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Actor Ray Stevenson Dead at 58, Cause of Deat

BY Sharmeen Hussain May 22, 2023. 10:56 pm UPDATED: May 22, 2023. 10:56 pm

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Ray Stevenson, the Irish actor who appeared in films such as “Punisher: War Zone,” “King Arthur,” the “Thor” movie, and the impending “Ahsoka” series, died on Sunday, according to his publicist. He was 58.

There was no information or cause of death provided.

Stevenson began his career on TV series in the 1990s, then moved on to action parts in Hollywood blockbusters in the 2000s. His breakthrough performance came in Antoine Fuqua’s 2004 adventure picture “King Arthur,” when he portrayed Dagonet, one of the Knights of the Round Table. In the film, his character gives his life in combat to aid Arthur (Clive Owen) and his warrior brotherhood.

Stevenson won a major part in the 2008 Marvel picture “Punisher: War Zone,” playing the titular mercenary, alias Frank Castle. Lionsgate distributed the picture in North America before Disney purchased the Marvel world and reintroduced the character in the Netflix series “Daredevil.” Stevenson was the Punisher’s third on-screen appearance. In 1989, Dolph Lundgren played the vigilante in a straight-to-video film, followed by Thomas Jane in 2004’s R-rated “Punisher.” “War Zone” was a PG-13 remake of the series that bombed at the box office, with only $10.1 million on a $35 million budget. Later, Jon Bernthal took over the role in Netflix’s “Daredevil” and “The Punisher” programs.

He appeared in action films such as “The Book of Eli,” “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” and franchises such as Marvel’s “Thor” and Lionsgate’s “Divergent” adaption in the 2010s. Stevenson appeared in his second Marvel film as the Asgardian hero Volstagg, one of the Warriors Three who aided Chris Hemsworth’s Thor. He appeared in all three “Thor” films until being defeated by Cate Blanchett’s villain Hela in “Thor: Ragnarok.” Stevenson portrayed Marcus Eaton, the city council chairman of the Abnegation faction and father of Four (Theo James) in the “Divergent” trilogy.

Stevenson was recently seen in the Oscar-nominated Tollywood film “RRR” as the wicked Governor Scott Buxton. He will also star in this summer’s Disney+ “Star Wars” series “Ahsoka” as Baylan Skoll, a Jedi who succumbs to the dark side and becomes an ally of the demonic Grand Admiral Thrawn.

 

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