LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 08: Ray Stevenson attends the Ahsoka panel at Start Wars Celebration 2023 in London at ExCel on April 08, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images for Disney)

The Irish actor Ray Stevenson, who played in shows like HBO’s “Rome” and the upcoming “Ahsoka” series, as well as films like “Punisher: War Zone,” “King Arthur,” and the “Thor” movie, passed away on Sunday in Italy, Variety has verified with his publicist. He was 58.

There was no listed cause of death.

Stevenson, who was born on May 25, 1964, in Northern Ireland, started his career as a TV actor in the 1990s before winning action parts in Hollywood films in the early 2000s. He played Dagonet, one of the Knights of the Round Table, in Antoine Fuqua’s 2004 action blockbuster “King Arthur,” which was his first significant acting job. His character in the movie gives his life in the course of the action in order to aid Arthur (Clive Owen) and his band of warrior brothers.

Stevenson was cast as Frank Castle, the titular mercenary, in the Marvel movie “Punisher: War Zone,” which was released in 2008. Before Disney bought the rights to the Marvel world and subsequently reintroduced the character in the Netflix series “Daredevil,” the movie was released in North America by Lionsgate. The Punisher was portrayed by Stevenson, who was the third actor to do so. In 1989, Dolph Lundgren made his direct-to-video debut as the vigilante, and Thomas Jane took up the role for 2004’s R-rated “Punisher.” A PG-13 revival of the series called “War Zone” only made $10.1 million at the box office, against a $35 million budget. Later, Jon Bernthal assumed the role in the Netflix series “The Punisher” and “Daredevil”.

Stevenson in the decade of 2010

featured in action films including “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” “The Three Musketeers,” and “The Book of Eli,” as well as franchises like Marvel’s “Thor” and Lionsgate’s version of “Divergent.” Stevenson portrayed Volstagg, an Asgardian hero and one of the Warriors Three who aided Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, in his second Marvel film. He appeared in the first three “Thor” films until being killed by Hela, the evil character played by Cate Blanchett in “Thor: Ragnarok.” Stevenson portrayed Marcus Eaton, the faction’s head on the city council and the father of Four (Theo James), in the “Divergent” film series.

Stevenson recently played the villainous Governor Scott Buxton in the Oscar-nominated Tollywood film “RRR.” Additionally, he will play a Jedi named Baylan Skoll in the Disney+ “Star Wars” series “Ahsoka” this summer.Grand Admiral Thrawn’s evil side and is an ally of his. Prior to this, he provided the voice of Gar Saxon in “Star Wars Rebels” and “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”

On television, Stevenson played Titus Pullo in the historical drama “Rome” on HBO from 2005 to 2007. He portrayed a Roman soldier who saw numerous significant historical events as the Roman Empire rose, alongside Kevin McKidd’s Lucius Vorenus. Throughout its two seasons, the programme won seven Emmys.

In addition, Stevenson performed the roles of Blackbeard on Starz’s “Black Sails” pirate series, the sailer Othere on Season 6 of “Vikings,” and the Ukrainian gangster Isaak Sirko on Season 7 of Showtime’s “Dexter.”

In addition to “Ahsoka,” Stevenson will also have posthumous credits for the films “1242: Gateway to the West” and “Cassino in Ischia.”

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