British actor Paul Ritter, who had been suffering from a brain tumor, has died at age 54, his agent confirmed on Tuesday, April 6.
Ritter’s acting credits included the James Bond film Quantum Solace, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chernobyl and Friday Night Dinner as well as countless other roles on both stage and film.
“It is with great sadness we can confirm that Paul Ritter passed away last night,” Ritter’s agent said. “Paul was an exceptionally talented actor playing an enormous variety of roles on stage and screen with extraordinary skill. He was fiercely intelligent, kind and very funny. We will miss him greatly.”
Robert Popper, creator of Friday Night Dinner, tweeted: “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.”
A multi-skilled actor, Ritter brought his passion for acting onto the stage as well. He was nominated for an Olivier for Coram Boy in 2006 as well as a Tony Award for his role in The Norman Conquest in 2008.
Stephen Mangan, who co-starred with Ritter in the production of The Norman Conquest, tweeted his condolences in reference to their longstanding friendship which began in their teens.
“Trying to find a way to talk about Paul Ritter and struggling. My friend since we were students together," he said. "So much talent and it shone from him even as a teenager. I was so lucky to know him and lucky to work with him many times over the years. Wonderful man. RIP.”
Actor Sanjeev Kohli spoke on Ritter’s brilliance and talent on Twitter, writing: “Paul Ritter was one of the most versatile & brilliant actors that has ever drawn breath. If Paul Ritter was in something, it made it good. This is horrendous news.”
The producers of Friday Night Dinner shared in a statement their support of the late actor with a monetary donation, reported BBC: “Our thoughts are with his own family at this time and following their wishes we will be making a donation to the Old Vic Impact Fund.”
Ritter died at home and leaves behind his wife, Polly, and two sons, Frank and Noah, who were all at his side during his passing.