Biography

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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 153

Birthday 1944-01-23

Place of Birth Breukelen, Utrecht, Netherlands

Official Site http://www.rutgerhauer.org/

Also Known As

  • The Dutch Paul Newman
  • Rutger Oelsen Hauer
  • Рутгер Хауэр

Acting TV ShowsMovies

Tonight at Noon as Diego
Genderness
Magic Flute Diaries as Dr. Richard Nagel
2018 The Sonata
2018 The Sisters Brothers as Commodore
2018 Journey to China: The Mystery of Iron Mask as English ambassador
2018 Corbin Nash as Stranger
2018 Samson as Manoah
2017 Drawing Home as Carl Rungius
2017 The Broken Key as Professor Moonlight
2017 24 Hours to Live as Frank
2017 Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets as President of the World State Federation
2017 Gangsterdam as Dolph
2017 Mata Hari(12 episodes) as Стольбаккен
2016 Channel Zero(6 episodes) as Joseph Peach
2016 Beyond Valkyrie: Dawn of the Fourth Reich as Oskar Halminski
2016 The Worlds of Philip K. Dick as Himself
2015 The Letters as Benjamin Praagh
2015 The Last Kingdom(8 episodes) as Ravn
2015 Behind the White Glasses
2015 Unity as Himself - Narrator (voice)
2015 Clones as Dr. Richards
2015 Fifty Shades of Erotica
2015 Wax: We Are The X
2015 Admiral as Maarten Tromp
2015 The Scorpion King: Quest for Power as King Zakour
2015 Galavant(3 episodes) as Kingsley
2014 Francesco as Padre di Francesco
2014 2047: Sights of Death as Colonel Asimov
2013 The Future as Maciste
2013 Real Playing Game as Steve Batier
2013 Flight of the Storks(2 episodes) as Sonderman
2013 Flight of the Storks as Sonderman
2012 Dracula 3D as Abraham van Helsing
2012 Metal Hurlant Chronicles(6 episodes) as Kerm
2012 Agent Ranjid rettet die Welt as Freek van Dyk
2012 The Reverend as The Withstander
2011 The Heineken Kidnapping as Alfred Heineken
2011 The Cardboard Village
2011 More Blood, More Heart: The Making of Hobo with a Shotgun as Himself
2011 Hobo with a Shotgun as Hobo
2011 The 5th Execution as Khant
2011 The Mill and the Cross as Peter Bruegel
2011 All for One as Niemeyer
2011 Black Butterflies as Abraham Jonker
2011 The Rite as Istvan Kovak
2010 Life's a Beach as Jean-Luc
2009 Barbarossa as Federico Barbarossa
2009 Dazzle
2008 Bride Flight as Old Frank
2008 True Blood(10 episodes) as Niall Brigan
2007 Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner as Himself
2007 Starting Over as Peter Rossen
2007 Moving McAllister as Maxwell McAllister
2007 Zomer Draait Door, De(1 episode)
2007 Dead Tone as Det. John Criton
2007 Goal! II: Living the Dream as Rudi van der Merwe
2006 The Hunt for Eagle One: Crash Point as Gen. Frank Lewis
2006 Mentor as Sanford Pollard
2006 Minotaur as Cyrnan
2006 The Hunt for Eagle One as Gen. Frank Lewis
2005 The Poseidon Adventure as Bishop August Schmidt
2005 De Wereld Draait Door(1 episode)
2005 Mirror Wars: Reflection One
2005 Dracula III: Legacy as Dracula
2005 Batman Begins as Earle
2005 Sin City as Cardinal Patrick Henry Roark
2004 Salem's Lot(2 episodes) as Kurt Barlow
2004 Tempesta as Van Beuningen
2003 Scorcher as US Präsident Nelson
2002 Confessions of a Dangerous Mind as Keeler
2002 Warrior Angels as Grekkor
2002 V Graham Norton(1 episode)
2002 The Bankers of God: The Calvi Affair as Paul Marcinkus
2001 Killer Buzz as Ezekial
2001 Smallville(2 episodes) as Morgan Edge
2001 Alias(1 episode)
2001 Turbulence 3: Heavy Metal as Copilot MacIntosh
2001 Lying in Wait as Keith Miller
2000 Slow Burn as Dr. Sam Dennis Charney
2000 The 10th Kingdom(5 episodes) as Huntsman
2000 The 10th Kingdom(1 episode) as The Huntsman
2000 Partners in Crime as Gene Reardon
2000 On the Edge of 'Blade Runner' as Himself
1999 New World Disorder as David Marx
1999 Tactical Assault as Capitaine John 'Doc' Holiday
1998 Bone Daddy as Palmer
1998 Merlin(8 episodes) as King Vortingern
1997 Deathline as John Wade
1997 The Ruby Ring as Patrick Collins
1997 Hostile Waters as Cap. Britanov
1997 Lexx 1.3: Eating Pattern as Bog
1997 Bleeders as Dr. Marlowe
1997 The Call of the Wild: Dog of the Yukon as John Thornton
1997 Lexx(1 episode)
1997 Blast as Leo
1997 Knockin' on Heaven's Door as Curtiz
1996 Crossworlds as A.T.
1996 Mariette in Ecstasy as Chaplan
1996 Paul Verhoeven: From Holland to Hollywood as Himself
1996 Omega Doom as Omega Doom
1996 Precious Find as Armond Crille
1995 Mr. Stitch as Doctor Rue Wakeman
1995 Blood of the Innocent
1994 Fatherland as SS-Sturmbannführer Xavier March
1994 Amelia Earhart: The Final Flight as Fred Noonan
1994 Surviving the Game as Thomas Burns
1994 The Beans of Egypt, Maine as Rueben Bean
1994 Nostradamus as The Mystic Monk
1993 Voyage as Morgan Norvell
1993 Blind Side as Jake Shell
1993 The Revenge of the Dead Indians as Himself
1993 Arctic Blue as Ben Corbett
1992 Beyond Justice as Tom Burton
1992 Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Lothos
1992 Split Second as Harley Stone
1991 Wedlock as Frank Warren
1991 Desert Law
1991 Past Midnight as Ben Jordan
1989 Bloodhounds of Broadway as The Brain
1989 The Blood of Heroes as Sallow
1989 On a Moonlit Night as John Knott
1989 Blind Fury as Nick Parker
1988 The Legend of the Holy Drinker as Andreas Kartak
1987 Escape from Sobibor as Alexander 'Sasha' Pechersky
1987 Wanted: Dead or Alive as Nick Randall
1986 The Hitcher as John Ryder
1985 Flesh + Blood as Martin
1985 Ladyhawke as Captain Etienne Navarre
1984 A Breed Apart as Jim Malden
1983 The Osterman Weekend as John Tanner
1983 Eureka as Claude Maillot Van Horn
1982 Blade Runner as Roy Batty
1982 Inside the Third Reich as Albert Speer
1981 Nighthawks as Wulfgar
1981 Chanel Solitaire as Etienne de Balsan
1980 Spetters as Gerrit Witkamp
1979 Duel in de diepte(1 episode)
1979 Fatal Error as Rinus de Gier
1979 Woman Between Wolf and Dog
1979 Es begann bei Tiffany as Ryder
1979 Voor koningin en vaderland
1978 Mysteries as Johan Nagel
1978 Pastorale 1943 as August Schultz
1977 Soldier of Orange as Erik Lanshof
1976 Max Havelaar as Duclari
1975 Cancer Rising
1975 Floris von Rosemund(19 episodes) as Floris
1975 Cold Blood as Cris
1975 Katie Tippel as Hugo
1975 The Wilby Conspiracy as Blane Van Niekirk
1974 Dandelions as Rick
1973 Turkish Delight as Eric Vonk
1969 Floris(12 episodes) as Floris

Writing

1989 On a Moonlit NightDialogue

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