Rutger Hauer Dies: ‘Blade Runner’ Bad Guy, Genre Star Was 75

Carla Harmon
July 24, 2019

Rutger Hauer, star of "Blade Runner", has died at age 75, Fox News has learned. He vaulted to the top ranks of Dutch stardom in 1973 opposite Monique van de Ven in Verhoeven's sexually explosive drama Turkish Delight, which became a box-office smash and garnered an Oscar nod as best foreign film. After completing a number of films for Verhoeven, Hauer gained attention in Hollywood playing a brutal terrorist in the 1981 Sylvester Stallone picture Nighthawks.

He was born January 23, 1944, in Breukelen, the Netherlands, near Amsterdam.

This was solidified following his 1988 win for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Film or Miniseries for his role as Lieutenant Aleksandr "Sasha" Pechersky in the TV Movie "Escape from Sobibor".

In his youth, he joined the Dutch merchant navy but returned to Amsterdam in 1962.

He then went on to become a touring member of the Noorder Compagnie before landing his big break in 1969 when he was cast in the lead role of "Floris".

In recent years he has appeared in some fan-favorite shows and films including Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins (likely due to Nolan's long noted obsession with Blade Runner), the graphic novel adaptation Sin City, the Grindhouse spin-off Hobo With A Shotgun, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, plus Smallville, True Blood, and Channel Zero. He would work again with Verhoeven twice more on "Soldier of Orange" and "Spetters".

Hauer was an outspoken environmentalist and AIDS activist.

He is survived by his second wife of 50 years, Ineke ten Cate, and a daughter, actress Aysha Hauer, from his marriage to Heidi Merz.

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