Ray Stevenson, star of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Ahsoka, Marvel’s Thor, and Punisher: War Zone, has passed away at the age of 58. This was quite a shock to many, considering we just saw him at Star Wars Celebration 2023.
It seemed like not too long ago that John Wick actor Lance Reddick passed away from ischemic heart disease and atherosclerotic coronary artery disease. And even Tom Sizemore’s death was also a surprise which was caused by a brain aneurysm. Star Trek: Picard’s Borg Queen, Annie Wersching, died because of cancer.
Now we have lost another icon.
Ray Stevenson Passes Away at 58
A report from The Hollywood Reporter announced that Ray Stevenson died in Italy while filming Frank Ciota’s Cassino in Ischia. He died on May 21, 2023, just four days before his 59th birthday. It was only a week ago that it was announced he’d be joining the film production.
The Italian newspaper La Repubblica reported his hospitalisation on the island of Ischia. The cause of his death hasn’t been released.
The actor first started his career in show business back in 1993 in the A Woman’s Guide To Adultery, which also stars Sean Bean and Theresa Russell. His first film role was in The Theory of Flight in 1998 with Helen Bonham Carter and Kenneth Branagh.
Stevenson’s first leading role was in the horror film Outpost in 2008. In that same year, he starred in his first Marvel film as Frank Castle in Punisher: War Zone. He starred as one of the Warriors Three, Volstagg, in Marvel’s Thor, Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok. He played Firefly in G.I. Joe: Retaliation. He was Marcus Eaton in the Divergent franchise. More recently, he took the role of the villain in the Indian film RRR as Governor Scott Buxton.
On TV, Sevenson stood out in his role as Titus Pillo in Rome. He even reprised the role of the Punisher in the animation The Super Hero Squad Show. He was nominated to play the role of Isaak Sirko in Showtime’s Dexter. He also starred in the History Channel series Vikings as Ohthere of Hålogaland in the final season.
In Star Wars, he voiced Gar Gaxton in Rebels and in The Clone Wars. He returned to the franchise as a new character named Baylan Skoll in the upcoming series Ahsoka.
Ray Stevenson Dies A Few Days Before His 59th Birthday
People will still be able to see his film 1242: Gateway to the West, which is currently in post-production. The release date for the film is currently unknown.
Ray Stevenson was supposed to star in the film Cassino in Ischia, portraying the role of Nic Cassino. Unfortunately, he passed away during the filming, and it remains uncertain whether he was able to complete his scenes. There is a possibility that he could be replaced by another actor. The release date for this film has not been announced yet.
Stevenson was previously married to actress Ruth Gemmell from 1997 until their divorce in 2005. He has three sons with his partner, Italian anthropologist Elisabetta Caraccia.
Losing an iconic legend is never easy. We extend our condolences to Ray Stevenson’s family, relatives, friends, and fans during this difficult time.
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