David "Dave" Legeno (12 October 1963 – July 2014) was an English actor, boxer, and mixed martial artist.
Life and career
Legeno was born in Marylebone, London, England. He has been quoted as saying that he wanted to act since he read Shakespeare's Richard III. Legeno attended Dr Challoner's Grammar School for Boys in Amersham. He later studied performing arts at a college in America before he began to have roles in advertisements.
Legeno worked as a bouncer, debt collector, and wrestler, before becoming a boxer. His wrestling nickname was Lone Wolf. 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.
Legeno was versed in many combat styles, including boxing, wrestling, judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Muay Thai. He began his professional MMA career at the age of 42 at Cage Rage 14.
Legeno lived in Southern England with his daughter. His interests included poetry, reading, and playing the guitar. He has said that his goal is "to strive, to seek, to find and not to yield".
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. It appears Legeno died of heat-related issues and may have been dead for three to four days before his body was discovered.
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Snatch John
2005 Batman Begins League of Shadows member
2006 Stormbreaker Bear
2007 Outlaw Ian Furlong
Rise of the Footsoldier Big John
Elizabeth: The Golden Age Executioner
2008 The Cottage The Farmer
2009 Harry Potter and the Half Blood PrinceFenrir Greyback
Command Performance Oleg Kazov
44 Inch Chest Brighton Billy
2010 Spooks (TV)Gilles Rigaut
Lennon Naked (TV) Les
Dead Cert Yuvesky
Bonded by Blood Jack Whomes
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1Fenrir Greyback
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2Fenrir Greyback
2012 Snow White and the HuntsmanBroch
The Raven Percy
2014 The Last Knights OlafPost-production Sword of Vengeance OsgarPost-production Petroleum Spirit IvanPre-production
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