Actor Ray Stevenson, a Star Wars villain and a hero in 'Thor,' dies at age 58

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Ray Stevenson, the Northern Irish actor best known for his roles in Marvel's "Thor" films,

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the Star Wars franchise, "RRR" and the TV series "Rome", has died at the age of 58.

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His representative, Bret Norensberg, said he died in Italy on Sunday,

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but did not share further details. The Italian newspaper La Repubblica reported that while shooting "Casino in Ischia" in Italy,

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he was taken to hospital and died shortly afterwards. According to Deadline, the film, 

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directed by Frank Ciotta, stars Mr. Stevenson in the lead role, a former action film star trying to revive his career.

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Mr. Stevenson often appeared in film and TV series set in a more grim, gory time and place

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. He played a Knight of the Round Table who fought as hard as he drank in "King Arthur";

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a powerful politician in a dystopian future in the Divergent films; a heavily bearded,

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axe-wielding warrior in the Thor series; an 18th-century pirate on TV in "Black Sails"; and a villain in the upcoming Star Wars show "Ahsoka".

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Actor Ray Stevenson, a Star Wars villain and a hero in 'Thor,' dies at age 58