Paul Ritter, who appeared in the movies “Harry Potter” and plays a significant role in the drama nuclear disaster “Chernobyl” for HBO, died at age 54 after suffering a brain tumor.
On Tuesday, agency Markham Froggatt & Irwin confirmed Ritter died on Monday night. “Home in peace with his wife Polly and sons Frank and Noah by their side.”
Familiar British television and theater audiences Ritter plays Martin Goodman, the eccentric father of a London Jewish family on the Channel 4 sitcom Friday Night Dinner.
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He also played the ill-fated nuclear engineer Anatoly Dyatlov in the HBO drama Chernobyl; The Wizard Eldred Worple in “Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince;” and appears as a deceptive political operator in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace.
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In addition to his on-screen work, Ritter has an impressive career in theater. He is a recurring performer at the UK’s National Theater and his stage roles include “Art” at London’s Old Vic and Prime Minister John Major in “The Audience”. Nominated for a Tony Award in 2009 for Alan Ayckbourn’s performance in the comedy The Norman Conquests on Broadway.
“Paul is an exceptionally talented actor who plays a wide variety of roles on stage and screen with extraordinary skills,” the agency said. “He is very smart, kind and funny. We will miss him a lot.”
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In a statement to BBC Big Talk, the producers of “Friday Night Dinner” said, “He’s a great, kind and talented guy, loved by everyone who’s lucky to meet and work with him and Paul. will Be part of the Big Talk family and forever Friday Night Dinner.
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“Our thoughts are with his family at this time and follow their wishes. We will donate to the Old Vic Impact Fund.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.