Chernobyl, Quantum of Solace Actor Paul Ritter Dies, Aged 54
Paul Ritter – who appeared in Chernobyl, Quantum of Solace, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and more – has died at the age of 54.Speaking to The Guardian, Ritter’s agent said the actor had died peacefully after suffering with a brain tumour. Ritter is survived by his wife Polly and sons Frank and Noah.
Ritter was a multi-talented screen and stage actor, known for taking on both dramatic and comedic roles. In recent years, he was perhaps best known for playing deputy-chief engineer Anatoly Dyatlov in Chernobyl and the hilarious (often shirtless) Martin Goodman in UK sitcom Friday Night Dinner. He also played Guy Haines in Bond movie Quantum of Solace, Eldred Worple in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and appeared in many other movie and TV projects.
Friday Night Dinner creator Robert Popper called him the “greatest actor I ever worked with” in a tribute on Twitter, while comedian Rob Delaney pointed to Ritter’s versatility: “Knocked it out of the PARK in Chernobyl. Watching it I consciously thought, “Oh, we have a new movie star.” Between that & how funny he was in Friday Night Dinner… just unreal talent. Rest in peace, Paul Ritter.”Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss wrote, “Paul Ritter. What an actor. What a presence. So shocked and saddened by this awful news. RIP.” Actor Eddie Marsan added, “Just out of drama school I saw a production of 3 Sisters. A young actor playing Tuzenbach, did the monologue before the duel. I’d heard it every week at DS. But when he did it, I forgot I’d heard it before. He went on to be one of our greatest actors. RIP Paul Ritter.”
Devastated at this terribly sad news. Paul was a lovely, wonderful human being. Kind, funny, super caring and the greatest actor I ever worked with x https://t.co/yD6QpHEeo8
— Robert Popper (@robertpopper) April 6, 2021
All of us at IGN offer our condolences to Ritter’s family and friends.