Rutger Hauer

Active - 1968 - 2020  |   Born - Jan 23, 1944 in Breukelen, Utrecht, The Netherlands  |   Died - Jul 19, 2019   |   Genres - Drama, Action, Adventure

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Tall, strikingly handsome Dutch actor Rutger Hauer, the son of drama teachers, ran away from his Amsterdam home at age 15 and spent a year aboard a freighter. After coming home, he took a variety of odd jobs while attending night classes to study acting. Afterwards he joined an experimental theater troupe, remaining with them for five years. He then landed a role in a Dutch TV series in which he played a swashbuckler. He debuted onscreen as the lead in Paul Verhoeven's erotically graphic film Turkish Delight (1973); his English-speaking debut came two years later in Ralph Nelson's The Wilby Conspiracy (1975), but it failed to establish him in Hollywood and he returned to making European films. He finally broke through in America as the sociopathic cold-blooded terrorist in the Sylvester Stallone vehicle Nighthawks (1981), after which he was frequently cast as steel-cold heavies in American films. However, his range extends beyond bad guys, as shown (for example) in his role oppposite Michelle Pfeiffer in the medieval romance Ladyhawke (1985). Most of his films since 1981 have been made in America.

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  • Parents were actors.
  • The grandson of a sea captain, he ran away at age 15 to work on a freighter.
  • Served in the Dutch army, but pretended to be mentally unfit for military service and was discharged.
  • Was the spokesperson for Guinness stout for six years.
  • In 1995, a Dutch stamp was issued portraying his role as Eric Vonk in Turkish Delight (1973).
  • In 2000, founded the Starfish Association, which helps children and pregnant women with HIV/AIDS.
  • Favorite film role is Roy Batty in 1982's Blade Runner.
  • The title of his 2007 memoir, All Those Moments: Stories of Heroes, Villains, Replicants, and Blade Runners, is taken from part of a speech made by his character in Blade Runner.
  • Founded the I've Seen Films International Film Festival in 2007.
  • Is an environmental activist.
  • Fluent in English, German, French, Italian, Dutch and Frisian languages.
  • Enjoys riding motorcycles.