January 23, 1944
July 19, 2019
6 ft 1 in | 185 cm
91 kg | 200 lbs
Rutger Oelsen Hauer was born in Breukelen, Netherlands, on January 23, 1944, was a Dutch actor.
Young Rutger Hauer first started acting on stage, he landed his debut in a play "Ajax", in role as Eurysakes, at the age of 11.
He began his professional acting career as a stage actor with the Toneelgroep Noorder Compagnie.
He made his big screen debut in Dutch fantasy film Rumplestiltskin (1973) in role as The King.
He landed his English-language debut in British thriller film The Wilby Conspiracy (1975) in role as Blane van Niekerk.
He made his American debut in action thriller movie Nighthawks (1981) in role as Heymar "Wulfgar" Reinhardt / Eric.
He got his television debut in Dutch action series Floris (1969) in role as Floris van Rosemond.
Rutger's breakthrough performance came as Roy Batty in science fiction film Blade Runner (1982) for which he was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Break (2020) crime drama sport in role as Ray, opposite Luke Mably and Adam Deacon (posthumous release)
Tonight at Noon (2020) drama in role as Diego, with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lauren Ambrose and Connie Nielsen (posthumous release)
Mariette in Ecstasy (2019) drama in role as Chaplain, opposite Geraldine O'Rawe, Eva Marie Saint and Alex Appel (posthumous release)
Viy 2: Journey to China (2019) fantasy adventure in role as Ambassador, with Jackie Chan and Arnold Schwarzenegger (posthumous release)
The Hitcher (1986) road thriller opposite C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jeffrey DeMunn
Ladyhawke (1985) dark fantasy with Matthew Broderick, Michelle Pfeiffer and Leo McKern
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) biographical spy comedy opposite Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore and George Clooney
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) black comedy fantasy horror with Kristy Swanson, Donald Sutherland and Luke Perry
Soldier of Orange (1977) war drama opposite Jeroen Krabbé and Derek de Lint
Blind Fury (1989) action with Brandon Call, Terry O'Quinn and Lisa Blount
Flesh and Blood (1985) romantic historical adventure opposite Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Burlinson and Jack Thompson
The Blood of Heroes (1989) post-apocalyptic with Joan Chen and Vincent D'Onofrio
Turkish Delight (1973) drama romance opposite Monique van de Ven and Tonny Huurdeman
Surviving the Game (1994) action thriller with Ice-T and Gary Busey
Hobo with a Shotgun (2011) black comedy action opposite Pasha Ebrahimi, Robb Wells and Brian Downey
The Osterman Weekend (1983) suspense thriller with John Hurt, Craig T. Nelson and Dennis Hopper
Split Second (1992) buddy cop science fiction horror opposite Kim Cattrall, Alastair Duncan and Michael J. Pollard
Wanted: Dead or Alive (1987) action with Gene Simmons and Robert Guillaume
Spetters (1980) romance sport opposite Hans van Tongeren, Renée Soutendijk and Toon Agterberg
Wedlock (1991) science fiction action with Mimi Rogers, Joan Chen and James Remar
The Mill and the Cross (2011) drama opposite Charlotte Rampling and Michael York
Inside the Third Reich (1982) war history with John Gielgud, Maria Schell and Blythe Danner
Dracula III: Legacy (2005) horror opposite Jason Scott Lee, Jason London and Roy Scheider
Hostile Waters (1997) thriller with Martin Sheen, Max von Sydow and Colm Feore
Past Midnight (1991) neo-noir thriller opposite Paul Giamatti, Tom Wright and Natasha Richardson
Blind Side (1993) thriller mystery with Rebecca De Mornay and Ron Silver
The Poseidon Adventure (2005) adventure action opposite Adam Baldwin, Steve Guttenberg and Bryan Brown
24 Hours to Live (2017) science fiction action thriller opposite Ethan Hawke, Qing Xu and Paul Anderson
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) sci-fi adventure with Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne
The Sisters Brothers (2018) Western crime opposite John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix and Jake Gyllenhaal
He won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Lieutenant Aleksandr 'Sasha' Pechersky in British television film Escape from Sobibor (1987).
He was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his performance as SS-Sturmbannführer Xavier March in HBO thriller drama television movie Fatherland (1994).
Merlin (1998) NBC miniseries in role as King Vortigern
The 10th Kingdom (2000) fairytale fantasy miniseries in role as Huntsman
Smallville (2003) superhero television series in role as Morgan Edge
Salem's Lot (2004) TNT miniseries in role as Kurt Barlow
True Blood (2013-2014) HBO fantasy horror drama series in role as Niall Brigant
Galavant (2015) musical fantasy comedy series in role as Kingsley
Mata Hari (2017) drama history series in role as Stolbakken
Porters (2017-2019) British sitcom in role as Tillman
Channel Zero: Butcher's Block (2018) Syfy horror anthology television series in role as Joseph Peach
Attended a Rudolf Steiner school.
Attended the Academy for Theater and Dance in Amsterdam.
Had three sisters.
He was made a knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion in 2013.
Loved to ride motorcycles.
Founded the I've Seen Films International Film Festival.
Was an environmentalist.
Published his autobiography "All Those Moments: Stories of Heroes, Villains, Replicants, and Blade Runners" in 2007.
He was color-blind.
He was also known for his humorous Guinness commercials.
Featured in music video for Kylie Minogue "On a Night Like This" (2000).
Received the Golden Calf Culture Prize for his contributions to Dutch cinema in 2008.
Rutger died on July 19, 2019 in Beetsterzwaag, Netherlands, at the age of 75.
He was married to:
Heidi Merz, they had one daughter Aysha Hauer
Inece Tencate (1985-2019)