Rutger Oelsen Hauer (Dutch: 23 January 1944 – 19 July 2019) was a Dutch actor, writer and environmentalist.
Hauer's career began in 1969 with the title role in the Dutch television series Floris, and surged with the hugely successful film Turkish Delight in 1973. After rising to international stardom with the film Soldier of Orange in 1977, he moved into American films such as Nighthawks and Blade Runner, starring in the latter as self-aware android Roy Batty. His performance in Blade Runner brought him leading roles in films such as The Osterman Weekend, Ladyhawke, Flesh+Blood, The Hitcher, Escape from Sobibor (for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor), Blind Fury, The Blood of Heroes, and Wedlock.
In the 1990s, Hauer moved into supporting roles in films including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Sin City, Batman Begins and The Rite, with occasional starring roles such as Hobo with a Shotgun. He founded the Rutger Hauer Starfish Association, an AIDS awareness organization. He was made a knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion in 2013
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