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'Chernobyl' and 'Harry Potter' actor Paul Ritter dies at 54

Britain Obit Paul Ritter
Posted at 7:19 AM, Apr 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-06 13:13:23-04

LONDON (AP) — Versatile British actor Paul Ritter, whose roles ranged from a hapless suburban patriarch in sitcom “Friday Night Dinner” to a Soviet engineer who helps cause a nuclear disaster in “Chernobyl,”  has died at 54. Ritter's agent said the actor died at home on Monday evening and had been suffering from a brain tumor. Ritter was a familiar face to British television viewers, famous as eccentric patriarch Martin Goodman in the Channel 4 sitcom “Friday Night Dinner.” He also played ill-fated nuclear engineer Anatoly Dyatlov in the HBO drama “Chernobyl” and the wizard Eldred Worple in “Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince.” Ritter also appeared as a devious political operative in the James Bond film “Quantum of Solace” and had frequent stage roles.