How did actor Ray Stevenson die? Known for Star Wars, Thor, Punisher...
Known for his roles in films such as “Punisher: War Zone” and “Thor,” the Norther Ireland born actor made an impression on both the film and TV industries.
From HBO’s “Rome” to the upcoming “Star Wars” series “Ashoka” from Disney+, Stevenson made his mark on the television screen as well as the big screen where he played in films such as “King Arthur” alongside Clive Owen and “Thor” where he fought side-by-side with Chris Hemsworth.
Ray Steveson passes away
According to a statement from his publicist, Ray Stevenson, the Northern Irish actor who is perhaps best known for his role as the Punisher in the film “Punisher: War Zone,” has died at the age of 58-years-old on Sunday in Italy. No official cause of death has been given.
Born in Northern Ireland on May 25th, 1964, Stevenson began his acting career with appearances in a number of TV shows during the 1990s, before landing roles in action films in Hollywood. Indeed, his first major film credit arrived in 2004, when he played Dagonet - a Knight of the Round Table - in Antoine Fuqua’s “King Arthur.” Yet, it would be another four years before he landed his first starring role in what would was then a rather gritty and violent portrayal of Marvel’s dark character, the Punisher, in 2008′s “Punisher: War Zone.” Though the film was not a commercial success, taking in just $10.1 million from a $35 million budget, it did pave the way for the critically acclaimed portrayal of the same character by John Bernthal in Netflix’s recent series, “The Punisher.”
Television was also a success for Ray Steveson
Where television is concerned, fans will surely remember is portrayal of Titus Pullo in HBO’s historical drama, “Rome.” As a Roman soldier, Steveson’s character witnessed many key historical events during the initial stages of the Roman empire during his appearances which stretched from 2005 to 2007. The show itself was the winner of seven Emmys during its two-season run. Most recently, Stevenson appeared in the Oscar-nominated Tollywood blockbuster “RRR” as the evil Governor Scott Buxton. He is also due to posthumously in the aforementioned “Star Wars: Ashoka,” as well as the films “1242: Gateway to the West” and “Cassino in Ischia.” Ray Stevenson is survived by his former wife and fellow actress, Ruth Gemmell and their three children.