Rutger Hauer

23 Jan 1944


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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Filmography (84 titles)

(movie, 2018)
···The Sonata
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Role: Actor
(movie, 2018)
···The Sisters Brothers
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Western
Role: Actor (as The Commodore)
(movie, 2017)
···24 Hours to Live
Genre: Action, Science Fiction, Thriller, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Frank)
Genre: Adventure, Science Fiction, Action
Role: Actor (as President of the World State Federation)
Genre: Action, War, History
Role: Actor (as Oskar Halminski)
(movie, 2015)
···The Letters
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Benjamin Praagh)
(movie, 2015)
···Michiel de Ruyter
Genre: Adventure, Action, Drama, History
Role: Actor (as Maarten Tromp)
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Adventure
Role: Actor (as King Zakour)
(movie, 2014)
···2047 - Sights of Death
Genre: Action, Science Fiction, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Colonel Asimov)
(movie, 2013)
···Il futuro
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Maciste)
(movie, 2013)
···Real Playing Game
Genre: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Steve Batier)
(movie, 2012)
···Dracula 3D
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Romance
Role: Actor (as Abraham van Helsing)
(movie, 2011)
···De Heineken Ontvoering
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller, Foreign
Role: Actor (as Alfred Heineken)
(movie, 2011)
3.5Hobo with a Shotgun
Genre: Action, Comedy, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Hobo)
(movie, 2011)
···The Mill and the Cross
Genre: Drama, Foreign, History
Role: Actor (as Peter Bruegel)
(movie, 2011)
···Black Butterflies
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Abraham Jonker)
(movie, 2011)
7.0The Rite
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Horror
Role: Actor (as Istvan Kovak)
(movie, 2011)
···Il villaggio di cartone
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Il sacrestano)
(movie, 2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Victor Spoon)
(movie, 2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller, Romance, Foreign
Role: Actor (as Federico Barbarossa)
(movie, 2009)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor
(movie, 2008)
···Magic Flute Diaries
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Dr. Richard Nagel)
(movie, 2007)
···7eventy 5ive
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Det. John Criton)
(movie, 2007)
···Goal! II: Living the Dream
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Rudi van der Merwe)
(movie, 2007)
···Moving McAllister
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Maxwell McAllister)
(movie, 2006)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Horror
Role: Actor (as Cyrnan)
(movie, 2006)
···The Hunt for Eagle One
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Action, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Gen. Frank Lewis)
(movie, 2006)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Sanford Pollard)
(movie, 2005)
8.8Batman Begins
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Earle)
(movie, 2005)
8.7Sin City
Genre: Action, Thriller, Crime
Role: Actor (as Cardinal Patrick Henry Roark)
(movie, 2004)
···Salem's Lot
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Kurt Barlow)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller, Romance
Role: Actor (as Keeler)
(movie, 2001)
···Lying in Wait
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Keith Miller)
(movie, 2000)
···Slow Burn
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Dr. Sam Dennis Charney)
(movie, 2000)
···The 10th Kingdom
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Family
Role: Actor (as Huntsman)
(movie, 2000)
···Partners in Crime
Genre: Drama, Crime
Role: Actor (as Gene Reardon)
(movie, 2000)
Genre: Action, Drama
Role: Actor (as Dr. Sam Dennis Charney)
(movie, 1999)
···New World Disorder
Genre: Action
Role: Actor (as David Marx)
(movie, 1998)
···Bone Daddy
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Palmer)
(movie, 1997)
Genre: Action, Drama, Science Fiction, Thriller
Role: Actor (as John Wade)
(movie, 1997)
···Knockin' On Heaven's Door
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Role: Actor (as Curtiz)
(movie, 1997)
Genre: Action
Role: Actor (as Leo)
(movie, 1997)
···Hostile Waters
Genre: Thriller
Role: Actor (as Capt. Britanov)
Genre: Adventure
Role: Actor (as John Thornton)
(movie, 1996)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as A.T.)
(movie, 1996)
···Omega Doom
Genre: Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Omega Doom)
(movie, 1996)
···Precious Find
Genre: Action, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Armond Crille)
(movie, 1995)
···Mr. Stitch
Genre: Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Doctor Rue Wakeman)
(movie, 1994)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Action
Role: Actor (as SS-Sturmbannführer Xavier March)
(movie, 1994)
···Surviving the Game
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Thomas Burns)
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Biography
Role: Actor (as Fred Noonan)
(movie, 1994)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as The Mystic Monk)
(movie, 1994)
···The Beans of Egypt, Maine
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Reuben Bean)
(movie, 1993)
···Arctic Blue
Genre: Action, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Ben Corbett)
(movie, 1993)
···Blind Side
Genre: Thriller
Role: Actor (as Jake Shell)
(movie, 1993)
Genre: Thriller
Role: Actor (as Morgan Norvell)
(movie, 1992)
···Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Genre: Action, Comedy, Horror
Role: Actor (as Lothos)
(movie, 1992)
···Split Second
Genre: Action, Horror, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Harley Stone)
(movie, 1992)
···Beyond Justice
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Role: Actor (as Tom Burton)
(movie, 1991)
Genre: Action, Science Fiction, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Frank Warren)
(mini-series, 1991)
···Il principe del deserto
Genre: Action, Drama, Adventure
Role: Actor (as Tom Burton)
(movie, 1991)
···Past Midnight
Genre: Drama, Romance, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Ben Jordan)
(movie, 1990)
···Blind Fury
Genre: Action, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Nick Parker)
(movie, 1989)
···The Blood Of Heroes
Genre: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Sallow)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as John Knott)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Andreas Kartak)
(movie, 1987)
···Escape from Sobibor
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Role: Actor (as Alexander 'Sasha' Pechersky)
(movie, 1986)
···The Hitcher
Genre: Action
Role: Actor (as John Ryder)
(movie, 1986)
···Wanted: Dead or Alive
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Nick Randall)
(movie, 1985)
···Flesh + Blood
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Role: Actor (as Martin)
(movie, 1985)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Captain Etienne Navarre)
(movie, 1984)
···A Breed Apart
Genre: Action, Drama
Role: Actor (as Jim Malden)
(movie, 1983)
Genre: Drama, Action, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Claude Maillot Van Horn)
(movie, 1983)
···The Osterman Weekend
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as John Tanner)
(movie, 1982)
7.8Blade Runner
Genre: Science Fiction, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Roy Batty)
(movie, 1982)
···Inside the Third Reich
Genre: Drama, Biography, History
Role: Actor (as Albert Speer)
(movie, 1981)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Wulfgar)
(movie, 1981)
···Chanel Solitaire
Genre: Drama, Romance, Biography
Role: Actor (as Etienne de Balsan)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Role: Actor (as Adriaan)
(movie, 1979)
···Es begann bei Tiffany
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Role: Actor (as Ryder)
(movie, 1978)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Johan Nagel)
(movie, 1977)
···Soldaat van Oranje
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Role: Actor (as Erik Lanshof)
(movie, 1974)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Rick)
(movie, 1973)
···Turks Fruit
Genre: Drama, Romance, Foreign
Role: Actor (as Eric Vonk)