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Actor Ray Stevenson Passes Away Unexpectedly At 58 After Contracting “Mystery Illness”
The 58-year-old actor Ray Stevenson, known for his parts in films including “Thor” and “Star Wars,” has died.
The news of Stevenson’s passing on Sunday was confirmed by his agent, Nicki Fioravante.
The sources state that the hefty British actor was unexpectedly taken to the hospital while filming in Italy.
An outstanding performer, Ray Stevenson was. The British actor had a commanding presence onscreen in a wide variety of roles, from action to drama to historical pieces.
On May 25, 1964, he entered this world in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. When he was eight years old, he moved to England with his family. The Theory of Flight (1998) was Ray Stevenson’s first film.
Many will remember him for his outstanding performance as Titus Pullo in the HBO series Rome, which aired from 2005-2007.
“That was one of the major years of my life,” Stevenson said in an interview. “It made me sit down in my own skin and say, just do the job. The job’s enough.”
When asked who inspired him to become an actor, Stevenson frequently named Lee Marvin and Gene Hackman.
The MCU film Thor featured Stevenson in another of his most memorable appearances, as Volstagg, one of the Warriors Three.
In the film Punisher: War Zone, he also played the role of Frank Castle/the Punisher.
The excellent veteran actor participated in RRR, the current Indian smash that won an Oscar in 2022.
Throughout his career, Ray Stevenson constantly captivated audiences by portraying characters with a compelling mix of malevolent and heroic attributes.
A film critic reportedly remarked that Stevenson possessed “enough testosterone to power a city block” because of his commanding on-screen presence.
”I guess I’m an old warrior at heart,” he once said.
The six-foot-four actor tried to avoid violent behavior off-screen.
He grew raised in northern England, where he learned to channel his fury via rugby, a technique that would prove useful in his career as a film stuntman.
As a spinoff from The Mandalorian, fans of the 58-year-old actor were excited to learn that he will be starring in the upcoming Disney+ Star Wars series Ahsoka alongside Rosario Dawson.
It’s a shame that the public won’t get to see this cherished performer in any more films.
On Sunday, four days before his 59th birthday, Ray Stevenson reportedly passed away in Italy after contracting ‘mystery illness’…
His hospitalization on Ischia during filming of the movie titled “Casino on Ischia” was reported in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. There is still no word on what killed him.
Lodovico, 15, Sebastiano, and Leonardo, 12, are Ray Stevenson’s surviving children. His long-term spouse, an Italian anthropologist he met on the job, gave birth to their children together with him.
This is such terrible news. In many of his roles, he was fantastic. His physical stature and charisma greatly boosted his acting abilities.
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Ray Stevenson was fantastic in every role he played.
A tragic loss of an underappreciated actor. Our hearts go out to his loved ones at this time.
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