The 75-years-old died in the Netherlands on Friday after a short illness. His death was confirmed to the media by his agent.
Actor Rutger Hauer, who starred in the 1982 movie Blade Runner, has died. The 75-years-old died in the Netherlands on Friday after a short illness. His death was confirmed to the media by his agent, reports BBC. Hauer played the murderous replicant Roy Batty in Blade Runner. The movie, which also starred Harrison Ford, was directed by Ridley Scott. Hauer's funeral was held on Wednesday.
Hauer is famous for his dialogue in the movie, which he delivers to Ford at the end. It is said that he helped write the speech himself, which made it even more special. "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe," he is seen telling Ford. "Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die."
In an interview, Hauer said that he wanted to make his character – who had only a four-year lifespan – "make his mark on existence". "The replicant in the final scene, by dying," he said, "shows Deckard [Ford's character] what a real man is made of." Hauer was also famous for his vampire and horror roles that he's portrayed. He did an exceptionally good job as Van Helsing in Dracula 3D, and as the vampire Barlow in Salem's Lot — a 2004 mini-series of the Stephen King novel.
He joined the Dutch merchant navy when he was young, but returned to Amsterdam in 1962. He then studied acting briefly before quitting to join the army. But he knew his true calling was in the cinemas, so he ultimately returned to acting and got his major break in 1969 when he was cast in the title role of TV series Floris. His most famous role was the one in Blade Runner, but he's acted in a lot of movies over the years.
Hauer also acted in movies up until this year. He has also appeared in the films Sin City, Batman Begins, and the HBO series True Blood. Filmmakers and actors were deeply saddened by the news of his death and posted tributes to Hauer on social media. The Shape of Water director Guillermo del Toro posted: RIP the great Rutger Hauer: an intense, deep, genuine and magnetic actor that brought truth, power, and beauty to his films. My personal favorites: Flesh + Blood, Eureka, The Hitcher, Blade Runner, Ladyhawke, and Blind Fury.
Tribeca wrote: Rest in peace, the great Rutger Hauer, seen here during the making of BLADE RUNNER, Ridley Scott's 1982 noir-tinged sci-fi landmark, in which this magnetic actor crafted one of cinema's most captivating and unforgettable villains. Billy Dee Williams added: So sad to hear of Rutger Hauer’s passing. Working with this gentleman was a career highlight when we co-starred together in the 1981 movie #Nighthawks. Sending my condolences to all that he touched in his lifetime. #RIPRutgerHauer.
Sam Neil posted: I fought #RutgerHauer on ice! Not many people can say that. Vale Rutger- terrific screen actor and completely marvelous villain. #Merlin. Robert Rodriguez tweeted: One of the biggest highlights of my career was working with Rutger Hauer on Sin City. A truly commanding presence in front of the camera but also a consummate storyteller with a passion for mentorship and creating opportunities for new filmmakers. A remarkable generous spirit.