The British actor who portrayed the British governor in SS Rajamouli’s recent blockbuster film “RRR” has tragically passed away at the age of 58. The news was confirmed by the official social media handle of RRR.
According to an article published in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, Stevenson had been hospitalised on the island of Ischia while shooting for an upcoming film.
SS Rajamouli, the director of “RRR,” expressed his profound grief and sorrow over the untimely demise of the actor in an emotional note shared on social media.
Throughout his illustrious career, the British actor showcased his versatility and skill through various performances in popular films and English television shows, notably for HBI. Some of his iconic roles included Dagonet in “King Arthur” and Titus Pulli in the widely acclaimed BBC/HBO series “Rome.” Furthermore, he made his mark in the Marvel universe by portraying two beloved characters: Frank Castle in “Punisher: War Zone” and lending his voice to a character in “The Super Hero Squad Show.”
The actor’s television credits encompassed notable appearances in acclaimed series such as “Dexter,” “Black Sails,” and “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” solidifying his reputation as a versatile and accomplished actor.
Ray Stevenson’s journey in the entertainment industry began with his film debut in “The Theory of Flight” (1998), where he played the role of a gigolo hired to assist Helena Bonham Carter’s character in a pivotal moment. Over the years, he took on diverse roles and established himself as a prominent figure in the industry. Notably, he starred in the short film “No Man’s Land” (2002), set during World War I, portraying an experienced private who finds himself trapped in the harrowing reality of the battlefield.
The late actor’s performances were marked by memorable portrayals, such as Dagonet, a knight of the round table who selflessly sacrifices his life for his comrades in the film “King Arthur” (2004). He also garnered praise for his leading role in the Scottish horror picture “Outpost” (2008), where he portrayed a mercenary battling Nazi zombies in an Eastern European bunker.
In addition to his film and television work, the talented actor left an indelible impression on the theatrical stage. He notably portrayed Jesus Christ in the York Mystery Plays at York Minster in 2000, and his portrayal of Cardinal in John Webster’s “The Duchess of Malfi” at the Royal National Theatre in 2003 earned him widespread acclaim.
The actor’s personal life intersected with his professional career when he met actress Ruth Gemmell on the set of “Band of Gold” in 1997. The two tied the knot in London and even portrayed a married couple in the film “Peak Practice” in the same year. However, their marriage unfortunately ended in separation in 2005.
Recent news had revealed that Stevenson had been chosen to replace Kevin Spacey in the upcoming project “1242: Gateway To The West.” He was slated to portray a Hungarian Priest defying the Mongol Army, lending further anticipation to his future endeavours.