Rutger Olsen Hauer (January 23, 1944-July 19, 2019) was a blue-eyed, tall and handsome Dutch Actor, Writer and Environmentalist.
He was known for his role as Android Roy Batty in seminal sci-fi film Blade Runner. His appearance as the blond-haired “replicant” Batty in Ridley Scott’s in 1982 film remained his signature. Blade Runner, even though, was a flop film commercially on its release, swiftly became a much-admired cult film and Hauer became known in both Hollywood and European drama. By the 1990s, Hauer was well-known for his humorous Guinness commercials as well as his screen roles, which had increasingly involved low-budget films. By the late 1980s, 1990s, as well as in 2000s, Hauer acted in several British and American Television productions.
Hauer’s character gives a famous speech during a face-off with Ford at the end of Blade Runner, a dialogue which he helped write himself.
I’ve seen things which you people wouldn’t believe, he is seen telling Ford. “Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those, moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die”.
He was particularly well-known for horror and vampire roles, starring as Van Helsing in Dracula 3D, and as the Vampire Barlowin Salem’s lot-a 2004 mini-series of the Stephen King novel.
Hauer was an environmentalist. He also established an AIDS awareness organization called Hauer Starfish Association.
Hauer had also published his autobiography All those moments: Stories of Heroes, Villains, Replicants, and Blade Runners, (co-written with Patrick Quinian), in which he discussed many of his movie roles.
The news was of his death was announced at his website stating that “after a very short illness…Rutger passed away peacefully at his Dutch home”.