Rutger Hauer

Rutger Hauer

  • Born on
    • January 23rd, 1944
  • Died on
    • July 19th, 2019
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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Acting (94 Credits)

2019Iron Mask as English Ambassador
2018Corbin Nash as StrangerWatch Free
2018The Sonata as Richard MarloweWatch Free
2018Samson as Manoah
2018The Sisters Brothers as The Commodore
2017Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets as President of the World State Federation
2017Gangsterdam as Dolph
201724 Hours to Live as Frank
2016Beyond Valkyrie: Dawn of the 4th Reich as Oskar HalminskiWatch Free
2015The Admiral as Maarten Tromp
2015The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power as King Zakour
2014The Letters as Benjamin Praagh
20142047: Sights of Death as Colonel Asimov
2013Il Futuro as Maciste
2013Real Playing Game as Steve Batier
2012Agent Ranjid rettet die Welt as Freek van Dyk
2012Dracula 3D as Abraham van Helsing
2012Metal Hurlant Chronicles as Kerm
2011The Heineken Kidnapping as Alfred Heineken
2011Hobo with a Shotgun as HoboWatch Free
2011The Mill and the Cross as Peter Bruegel
2011Black Butterflies as Abraham JonkerWatch Free
2011The Rite as Istvan Kovak
2011All for One as Niemeyer
2009Sword of War as Federico Barbarossa
2008Bride Flight as Old Frank
2007Dead Tone as Det. John Criton
2007Moving McAllister as Maxwell McAllister
2007Goal II: Living the Dream as Rudi van der Merwe
2006The Hunt for Eagle One as Gen. Frank LewisWatch Free
2006The Hunt for Eagle One: Crash Point as Gen. Frank LewisWatch Free
2006Minotaur as Cyrnan
2005The Poseidon Adventure as Bishop August Schmidt
2005Sin City as Cardinal Patrick Henry Roark
2005Zerkalnye voyny. Otrazhenie pervoe
2005Batman Begins as Earle
2005Dracula III: Legacy as DraculaWatch Free
2004Salem's Lot as Kurt Barlow
2002Confessions of a Dangerous Mind as Keeler
2002Scorcher as US Präsident Nelson
2001Flying Virus as Ezekial
2001Turbulence 3: Heavy Metal as Copilot MacIntosh
2000Slow Burn as Dr. Sam Dennis CharneyWatch Free
2000The 10th Kingdom as HuntsmanWatch Free
1999New World Disorder as David Marx
1999Simon Magus as Count Albrecht, the Squire
1998Tactical Assault as Capitaine John 'Doc' Holiday
1998Bone Daddy as Palmer
1998Merlin as King Vortingern
1997Hostile Waters as Cap. Britanov
1997The Call of the Wild as John Thornton
1997Redline as John Wade
1997Bleeders as Dr. Marlowe
1997Blast as LeoWatch Free
1997Knockin' on Heaven's Door as Curtiz
1996Omega Doom as Omega Doom
1996Crossworlds as A.T.
1996Precious Find as Armond Crille
1995Mr. Stitch as Doctor Rue Wakeman
1994Fatherland as SS-Sturmbannführer Xavier March
1994Surviving the Game as Thomas Burns
1994Nostradamus as The Mystic Monk
1993Arctic Blue as Ben Corbett
1993Blind Side as Jake Shell
1993Voyage as Morgan Norvell
1992Split Second as Harley StoneWatch Free
1992Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Lothos
1991Wedlock as Frank Warren
1991Past Midnight as Ben Jordan
1991Beyond Justice as Tom Burton
1989Blind Fury as Nick Parker
1989The Blood of Heroes as SallowWatch Free
1989Bloodhounds of Broadway as The Brain
1988The Legend of the Holy Drinker as Andreas Kartak
1987Escape from Sobibor as Alexander 'Sasha' PecherskyWatch Free
1986The Hitcher as John Ryder
1986Wanted: Dead or Alive as Nick Randall
1985Flesh+Blood as Martin
1985Ladyhawke as Captain Etienne Navarre
1984A Breed Apart as Jim Malden
1984Terror in the Aisles as Wulfgar (archive footage) (uncredited)
1983The Osterman Weekend as John Tanner
1983Eureka as Claude Maillot Van Horn
1982Blade Runner as Roy Batty
1982Inside the Third Reich as Albert Speer
1981Nighthawks as Wulfgar
1980Spetters as Gerrit Witkamp
1979Grijpstra & De Gier as Rinus de Gier
1977Soldier of Orange as Erik Lanshof
1976Max Havelaar as Duclari
1975Katie Tippel as Hugo
1975The Wilby Conspiracy as Blane Van Niekirk
1973Turkish Delight as Eric Vonk
1969Floris as Floris

Himself (2 Credits)

2015Unity as Himself - Narrator (voice)Watch Free
2007Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner as Himself


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