Renowned actor Ray Stevenson, famous for his role as British Governor Scott Buxton in SS Rajamouli’s blockbuster film RRR, has sadly passed away at the age of 58. Stevenson’s notable performances also include portraying an Asgardian warrior in the Thor films and a member of the 13th Legion in HBO’s Rome. The official social media accounts of RRR confirmed the news, leaving fans and colleagues shocked and saddened.
Late Monday night, a still of Ray Stevenson from RRR was shared on social media, accompanied by a heartfelt caption that read: “What shocking news for all of us on the team! Rest in peace, #RayStevenson. You will stay in our hearts forever, SIR SCOTT. #RRRMovie.”
SS Rajamouli, the director of RRR, expressed his condolences in a touching note. Sharing a picture from the film’s set, Rajamouli took to Twitter and wrote, “Shocking… Just can’t believe this news. Ray brought in so much energy and vibrancy with him to the sets. It was infectious. Working with him was pure joy. My prayers are with his family. May his soul rest in peace.”
Shocking… Just can't believe this news. Ray brought in so much energy and vibrancy with him to the sets. It was infectious. Working with him was pure joy.
My prayers are with his family. May his soul rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/HytFxHLyZD
— rajamouli ss (@ssrajamouli) May 23, 2023
Devastated fans of the actor also took to social media to mourn his untimely demise. One fan wrote, “Rarely actors capture the camera. What a solid screen presence he had. God bless his soul and give strength to his family. I wished to see more of him on screen.” Another tweet expressed, “So heartbreaking. He was a fantastic actor. His performance in RRR was spectacular!! You will be missed. RIP.”
Apart from his roles as Governor Scott Buxton and an Asgardian warrior, Ray Stevenson was recognized for portraying Volstagg in Marvel’s Thor franchise and Othere in Vikings. He lent his voice to the character Gar Saxon in the animated Star Wars series The Clone Wars and Rebels. Stevenson was also set to join Rosario Dawson in Disney’s upcoming The Mandalorian spinoff, Ashoka.
According to Deadline, Ray Stevenson was born on May 25, 1964, in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. He began his screen career in the early 1990s, appearing in various European TV series and telefilms. His breakthrough in the film industry came with his role alongside Helena Bonham Carter and Kenneth Branagh in Paul Greengrass’ 1998 drama The Theory of Flight. Throughout his career, Stevenson showcased his talent in movies such as Antoine Fuqua’s King Arthur (2004), Lexi Alexander’s Punisher: War Zone (2008), the Hughes Brothers’ The Book of Eli (2010), and Adam McKay’s The Other Guys (2010).
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