The acclaimed Irish actor Ray Stevenson, who has appeared in major Hollywood productions such as Rome, Vikings and Thordied on May 21 at the age of 58, in Italy, just four days before his 59th birthday.
The unfortunate news was confirmed by his publicist to Variety, although he did not reveal the cause of his death. However, according to the BBC, the actor known for playing the Asgardian warrior Volstagg in Marvel’s superhero movies unexpectedly fell ill, for which he was hospitalized in an emergency while filming the action movie. Casino, on the Italian island of Ischia.
Ray Stevenson was born in 1964, in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. His father was serving in the Royal Air Force (RAF) at the time of his birth. Later, when Ray was eight years old, the family moved to Newcastle upon Tyne, England, where he spent most of his life.
His interest in acting began when he saw John Malkovich at a show in London’s West End. He studied acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theater School and played one of his first television roles in the drama The Dwelling Place (1994).
Later, the star of Black Sails he appeared in several British television series. In 2004, she starred in the big-budget Hollywood film King Arthur and in 2011, he starred in The Three Musketeers along with industry greats like Christoph Waltz and Orlando Bloom.
One of the last films that Ray starred in was the production RRRnominated for an Oscar 2023. Unfortunately, the actor did not live to see the premiere of the miniseries Star Wars: Ahsoka, in which he gave life to Baylan Skoll and whose premiere is scheduled for August 2023. Rest in peace, Ray Stevenson.