Dave Legeno

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Dave Legeno
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Born
David Steven Murray

(1963-10-12)12 October 1963
Marylebone, London, UK
Died2 or 3 July 2014 (aged 50)
Cause of death Heat stroke and heat exhaustion
OccupationActor, mixed martial artist
Years active1994–2014
Spouse(s)
Angel Legeno
(m. 1984;div. 2007)
Children1

David Legeno (12 October 1963 2 or 3 July 2014) was a British actor and mixed martial artist.

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Life and career

Legeno was born David Steven Murray in Marylebone, London, England. [1]

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 voiced and motioned captured for 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]

Death

Legeno's 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 health problems 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 in London on 12 October 2014, which would have been Legeno's 51st birthday. It was held at Camden Underworld, the venue where Legeno 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 Legeno, and his favourite songs were performed live.

The film Last Knights was dedicated to his honour.

Filmography

YearTitleRoleNotes
1994–2003 The Bill Biker / Pete Wilson / Man at Boxing Match3 episodes
2000 Snatch John
Hope and Glory Royston Warrior1 episode
2003 Ed Stone Is Dead Muscle GuyEpisode: "Hi Honey, I'm Dead"
2004 The Getaway: Black Monday Eddie O'ConnorVideo game
2004–2005 EastEnders Tudor2 episodes
2005 Batman Begins League of Shadows Warrior #4
The Last Detective JustinEpisode: "Three Steps to Hendon"
2006The DealerBolt
Rollin' with the Nines Carl
Stormbreaker Bear
2007 Outlaw Ian Furlong
Roman's Empire Gangster1 episode
Rise of the Footsoldier Big John
Elizabeth: The Golden Age Executioner
Emmerdale Seamus Flint1 episode
2008 The Cottage The Farmer
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Fenrir Greyback
Command Performance Oleg Kazov
The Fixer Marty1 episode
44 Inch Chest Brighton BillyUncredited
2010 Centurion Vortix
Lennon Naked LesTV movie
Dead Cert Yuvesky
Bonded by Blood Jack Whomes
Spooks Gilles Rigaut1 episode
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Fenrir Greyback
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
The Incident J.B.
Big Fat Gypsy Gangster Gypsy Dave
Great Expectations Borrit1 episode
2011–2014 Borgia Guidebaldo de Montefeltro4 episodes
2012 The Raven Percy
Titanic Seaman Davis1 episode
Snow White and the Huntsman Broch
2013 Ripper Street GeorgeEpisode "The King Came Calling"
2015 Sword of Vengeance Osgar
Last Knights OlafFinal acting role
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Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
7 matches4 wins3 losses
By knockout11
By submission22
By decision10
Res.RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Win4–3 Herb Dean TKO (eye injury) Cage Rage 22 14 July 200715:00London, England
Win3–3 Dan Severn Decision (unanimous) Cage Rage 20 10 February 200735:00London, England
Win2–3Alan MurdockSubmission (rear-naked choke) Cage Rage 19 9 December 200614:10London, England
Win1–3 Kimo Leopoldo Submission (guillotine choke) Cage Rage 18 30 September 200613:21London, England
Loss0–3Mark EpsteinKO (punches) Cage Rage 17 1 July 200610:45London, England
Loss0–2 Ikuhisa Minowa Submission (achilles lock) Cage Rage 15 4 February 200612:21London, England
Loss0–1Alan MurdockSubmission (armbar) Cage Rage 14 3 December 200514:07London, England

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