After Ray Stevenson’s death, the actor was described as “a spirit whose charming personality lit up every room he was in”
Actor Ray Stevenson died at the age of 58, a few days before his 59th birthday. The Northern Irish actor was known for his roles in a number of action and fantasy films, including Marvel’s Thor movies, The Punisher and the upcoming Star Wars: Ahsoka series, among others.
Italian newspaper announced
The cause of death was not disclosed, but the Italian newspaper La Repubblica reported that the actor was not feeling well and went to the hospital a few days before his death.
He was set to star in Cassino in Ischia, in which Stevenson plays a disgraced action star struggling to revitalize his career and face the consequences of abandoning his family for fame.
Stevenson died on Sunday, his representative announced.
Stevenson was born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, on May 25, 1964, the second of three sons to a father and his wife, a Royal Air Force pilot.
He made his debut as a gigolo
The family moved to Britain when she was 8 years old. She graduated from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School at the age of 29.
After guest-starring in various television series and films, Stevenson made his screen debut in 1998’s The Theory of Flight, playing a gigolo alongside Kenneth Branagh and Helena Bonham Carter.
He then went on to star in a number of British TV series. In 2004’s King Arthur, he appeared opposite Clive Owen as Dagonet.
He made a difference with The Punisher
He then played a soldier with a heart of gold in the Emmy-winning mini-series Rome. He then appeared as the anti-hero Frank Castle in The Punisher.
In the opening minutes of Lexi Alexander’s underrated 2008 action thriller Punisher, Ray Stevenson’s character, played to perfection by Ray Stevenson, dominated the screen almost without saying a word. Although others have taken on the role, no one has played him as earnestly as Stevenson. This was true of every role he took on. Big or small, the audience could not take their eyes off him.
In an interview with Collider, Stevenson admitted that his theater training did not help him in playing such roles.
To be honest, when I first read it, I thought, ‘This is extremely violent. What the hell is this?’
You don’t want to be Frank. It’s weird to be the protagonist or the hero of a movie that you don’t really want to be. That’s what intrigued me.
The star, who showed his tough but loyal side as Volstag in Thor, had this to say about his character:
He’s full of life. He has a wonderful innocence and the unwavering loyalty of a great Saint Bernard dog.
Upon hearing the news of the actor’s death, many friends and colleagues paid tribute to Stevenson, whose charming personality lit up any room he was in.
Stevenson was recently part of the cast of the Oscar-winning RRR, where he played the role of the evil Governor Scott Buxton, and the film’s official Twitter page paid tribute to him.
Director James Gunn offered his condolences to Stevenson’s family and friends, describing the actor as “a joy to work with”.