Dave Legeno

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Dave Legeno
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Born David Ronald Murray
(1963-10-12)12 October 1963
Marylebone, London, UK
Died July 2014 (aged 50)
Death Valley, California, US
Cause of death Heat stroke and heat exhaustion
Occupation Actor, mixed martial artist
Angel Legeno
(m. 1984; div. 2007)
Children 1

David Legeno (12 October 1963 – July 2014) was an English actor and mixed martial artist.

Life and career[edit]

Legeno was born David Ronald Murray in Marylebone, London, England.[1] He tried to change his last name to Legend; however, because of unclear handwriting it was read as "Legeno".

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.[2]


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.[3][4][5]

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.


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Snatch John
Hope and Glory (TV) Royston Warrior
The Bill Biker, Pete Wilson
2003 Ed Stone Is Dead (TV) Muscle Guy
2004 The Getaway: Black Monday Eddie O'Connor Video game
EastEnders (TV) Tudor
2005 Batman Begins League of Shadows Warrior #4
The Last Detective (TV) Justin
2006 The Dealer Bolt
Rollin' with the Nines Carl
Stormbreaker Bear
2007 Outlaw Ian Furlong
Roman's Empire (TV) Gangster
Rise of the Footsoldier Big John
Elizabeth: The Golden Age Executioner
Emmerdale (TV) Seamus Flint
2008 The Cottage The Farmer
2009 Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Fenrir Greyback
Command Performance Oleg Kazov
The Fixer (TV) Marty
44 Inch Chest Brighton Billy Uncredited
2010 Centurion Vortix
Lennon Naked (TV) Les
Dead Cert Yuvesky
Bonded by Blood Jack Whomes
Spooks (TV) Gilles Rigaut
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Fenrir Greyback
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Fenrir Greyback
Borgia (TV) Guidebaldo de Montefeltro
The Incident J.B.
Big Fat Gypsy Gangster Gypsy Dave
Great Expectations (TV) Borrit
2012 The Raven Percy
Titanic (TV) Seaman Davis
Snow White and the Huntsman Broch
2013 Ripper Street (TV) George Episode "The King Came Calling"
2015 Sword of Vengeance Osgar
Last Knights Olaf (final film role)
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Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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


  1. ^ Simon, Yara (11 July 2014). "'Harry Potter' Fenrir Greyback Actor Dave Legeno Dies Hiking in Death Valley". Latin Post. Retrieved 12 July 2014.
  2. ^ 60 SECONDS: Dave Legeno
  3. ^ Emery, Debbie (11 July 2014). "'Harry Potter' Actor Dave Legeno Dies at 50". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Harry Potter actor Dave Legeno dead in Death Valley". BBC News. 11 July 2014. Retrieved 12 July 2014.
  5. ^ "'Harry Potter' actor Dave Legeno dies of heatstroke in Death Valley". Chicago Sun-Times. July 11, 2014. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2014.

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