Actor Ray Stevenson dies at 58; co-starred in ‘Thor’ films

Ray Stevenson, a British actor who appeared in “RRR” and the “Thor” films, died Sunday, his publicist Nicki Fioravante confirmed to CNN.

Stevenson was 58.

No additional information about the cause of his death was immediately available.

Stevenson was set to appear in “Ahsoka” as Baylan Skoll this August and attended the 2023 Star Wars Celebration event last month. Stevenson spoke at the event about his excitement to be part of the project, saying “getting to wield the light saber is just the best feeling in the world.”

“Ahsoka” is third Star Wars related TV series Stevenson has starred in, having previously voiced the role of Gar Saxon in 2016’s “Star Wars: Rebels” and in two episodes of “Star Wars: Clone Wars” in 2020.

Stevenson has over 60 acting credits that date back to the 1990s, but his breakout role came in 2005 when he starred as Titus Pullo in the BBC/HBO series “Rome,” set in the last days of the Roman Republic that also starred “Banshees of Inisherin” actor Kerry Condon and Kevin McKid.

Stevenson is also known for his role as Volstagg, a “boisterous member of the Warriors Three,” in Marvel’s “Thor” franchise. Stevenson appeared as Volstagg in the 2011 “Thor” film, and reprised the character in 2013 for “Thor: The Dark World” and in 2017’s “Thor: Ragnarok.”

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His first few credits include roles on TV series such as “A Woman’s Guide to Adultery,” “The Dwelling Place” and “Band of Gold,” which he appeared in nine episodes of in 1995. He appeared in both seasons of “City Central” as DI Tony Baynham throughout the late ’90s.

Throughout the aughts, Stevenson continued to guest star on various TV shows including “The Walking Dead” and “At Home with Braithwaites,” before starring in films such as “Outpost” in 2008 and “Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant” in 2009.

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