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MARVEL and STAR WARS Actor Ray Stevenson Dies at 58

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MARVEL and STAR WARS Actor Ray Stevenson Dies at 58 

By Movieguide® Contributor 

Actor Ray Stevenson unexpectedly died on Sunday in Italy at the age of 58. A cause of death has yet to be announced.  

Stevenson was best known for his roles in franchises such as Marvel’s THOR movies and several STAR WARS shows. 

Stevenson was born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. Stevenson attended the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and worked for many years in the British television world. However, in 1998, Stevenson made his film debut in THE THEORY OF FLIGHT. Years later Stevenson portrayed the role of a knight in the film KING ARTHUR and later he played the lead role in Marvel’s PUNISHER: WAR ZONE.  

Stevenson also starred in the TV mini-series SAINTS & STRANGERS, and other popular movies like THE BOOK OF ELI and THE THREE MUSKETEERS. He also made appearances in all three of the THOR movies.

Stevenson had also recently landed a role alongside Rosario Dawson in Disney+’s new Star Wars show AHSOKA.  This would be his third contribution to the STAR WARS franchise, having starred in both STAR WAR: THE CLONE WARS and STAR WARS: REBELS.  

In 2020, Stevenson did an interview with Backstage and revealed his acting hero’s, “the likes of Lee Marvin [and] Gene Hackman.” 

“Never a bad performance, and brave and fearless within that caliber,” Stevenson stated. “It was never the young, hot leading man; it was men who I could identify with.”  

Stevenson is survived by his three children: Sebastiano, Leonardo, and Lodovico. His children are shared by their mother, an Italian anthropologist, Elisabetta Caraccia.  

 A portion of Movieguide®’s review of SAINTS & STRANGERS reads

SAINTS & STRANGERS is an exciting, faith-oriented, jeopardy-filled two-part TV miniseries from National Geographic about the first year of the settling of Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 and 1621. The program starts with a preamble. Pilgrim leader William Bradford muses the Pilgrims crossed an ocean for God to build a new life and to worship as they pleased, while the merchant company came for fortune. Flash back to the small group of Pilgrims trying to survive the long journey on the Mayflower to America. On reaching Plymouth, the Pilgrims must find a way to survive while dealing with the sailors, soldiers and adventurers who came with them and the American Indians who live there.

SAINTS & STRANGERS is beautifully produced with a great authenticity that comes from great directing and great acting. The Christian faith of Bradford and the Pilgrims is affirmed in a deep, satisfying way. That said, these are not pristine characters. They are real people with real problems, but they have a real faith in Jesus Christ. MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for SAINTS & STRANGERS because of some foul language and intense violence.

 

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