‘Thor’ Actor Ray Stevenson Passes Away at 58

Photo edit of Ray Stevenson. Credit: Alexander J. Williams III/Pop Acta.
Photo edit of Ray Stevenson. Credit: Alexander J. Williams III/Pop Acta.

Actor Ray Stevenson, best known for his role as Thor, passed away at the age of 58, according to his publicist Nicki Fioravante. The cause of his death has not been disclosed yet. Stevenson, born Gregory Raymond Stevenson in Northern Ireland, relocated to England during his childhood. In the acclaimed 2022 movie “RRR,” he portrayed the antagonist Scott Buxton, and the film won an Oscar for Best Original Song while becoming India’s second highest-grossing film that year.

Ray Stevenson’s acting career was marked by remarkable performances in acclaimed series like “Rome” and Marvel’s “Thor” franchise. With over 60 credits, he showcased his versatility in projects such as “The Other Guys,” “The Three Musketeers,” and popular TV shows like “The Walking Dead.” Stevenson also lent his voice to characters in “Star Wars: Rebels” and “Star Wars: Clone Wars.” His sudden passing at 58 leaves a void in the acting community, but his exceptional performances and contributions to film will endure as a testament to his talent.

Ray Stevenson’s television career includes his acclaimed role as Titus Pullo in “Rome.” He appeared in various shows like “Waking the Dead,” “Murphy’s Law,” and had lead roles in “City Central” and “At Home with the Braithwaites.” Stevenson also acted in TV films, including “Some Kind of Life” (1995) and “The Return of the Native.” He voiced the Punisher in “The Super Hero Squad Show” and portrayed Isaak Sirko in “Dexter.” Stevenson joined the cast of “Black Sails” as Edward Teach and was announced to play Baylan Skoll in “Ahsoka.” On stage, he played Jesus Christ in the York Mystery Plays and the Cardinal in “The Duchess of Malfi” at the Royal National Theatre.

Stevenson was previously married to English actress Ruth Gemmell, until their 2005 divorce.

According to CNN:

Stevenson was set to appear in the upcoming Star Wars series “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.”

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, James Purefoy and Kevin McKid.

Ray Stevenson’s passing at the age of 58 leaves a significant void in the acting world. Known for his memorable role as Thor and his versatile performances in acclaimed series like “Rome,” Stevenson’s talent and ability to portray diverse characters made him a beloved figure in the industry. From his notable appearances in film and television, including the Marvel franchise and various TV shows, to his upcoming role in the highly anticipated “Ahsoka” series, Stevenson’s contributions to the entertainment world will be remembered. His legacy as a talented actor and his impact on audiences and colleagues will endure, marking him as an influential presence in the industry.

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