Ray Stevenson, Star of “Thor” and “Star Wars” Passes Away at Age 58

The Tollywood movie “RRR” featured the Irish actor as the villain most recently.

Ray Stevenson, a tall and intimidating character actor best remembered for his lead roles in the television series “Rome” and “Punisher: War Zone,” passed away at the age of 58. His publicists have announced his passing, but the exact reason for his dying is yet unknown.

On May 25, 1964, George Raymond Stevenson was born in Lisburn, Ireland. His father, a pilot in the Royal Air Force, was the second of three boys. At the age of 8, his family relocated to England, where he finally enrolled in the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He earned his degree at age 29. Since the early 1990s, Stevenson has become a dependable presence in movies and on television.

In the 1998 film “The Theory of Flight,” where he portrayed a gigolo entrusted with aiding Helena Bonham Carter’s heroine lose her virginity, he had his breakthrough performance. His most well-known appearances on the big screen are the titular character in the R-rated cult classic “Punisher: War Zone,” Volstagg in the Marvel “Thor” films, and the Irish-American mobster Danny Greene in “Kill the Irishman.”

Stevenson’s most recent acting role in an Indian film was that of the imperialist bad guy in S.S. Rajamouli’s Tollywood blockbuster “RRR.” “Accident Man: Hitman’s Holiday,” which also starred Scott Adkins, was his last finished movie.

He co-starred in all 22 episodes of the HBO and BBC drama “Rome” as Titus Pullo. In shows including “Dexter,” “The Walking Dead,” “Black Sails,” numerous “Star Wars” animated series, and “Vikings,” he has appeared as a regular and in guest parts. His next appearance will be in the Disney+ “Star Wars” series “Ahsoka” this summer.

In the Genghis Khan action movie “1242: Gateway to the West,” in which Stevenson would have portrayed a Hungarian Priest against the Mongol army, he had just recently signed on to take Kevin Spacey’s place.

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