Rutger Hauer

I have only just heard that Rutger Hauer has died, aged 75. That is a tragic loss to acting, and cinema.

I could write about all the film roles I have enjoyed seeing him in, but I have to pick my favourite, from my current top ten film of all time.

He embodied the essence of ‘Blade Runner’ (1987), as the replicant, Roy Batty. And he gave us one of the most iconic death scenes in the history of acting.

Rest in peace, Mr Hauer. You will be missed.

55 thoughts on “Rutger Hauer

    1. I wrote it as soon as I heard the news. I couldn’t see any reason to run through all his work, or write stuff about his personal life. I guessed that almost every film blogger would do some kind of tribute too.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  1. I was saddened by his loss. Even though everyone remembers him from Blade Runner, I had first seen him in Flesh and Blood and was gobsmacked by his performance. To me, that performance was every bit as iconic as Brando’s in Apocalypse Now.

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  2. Sad news indeed 😦 I only heard about this a few hours ago. Rutger Hauer will surely be missed 😦 Some of my favorites include:

    Turkish Delight (1973) (Dir: Paul Verhoeven)
    Katie Tippel (1975) (Dir: Paul Verhoeven)
    Soldier of Orange (1977) (Dir: Paul Verhoeven)
    Spetters (1980) (Dir: Paul Verhoeven)
    Blade Runner (1982) (Dir: Ridley Scott)
    Eureka (1983) (Dir: Nicolas Roeg)
    The Osterman Weekend (1983) (Dir: Sam Peckinpah)
    Flesh & Blood (1985) (Dir: Paul Verhoeven)

    He was also great on the HBO show True Blood from 2013-2014

    Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

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  3. Beautifully stated Pete…I posted a picture from a vineyard this morning and added the line “wake up, time to vine…” Two hours later I read that Hauer had died…I decided NOT to take the quip down, instead I added to it, making it my tribute to him…his role in “Blade Runner” was iconic, and his soft uttering of “wake up, time to die” to Harrison Ford is chilling…thanks for sharing that beautiful monologue he has in the film – and I OWN “Hobo With A Shotgun”, a more recent starring role that he owns!

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  4. I hadn’t heard until I read your post, Pete. That iconic death scene, which I believe he improvised, is one of the reasons Blade Runner is brilliant and in my top ten movies. Rutger Hauer was a tremendous actor in so many films/TV – as others have listed – many of which I have seen, including some in his native language. Another sad loss. RIP Rutger.

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  5. I just heard the news myself as well. This came totally out of the blue. He was one of my countries greatest actors, and it’s definitely a great loss 😢 This was such a great scene, from an equally great movie. He will definitely be missed😢 Thanks for putting up this great tribute to such an amazing actor.

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      1. Yeah, I was definitely shocked as well myself. Especially because I really didn’t hear anything about him being ill or something like that. It’s really sad news 😢 I have seen quite a number of his films as well, and he was pretty much always great in them.

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  6. Oh, NO! I believe I first saw him in Nighthawks. Love him in Blade Runner, and Ladyhawke. And re-discovered him in Paul Verhoeven’s early Dutch movies. Favorite: his nutty sculptor in Turkish Delight. RIP.

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