Ray Stevenson, well known for his appearances in films such as Thor and Star Wars, died at the age of 58.
Stevenson’s representative, Nicki Fioravante, confirmed his death on Sunday.
Several sources claim that the hefty British actor was hospitalised unexpectedly while filming in Italy.
Ray Stevenson was an incredible actor. He had a strong screen presence no matter what part he performed, and he appeared in a variety of genres, including action, drama, and historical films.
He was born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, on May 25, 1964. When he was eight years old, he moved to England with his family. Ray Stevenson made his feature debut in 1998 with The Theory of Flight.
Many people will remember him for his superb depiction of Titus Pullo in the HBO television series Rome, which aired from 2005 to 2007.
“That was one of the major years of my life,” Stevenson recalled in an interview. “It forced me to sit in my own skin and say, just do the job.”
Actors such as Lee Marvin and Gene Hackman were frequently recognised by Stevenson as idols and sources of inspiration for his own acting career.
Another prominent part for Stevenson was as Volstagg, a member of the Warriors Three, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Thor. In the film Punisher: War Zone, he also played Frank Castle, called the Punisher. The brilliant veteran actor participated in the recent Oscar-winning Indian film RRR in 2022.
Throughout his filmography, Ray Stevenson regularly portrayed characters with a riveting blend of malevolent and heroic attributes, enthralling audiences with his diverse on-screen presence. Stevenson was reportedly described by a film critic as having “confidence, presence, and enough testosterone to power a city block.”
“I guess I’m an old warrior at heart,” he stated once.
Off-screen, though, the six-foot-four actor made every effort to avoid violence. During his childhood in northern England, he learned a way to channel his fury via rugby, a technique that would later serve him well in cinematic stunts.
His fans were eager to see him in future ventures, and the 58-year-old was cast with Rosario Dawson in the new Disney+ Star Wars series Ahsoka, which is a spinoff from the famous drama The Mandalorian.
According to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, he was hospitalised on the Italian island of Ischia while filming Cassino on Ischia. His death cause has not been revealed.
Ray Stevenson’s three children survive him: Sebastiano, 15, Leonardo, 12, and Lodovico. These children were born to him and his long-term spouse, Italian anthropologist Elisabetta Caraccia, whom he met while working.
It breaks my heart to hear this! In so many of his roles, I adored him. His stature and presence aided his acting abilities significantly. Ray Stevenson was fantastic in all he did.
He will be missed! He was an unappreciated performer who died far too young. His family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers.