Amazing British performer Paul Ritter, whose roles reached from a unfortunate residential paterfamilias in sitcom “Friday Night Dinner” to a Soviet engineer who assistances caused a nuclear-powered tragedy in “Chernobyl,” has died, his manager said Tuesday. He was 54 and had been dealing with brain tumor.
An acquainted expression to British TV spectators and playgoers, Ritter frolicked Martin Goodman, the odd father of a London Jewish household, in the caustic but sincere Channel 4 sitcom “Friday Night Dinner.”
He also frolicked doomed atomic concoct Anatoly Dyatlov in the Emmy-winning HBO play “Chernobyl;” the wizard Eldred Worple in “Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince;” and a deceitful party-political operative in the James Bond movie “Quantum of Solace.”
Those who worked with Ritter in his most well-known protagonists valued him extremely. Robert Popper, the maker of “Friday Night Dinner,” said Paul Ritter “was a lovely, wonderful human being. Kind, funny, super caring and the greatest actor I ever worked with.”
“Chernobyl” scriptwriter Craig Mazin said on Twitter that Paul Ritter was “one of the most gentle, gracious and brilliant people I’ve ever known, much less worked with. We lost him today, and far too soon. I wish his family and loved one’s peace and comfort as they mourn the passing of this beautiful man.”
Paul Ritter was a convincing period actor, a recurrent and unforgettable group of actors fellow in makings at Britain’s National Drama, including “All My Sons,” “Coram Boy” and “The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time.” He also seemed in “Art” at London’s Old Vic and on a West End stage as Prime Minister John Major, acting conflicting 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 Ayckbourn’s farce “The Norman Conquests” on Broadway.
Actor Russell Tovey said Ritter was “one of the nicest and best actors you’ll ever meet.”
Actor-comic Rob Delaney tweeted that Ritter had “bashed it out of the GARDENS in Chernobyl. Viewing it I deliberately supposed, ‘Oh, we have a novel show star.’ Amid that & how humorous he was in Friday Night Dinner… just dreamlike aptitude.”
Intervention Markham, Froggatt & Irwin said Ritter died Monday night “peacefully at home with his wife Polly and sons Frank and Noah by his side.”
“Paul was an exceptionally talented actor playing an enormous variety of roles on stage and screen with extraordinary skill,” the agency said. “He was fiercely intelligent, kind and very funny. We will miss him greatly.”