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23rd May 2023

Marvel and Star Wars star Ray Stevenson dies aged 58

Jack Peat

His publicist has confirmed the news

Ray Stevenson has tragically passed away at the age of 58, his publicist has confirmed.

The Marvel and Star Wars star made his breakthrough in the ’90s on TV shows before landing his first major film role in King Arthur where he played Dagonet, one of the Knights of the Round Table.

Alongside starring roles in the Rome television show, Stevenson is perhaps best known for his 2008 role in Marvel film, Punisher: War Zone, where he played titular mercenary, Frank Castle.

He also portrayed Volstagg in the Thor franchise and is one of the main antagonists in the upcoming Star Wars series, Ahsoka.

“Getting to wield the light saber is just the best feeling in the world,” he said at a public appearance at Star Wars Celebration in April.

“The first time they handed it to for the camera test, I couldn’t help myself, I made the noise.”

Tributes have been pouring in on social media, with one person tweeting: “RIP legend.

“I’ll always stand by Punisher: Warzone on a totally kickass fun flick that people completely slept on.”

Another said: “Damn. He was the highlight of Season 7 of Dexter. RIP.”

“RIP to a true legend. My deepest condolences to his family and friends,” a third wrote.

A fourth added: “Really sorry to hear it. He was AMAZING as Titus Pullo in Rome!”

“His role in Rome TV show will always be remembered. May his soul rest in peace,” another said.

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