Dave Legeno

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Dave Legeno
Dave Legeno.jpg
Born (1963-10-12)12 October 1963
Marylebone, London, England, UK
Died ca. 6 July 2014(2014-07-06) (aged 50)
Death Valley, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, mixed martial artist
Children Wendy Legeno

David "Dave" Legeno (12 October 1963 – ca. 6 July 2014) was an English actor and mixed martial artist.

Life and career[edit]

Legeno was born in Marylebone, London, England.[1] He was born David Murray, and tried to change his last name to Legend. However due to handwriting issues it was read as 'Legeno'.

Legeno's first major film role was in Guy Richie's Snatch. Since then he has had roles in Batman Begins, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, and Centurion. He played werewolf Fenrir Greyback in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.

He also lent his voice to the videogame The Getaway: Black Monday as a protagonist, Eddie O'Connor.[2] He was trained in various combat styles, including boxing, wrestling, judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Muay Thai.[3]


Legeno lived in England with his daughter, Wendy, his only known immediate survivor.[4]


His body was found by a pair of hikers on 6 July 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.[5][6][7]


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'Connell Video game
EastEnders (TV) Tudor
The Dealer Bolt
2005 Batman Begins League of Shadows member
The Last Detective (TV) Justin
2006 Stormbreaker Bear
2007 Outlaw Ian Furlong
Rise of the Footsoldier Big John
Elizabeth: The Golden Age Executioner
Roman's Empire (TV) Gangster
Emmerdale (TV) Seamus Flint
2008 The Cottage The Farmer
2009 Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Fenrir Greyback
Command Performance Oleg Kazakov
The Fixer (TV) Marty
44 Inch Chest Brighton Billy
Centurion Vortix
2010 Spooks (TV) Gilles Rigaut
Lennon Naked (TV) Les
Dead Cert Yuvesky
Bonded by Blood Jack Whomes
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
Great Expectations (TV) Borrit
Big Fat Gypsy Gangster Gypsy Dave
2012 Titanic (TV) Seaman Davis
Snow White and the Huntsman Broch
The Raven Percy
2013 Ripper Street (TV) George Episode "The King Came Calling"
2015 Last Knights Olaf
Sword of Vengeance Osgar Post-production
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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. ^ The Getaway: Black Monday profile, imdb.com; accessed 13 July 2014.
  3. ^ 60 SECONDS: Dave Legeno
  4. ^ Profile, sci-mx.co.uk; accessed 13 July 2014.
  5. ^ Emery, Debbie (11 July 2014). "'Harry Potter' Actor Dave Legeno Dies at 50". The Hollywood Reporter (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Harry Potter actor Dave Legeno dead in Death Valley". BBC News. 11 July 2014. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  7. ^ Notice of Legeno's death, suntimes.com; accessed 1 October 2014.

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