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Rutger Hauer

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.

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Jan 23, 1944 In Breukelen, Utrecht, Netherlands
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Genderness
Latest Project:
Movie Journey to China: The Mystery of Iron Mask 2018-08-16
Known For
Poster of Smallville
Movie Genderness 2019
Movie Magic Flute Diaries Dr. Richard Nagel 2019
Movie Sin City - The Hard Goodbye Roark 2019
Movie Corbin Nash Stranger 2018-04-20
Movie Journey to China: The Mystery of Iron Mask English ambassador 2018-08-16
Movie Gangsterdam Dolph 2017-03-29
Movie The Broken Key Professor Moonlight 2017-11-16
Movie Drawing Home Carl Rungius 2017-12-01
Movie Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets President of the World State Federation 2017-07-20
Series Channel Zero Joseph Peach 2016-10-11
Movie The Worlds of Philip K. Dick Himself 2016-03-02
Movie Beyond Valkyrie: Dawn of the Fourth Reich Oskar Halminski 2016-10-03
Series The Last Kingdom Ravn 2015-10-10
Movie Unity Himself - Narrator (voice) 2015-08-12
Movie Clones Dr. Richards 2015-07-04
Movie Wax: We Are The X 2015-02-24
Movie Admiral Maarten Tromp 2015-01-29
Movie The Scorpion King: Quest for Power King Zakour 2015-01-09
Series Galavant Kingsley 2015-01-04
Movie The Letters Benjamin Praagh 2015-12-04
Movie Behind the White Glasses 2015-09-21
Movie Francesco Padre di Francesco 2014-12-08
Movie 2047: Sights of Death Colonel Asimov 2014-06-13
Movie Dracula 3D Abraham van Helsing 2013-10-04
Movie Real Playing Game Steve Batier 2013-08-28
Movie The Future Maciste 2013-09-06
Movie Agent Ranjid rettet die Welt Freek van Dyk 2012-10-18
Movie The Reverend The Withstander 2012-08-03
Series Metal Hurlant Chronicles Kerm 2012-10-27
Movie The Rite Istvan Kovak 2011-01-28
Movie All for One Niemeyer 2011-02-10
Movie Black Butterflies Abraham Jonker 2011-03-01
Movie The Mill and the Cross Peter Bruegel 2011-03-18
Movie The 5th Execution Khant 2011-03-24
Movie Hobo with a Shotgun Hobo 2011-05-06
Movie The Heineken Kidnapping Alfred Heineken 2011-10-27
Movie The Cardboard Village 2011-09-06
Movie Life's a Beach Jean-Luc 2010-01-01
Movie Dazzle 2009-01-01
Movie Barbarossa Federico Barbarossa 2009-10-09
Series True Blood Niall Brigan 2008-09-07
Movie Bride Flight Old Frank 2008-10-15
Movie Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner Himself 2007-12-18
Movie Starting Over Peter Rossen 2007-11-10
Movie Moving McAllister Maxwell McAllister 2007-09-13
Movie Dead Tone Det. John Criton 2007-05-16
Movie Goal! II: Living the Dream Rudi van der Merwe 2007-02-09
Movie Mentor Sanford Pollard 2006-04-28
Movie Minotaur Cyrnan 2006-03-11
Movie The Hunt for Eagle One Gen. Frank Lewis 2006-01-17
Movie The Hunt for Eagle One: Crash Point Gen. Frank Lewis 2006-06-27
Series De Wereld Draait Door Unknown 2005-10-10
Movie Mirror Wars: Reflection One 2005-09-01
Movie Dracula III: Legacy Dracula 2005-07-12
Movie Batman Begins William Earle 2005-06-10
Movie Sin City Cardinal Patrick Henry Roark 2005-04-01
Movie The Poseidon Adventure Bishop August Schmidt 2005-11-20
Movie Tempesta Van Beuningen 2004-05-10
Movie Scorcher US Präsident Nelson 2003-01-01
Movie The Bankers of God: The Calvi Affair Paul Marcinkus 2002-03-07
Movie Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Keeler 2002-12-30
Movie Warrior Angels Grekkor 2002-10-11
Series Alias Unknown 2001-09-30
Movie Killer Buzz Ezekial 2001-12-31
Series Smallville Unknown 2001-10-16
Movie Lying in Wait Keith Miller 2001-03-15
Movie Turbulence 3: Heavy Metal Copilot MacIntosh 2001-05-13
Movie Partners in Crime Gene Reardon 2000-01-07
Movie Slow Burn Dr. Sam Dennis Charney 2000-11-01
Series The 10th Kingdom Huntsman 2000-02-27
Movie On the Edge of 'Blade Runner' Himself 2000-01-01
Movie Tactical Assault Capitaine John 'Doc' Holiday 1999-01-01
Movie New World Disorder David Marx 1999-12-03
Series Merlin King Vortingern 1998-04-26
Movie The Ruby Ring Patrick Collins 1997-11-26
Movie Precious Find Armond Crille 1996-01-01
Movie Mr. Stitch Doctor Rue Wakeman 1995-11-20
Movie Surviving the Game Thomas Burns 1994-04-15
Movie Arctic Blue Ben Corbett 1993-01-01
Movie Blind Side Jake Shell 1993-01-30
Movie Beyond Justice Tom Burton 1992-12-02
Movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer Lothos 1992-07-24
Movie Blind Fury Nick Parker 1989-08-17
Movie Bloodhounds of Broadway The Brain 1989-11-03
Movie The Legend of the Holy Drinker Andreas Kartak 1988-09-01
Movie Escape from Sobibor Alexander 'Sasha' Pechersky 1987-04-12
Movie Wanted: Dead or Alive Nick Randall 1987-01-16
Movie The Hitcher John Ryder 1986-02-21
Movie Ladyhawke Captain Etienne Navarre 1985-04-11
Movie Flesh + Blood Martin 1985-08-30
Movie A Breed Apart Jim Malden 1984-07-01
Movie Eureka Claude Maillot Van Horn 1983-05-01
Movie The Osterman Weekend John Tanner 1983-10-14
Movie Inside the Third Reich Albert Speer 1982-05-09
Movie Blade Runner Roy Batty 1982-06-25
Movie Chanel Solitaire Etienne de Balsan 1981-01-01
Movie Nighthawks Wulfgar 1981-03-17
Movie Spetters Gerrit Witkamp 1980-02-28
Movie Fatal Error Rinus de Gier 1979-09-20
Movie Woman Between Wolf and Dog 1979-06-04
Movie Es begann bei Tiffany Ryder 1979-04-30
Movie Voor koningin en vaderland 1979-01-13
Movie Pastorale 1943 August Schultz 1978-04-20
Movie Mysteries Johan Nagel 1978-09-07
Movie Soldier of Orange Erik Lanshof 1977-09-22
Movie La donneuse 1977-05-03
Movie Cancer Rising 1975-09-18
Movie Cold Blood Cris 1975-07-18
Movie Katie Tippel Hugo 1975-03-06
Movie The Wilby Conspiracy Blane Van Niekirk 1975-02-01
Movie Dandelions Rick 1974-10-11
Movie Turkish Delight Eric Vonk 1973-02-22