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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 Corbin Nash
Latest Project:
Movie Sin City - The Hard Goodbye 2019
Known For
Poster of Zerkalnie voyni: Otrazhenie pervoye
Poster of Salem's Lot
Poster of The Call of the Wild: Dog of the Yukon
Poster of Chanel Solitaire
Movie Sin City - The Hard Goodbye Roark 2019
Movie Tonight at Noon Diego 2019
Movie Magic Flute Diaries Dr. Richard Nagel 2019
Movie Corbin Nash Stranger 2019
Movie Gangsterdam Dolph 2017-03-29
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
Movie Beyond Valkyrie: Dawn of the 4th Reich Oskar Halminski 2016-10-03
Series Het gestolen kasteel Unknown 2016
Series De koperen hond Unknown 2016
Movie Dietro gli occhiali bianchi 2015-09-21
Movie Unity Himself - Narrator (voice) 2015-08-12
Series The Last Kingdom Ravn 2015-10-10
Movie The Letters Benjamin Praagh 2015-12-04
Movie Wax: We Are The X 2015-02-24
Movie The Scorpion King: Quest for Power King Zakour 2015-01-09
Movie Michiel de Ruyter Maarten Tromp 2015-01-29
Movie Francesco Padre di Francesco 2014-12-08
Movie 2047 - Sights of Death Colonel Asimov 2014-06-13
Movie Flight of the Storks Sonderman 2013-12-20
Movie Il futuro Maciste 2013-09-06
Movie Real Playing Game Steve Batier 2013-08-28
Movie Dracula 3D Abraham van Helsing 2012-11-09
Series Metal Hurlant Chronicles Kerm 2012-10-27
Movie Agent Ranjid rettet die Welt Freek van Dyk 2012-10-18
Movie The Reverend The Withstander 2012-08-03
Movie Black Butterflies Abraham Jonker 2011-02-06
Movie The Rite Istvan Kovak 2011-01-28
Movie Hobo with a Shotgun Hobo 2011-05-06
Movie Alle for én Niemeyer 2011-02-10
Movie Młyn i krzyż Peter Bruegel 2011-03-18
Movie Ключ Саламандры Khant 2011-03-24
Movie More Blood, More Heart: The Making of Hobo with a Shotgun Himself 2011-07-04
Movie Il villaggio di cartone 2011-09-06
Movie De Heineken Ontvoering Alfred Heineken 2011-10-27
Movie Life's a Beach Jean-Luc 2010-01-01
Movie Barbarossa Federico Barbarossa 2009-10-09
Movie Oogverblindend 2009-01-01
Movie Bride Flight Old Frank 2008-10-15
Series True Blood Niall Brigan 2008-09-07
Movie Moving McAllister Maxwell McAllister 2007-09-13
Series Zomer Draait Door, De Unknown 2007-06-02
Movie Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner Himself 2007-12-18
Movie Starting Over Peter Rossen 2007-11-10
Movie 7eventy 5ive 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 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
Movie Minotaur Cyrnan 2006-03-11
Movie The Poseidon Adventure Bishop August Schmidt 2005-11-20
Series De Wereld Draait Door Unknown 2005-10-10
Movie Zerkalnie voyni: Otrazhenie pervoye 2005-09-01
Movie Dracula III: Legacy Dracula 2005-07-12
Movie Batman Begins Earle 2005-06-10
Movie Sin City Cardinal Patrick Henry Roark 2005-04-01
Movie Salem's Lot Kurt Barlow 2004-06-20
Movie Tempesta Van Beuningen 2004-05-10
Movie Scorcher US Präsident Nelson 2003-01-01
Movie Warrior Angels Grekkor 2002-10-11
Series V Graham Norton Unknown 2002-05-06
Movie Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Keeler 2002-12-30
Movie Killer Buzz Ezekial 2001-12-31
Series Smallville Unknown 2001-10-16
Series Alias Unknown 2001-09-30
Movie Turbulence 3: Heavy Metal Copilot MacIntosh 2001-05-13
Movie Lying in Wait Keith Miller 2001-03-15
Movie On the Edge of 'Blade Runner' Himself 2000-01-01
Movie Partners in Crime Gene Reardon 2000-01-07
Movie The 10th Kingdom Huntsman 2000-02-25
Movie Slow Burn Dr. Sam Dennis Charney 2000-11-01
Series The 10th Kingdom The Huntsman 2000-02-27
Movie New World Disorder David Marx 1999-12-03
Movie Tactical Assault Capitaine John 'Doc' Holiday 1999-01-01
Movie Merlin King Vortigern 1998-04-26
Series Merlin King Vortingern 1998-04-26
Movie Knockin' on Heaven's Door Curtiz 1997-02-20
Movie Deathline John Wade 1997-12-22
Movie Hostile Waters Cap. Britanov 1997-10-18
Movie The Ruby Ring Patrick Collins 1997-11-26
Movie Blast Leo 1997-03-13
Series Lexx Unknown 1997-04-18
Movie Lexx 1.3: Eating Pattern Bog 1997-09-04
Movie The Call of the Wild: Dog of the Yukon John Thornton 1997-06-22
Movie Bleeders Dr. Marlowe 1997-07-31
Movie Crossworlds A.T. 1996-10-30
Movie Paul Verhoeven: From Holland to Hollywood Himself 1996-01-08
Movie Precious Find Armond Crille 1996-01-01
Movie Omega Doom Omega Doom 1996-01-01
Movie Mr. Stitch Doctor Rue Wakeman 1995-11-20
Movie Beyond Forgiveness 1995-01-01
Movie The Beans of Egypt, Maine 1994-01-01
Movie Nostradamus The Mystic Monk 1994-01-01
Movie Surviving the Game Thomas Burns 1994-04-15
Movie Fatherland SS-Sturmbannführer Xavier March 1994-11-26
Movie Amelia Earhart: The Final Flight Fred Noonan 1994-06-12
Movie Voyage Morgan Norvell 1993-06-01
Movie Blind Side Jake Shell 1993-01-30
Movie Arctic Blue Ben Corbett 1993-01-01
Movie Artic Blue 1993-01-01
Movie The Revenge of the Dead Indians Himself 1993-01-01
Movie Beyond Justice Tom Burton 1992-12-02
Movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer Lothos 1992-07-24
Movie Split Second Harley Stone 1992-05-01
Movie Past Midnight Ben Jordan 1991-01-01
Movie Wedlock Frank Warren 1991-05-10
Movie The Blood of Heroes Sallow 1989-10-19
Movie Blind Fury Nick Parker 1989-08-17
Movie Bloodhounds of Broadway The Brain 1989-11-03
Movie On a Moonlit Night John Knott 1989-09-05
Movie La leggenda del santo bevitore 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 1985-03-27
Movie Flesh + Blood Martin 1985-08-30
Movie A Breed Apart Jim Malden 1984-07-01
Movie The Osterman Weekend John Tanner 1983-10-14
Movie Eureka Claude Maillot Van Horn 1983-05-01
Movie Blade Runner Roy Batty 1982-06-25
Movie Inside the Third Reich Albert Speer 1982-05-09
Movie Nighthawks Wulfgar 1981-03-17
Movie Chanel Solitaire Etienne de Balsan 1981-01-01
Movie Spetters Gerrit Witkamp 1980-02-28
Movie Een vrouw tussen hond en wolf 1979-06-04
Movie Grijpstra & De Gier Rinus de Gier 1979-09-20
Movie Es begann bei Tiffany Ryder 1979-04-30
Series Duel in de diepte Unknown 1979-10-02
Movie Mysteries Johan Nagel 1978-09-07
Movie Pastorale 1943 August Schultz 1978-04-20
Movie Soldaat van Oranje Erik Lanshof 1977-09-22
Movie Het jaar van de kreeft 1975-09-18
Movie Das Amulett des Todes Cris 1975-07-18
Movie Keetje Tippel Hugo 1975-03-06
Movie The Wilby Conspiracy Blane Van Niekirk 1975-02-01
Movie Turks Fruit Eric Vonk 1973-02-22
Series Floris Floris 1969-10-15