Rutger Hauer

Age: 70
Birthplace: Breukelen, Netherlands

Rutger Oelsen Hauer is a Dutch film actor. He is 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 is 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 discusses many of his movie roles. Proceeds of the book go to Hauer's Starfish Foundation.

Movie Character Year
Ks26aiszpsh2pmzm1xfoqt3zsad Turkish Delight Eric Vonk 1973
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Ce8m1igb51gbfkrp4xgr47nfrjy Fatal Error Rinus de Gier 1979
P64ttbzgcelxqhpamwmdhkwjlh2 Blade Runner Roy Batty 1982
I0qjm1zyclmfnylvwdysepguwhb Eureka 1983
E425ojoz8upv3hqu3sdgchrj6ud Ladyhawke Captain Etienne Navarre 1985
Cmcrjqe8rpz8gl3l8icsjynoldl Flesh + Blood Martin 1985
Phn2mvz3ympybpxca08xvvkancu The Hitcher John Ryder 1986
Hlukbfruimagcqcbcndvlgv6hy2 Escape from Sobibor Alexander 'Sasha' Pechersky 1987
To6jg6vbvnu59vctpvvkp3b0lg7 Blind Fury Nick Parker 1989
Hgkhpnfohnd72xntazsm0lvnpbi The Blood Of Heroes Sallow 1989
5tpbnfh2uoqjf5vrdehyohxhsct Buffy the Vampire Slayer Lothos 1992
Kwdmat4b1jtaahzttnpqvj0dpce Voyage Morgan Norvell 1993
Dk8iakhqf8a4pxjr4fxtztyeddy Fatherland SS-Sturmbannf├╝hrer Xavier March 1994
Gkj45wf3gxreuhg4lv7d2i9nnyk Omega Doom Omega Doom 1996
6t5dhvqzlnychotibkth0ejem4t Crossworlds A.T. 1997
Awdexo6kv6eid4xffg8m7ylsqpe Knockin' On Heaven's Door Curtiz 1997
Rxpxfvgqeqbojsy4usytbhnjydl The Call of the Wild - Dog of the Yukon John Thornton 1997
6awldzw9eajsznrumpxaccvz3ia Partners in Crime Gene Reardon 2000
Edzc3dvxbxx0vxueyi4ti9cjc1t Lying in Wait Keith Miller 2001
7iye1bzanqv66sj98qsbiu2av9v Salem's Lot Kurt Barlow 2004
Jgpnqymchm1rx8cstomelaox5zf Sin City Cardinal Roark 2005
Ipwwyczfuzml3f9w2dicu4gq5gb Batman Begins Mr. Earle 2005
2pcnq0qitbdu7luotjjkped9dx1 The Poseidon Adventure Bishop August Schmidt 2005
Spqayhzmne7kexcc7ku9wrd3a63 The Hunt for Eagle One Gen. Frank Lewis 2006
V4vyxde3njq16xbzqjtdii6abaj Minotaur Cyrnan 2006
1kvdu1vendj6zcujmd5ulbn4zm7 The Hunt for Eagle One: Crash Point Gen. Frank Lewis 2006
Vzuscbh2vaqvfcaa1riwu46o9hf Goal! II: Living the Dream Rudi van der Merwe 2007
1h9wsiz6ntx4ad0hfu3qpjuixgz 7eventy 5ive Det. John Criton 2007
Yboxxn7nhvbvca5ftrvc8xaosc5 Moving McAllister Maxwell McAllister 2007
Ficwbcuie7z3p7j2a7qv6ufrgbr Barbarossa Federico Barbarossa 2009
94jkskaofm3eu4bpsopkvb9aoht The Rite Istvan Kovak 2011
9vcrerinj77dzfpnpqq2ahkfcxw All for One Niemeyer 2011
Uek9jsv0g2vdwwrqoeudwixu4qw Hobo with a Shotgun 2011
1cdijlnstje3ncabgnjs1kwlo9y Dracula 3D Abraham van Helsing 2012
Fieznxac4ijds6q9yugbwuswcbb Agent Ranjid rettet die Welt Freek van Dyk 2012
V6olxe4yzktfofzsptdomgfmz9y RPG Steve Batier 2013
Mcce98boikbkrjzw3f94yoh73yx The Future Maciste 2013