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Gone Too Soon: Ray Stevenson, Exceptional Star of RRR, Thor, and Star Wars, Dies at 58

Gone Too Soon: Ray Stevenson, Exceptional Star of RRR, Thor, and Star Wars, Dies at 58

Written by Sanjay Kumar

Ray Stevenson

British actor

  • Born: 25 May 1964, Lisburn, United Kingdom
  • Died: 21 May 2023, Anna Rizzoli Hospital, Lacco Ameno, Italy
  • Children: Sebastiano Derek Stevenson, Leonardo George Stevenson
  • Spouse: Ruth Gemmell (m. 1997–2005)
  • Height: 1.91 m
  • Education: Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Renowned actor Ray Stevenson, famous for his portrayals of villainous characters, including the British governor in RRR, Volstagg in the Thor films, and an upcoming main antagonist in the Star Wars series Ahsoka, has passed away at the age of 58. The sad news of Mr. Stevenson’s demise was confirmed by his publicist to Variety.

The exact cause of his death has not been disclosed, but reports state that he was hospitalized during filming on the Italian island Ischia, as reported by BBC. His passing occurred just four days before his 59th birthday.

The official social media account of RRR also verified the news and shared a tribute, saying, “This is incredibly shocking news for all of us on the team! Rest in peace, Ray Stevenson. You will forever remain in our hearts, SIR SCOTT.”

Director SS Rajamouli, in a heartfelt note on Twitter, expressed his sorrow, saying, “It’s shocking… I still can’t believe this news. Ray brought an immense amount of energy and vitality to the sets. It was contagious. Working with him was an absolute joy. My prayers go out to his family. May his soul rest in peace.”

Born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, in 1964, the actor relocated to England at the age of eight. According to Variety, Mr. Stevenson began his career with television appearances in the 1990s and gradually transitioned to action roles in Hollywood films. His first significant film credit was in Paul Greengrass’ 1998 drama, The Theory of Flight, where he starred alongside Helena Bonham Carter and Kenneth Branagh.

His filmography includes notable roles in films such as Antoine Fuqua’s King Arthur, Lexi Alexander’s Punisher: War Zone, the Hughes Brothers’ The Book of Eli, and Adam McKay’s The Other Guys. Additionally, he lent his voice to characters like Gar Saxon in Star Wars Rebels and The Clone Wars.

As reported by The Guardian, Mr. Stevenson has three sons with Italian anthropologist Elisabetta Caraccia, whom he met while working in Rome.

Filmography

Year Title Role
1998 The Theory of Flight Gigolo
1999 G:MT – Greenwich Mean Time Mr Hardy
2004 King Arthur Dagonet
2008 Outpost DC
Punisher: War Zone Frank Castle / Punisher
2009 Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant Murlough
2010 The Book of Eli Redridge
The Other Guys Roger Wesley
2011 Kill the Irishman Danny Greene
Thor Volstagg
The Three Musketeers Porthos
2013 G.I. Joe: Retaliation Firefly
Jayne Mansfield’s Car Phillip Bedford
Thor: The Dark World Volstagg
2014 Divergent Marcus Eaton
Big Game Morris
2015 The Divergent Series: Insurgent Marcus Eaton
The Transporter: Refueled Frank Martin Sr.
2016 The Divergent Series: Allegiant Marcus Eaton
2017 Thor: Ragnarok Volstagg
Cold Skin Gruner
2018 Accident Man Big Ray
Final Score Arkady Belav
2022 RRR Governor Scott Buxton
Memory Detective Danny Mora
Accident Man: Hitman’s Holiday Big Ray
TBA 1242: Gateway to the West Cesareane
Cassino in Ischia Nic Cassino

Television

Year Title Role
1993 A Woman’s Guide to Adultery Journalist
1994 The Dwelling Place Matthew Whitwell
1994 The Return of the Native Clym Yeobright
1995 Band of Gold Steve Dickson
1995 Some Kind of Life Steve
1996 The Tide of Life Larry Birch
1997 Peak Practice Joe Higson
1997 Drover’s Gold Armstrong
1998 City Central DI Tony Baynham
1999 Love in the 21st Century Alex
2000 Holby City Laurence Haney
2000 The Bill Sgt. Gartland
2001 At Home with the Braithwaites Graham Braithwaite
2001 Dalziel and Pascoe Jeff Parry
2003 Red Cap Sgt. Chris Roxborough
2003 Murphy’s Law Robert Eaglan
2004 Waking the Dead Dr Tim Faulkner
2005–2007 Rome Titus Pullo
2007 Life Line Peter Brasco
2009 The Super Hero Squad Show Frank Castle/The Punisher
2012 Dexter Isaak Sirko
2014 Crossing Lines Miles Lennon
2015 Saints & Strangers Stephen Hopkins
2016–2017 Black Sails Edward Teach / Blackbeard
2016–2017 Star Wars Rebels Gar Saxon
2017 Rellik DSI Edward Benton
2019 Reef Break Jake Elliot
2019 Medici Ferdinand I of Naples
2020 The Spanish Princess James IV of Scotland
2020 Vikings Ohthere of Hålogaland
2020 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Gar Saxon
2022 Das Boot Commander Jack Swinburne
2023 Ahsoka Baylan Skoll

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