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Did Paul Ritter have an eye condition? Fans search for answers

Eve Edwards April 7, 2021
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Paul Ritter’s fans have long questioned whether the actor has an eye condition.

News of Paul Ritter’s death broke on 6 April 2021. The actor passed away from a brain tumour at the age of 54.

Since his passing, fans, friends and colleagues have paid tribute to some of his most memorable roles. Ritter cemented his acting status in major franchises such as Harry Potter, Chernobyl, and James Bond. He also appeared in Channel 4 comedy series Friday Night Dinner.

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Who is Paul Ritter?

Paul Ritter was born Simons Paul Adams on 5 March 1966 in Gravesend, Kent. After studying Theatre Studies for his A-Levels, Ritter went a different direction for his undergraduate: Paul Ritter obtained a degree in Modern Languages from St John’s College, Cambridge.

After graduating, Paul Ritter went on to perform with the German National Theatre in Hamburg, Germany.

His first acting credit was in 1992, where Ritter made an appearance in police drama The Bill.

Some of Paul Ritter’s notable appearances are in Nowhere Boy, The Hollow Crown, and The Trial of Christine Keeler.

Does Paul Ritter have an eye condition?

Paul Ritter did not speak of any confirmed eye condition. But over the years, his fans have speculated on the health of his left eye.

An entire Reddit thread was dedicated to uncovering whether Paul Ritter has an eye condition.

In this thread, diagnostics from a lazy eye to a glass eye emerged. Some fans even speculated that it was all just an acting trick. In the thread, one posted: “he’s just that good at acting that he’s able to do that with his eyes.” This was refuted by another in the thread who had met Paul Ritter in real life, who claimed he also had the eye condition off-screen.

Another Reddit user wrote: “I’m a little late but I think he might have had ptosis, a condition in which a muscle in the eyelid is weak and causes the eyelid to droop. I have it as well and from the few pictures and videos I’ve seen of him it seems more likely than a lazy eye, which is something completely different.”

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