Rutger Hauer

Rutger Hauer

Infobox actor

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birthname = Rutger Oelsen Hauer
birthdate = birth date and age|1944|01|23
birthplace = Breukelen, Netherlands
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goldencalfawards = Best Actor
1981 All Works
goldenglobeawards = Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
1987"Escape from Sobibor"
spouse = Ineke ten Kate (1985 to date)
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Rutger Oelsen Hauer (pronEng|rʏtxər ulsən hʌuər); born January 23, 1944) is a Golden Globe-winning Dutch film actor. He is well known for his roles in "Blade Runner", "The Hitcher", "The Blood of Heroes" and "Batman Begins".


Early life

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. [ IMDb biography for Rutger Hauer] . Accessed 2008-05-30.] 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. [ [ Rutger Hauer biography] . Accessed 2008-05-30.]

Film career

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 hardly enough to establish him in Hollywood's eyes, and he returned to Dutch films for several years. During this period, he made "Katie Tippel" (1975) and worked again with Verhoeven on "Soldier of Orange" (1977), and "Spetters" (1980). These two films paired Hauer with fellow Dutch actor Jeroen Krabbé.

In the Sylvester Stallone vehicle "Nighthawks" (1981), Hauer finally made his American debut. Cast as a psychopathic and cold-blooded terrorist named "Wolfgar" (after a character in Beowulf), he made a strong impression. The following year, he appeared in his stand-out American movie role as the eccentric, violent, yet sensitive replicant Roy Batty in Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi thriller, "Blade Runner".

Hauer went on to play the adventurer courting Gene Hackman's daughter (Theresa Russell) in Nicolas Roeg's poorly received "Eureka" (1983); the investigative reporter opposite John Hurt in Sam Peckinpah's "The Osterman Weekend" (1983); the hardened Landsknecht mercenary Martin in Flesh & Blood (1985); and the knight paired with Michelle Pfeiffer in the Medieval romance "Ladyhawke" (1985). He continued to make an impression on audiences in "The Hitcher" (1986), in which he was the mysterious Hitchhiker intent on murdering C. Thomas Howell's lone motorist and anyone else who crossed his path. At the height of Hauer's fame, he was even set to be cast as RoboCop in the film directed by old friend Verhoeven, although the role ultimately went to Peter Weller. That same year, however, Hauer starred as Nick Randall in "" as the descendant of the character played by Steve McQueen in the television series of the same name.

Italian director Ermanno Olmi mined the gentler, more mystic and soulful side of Hauer's personality in "The Legend of the Holy Drinker" (1989), the story of a lost soul who dies of drink in Paris while attempting to pay a debt of honour in a church. Phillip Noyce also attempted to capitalize, with far less success, on Hauer's spiritual qualities in the martial arts action adventure "Blind Fury" (1989). Hauer returned to science fiction opposite Joan Chen with "Salute of the Jugger" (1990), in which he played a former champion in a post-apocalyptic world. He and Chen would work together again in two more science fiction films, "Wedlock" and "Precious Find".

By the 1990s, Hauer was as well known for his humorous appearances in Guinness commercials as for his screen roles, which had increasingly involved low-budget films, including "Split Second", which was set in a flooded London after global warming; "Omega Doom", another post-apocalyptic story in which he plays a soldier-robot; and "New World Disorder", opposite Tara Fitzgerald. He also appeared in the Kylie Minogue music video "On a Night Like This". In the late 1980s and 1990s, as well as in 2000, Hauer acted in several British and American television productions, including "Inside the Third Reich" (as Albert Speer); "Escape from Sobibor"; "Fatherland"; "Hostile Waters"; "Merlin"; "The 10th Kingdom"; "Smallville"; "Alias"; and "’Salem’s Lot".

In 1999, Hauer was awarded the Dutch “Best Actor of the Century Rembrandt Award”. [ [ Turks Fruit 1973] . Accessed 2008-05-30.]

Recent film work

Hauer played an assassin in "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" (2003), a villain in "Sin City" (2005) and "Batman Begins" (2005), and the Host in the British reality television documentary "Shock Treatment" (2005). He recently starred in as Real Madrid coach Rudi Van Der Merwe.

Other work

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. [ [ Rutger Hauer Starfish Association] . Accessed 2008-05-30.] 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 titled "All Those Moments: Stories of Heroes, Villains, Replicants, and Blade Runners" (co-written with Patrick Quinlan) where he discusses many of his movie roles. [Rutger Hauer and Patrick Quinlan. "All those moments: stories of heroes, villains, replicants, and Blade Runners", New York, NY: HarperEntertainment, 2007. ISBN 0061133892.] Proceeds of the book go to Hauer's Starfish Foundation. [cite web
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title = 'Blade Runner' actor on 'strange profession'
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accessdate = 2007-06-12


*"Turkish Delight" (1973)
*"The Wilby Conspiracy" (1975)
*"Katie Tippel" (1975)
*"Soldier of Orange" (1979)
*"Spetters" (1980)
*"Nighthawks" (1981)
*"Blade Runner" (1982)
*"The Osterman Weekend" (1983)
*"Eureka" (1984)
*"A Breed Apart" (1984)
*"Ladyhawke" (1985)
*"Flesh & Blood" (1985)
*"The Hitcher" (1986)
*"" (1987)
*"Escape from Sobibor" (1987) (TV)
*"Blind Fury" (1989)
*"Salute of the Jugger" (1989)
*"Wedlock" (1991)
*"Split Second" (1992)
*"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1992)
*"Blind Side" (1993) (HBO)
*"Surviving the Game" (1994)
*"Fatherland" (1994) (TV)
*"Deathline 1997
*"Omega Doom 1997
*"Crossworlds" (1997) (Brazil)
*Bleeders (film) 1997
*"Knockin' on Heaven's Door 1997 (Germany)
*"Merlin" (1998) (TV)
*"Simon Magus" (1999)
*"The 10th Kingdom" (2000) (TV)
*"The Last Words of Dutch Schultz" (2002)
*"Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" (2002)
*"Scorcher" (2002)
*"’Salem’s Lot" (2004) (TV)
*"Sin City" (2005)
*"Batman Begins" (2005)
*"Dracula III Legacy" (2005)
*"The Poseidon Adventure" (2005) (TV)
*"7eventy 5ive" (2006)
*"The Hunt for Eagle One" (2006)
*"Minotaur" (2006)
*"Mentor" (2006)
*"Moving McAllister" (2007)
*"" (2007)
*"Tonight at Noon" (2008)
*"Magic Flute Diaries" (2008)

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title=Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
for "Escape From Sobibor"
before=Jan Niklas
for ""
after=Barry Bostwick
for "War and Remembrance"
succession box
title=Golden Calf for Best actor
before=" N/A "
after=Rijk de Gooyer


External links

* [ Official website]
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*amg name|2:31015
* [ Rutger Hauer] at Box Office Mojo
* [ Rutger Hauer Starfish Association]

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