Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

Irish actor Ray Stevenson, who played the character of the evil British Governor of Delhi in S.S. Rajamouli's Oscar-winning movie, 'RRR', passed away on Sunday at the age of 58.

Shocked over the demise of Stevenson, helmer Rajamouli, paid tribute to the late actor through his Tweet.

Rajamouli’s Tweet read: "Shocking...Just can't believe this news. Ray brought in so much energy and vibrancy with him to the sets. It was infectious. Working with him was pure joy. My prayers are with his family. May his soul rest in peace."

A glimpse into Stevenson’s life & career

Ray Stevenson was born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland on May 25, 1964, on a British army base. While his father was a British pilot in the Royal Air Force, his mother is Irish. Stevenson moved with his family to Lemington, England in 1972 at the age of eight, and later the family shifted to Cramlington, Northumberland, where he was raised.

As a child, he dreamed of becoming an actor. However, he also thought that his dream was impossible to achieve. So, he pursued his other love, art, and went to art school instead.

Stevenson was an interior designer with an architectural firm in London. At the age of 25, he decided to try out acting. Eventually, he attended Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and graduated at the age of 29.

Stevenson began his career through TV shows in the 1990s. In the 2000s, he started playing action roles in Hollywood films. However, he bagged his first major film with Antoine Fuqua's 2004 adventure movie 'King Arthur', where he played Dagonet, one of the Knights of the Round Table.

Finally, in 2008, Stevenson landed a starring role in the Marvel film, 'Punisher: War Zone', where he played the titular mercenary, aka Frank Castle.

He is best known for playing Volstagg in Marvel's 'Thor' franchise.

Before his death, Stevenson starred in the upcoming action-adventure limited series, 'Ahsoka', a spin-off of 'The Mandalorian' from the Star Wars franchise. He played Baylan Skoll, a former Jedi who survived Order 66 by fleeing into the Unknown Regions. This was to be his last role.

Though he had a good innings in Hollywood, he is well-known in India for his character Scott Buxton in 'RRR' opposite 'Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade' actress and Bond girl Alison Doody.