Actor Ray Stevenson, best known for his roles in the Thor films and RRR, died on Sunday, May 21, 2023, at the age of 58. The cause of death has not been released.
Stevenson was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1964. He began his acting career in the early 1990s, appearing in a number of television shows, including The Bill and The Sopranos. He made his film debut in 1998 with the film The Lost World: Jurassic Park.
Stevenson’s breakthrough role came in 2005, when he was cast as Titus Pullo in the HBO series Rome. He starred in the series for two seasons, and his performance earned him critical acclaim.
In 2011, Stevenson was cast as Volstagg in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Thor. He reprised the role in the films Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok, and Avengers: Endgame.
Stevenson also had a number of other notable roles, including The Punisher in the 2008 film of the same name, and Governor Scott Buxton in the 2022 film RRR.
Stevenson was a popular and respected actor, and his death is a loss to the film industry. He will be remembered for his talent, his charisma, and his commitment to his craft.
Stevenson is survived by his wife, actress Megan Stevenson, and their two children.
Tributes to Stevenson have been pouring in from fans and colleagues alike.
“Ray was a great actor and a great friend,” said Thor director Kenneth Branagh. “He was always there for me, and I will miss him dearly.”
“Ray was a force of nature,” said Punisher director Lexi Alexander. “He was a true original, and he will be missed.”
“Ray was a brilliant actor and a wonderful person,” said RRR director SS Rajamouli. “He was a joy to work with, and he will be deeply missed.”
Stevenson’s death is a sad loss for the film industry. He was a talented actor who brought a unique presence to every role he played. He will be remembered for his work in Thor, RRR, and many other films.