Blade Runner Star Rutger Hauer Dead At 75

Blade Runner Star Rutger Hauer Dead At 75Warner Bros/PA

Blade Runner star Rutger Hauer has died at the age of 75.

The Dutch actor died at his home in the Netherlands on Friday, July 19, following a short illness.

His funeral was held on Wednesday.

As reported by Variety, the news of Hauer’s passing was confirmed by his agent Steve Kenis.

Tributes have poured in over social media, with many praising Hauer’s unique and enigmatic acting style which transcended any material he was given.

Film producer Jonathan Sothcott tweeted:

RIP #RutgerHauer one of cinema’s finest villains. One of those great actors who made rubbish watchable. A real one off.

Actor Josh Gad said:

A very sad goodbye to the great #rutgerhauer #RIP

Born in in Breukelen, Netherlands, on January 23, 1944, Hauer grew up in Amsterdam, and went to work out at sea at the age of just 15.

He later started at the Academy for Theater and Dance, before being drafted into the Royal Netherlands Army where he served as a combat medic.

With a talent for playing dark and villainous characters, Hauer will perhaps be best remembered for his portrayal of iconic antagonist Roy Batty in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi thriller Blade Runner (1982).

Batty’s ‘tears in the rain’ monologue is among the most memorable in 1980s cinema, with many fans now quoting the following emotional line as a tribute:

All those moments, will be lost in time like tears in rain.

Speaking with the Radio Times in 2017, Hauer spoke of how he had improvised the career-defining monologue, writing all but two of the lines himself:

The irony is that all I did in Blade Runner was… and I’m not saying it’s nothing, but it’s so little.

I kept two lines, because I thought they were poetic. I thought they belonged to this character, because somewhere in his digital head he has poetry, and knows what it is. He feels it! And while his batteries are going, he comes up with the two lines.

Some fans have noted how the first Blade Runner was made in 1982, based on the 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick, was supposed to be set in the year 2019.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Rutger Hauer at this difficult time.

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