Rutger Hauer, Beloved Actor, Dies at 75
Beloved actor Rutger Hauer passed away on July 19th, at the age of seventy-five. He was at home when it happened, and had been ill previously.
Rutger Hauer was born on January 23rd, 1944 in Breukelen, Netherlands. While Hauer is famous for his life as an actor, that is not how his life started out. At the age of fifteen, he ran away to join the navy.
When he came home he spent some time studying acting, only to head off to the army shortly after. When he returned home this time, he picked up acting again—and kept at it. Hauer has a memorable list of roles he’s played, in movies that are all over the board.
Even while acting, Hauer was always outspoken about the causes he believed in. Most notably he was a strong supporter of Greenpeace. He founded the Starfish Association. The Starfish Association is a non-profit organization with the focus of spreading AIDS awareness.
Rutger Hauer leaves behind a wife and daughter, Ineke ten Cate and Aysha Hauer. We wish them the deepest condolences during this time.
Rutger Hauer leaves behind an impressive resume. He is credited in a whopping 173 films and shows. Some of these were extremely iconic or cult classics too, so his memory will live on for years to come.
His most famous roles include Roy Batty from Blade Runner, Hobo from Hobo with a Shotgun, Cardian Roark from Sin City, and Earle from Batman Begins. And that’s just barely scratching the surface of the roles he’s played.
The first credited role Hauer played is from 1968—but those scenes didn’t make the final cut. The earliest fans can see him would be in 1969, in the TV show Floris, where he starred in thirteen episodes.
Meanwhile, the last series Rutger Hauer will have an appearance in is still actively filming. The miniseries A Christmas Carol is still in production. Rutger Hauer portrayed the Ghost of Christmas Future. No word yet on if they had finished filming his scenes before he passed on.
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