While filming in Italy, a Northern Irish actor who frequently played warriors in shows like Vikings and Rome was unexpectedly hospitalized. Ray Stevenson, a Northern Irish actor most known for his roles as Volstagg in the Thor movies, the evil British governor in RRR, and Ahsoka in the future Star Wars series, has passed away at the age of 58.
Four days before his birthday, on Sunday, according to Stevenson’s representatives, he passed away. He was hospitalized on the island of Ischia while filming the movie Cassino in Ischia, according to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica.
RRR director SS Rajamouli said in his homage on Tuesday, “Just can’t believe this news. Ray infused the sets with an incredible amount of vigor and intensity. It spread easily. It was a joy to work with him. I’m sending up prayers for his family. May he rest in peace, his soul.
This is extremely terrible, remarked Harry Potter actor Matthew Lewis on Twitter, who co-starred with Stevenson in the children’s television movie Some Kind of Life. In the first thing I ever appeared on television, Ray played my father. Before about 30 years. It was the ideal way to start my career in this absurd industry—a proper actor with an interesting career.In 1964, Stevenson was conceived in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. At age 8, his family relocated to England. After years of working in British television and attending the Bristol Old Vic theatrical school, he made his acting debut in Paul Greengrass’ 1998 film The Theory of Flight. He played a knight of the round table in Antoine Fuqua’s King Arthur in 2004 and the major role in Punisher: War Zone, a Marvel movie that came out before the Disney version.He had another taste of Marvel even if Punisher did not receive the finest reviews; in those films, he played the Asgardian warrior Volstagg. The Divergent trilogy, GI Joe: Retaliation, and The Transporter: Refueled were a few other notable movies in which she appeared.
Stevenson, who stands at 1.91 meters (six feet three inches) tall, has portrayed a number of soldiers both present and past. He once remarked in an interview, “I guess I’m an old warrior at heart.”
He made a name for himself in the US and received a SAG card at the age of 44 for his portrayal of the roguish Titus Pullo in the HBO series Rome. Between 2005 and 2007, the show aired.
In an interview, Stevenson remarked that year was one of the most significant ones in his life. It forced me to take a seat and tell myself to just do the work. The work is finished.
When reviewing Rome for Variety, Brian Lowery noted that “the imposing Stevenson certainly stands out as a brawling, whoring, and none-too-bright warrior — a force of nature who, despite his excesses, somehow keeps landing on his feet” In the Starz series Black Sails, he played Blackbeard. In the German drama Das Boot, he played Commander Jack Swinburne. And on Vikings, he played Othere.
Stevenson also voiced characters in Star Wars Rebels and The Clone Wars under the name Gar Saxon. He will also appear in the upcoming live-action Star Wars series Ahsoka as the villain Baylan Skoll. August is when the eight-episode season is anticipated on Disney+.
Stevenson cited “the likes of Lee Marvin, Gene Hackman” as his acting heroes in an interview with Backstage from the year 2020.
Stevenson stated, “Never a terrible performance, and daring and fearless within that class. It was always men who I could relate to; it was never the young, attractive leading man.
While working in Rome, Stevenson met the Italian anthropologist Elisabetta Caraccia, with whom he has three boys.