Biography[edit | edit source]
Rutger Hauer has an international reputation for playing everything from romantic leads to action heroes to sinister villains. Hauer was born in Breukelen, a town in the province of Utrecht, the Netherlands. He is the son of Teunke (Mellema) and Arend Hauer, both actors. Because his parents were often touring, he and his three sisters were raised by a nanny. A bit of a rebel during his childhood, he chafed at the rules and rigors of school and was often getting into mischief. His grandfather had been the captain of a schooner and at age 15, Hauer ran away to work on a freighter for a year. Like his great-grandfather, Hauer is color-blind, which prevented him from furthering his career as a sailor.
Upon his return he attended night school and started working in the construction industry. When he again bombed at school, his parents enrolled him in drama classes. Fancying himself a poet, he spent most of his time writing poetry and hanging out in Amsterdam coffee houses instead of studying. He was expelled for poor attendance and afterward spent a brief period in the Dutch navy. Deciding he didn't like military life, he convinced his superiors that he was mentally unfit and was sent to a special home for psych patients. It was an unpleasant place, but Hauer remained there until he convinced his ranking officers that the military really did not need him.
Hauer passed away on July 19, 2019, following an unspecified illness.
Selected Filmography[edit | edit source]
- Blade Runner as Roy Batty
- Batman Begins as Earle
- Sin City as Cardinal Roark
- The Hitcher as John Ryder
- Ladyhawke as Navarre
- Flesh + Blood as Martin
- Blind Fury as Nick Parker
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Lothos
- Hobo with a Shotgun as Hobo
- The Rite as Istvan Kovak
Appearances[edit | edit source]