George Raymond Stevenson
25 May 1964
(m. 1997; div. 2005)
George Raymond Stevenson (born 25 May 1964) is a Northern Irish actor. He is known for playing Dagonet in the film King Arthur (2004) and Titus Pullo in the BBC/HBO television series Rome (2005–2007). He has portrayed two Marvel Comics characters: Frank Castle / The Punisher in Punisher: War Zone and The Super Hero Squad Show, and Volstagg in Thor and its sequels Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok. In the 2011 film Kill the Irishman, he portrayed mobster Danny Greene. In 2012, he appeared in the seventh season of Dexter as Isaak Sirko, as well as Porthos in Three Musketeers 2011. He also portrayed the character Blackbeard in the third and fourth seasons of Black Sails. He voiced Gar Saxon in Star Wars Rebels from 2016 to 2017 and Star Wars: The Clone Wars in 2020.
George Raymond Stevenson was born in Lisburn on 25 May 1964, the second of three sons born to Irish parents. His father who was a Royal Air Force pilot. He moved to England with his family at the age of eight, first settling in the Lemington area of Newcastle upon Tyne and later in Seaton Delaval. He attended the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating at the age of 29.
Stevenson made his film debut in The Theory of Flight (1998) as a gigolo hired to help Helena Bonham Carter's character lose her virginity. In 2002, he starred in the 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 12 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, he starred in King Arthur as Dagonet, a knight of the round table who sacrifices his life for his comrades. His 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, he played an antagonist in the comedy The Other Guys.
In 2011, Stevenson appeared in the film Kill the Irishman, based on the book To Kill the Irishman: The War That Crippled the Mafia, as Danny Greene, the Irish American mobster who took on the Italian mob in Cleveland in the 1970s. He starred as Volstagg, one of Thor's trusted comrades, in the 2011 Marvel film Thor. Also that year, he played Porthos in Paul W.S. Anderson's adaptation of The Three Musketeers. He played Firefly in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, released in 2013. He appeared in the Finnish-American thriller film Big Game. In 2014, he starred in the film Divergent, based on the first book of The Divergent Series. He reprised his role in the sequels, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, released in March 2015, and The Divergent Series: Allegiant, released in March 2016. In 2019, he was announced as a lead antagonist in the movie RRR, a Telugu film directed by S.S.Rajamouli scheduled to release in 2021. This marks his debut in the Indian cinema.
Stevenson is known for playing legionary Titus Pullo in the BBC/HBO series Rome. Other television work includes guest appearances in popular 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, and The Return of the Native. Some of his earliest parts were in two Catherine Cookson films: The Dwelling Place (1994) and The Tide of Life (1996). Stevenson reprised his role this time as the voice of the Punisher in The Super Hero Squad Show and played the role of Isaak Sirko in the seventh season of Dexter in 2012.
Stevenson's 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.
In 1997, Stevenson married English actress Ruth Gemmell in London; they had met on the set of Band of Gold (1995), and later played a married couple in Peak Practice (1997). They divorced in 2005 after eight years of marriage. Since 2005, Stevenson has been in a relationship with Elisabetta Caraccia, with whom he has three sons.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|1998||The Theory of Flight||Gigolo|
|1999||G:MT – Greenwich Mean Time||Mr Hardy|
|2008||Punisher: War Zone||Frank Castle / Punisher|
|2009||Cirque du Freak: 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|
|2013||G.I. Joe: Retaliation||Firefly|
|2013||Jayne Mansfield's Car||Phillip Bedford|
|2013||Thor: The Dark World||Volstagg|
|2015||The Divergent Series: Insurgent||Marcus Eaton|
|2015||The Transporter: Refueled||Frank Martin Sr.|
|2016||The Divergent Series: Allegiant||Marcus Eaton|
|2018||Accident Man||Big Ray|
|2018||Final Score||Arkady Belav|
|2021||RRR||Scott||Telugu film; Filming|
|1993||A Woman's Guide to Adultery||Journalist|
|1994||A Dwelling Place||Matthew Whitwell||3 episodes|
|1994||The Return of the Native||Clym Yeobright||TV movie|
|1995||Band of Gold||Steve Dickson||12 episodes|
|1995||Some Kind of Life||Steve||TV movie|
|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"|
|2005-07||Rome||Titus Pullo||22 episodes|
|2007||Life Line||Peter Brasco||TV movie|
|2009||The Super Hero Squad Show||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
|2014||Crossing Lines||Miles Lennon||4 episodes|
|2015||Saints & Strangers||Stephen Hopkins||TV miniseries|
|2016–2017||Black Sails||Edward Teach (aka Blackbeard)||Series 3 & 4: 11 episodes|
|2016–2017||Star Wars Rebels||Gar Saxon||Voice; 2 episodes|
|2017||Rellik||DSI Edward Benton||6 episodes|
|2019||Reef Break||Jake Elliot|
|2019||Medici||Ferdinand I of Naples||2 episodes|
|2020||The Spanish Princess||James IV of Scotland||2 episodes|
|2020||Vikings||Ohthere of Hålogaland||Main role (season 6)|
|2020||Star Wars: The Clone Wars||Gar Saxon||Voice; 2 episodes|
|2000||York Mystery Plays||Christ|
|2001||Mouth to Mouth||Roger|
|2003||The Duchess of Malfi||The Cardinal|
- "BBC - Press Office - Rome press pack phase two Ray Stevenson". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
- "Samuel Jackson Hunts a 'Big Game' (Trailer) -". bloody-disgusting.com. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
- Press Trust of India (20 November 2019). "SS Rajamouli ropes in Olivia Morris Ray Stevenson and Alison Doody for RRR". India Today. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
- Friedlander, Whitney. "'Divergent's' Ray Stevenson Joins Starz's 'Black Sails' as Blackbeard". Variety. Variety Media, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
- Koncienzcy, Rebecca (10 December 2017). "Where is the cast of Band of Gold now?". Liverpool Echo. Reach Plc. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
She married fellow Band of Gold actor Ray Stevenson in 1997, but the couple divorced in 2005.
- MARVEL SUPER HERO SQUAD VOICE CAST at The Comics Continuum
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