Plonker” when I left him hanging on stage once at a missed entrance cue – I’ve never forgotten it and never did it again – RIP mate x
Trying to find a way to talk about Paul Ritter and struggling. My friend since we were students together. So much talent and it shone from him even as a teenager. I was so lucky to know him and lucky too to work with him many times over the years. Wonderful man. RIP.
1/3 I first saw the extraordinary Paul Ritter on stage in Simon Stephens play Christmas @bushtheatre 2004. It was of those performances you couldn’t take your eyes off. Beguiling, funny, dangerous and utterly captivating. I fanboyed him in the bar afterwards and travelled back pic.twitter.com/iHCwmNYBgs