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David Ronald Murray|
12 October 1963
Marylebone, London, UK
July 2014 (aged 50)|
Death Valley, California, US
|Cause of death||Heat stroke and heat exhaustion|
|Occupation||Actor, mixed martial artist|
(m. 1984; div. 2007)
David Legeno (12 October 1963 – July 2014) was an English actor and mixed martial artist.
Life and career
Legeno's first major film role was in Guy Ritchie's Snatch. He had roles in Batman Begins, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Centurion, and Last Knights. Most notably, Legeno played the werewolf, Fenrir Greyback, in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, and Part 2.
Legeno lent his voice to the videogame The Getaway: Black Monday as a protagonist, Eddie O'Connor. He was trained in various combat styles, including boxing, wrestling, judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Muay Thai.
Legeno's body was found by a pair of hikers on July 6, 2014 in Death Valley, California, United States. Due to the remote area, a helicopter was called in to retrieve his remains. Legeno died of heat-related issues and may have been dead for three to four days before his body was discovered. No foul play is suspected.
A memorial evening took place on October 12, 2014, which would have been Dave's 51st birthday. It was held at The Underworld Camden, the venue where Dave had held his album launch in 2004. The memorial was attended by fellow cast members of Harry Potter and Snatch as well as by friends from the mixed martial arts community and music industry. Actors Tom Felton and Nick Moran and Cage Rage founder Dave O'Donnell spoke about Dave, and his favourite songs were performed live.
The film Last Knights was dedicated to his honour.
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Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|7 matches||4 wins||3 losses|
|Win||4–3||Herb Dean||TKO (eye injury)||Cage Rage 22||14 July 2007||1||5:00||London, England|
|Win||3–3||Dan Severn||Decision (unanimous)||Cage Rage 20||10 February 2007||3||5:00||London, England|
|Win||2–3||Alan Murdock||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Cage Rage 19||9 December 2006||1||4:10||London, England|
|Win||1–3||Kimo Leopoldo||Submission (guillotine choke)||Cage Rage 18||30 September 2006||1||3:21||London, England|
|Loss||0–3||Mark Epstein||KO (punches)||Cage Rage 17||1 July 2006||1||0:45||London, England|
|Loss||0–2||Ikuhisa Minowa||Submission (achilles lock)||Cage Rage 15||4 February 2006||1||2:21||London, England|
|Loss||0–1||Alan Murdock||Submission (armbar)||Cage Rage 14||3 December 2005||1||4:07||London, England|
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- 60 SECONDS: Dave Legeno
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