Ray Stevenson (actor)

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Ray Stevenson
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Stevenson at the film premiere of Divergent in California on March 18, 2014
Born George Raymond Stevenson
(1964-05-25) 25 May 1964 (age 50)
Lisburn, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s) Ruth Gemmell
(1997–2005)
Partner(s) Elisabetta Caraccia
(2005–present)

George Raymond "Ray" Stevenson (born 25 May 1964) is a British film and television actor.[1] He is known for playing Titus Pullo in the BBC/HBO television series Rome (2005–2007), and in film as Dagonet in King Arthur (2004) and as Frank Castle/The Punisher in Punisher: War Zone (2008) and The Super Hero Squad Show. Stevenson appeared as Volstagg in Thor and Thor: The Dark World, based on the Marvel Comics character and as Cleveland mobster Danny Greene in Kill the Irishman. In 2012 he appeared in the seventh season of Dexter as Isaak Sirko.

Early life[edit]

Stevenson was born in Lisburn, in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, the second of three sons of a Royal Air Force pilot father and an Irish mother.[2] He moved with his family to Lemington, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, in 1972, at the age of eight, and later to Cramlington, Northumberland, where he was brought up. Stevenson attended Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating at the age of 29.

Career[edit]

Film[edit]

Stevenson has starred in several feature films, primarily in supporting roles. He made his debut in The Theory of Flight (1998) with Kenneth Branagh and Helena Bonham Carter, where he played the part of a gigolo hired to help Bonham Carter's character to lose her virginity. In 2002, Stevenson starred in a short film No Man's Land, which was the antipodal picture from actor/director Edward Hicks prior to his graduation from the London Film School. In the 12½ minute film, set during World War I, Stevenson portrayed an experienced Private who is forced to help a novice Officer (David Birkin), back to safety after they both find themselves trapped and isolated in "No Man's Land" during the Battle of Ypres. In 2004, Stevenson starred alongside Clive Owen and Keira Knightley in King Arthur. He portrayed Dagonet, a knight of the round table who sacrifices his life for his comrades.

Stevenson's first leading role in a film was in the Scottish horror picture Outpost (2008), portraying a mercenary pitted against Nazi zombies in a bunker somewhere in Eastern Europe. That same year, he also starred in Punisher: War Zone, as Frank Castle, "The Punisher," a former Marine turned vigilante after the murder of his family. In 2010, Stevenson played the primary antagonist in the comedy The Other Guys, alongside Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell.

In 2011, Stevenson appeared in the film Kill the Irishman, based on the book To Kill the Irishman, as Danny Greene, an Irish American mobster who took on the Italian mob in Cleveland, Ohio in the 1970s. He worked with Kenneth Branagh again, this time as a director, in the adaptation of Marvel Comics' Thor, starring in the role of Volstagg, one of Thor's trusted comrades. Also that year, he played Porthos in Paul W.S. Anderson's adaptation of The Three Musketeers. On 8 July 2011, Stevenson was cast as Firefly in G.I. Joe: Retaliation (which was released in 2013).

Television[edit]

He is perhaps best known for playing the character of legionary Titus Pullo in the BBC/HBO television series Rome. He shares the lead starring role in the series with Kevin McKidd.

His other TV-work includes guest appearances in popular TV series including Waking the Dead and Murphy's Law as well as lead roles in City Central and At Home with the Braithwaites. He has also appeared in several TV films such as Some Kind of Life in 1995, in which he co-starred with Jane Horrocks, and The Return of the Native, which also featured Catherine Zeta Jones. Some of his earliest parts were in two Catherine Cookson films: The Dwelling Place (1994) and The Tide of Life (1996). Ray reprises his role this time as the voice of the Punisher in The Super Hero Squad Show. Stevenson plays as Isaak Sirko in the 7th season of Dexter in 2012.

Stage[edit]

His stage work includes playing the part of Jesus Christ in the York Mystery Plays in 2000 at York Minster. In 2001 he took the part of Roger in the play Mouth to Mouth by Kevin Elyot, at the Albery Theatre in London with Lindsay Duncan and Michael Maloney. His most well-known part is perhaps that of the Cardinal in The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster with Janet McTeer at the Royal National Theatre in 2003.

Personal life[edit]

Stevenson was married in Westminster, London, in 1997, to actress Ruth Gemmell,[3] whom he met when they worked together on the TV drama Band of Gold (1995). They later played a husband and wife on screen in Peak Practice (1997). The couple divorced after eight years of marriage. His current girlfriend is Italian anthropologist Elisabetta Caraccia, whom he met while filming Rome. The couple have two sons: Sebastiano Derek Stevenson, born on 24 December 2007, and Leonardo George Stevenson, born on 11 April 2011.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Theory of Flight Gigolo
1999 G:MT – Greenwich Mean Time Mr Hardy
2004 King Arthur Dagonet
2008 Outpost DC
2008 Punisher: War Zone Frank Castle/The Punisher
2009 The Vampire's Assistant Murlough
2010 The Book of Eli Redridge
2010 The Other Guys Roger Wesley
2011 Kill the Irishman Danny Greene
2011 The Three Musketeers Porthos
2011 Thor Volstagg
2013 G.I. Joe: Retaliation Firefly
2013 Jayne Mansfield's Car Phillip Bedford
2013 Thor: The Dark World Volstagg
2014 Divergent Marcus Eaton
2015 The Divergent Series: Insurgent Marcus Eaton Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 A Woman's Guide to Adultery 'Journalist'
1995 Band of Gold Steve Dickson 12 episodes
1996 The Tide of Life Larry Birch
1997 Peak Practice Joe Higson 1 episode: "Home Truths"
1997 Drover's Gold Armstrong 5 episodes
1998 City Central DI Tony Baynham 32 episodes
1999 Love in the 21st Century Alex 1 episode: "Toyboys"
2000 Holby City Laurence Haney 1 episode: "Taking It on the Chin"
2000 The Bill Sgt. Gartland 1 episode: "Over the Edge"
2001 At Home with the Braithwaites Graham Braithwaite 11 episodes
2001 Dalziel and Pascoe Jeff Parry 1 episode: "Truth and Consequences"
2003 Red Cap Sgt. Chris Roxborough 1 episode: "Cover Story"
2003 Murphy's Law Robert Eaglan 1 episode: "Kiss and Tell"
2004 Waking the Dead Dr Tim Faulkner 1 episode: "Fugue States"
2005 Rome Titus Pullo 22 episodes
2007 Life Line Peter Brasco TV movie
2009 The Super Hero Squad Show[4] Frank Castle/The Punisher 1 episode: "Night in the Sanctorum"
2012 Dexter Isaak Sirko 9 episodes
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Guest Starring Role on Television

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 York Mystery Plays Christ
2001 Mouth to Mouth Roger
2003 The Duchess of Malfi the Cardinal

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