Ray Stevenson, who played the villainous British governor in “RRR,” an Asgardian warrior in the “Thor” films, and a member of the 13th Legion on HBO’s “Rome,” has died. He is 58.
Representatives for Stevenson told The Associated Press that he died Sunday but had no other details to share Monday.
Stevenson was born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, in 1964. After attending the Bristol Old Vic Theater School and years working in British television, he made his film debut in the 1998 Paul Greengrass film “The Theory of Flight.” In 2004, he appeared in Antoine Fuqua’s “King Arthur” as a knight of the round table and a few years later pre-Disney Marvel adaptation “Punisher: War Zone.”
Although “Punisher” was not the best reviewed film, he got another taste of Marvel in the first three “Thor” films, where he played Volstagg. Other prominent film roles include the “Divergent” trilogy, “GI Joe: Retaliation” and “The Transporter: Refueled.”
A looming presence at 6-foot-4, Stevenson, who has played his part in soldiers past and present, once said in an interview, “I think I’m an old warrior in heart.”
On the small screen, he was the roguish Titus Pullo in “Roma,” a role that really took off his career in the United States and earned him a SAG card, at the age of 44. The popular series ran from 2005 until 2007.
“That was one of the major years of my life,” Stevenson said in an interview. “It made me sit in my own skin and say, just do the work. Enough work.”
In a separate review of “Roma,” Brian Lowery wrote that “the impressive Stevenson certainly stands out as a quarrelsome, promiscuous and less than brilliant warrior – a force of nature who, despite his excesses, in somehow kept landing on his feet.”
He is Blackbeard in the Starz series “Black Sails,” Commander Jack Swinburne in the German television series “Das Boot,” and Othere in “Vikings.”
Stevenson also did voice work on “Star Wars Rebels” and “The Clone Wars,” as Gar Saxon, and has a role in the upcoming Star Wars live-action series “Ahsoka,” in which he plays a badass man, Baylan Skoll. The eight-episode season is expected on Disney+ in August.
In an interview with Backstage in 2020, Stevenson said his acting idols were, “The likes of Lee Marvin (and) Gene Hackman.”
“Not a bad performance at all, and brave and fearless within that caliber,” Stevenson said. “It wasn’t the young, hot leading man; I know men.”
Stevenson has three sons with the Italian anthropologist Elisabetta Caraccia, whom he met while working on “Roma.”