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Ray Stephenson, an Irish actor who has starred in movies like ‘Punisher: War Zone’, ‘King Arthur’, ‘Thor’ movies and shows like ‘Rome’ on HBO and the upcoming series ‘Ahsoka’, passed away in Italy on Sunday. different Confirmed with its publicity. He was 58 years old.
No cause of death was available.
Born in Northern Ireland on May 25, 1964, Stephenson started his career in TV shows in the 1990s and then started getting action roles in Hollywood movies from the 2000s. His first major movie role came in Antoine Fuqua’s adventure film ‘King Arthur ‘ from 2004, in which he played Dagonet, one of the Knights of the Round Table. In the film, his character sacrifices himself in battle to help Arthur (Clive Owen) and his fellow warriors.
In 2008, Stevenson starred in the Marvel movie “Punisher: War Zone,” playing the titular mercenary, also known as Frank Castle. The film was distributed by Lionsgate in North America, before Disney acquired the rights to the Marvel Universe and later reintroduced the character in the Netflix series “Daredevil”. Stevenson was the third actor to portray the Punisher on screen. Dolph Lundgren first played a vigilante in a direct-to-video version in 1989, followed by Thomas Jane in 2004’s R-rated Punisher. “War Zone” was a PG-13 reboot of the series, but then flopped at the box office. Making $10.1 million on a $35 million budget. Jon Bernthal later starred in the Netflix shows Daredevil and The Punisher.
In the 2010s, Stevenson appeared in action movies like ‘The Book of Eli’ and ‘GI Joe: Retaliation’ and in franchises like Marvel’s ‘Thor’ and Lionsgate’s ‘Divergent’. In Marvel’s second appearance, Stevenson played the Asgardian hero Volstagg, one of three warriors who were allies of Chris Hemsworth’s Thor. He appeared in the first three ‘Thor’ films before being encountered by the evil Cate Blanchett in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’. In the series “Divergent,” Stevenson played Marcus Eaton, city council leader of the Abnegation faction and father of four (Theo James).
Stevenson recently appeared in the Oscar-nominated Tollywood blockbuster “RRR” as the evil ruler Scott Buxton. He will also appear this summer in the Disney+ Star Wars series “Ahsoka” as a Jedi named Baylan Skoll, who turns to the dark side and is an ally of the demonic Grand Admiral Thrawn.
On the television side, Stevenson starred in the HBO historical drama “Rome” as Titus Polo from 2005-07. He played a Roman soldier, opposite Kevin McKidd as Lucius Vorenus, who witnesses several important historical events with the beginning of the Roman Empire. The show won seven Emmy Awards in two seasons.
Stevenson also played Ukrainian mobster Isaac Sirko on Season 7 of Showtime’s “Dexter”, pirate series Blackbeard on STARZ’s “Black Sails”, and safari Uther on Season 6 of “Vikings”.
In addition to “Ahsoka,” Stevenson’s posthumous credits will include the films “1242: Gateway to the West” and “Cassino in Ischia.”