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MAY 23, 2023 (10:58)
Untimely Death of an Iconic Actor from Marvel and HBO Franchises
Born in Lisburn, Antrim, in 1964, Stevenson was the son of a Royal Air Force pilot and an Irish mother. At the age of eight, he moved with his family to Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in England. Throughout his life, he held a deep connection to Ireland.
In recent years, Stevenson has been known for his roles across TV and film. He starred in HBO's critically-acclaimed drama Rome as well as Punisher: War Zone and Marvel's Thor franchise. His last significant role was set to be Ahsoka in the upcoming Star Wars series.
The cause of death has not been disclosed yet, but it is known that he had been hospitalized on Saturday before his passing at Rizzoli Hospital on the Italian island of Ischia, where he had been filming Cassino in Ischia.
Tributes have poured in from co-stars across various projects, such as James Purefoy from Rome, who wrote on social media:
"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."
British actor Scott Adkins who starred alongside him in Accident Man also paid tribute, saying
"I'm shocked and saddened by the tragic news that a great actor and my good friend Ray Stevenson has passed away."
I'm shocked and saddened by the tragic news that a great actor and my good friend Ray Stevenson has passed away. I will miss you Big Ray! Life is short so make the most of it people. #RIP #RayStevenson pic.twitter.com/atcNWKLSYM— Scott Adkins (@TheScottAdkins) May 22, 2023
The Irish-born star will be remembered for many years following his untimely departure for his immense talent as an actor who could take on any role easily and gracefully while leaving behind a lasting legacy both inside and outside Hollywood.