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About Rutger Hauer
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- Strikingly handsome, powerfully built Dutch leading man of film and TV, Rutger Hauer embodies the traditional image of the Aryan superman. Fittingly, he made his American TV debut playing Albert Speer, Hitler's personal architect, in the acclaimed docudrama miniseries "Inside the Third Reich" (ABC, 1982). While sturdily convincing as heroic protectors and ambiguous rogues, Hauer brings charisma to villianous usurpers and steely-eyed psychos ("The Hitcher" 1986). His sinister roles have attracted more attention stateside while European audiences favor his heroic ones. Hauer is that rare modern actor who not only looks credible in medieval period pieces (Verh ven's "Flesh + Blood"; "Ladyhawke" both 1985) but also resides comfortably in the future (Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner" 1982; "The Blood of Her s" 1989).
Hauer made his screen debut in Paul Verh ven's erotic drama "Turkish Delight" (1973). He gained international stardom with his superb portrayal of an aristocrat turned resistance fighter in Verh ven's "Soldier of Orange" (1979). Hauer also worked with Verh ven on the biopic "Keetje Tippel" (1975) and "Spetters" (1980) as a champion racecar driver idolized by a group of Dutch teens. He arrived in Hollywood playing an international terrorist opposite lawman Sylvester Stallone in "Nighthawks" (1981). Though now largely typecast as a second rank action star, Hauer has worked with some interesting filmmakers including Sam Peckinpah ("The Osterman Weekend" 1983), Nicholas R g ("Eureka" 1983), Ermano Olmi ("The Legend of the Holy Drinker" 1988), and Lina Wertmuller ("On a Moonlit Night" 1989).
By far his most notable American film work was a majestically ambiguous portrayal of a powerful "replicant", a synthetic intelligent being, in the now classic sci-fi noir "Blade Runner". Though cooly murderous, Hauer brought nobility and an ineffable humanity to his character. More recently he was a campy vampire in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1992); a hunter of humans in "Surviving the Game" (1994). Hauer has continued to appear in TV-movies in the USA and abroad, often gracing B-, C- and even D-grade material with his unique presence. He returned to high-profile Hollywood fare when he was tapped by first-time director George Clooney to appear in "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" (2002) as a menacing but weary hitman who bonds with game show producer-turned-assassin Chuck Barris (Sam Rockwell). with his Teutonic good looks now aged and weathered, Hauer's distinctive mystique took on a new tone, and he turned in one of his most intriguing performances in many years. His next major outing was in a supporting role as the corrupt Catholic Cardinal Roarke in director Robert Rodriguez and writer-artist Frank Miller's visually arresting adaptation of Miller's crime noir comic book series "Sin City" (2005).
- >"I've... seen things you people wouldn't believe; attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion; I've watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those... moments... will be lost... in time, like... tears... in rain."
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Birth: Jan 23 1944 - Breukelen
Parents: Teunke Hauer, Arend Hauer
Wife: Ineke Ten Kate, Heidi Merz
Daughter: Ayesha Hauer
Over Rutger Hauer (Nederlands)
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Rutger Hauer's Timeline
January 23, 1944
Breukelen, Breukelen, Utrecht, Netherlands
November 30, 1965
Basle, Basel-Stadt, Switzerland