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Also Known As: Rutger Khauer, Rutger Oelsen Hauer Died:
Born: January 23, 1944 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Netherlands Profession: actor, director, co-producer, welder, carpenter, merchant seaman

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Classically handsome, physically impressive, and emotionally intense, Dutch actor Rutger Hauer first achieved fame in his homeland of the Netherlands before exploding on U.S. screens as some of cinema's most memorable villains. Determined to not fall victim to Hollywood typecasting, he went on to portray heroes, misfits and scoundrels in an incredibly prolific career that spanned decades. After gaining recognition in several films with Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven in the 1970s, he debuted on American screens as a psychotic terrorist in "Nighthawks" (1981). As impressive as that performance was, Hauer was unforgettable as the homicidal android Roy Batty opposite Harrison Ford in Ridley Scott's influential science fiction thriller "Blade Runner" (1982). Major film roles followed, with memorable turns in films like "Ladyhawke" (1985) and "The Hitcher" (1986). Although Hauer continued to work relentlessly in the years that followed, many of his choices seemed questionable, such as the blind swordsman comedy "Blind Fury" (1989). There would, however, be small gems of performances amongst the subpar efforts, with cameo roles in films like "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" (2002) and "Sin City" (2005),...

Classically handsome, physically impressive, and emotionally intense, Dutch actor Rutger Hauer first achieved fame in his homeland of the Netherlands before exploding on U.S. screens as some of cinema's most memorable villains. Determined to not fall victim to Hollywood typecasting, he went on to portray heroes, misfits and scoundrels in an incredibly prolific career that spanned decades. After gaining recognition in several films with Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven in the 1970s, he debuted on American screens as a psychotic terrorist in "Nighthawks" (1981). As impressive as that performance was, Hauer was unforgettable as the homicidal android Roy Batty opposite Harrison Ford in Ridley Scott's influential science fiction thriller "Blade Runner" (1982). Major film roles followed, with memorable turns in films like "Ladyhawke" (1985) and "The Hitcher" (1986). Although Hauer continued to work relentlessly in the years that followed, many of his choices seemed questionable, such as the blind swordsman comedy "Blind Fury" (1989). There would, however, be small gems of performances amongst the subpar efforts, with cameo roles in films like "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" (2002) and "Sin City" (2005), proving that he still had much to bring to the table as an actor. As uneven as Hauer's body of work had become, it was, nonetheless, admirable, not only for its sheer volume, but for the diversity of the characters he played and the commitment that he brought to every role.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Kickback (2015)
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 Rite, The (2011)
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 Alle for én (2011)
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 Bride Flight (2010)
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1959:
Worked as merchant seaman on tea schooner at age 15 (lied about his age; date approximate)
1960:
Joined the Dutch Army at age 16; applied to the officer's commission to become mountain climber, was eventually turned down
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Studied drama at the University of Amsterdam
1967:
Stage debut
1967:
Toured Dutch farmlands with a theater group for six years
1973:
Film debut, "Turkish Delight"; first film with Dutch director Paul Verhoeven
1975:
First English-language film, "The Wilby Conspiracy", a British feature set in South Africa starring Sidney Poitier and Michael Caine
1979:
Starred in his international breakthrough role, Verhoeven's "Soldier of Orange"
1991:
American film debut, "Nighthawks"
1982:
American TV debut, starring as Hitler's personal architect Albert Speer in "Inside the Third Reich", an ABC docudrama miniseries
1982:
Had breakthrough screen role as a replicant in "Blade Runner"
1985:
Starred opposite Michelle Pfeiffer in "Ladyhawke"
1987:
Co-starred in the TV-movie "Escape From Sobibor"
1992:
Played one of the undead in the film "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
1994:
Featured opposite Diane Keaton in the TNT biopic "Amelia Earhart: The Final Flight"
1994:
Starred in the HBO movie "Fatherland"
1998:
Appeared in the acclaimed NBC miniseries "Merlin"
1998:
Starred in the thriller "Bone Daddy"
2002:
Played a mysterious assassin in director George Clooney's "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind"
2005:
Starred as Earle, a businessman who has designs on Wayne Enterprises, in "Batman Begins," which stares Christian Bale as Batman
2005:
Starred in "Sin City" the adaptation of comic book icon Frank Miller's uber-noir series of grapic novels; co-directed by Miller and Robert Rodriguez
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Education

University of Amsterdam: - 1967

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wife:
Ineca Tencate. Married on November 22, 1985; after living together for 13 years.

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daughter:
Ayesha Hauer. Actor. Co-starred in "Welcome Says the Angel" (1995).

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