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Harry Potter's Paul Ritter Dead at 54 After Suffering Brain Tumor

E! News logo E! News 4/6/2021 Jess Cohen
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Paul Ritter, who starred in 2009's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, has passed away after battling a brain tumor.

The British actor, known for his role as wizard Eldred Worple in the Harry Potter film, died on Monday, April 5, his agent confirmed. "It is with great sadness we can confirm that Paul Ritter passed away last night," Ritter's rep said in a statement to NBC. "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 tumor."

"Paul was an exceptionally talented actor playing an enormous variety of roles on stage and screen with extraordinary skill," the message continued. "He was fiercely intelligent, kind and very funny. We will miss him greatly."

In addition to his role in Harry Potter, Ritter's credits also include the 2008 James Bond film Quantum of Solace. Since 2011, Ritter starred as Martin Goodman in the TV series Friday Night Dinner.

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After learning of Ritter's passing, the show's creator Robert Popper paid tribute to the star. "Devastated at this terribly sad news," he tweeted. "Paul was a lovely, wonderful human being. Kind, funny, super caring and the greatest actor I ever worked with x."

"Thank you to everyone for sending mesages about Paul Ritter. Much appreciated," Popper added. "He was a man who touched so many hearts. My thoughts go out to his lovely family."

Popper also shared a clip from Friday Night Dinner, writing, "One of my fondest memories of Paul Ritter was filming this scene with him. God he was brilliant."


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