Ray Stevenson, who played the villainous British governor in RRR, a warrior from Asgard in the Thor films and a member of the 13th Legion in HBO’s Rome series, has died. He was 58 years old.
Representatives for Stevenson told The Associated Press that he died Sunday, but had no further details to release Monday.
The actor was born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland in 1964. After attending Bristol Old Vic acting school and working for years in British television, he made his film debut in the film The Theory of Flight by Paul Greengrass in 1998. In 2004 he appeared in Antoine Fuqua’s film King Arthur as a Knight of the Round Table, and a few years later he starred in the adaptation Marvel Punisher: War Zone.
While Punisher wasn’t the most well-received movie, he would get a taste of Marvel again in the first three Thor movies, in which he’ll play Volstagg. He also starred in the Divergence Trilogy, G.I. Joe: Conspiracy and The Transporter: Legacy.
Standing six feet tall, Stevenson, who has played his share of soldiers past and present, has previously said in interviews that he considers himself “an old warrior at heart.”
On the small screen, he played the mischievous Titus Pullo in Rome, a role that really launched his career in the United States. The popular series aired from 2005 to 2007.
“It was [in the] most important years of my life,” Stevenson said in an interview.
In Variety’s review of Rome, Brian Lowery wrote that “the hulking Stevenson certainly stands out as a brawling, prostitute, and not too brilliant warrior – a force of nature who, despite his excesses, always lands on his feet.” .
He was Blackbeard in the series Black Sails, Commander Jack Swinburne in the German television series Das Boot and Othere in Vikings.
Stevenson has also voiced Star Wars Rebels and The Clone Wars as Gar Saxon, and has a role in the upcoming Star Wars live-action series, Ahsoka, in which he plays villain Baylan. Skoll. The eight-episode season is due out on Disney in August.
In 2020, Stevenson notably declared that his idols were “Lee Marvin [and] Gene Hackman”. “They were men I could relate to. »
Stevenson has two sons with Italian anthropologist Elisabetta Caraccia, whom he met while working on Rome.