Actor Ray Stevenson dies aged 58

Ray Stevenson dies aged 58.
Ray Stevenson at the premiere of Thor: Ragnarok at the El Capitan Theatre in LA on October 10, 2017. Photo credit: Getty Images

Ray Stevenson, an 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.

Born Gregory Raymond Stevenson in Northern Ireland, the actor moved to England as a child. He most recently starred in the 2022 Oscar-winning film RRR as the villainous Scott Buxton. The movie won the Oscar for best original song, and was the second highest-grossing film in India in 2022.

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".

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, James Purefoy and Kevin McKidd.

Purefoy paid tribute to Stevenson on Twitter saying he's "so sad to hear the news that Ray Stevenson, our Pullo in Rome, has passed away. A brilliant, gutsy, larger-than-life actor who filled every part he played right up to the brim. My thoughts are with his family, his lovely wife Betta and their beautiful kids. What a loss."

He 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, directed by Taika Waititi.

His first few credits include roles on TV series such as A Woman's Guide to Adultery, The Dwelling Place and Band of Gold, in which he appeared in nine episodes. He also 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.

Stevenson went on to star in big-ticket movies throughout the 2010s such as the action comedy The Other Guys alongide Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in 2010, Paul W.S. Anderson's 2011 adaptation of The Three Musketeers, Divergent and The Book of Eli.