Ray Stevenson, the Irish actor who gained recognition for his role as one of the main characters in HBO's series rome, has passed away at the age of 58. As reported by Variety, he died in Italy just days before his birthday, as his anniversary falls on May 25. The official cause of his death has not yet been released, but many actors who worked with him have already expressed their sorrow over his passing.
An actor with a long career
Beyond his role as Titus Pullo in rome, Stevenson had a long cinematic career. In the Thor movies, he portrayed Volstagg, and he also played Frank Castle (The Punisher) in Punisher: War Zone and Porthos in the 2011 adaptation of The Three Musketeers. Other notable roles include Marcus in the Divergent series and Edward Teach (Blackbeard) in the acclaimed series Black Sails. He even had a character, Isaak Sirko, in Dexter.
Recently, he had returned to the forefront of the industry with his appearance in RRR, an Indian film directed by S. S. Rajamouli who achieved great international success and received an Oscar nomination. But the most anticipated role for Stevenson was his appearance in the Star Wars series: Ahsoka, which will premiere on August 31 on Disney Plus. In Ahsoka, Stevenson will portray the Sith character Baylan Skoll.
Despite not being one of the most acclaimed actors of his generation, Stevenson was a recurring supporting actor and a villain of great charisma. That is why he will be missed in dozens of productions where his presence would have been commanding. The Irish-born actor started his career with small television roles in series like “ballykissangel” and “A Woman's Guide to Adultery” in the 1990s. However, he began to gain more popularity when he appeared as Dagonet, one of the Knights of the Round Table, in 2004's “King Arthur”.
Since then, Stevenson's career continued to grow, and he was currently filming the movie “Cassino in Ischia,” directed by Frank Ciota. while filming “rome,” the actor started a relationship with Italian anthropologist Elisabetta Caraccia, whom he married and had two children with. She is now his widow.
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