As reported by the Associated Press, actor Paul Ritter, best known to American audiences for playing the emaciated and impatient nuclear engineer Anatoly Dyatlov on HBO Chernobyl and the magician Eldred Worple in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince“He died of a brain tumor.” He was 54 years old.
In England, Ritter was arguably best recognized for his work on the comedy series. Friday night dinner, in which he played Martin Goodman, the patriarch of a Jewish family living in North London who would have his weekly Friday dinner derailed by insane shenanigans. In a sentence, Friday night dinner creator Robert Popper referred to Ritter as a “lovely and wonderful human being”, adding that he was “kind, funny, super loving and the best actor I have ever worked with. “
Ritter made an undeniable impression on HBO Chernobyl, standing out even among its stellar cast. His character, the utterly obnoxious Dyatlov, was portrayed as the man who was largely responsible for the Chernobyl disaster after ignoring the warning signs, and effectively embodied the limited series’ general themes about leadership failures and defending a one. ideology about the defense of people. Chernobyl Writer Craig Mazin also shared a statement about Ritter, calling him “one of the kindest, gentlest and most brilliant people” he has ever met.
Paul Ritter is survived by his wife and children.