Ray Stevenson was a Northern Irish actor who unfortunately died on May 22, 2023, in Ischia, Italy, at the age of 58.
He studied drama at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and began his acting career in the 1990s, appearing in British TV shows like Waking the Dead, Dalziel and Pascoe and At Home with the Braithwaites.
Stevenson gained international attention for his role as Dagonet in the film King Arthur (2004) and his performance as Titus Pullo in the HBO historical series, Rome (2005-2007).
He also appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Thor series as Volstagg, the Tollywood movie RRR, and was set to star in the original Disney+ Star Wars series, Ahsoka.
Stevenson was married to fellow actor Ruth Gemmell from 1997 to 2005, and they had a son together named Sebastiano Derek Stevenson, who was born in 2007.
In addition to acting, he had a passion for watercolor painting and art.
Ray Stevenson early life
Stevenson was born on May 25, 1964, in Lisburn, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, to a British father and an Irish mother.
He was the second of three sons, and his father was a Royal Air Force pilot.
When he was eight years old, his family moved to England, first settling in the Lemington area of Newcastle upon Tyne and later in Seaton Delaval.
Stevenson attended Bath Lane college on a design course before studying drama at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating at the age of 29.
Ray Stevenson cause of death
As mentioned above, Stevenson passed away on May 22, 2023, at the age of 58.
He died just four days before his 59th birthday.
His PR company Viewpoint confirmed his death to several news outlets like BBC and Variety but did not disclose how he died.
Stevenson was reportedly hospitalized during filming on the Italian island Ischia, where he was working on the movie Cassino at the time of his death.
His condition was ‘very serious’ when he was hospitalized, and it worsened the next day, leading to his death.
Stevenson’s cause of death remains unknown, and neither his representative nor his family has publicly announced it.
However, some reports suggest that he had a heart attack, which could hypothetically explain his sudden death.
There were also claims that he died from COVID-19 vaccine sudden adult death syndrome (SADS), but these claims were debunked.
His co-stars, including Rosario Dawson and James Gunn, mourned his death on social media.
Ray Stevenson career
Stevenson studied at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School before embarking on his career as an actor.
He appeared in numerous movies throughout his career, including King Arthur, Punisher: War Zone, Thor and The Transporter Refueled.
Stevenson was also known for his work on television, including his role as Titus Pullo in the HBO series, Rome.
He began his career in theater and continued to perform on stage throughout his career.
Ray Stevenson personal life
Stevenson was married to English actress Ruth Gemmell from 1997 to 2005, and they had three sons together.
After their divorce, he began a relationship with Italian anthropologist Elisabetta Caraccia, with whom he had three children.