June 7, 2023

Ray Stevenson, who performed the villainous British governor in “RRR,” an Asgardian warrior within the “Thor” movies, and a member of the thirteenth Legion in HBO’s “Rome,” has died. He was 58.

Representatives for Stevenson instructed The Related Press that he died Sunday however had no different particulars to share on Monday.

Stevenson was born in Lisburn, Northern Eire, in 1964. After attending the Bristol Previous Vic Theatre College and years of working in British tv, he made his movie debut in Paul Greengrass’s 1998 movie “The Idea of Flight.” In 2004, he appeared in Antoine Fuqua’s “King Arthur” as a knight of the spherical desk and several other years later performed the lead within the pre-Disney Marvel adaptation “Punisher: Battle Zone.”

Although “Punisher” was not the best-reviewed movie, he’d get one other style of Marvel within the first three “Thor” movies, through which he performed Volstagg. Different distinguished movie roles included the “Divergent” trilogy, “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” and “The Transporter: Refueled.”

A looming presence at 6-foot-4, Stevenson, who performed his share of troopers previous and current, as soon as mentioned in an interview, “I assume I’m an previous warrior at coronary heart.”

On the small display screen, he was the roguish Titus Pullo in “Rome,” a job that basically obtained his profession getting in the USA and obtained him a SAG card, on the age of 44. The favored collection ran from 2005 to 2007.

“That was one of many main years of my life,” Stevenson mentioned in an interview. “It made me sit down in my very own pores and skin and say, simply do the job. The job’s sufficient.”

Within the Selection overview of “Rome,” Brian Lowery wrote that “the imposing Stevenson actually stands out as a brawling, whoring and none-too-bright warrior — a pressure of nature who, regardless of his excesses, someway retains touchdown on his toes.”

He was Blackbeard within the Starz collection “Black Sails,” Commander Jack Swinburne within the German tv collection “Das Boot,” and Othere on “Vikings.”

Stevenson additionally did voice work in “Star Wars Rebels” and “The Clone Wars,” as Gar Saxon, and has a job within the upcoming Star Wars live-action collection “Ahsoka,” through which he performs a foul man, Baylan Skoll. The eight-episode season is anticipated on Disney+ in August.

In an interview with Backstage in 2020, Stevenson mentioned his performing idols had been, “The likes of Lee Marvin (and) Gene Hackman.”

“By no means a foul efficiency, and courageous and fearless inside that caliber,” Stevenson mentioned. “It was by no means the younger, sizzling main man; it was males who I may establish with.”

Stevenson has three sons with Italian anthropologist Elisabetta Caraccia, who he met whereas engaged on “Rome.”