Rutger Hauer, the Dutch actor who is best known for his role as android Roy Batty in seminal Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner, died at the age of 75.
Hauer was at his home in the Netherlands when he died on Friday of an undisclosed illness, his agent, Steve Kenis, told The Hollywood Reporter.
His website declared the news in a statement that Hauer had died on Friday “after a very short illness… Rutger passed away peacefully at his Dutch home”.
It was his family decided to reveal the news until his funeral is done, which was held on the previous Wednesday.
Director Guillermo del Toro was the one among those who paid tribute to him. He called him “an intense, deep, genuine and magnetic actor that brought truth, power, and beauty to his films”.
“He was a wonderful man and terrific actor,” Kenis said.
Hauer has made many appearances in the Hollywood films and his first film in Hollywood was opposite to Sylvester Stallone in Nighthawks (1981). After that, he went on to appear on the big screen in films like-
- The Osterman Weekend (1983)
- Ladyhawke (1985)
- The Hitcher (1986), Wanted — Dead or Alive (1986)
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
- Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)
- Batman Begins (2005)
- Sin City (2005)
- Hobo With a Shotgun (2011)
- Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)
- The Sisters Brothers (2018)
Rutger Oelsen Hauer was born on 23 January 1944, in Breukelen, just south of Amsterdam, he was the son of actors. He started his career in the film industry in the year 1969 on the Dutch TV series Floris, directed by countryman and director Paul Verhoeven, who then cast him in Turkish Delight (1973) as well as Soldier of Orange (1977).
Recently, Hauer started working mainly in too low budget and cult films in past few years, comprises of Dario Argento’s Dracula 3D and Hobo with a Shotgun.
In Germany, Turkish Delight “played next to Cabaret and Last Tango in Paris, and it outplayed them!” Hauer in February 2018 told THR’s Scott Roxborough.
“At first, I couldn’t understand it. Looking back, it was the start of the sexual revolution, and I was on the cusp of that. I’m naked for three-quarters of the film. In Hollywood, they called it pornography. I saw it 25 years later, in the Directors Guild [theater]. And the audience was still shocked. I come from Holland. We’re not shocked.”
Hauer also played a sculptor in the film, for which he was nominated for the foreign-language Oscar.
“Rutger read that speech and then went on with a couple of lines about memories in the rain,” co-screenwriter David Webb Peoples told THR in the year 2017. “And then he looked at me like a naughty little boy, like he was checking to see if the writer was going to be upset. I didn’t let on that I was upset, but at the time, I was a little upset and threatened by it.
“Later, seeing the movie, that was a brilliant contribution of Rutger’s, that line about tears in the rain. It is absolutely beautiful.”
He was married twice, his first wife was Heidi Merz and after divorce, he got married Ineke ten Cate. He was also well known as an environmentalist and AIDS awareness activist.