Directed by Ridley Scott, Blade Runner’s (1982) versatile Dutch star died on Friday following a short illness. His agent, Steve Kenis, confirmed the news. Born on January 23, 1944, in Breukelen, near Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, the actor was particularly well known for his horror and vampire roles. He starred the vampire Barlow in Salem’s lot and Van Helsing in Dracula 3D.
Hauer portrayed the soulful yet murderous leader of a gang of outlaw replicates, Roy Batty. The film also starred Harris Ford and Sean Young. It turned out to be Hauer’s most phenomenal role.
The film initially didn’t do well in the theaters of North America, but later became an acclaimed cult film designated as one of the all-time best sci-fi fiction films. It was also praised for thematic complexity and visuals. Praised for its production design, Blade Runner is a great example of neo-noir cinema. The soundtrack was nominated for a Golden Globe as best original Score.
In his youth, Hauer joined the Dutch merchant navy but returned to Amsterdam. He briefly studied acting but then quit to join an experimental troop for five years before being cast for the lead role in the 1969 television series by Paul Verhoeven named Floris, a Dutch medieval action drama which made him famous in his native country. He made his American debut as a psychopathic and cold-blooded terrorist named Wulfgar in Nighthawks (1981).
His role in Blade Runner was by far his most famous role and also appeared in Batman Begins and True Blood, an HBO series and various other drama shows and films.
Guillermo del Toro, the director of Shape Of Water said that “Hauer brought truth, power, and beauty to his films.” British Author and Producer Jonathan Southcott praised Hauer “as one of the cinema’s finest villains who made rubbish watchable.”
Hauer also helped write a speech that his character gives at the end of the Blade Runner.
“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe, attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.”