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Paul Ritter Tributes Pour in After ‘Chernobyl’ Actor’s Death: ‘Just Unreal Talent’

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Tributes to Paul Ritter flooded Twitter on Tuesday as news of the actor’s death spread around the world.

Ritter, best known for the characters he played in the HBO miniseries Chernobyl and the British television show Friday Night Dinner, died on April 5 at age 54. He had been diagnosed with a brain tumor prior to his death, according to his agents.

“It is with great sadness we can confirm that Paul Ritter passed away last night. He died peacefully at home with his wife Polly and sons Frank and Noah by his side. He was 54 and had been suffering from a brain tumour,” his agents said in a statement.

Their statement continued: “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.”

Paul Ritter died on April 5 at age 54, his agents confirmed on Tuesday. In the photo, Ritter attends the “Friday Night Dinner” photo call at Curzon Soho on March 9, 2020, in London.
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Actor and writer Rob Delaney gave a nod to Ritter’s performances in Chernobyl and Friday Night Dinner in a tribute on Twitter early Tuesday morning.

“Knocked it out of the PARK in Chernobyl,” Delaney wrote. “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.”

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. pic.twitter.com/nw8HnRZxRd

— Rob Delaney (@robdelaney) April 6, 2021

Robert Popper, the creator of Friday Night Dinner, also paid tribute to Ritter in a series of tweets on Tuesday.

“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,” Popper wrote.

He later thanked people on Twitter for sending him messages about Ritter’s death, retweeted a picture of Ritter and posted a link to a Friday Night Dinner clip.

“One of my fondest memories of Paul Ritter was filming this scene with him. God he was brilliant,” Popper wrote in the tweet accompanying the video clip.

One of my fondest memories of Paul Ritter was filming this scene with him. God he was brilliant. https://t.co/AY4MXn367E

— Robert Popper (@robertpopper) April 6, 2021

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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