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Rutger Hauer

Rutger Oelsen Hauer (23 January 1944 - 19 July 2019) was a Dutch film actor. He was well known for his roles in Flesh + Blood, Blind Fury, Blade Runner, The Hitcher, Nighthawks, Sin City, Ladyhawke, The Blood of Heroes and Batman Begins. Hauer was born in Breukelen, Netherlands, to drama teachers Arend and Teunke, and grew up in Amsterdam. Since his parents were very occupied with their careers, he and his three sisters (one older, two younger) were raised mostly by nannies. At the age of 15, Hauer ran off to sea and spent a year scrubbing decks aboard a freighter. Returning home, he worked as an electrician and a carpenter for three years while attending acting classes at night school. He went on to join an experimental troupe, with which he remained for five years before he was cast in the lead role in the very successful 1969 television series Floris, a Dutch Ivanhoe-like medieval action drama. The role made him famous in his native country. Hauer's career changed course when director Paul Verhoeven cast him as the lead in Turkish Delight (1973) (based on the Jan Wolkers book of the same name). The movie found box-office favour abroad as well as at home, and within two years, its star was invited to make his English-language debut in the British film The Wilby Conspiracy (1975). Set in South Africa and starring Michael Caine and Sidney Poitier, the film was an action melodrama with a focus on apartheid. Hauer's supporting role, however, was barely noticed in Hollywood, and he returned to Dutch films for several years. Hauer made his American debut in the Sylvester Stallone vehicle Nighthawks (1981), cast as a psychopathic and cold-blooded terrorist named "Wolfgar" (after a character in the Old English poem Beowulf). The following year, he appeared in arguably his most famous and acclaimed role as the eccentric, violent, yet sympathetic replicant Roy Batty in Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi thriller, Blade Runner. Hauer was a dedicated environmentalist. He fought for the release of Greenpeace's co-founder, Paul Watson, who was convicted in 1994 for sinking a Norwegian whaling vessel. Hauer has also established an AIDS awareness foundation called the Rutger Hauer Starfish Foundation. He married his second wife, Ineke, in 1985 (they had been together since 1968); and he has one child, actress Aysha Hauer, who was born in 1966 and who made him a grandfather in 1988. In April 2007, he published his autobiography All Those Moments: Stories of Heroes, Villains, Replicants, and Blade Runners (co-written with Patrick Quinlan) where he discussed many of his movie roles. Proceeds of the book go to Hauer's Starfish Foundation.

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Jan 23, 1944 In Breukelen, Utrecht, Netherlands
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Dandelions 1974-10-11
Latest Project:
Movie Emperor 2022
Known For
Movie Emperor John The Constant 2022
Movie Break Ray 2020-04-20
Movie Iron Mask English Ambassador 2019-08-16
Movie The Sisters Brothers The Commodore 2018-09-19
Movie The Sonata Richard Marlowe 2018-11-15
Movie Uncle Howard Self (archive footage) 2017-03-10
Series Mata Hari Стольбаккен 2017-03-20
Movie Gangsterdam Dolph 2017-03-29
Movie Drawing Home Carl Rungius 2017-12-01
Movie 24 Hours to Live Frank 2017-10-26
Movie Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets President of the World State Federation 2017-07-20
Movie The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power King Zakour 2015-01-09
Movie Wax: We Are The X 2015-02-24
Movie Fifty Shades of Erotica 2015-04-13
Movie Unity Himself - Narrator (voice) 2015-08-12
Movie 2047: Sights of Death Colonel Asimov 2014-06-13
Movie The Future Maciste 2013-09-06
Movie All for One Niemeyer 2011-02-10
Movie The Rite Istvan Kovak 2011-01-28
Movie The Heineken Kidnapping Alfred Heineken 2011-10-27
Movie Life's a Beach Jean-Luc 2010-01-01
Movie Dazzle 2009-01-01
Movie Barbarossa Federico Barbarossa 2009-10-09
Movie Bride Flight Old Frank 2008-10-15
Movie Goal! II: Living the Dream Rudi van der Merwe 2007-02-09
Movie Moving McAllister Maxwell McAllister 2007-09-13
Movie Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner Himself 2007-12-18
Movie Starting Over Peter Rossen 2007-11-10
Movie Mentor Sanford Pollard 2006-04-28
Movie Sin City Cardinal Patrick Henry Roark 2005-04-01
Movie Batman Begins Earle 2005-06-10
Movie The Poseidon Adventure Bishop August Schmidt 2005-11-20
Movie Dracula III: Legacy Dracula 2005-07-12
Series Salem's Lot Kurt Barlow 2004-06-20
Movie Warrior Angels Grekkor 2002-10-11
Movie Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Keeler 2002-12-31
Movie The Room 2001-04-03
Movie Turbulence 3: Heavy Metal Copilot MacIntosh 2001-05-13
Movie Killer Buzz Ezekial 2001-12-31
Series The 10th Kingdom Huntsman 2000-02-27
Movie Slow Burn Dr. Sam Dennis Charney 2000-11-01
Movie New World Disorder David Marx 1999-12-03
Movie Simon Magus Count Albrecht, the Squire 1999-02-17
Series Merlin King Vortingern 1998-04-26
Movie Knockin' on Heaven's Door Curtiz 1997-02-20
Movie Hostile Waters Cap. Britanov 1997-10-18
Movie The Ruby Ring Patrick Collins 1997-11-26
Movie Omega Doom Omega Doom 1996-01-01
Movie Crossworlds A.T. 1996-10-30
Movie Blood of the Innocent Dr. Lem 1994-01-01
Movie Nostradamus The Mystic Monk 1994-01-01
Movie Amelia Earhart: The Final Flight Fred Noonan 1994-06-12
Movie Fatherland SS-Sturmbannführer Xavier March 1994-11-26
Movie Blind Side Jake Shell 1993-01-30
Movie Voyage Morgan Norvell 1993-06-01
Movie Past Midnight Ben Jordan 1991-01-01
Movie Wedlock Frank Warren 1991-05-10
Movie Desert Law Tom Burton 1991-03-19
Movie Bloodhounds of Broadway The Brain 1989-11-03
Movie The Legend of the Holy Drinker Andreas Kartak 1988-09-01
Movie Wanted: Dead or Alive Nick Randall 1987-01-16
Movie The Hitcher John Ryder 1986-02-21
Movie Ladyhawke Captain Etienne Navarre 1985-03-27
Movie Flesh + Blood Martin 1985-08-30
Movie A Breed Apart Jim Malden 1984-06-01
Movie Eureka Claude Maillot Van Horn 1983-05-01
Movie The Osterman Weekend John Tanner 1983-10-14
Movie Blade Runner Roy Batty 1982-06-25
Movie Inside the Third Reich Albert Speer 1982-05-09
Movie Nighthawks Wulfgar 1981-03-17
Movie Woman in a Twilight Garden 1979-06-04
Movie Pastorale 1943 August Schultz 1978-04-20
Movie Soldier of Orange Erik Lanshof 1977-09-22
Movie Max Havelaar Duclari 1976-09-09
Movie Naked and Lustful 1976-11-01
Movie The Wilby Conspiracy Blane Van Niekirk 1975-02-01
Movie Katie Tippel Hugo 1975-03-06
Series Floris von Rosemund Floris 1975-08-09
Movie Cold Blood Cris 1975-07-18
Movie Dandelions Rick 1974-10-11