Veteran actor Rutger Hauer, best known for starring in iconic science-fiction film Blade Runner, has died at the age of 75.
It has been confirmed that Hauer died on 19 July 2019 at his home in Beetsterzwaag, Netherlands, following a short illness. Hauer’s agent, Steve Kenis, has since confirmed that the funeral was held on Wednesday.
Having acted in both Dutch and English-language TV series and films, Hauer made his American debut in the 1981 Sylvester Stallone film Nighthawks where he played a cold-blooded terrorist. From there, Hauer went on to star in films such as Flesh+Blood, Blind Fury, Blade Runner, The Hitcher, Sin City, Batman Begins and many more.
Aside form his brilliant acting work, Hauer was a passionate environmentalist and went on established an AIDS awareness organisation called the Rutger Hauer Starfish Association.
Mexican director Guillermo Del Toro was quick to post a tribute to Hauer, taking to social media to say: “RIP the great Rutger Hauer: an intense, deep, genuine and magnetic actor that brought truth, power and beauty to his films.
“My personal favourites: Flesh + Blood, Eureka, The Hitcher, Blade Runner, Ladyhawke and Blind Fury.”
“Deeply saddened by the passing of the great Rutger Hauer,” filmmaker Charles de Lauzirika said via social media. “I have many fond memories of him, both on screen and in person,” he added.