Actor Ray Stevenson, Known for “Thor” and “Punisher: War Zone,” Passed Away at 58
Ray Stevenson, the talented actor known for his roles in films such as “Thor,” “Punisher: War Zone,” and “King Arthur,” has passed away at the age of 58.
His publicist confirmed the news of Stevenson’s death, although no details about the cause of death were immediately disclosed.
Stevenson, a native of Northern Ireland, had an extensive career in film and television. He gained recognition for portraying Volstagg in Marvel’s “Thor” franchise and as the main villain in the blockbuster Indian film “RRR.” He also lent his voice to Gar Saxon in the animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “Rebels.”
The actor had several upcoming projects, including a role in the Disney+ series “Ahsoka,” a spinoff of the popular show “The Mandalorian.” He was also cast in the historical drama “1242: Gateway to the West,” replacing Kevin Spacey in the lead role.
Stevenson’s career began in the early 1990s, appearing in European television series and films. He made his breakthrough in 1998 with the movie “The Theory of Flight,” alongside Kenneth Branagh and Helena Bonham Carter.
Over the years, Stevenson showcased his talent in various genres, from action films like “Punisher: War Zone” and “The Book of Eli” to historical dramas such as HBO/BBC’s “Rome” and the TV series “Vikings.” He had a diverse range of roles and made a lasting impact on audiences with his performances.
The actor’s personal life included a marriage to actress Ruth Gemmell, which ended in divorce in 2005. He later had a son, Sebastiano Derek Stevenson, with Italian anthropologist Elisabetta Caraccia.
Ray Stevenson’s untimely passing is a loss to the entertainment industry, where he had left a mark with his talent and versatility. Fans and colleagues will remember his memorable performances and contributions to film and television.