‘Chernobyl’ and ‘Harry Potter’ actor Paul Ritter dies at 54




Versatile British actor Paul Ritter, who appeared inside the “Harry Potter” franchise and carried out a key decision behind nuclear disaster in “Chernobyl,” has died, his agent acknowledged Tuesday. He was 54 and had been affected by a thoughts tumor.

A well-recognized face to British television viewers and theatergoers, Ritter carried out Martin Goodman, the eccentric father of a London Jewish family, inside the Channel 4 sitcom “Friday Night Dinner.”

He moreover carried out ill-fated nuclear engineer Anatoly Dyatlov inside the HBO drama “Chernobyl;” the wizard Eldred Worple in “Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince;” and appeared as a devious political operative inside the James Bond film “Quantum of Solace.”

Ritter was each day a cast member in productions at Britain’s National Theatre, and his stage roles moreover included “Art” at London’s Old Vic and Prime Minister John Major within the royal drama “The Audience.” He was nominated for a Tony Award in 2009 for his effectivity in Alan Ayckbourn’s farce “The Norman Conquests” on Broadway.

Agency Markham, Froggatt & Irwin acknowledged Ritter died Monday night time time “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 corporate acknowledged. “He was fiercely intelligent, kind, and very funny. We will miss him greatly.”




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