Blade Runner actor Rutger Hauer dead at 75

Played murderous android opposite Harrison Ford in the 1982 sci-fi film

Dutch film actor Rutger Hauer, known for roles in Blade Runner, Batman Begins and Ladyhawke, died July 19 at his home in the Netherlands, according to his agent. (Victoria Will/Invision/The Associated Press)

Dutch film actor Rutger Hauer, who specialized in menacing roles, including a memorable turn as a murderous android in Blade Runner opposite Harrison Ford, has died. He was 75.

Hauer’s agent, Steve Kenis, says the actor died July 19 at his home in the Netherlands.

Hauer’s roles included a terrorist in Nighthawks with Sylvester Stallone, Cardinal Roark in Sin City and playing an evil corporate executive in Batman Begins. He was in the big-budget 1985 fantasy Ladyhawke and won a supporting-actor Golden Globe award in 1988 for Escape from Sobibor.

More recently, Hauer was featured on TV in story arcs in HBO’s True Blood, and Syfy’s Channel Zero, which is filmed in Manitoba.

In Blade Runner, he played the murderous replicant Roy Batty on a desperate quest to prolong his artificially shortened life in grim, 21st-century Los Angeles.

In his dying, rain-soaked soliloquy, he looked back at his extraordinary existence. “All those moments will be lost in time. Like tears in rain. Time to die,” he said.


Published on July 24, 2019 at 6:48 pm by clockwatcher


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