Rutger Hauer

Rutger Oelsen Hauer (23 January 1944 - 19 July 2019) was a Dutch film actor. He was well known for his roles in Flesh + Blood, Blind Fury, Blade Runner, The Hitcher, Nighthawks, Sin City, Ladyhawke, The Blood of Heroes and Batman Begins. Hauer was born in Breukelen, Netherlands, to drama teachers Arend and Teunke, and grew up in Amsterdam. Since his parents were very occupied with their careers, he and his three sisters (one older, two younger) were raised mostly by nannies. At the age of 15, Hauer ran off to sea and spent a year scrubbing decks aboard a freighter. Returning home, he worked as an electrician and a carpenter for three years while attending acting classes at night school. He went on to join an experimental troupe, with which he remained for five years before he was cast in the lead role in the very successful 1969 television series Floris, a Dutch Ivanhoe-like medieval action drama. The role made him famous in his native country. Hauer's career changed course when director Paul Verhoeven cast him as the lead in Turkish Delight (1973) (based on the Jan Wolkers book of the same name). The movie found box-office favour abroad as well as at home, and within two years, its star was invited to make his English-language debut in the British film The Wilby Conspiracy (1975). Set in South Africa and starring Michael Caine and Sidney Poitier, the film was an action melodrama with a focus on apartheid. Hauer's supporting role, however, was barely noticed in ...

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Blade Runner (1982)

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In the smog-choked dystopian Los Angeles of 2019, blade runner Rick Deckard is called out of retirement to terminate a quartet of replicants who have escaped to Earth seeking their creator for a way to extend their short life spans.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ridley Scott
CAST:  Harrison Ford  •  Rutger Hauer  •  Sean Young  •  Edward James Olmos

In the smog-choked dystopian Los Angeles of 2019, blade runner Rick Deckard is called out of retirement to terminate a quartet of replicants who have escaped to Earth seeking their creator for a way to extend their short life spans.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ridley Scott
CAST:  Harrison Ford  •  Rutger Hauer  •  Sean Young  •  Edward James Olmos

Surviving the Game (1994)

A homeless man is hired as a survival guide for a group of wealthy businessmen on a hunting trip in the mountains, unaware that they are killers who hunt humans for sport, and that he is their new prey.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ernest R. Dickerson
CAST:  Ice-T  •  Rutger Hauer  •  Charles S. Dutton  •  Gary Busey

A homeless man is hired as a survival guide for a group of wealthy businessmen on a hunting trip in the mountains, unaware that they are killers who hunt humans for sport, and that he is their new prey.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ernest R. Dickerson
CAST:  Ice-T  •  Rutger Hauer  •  Charles S. Dutton  •  Gary Busey

Batman Begins (2005)

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Driven by tragedy, billionaire Bruce Wayne dedicates his life to uncovering and defeating the corruption that plagues his home, Gotham City. Unable to work within the system, he instead creates a new identity, a symbol of fear for the criminal underworld - The Batman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Nolan
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  Michael Caine  •  Liam Neeson  •  Katie Holmes

Driven by tragedy, billionaire Bruce Wayne dedicates his life to uncovering and defeating the corruption that plagues his home, Gotham City. Unable to work within the system, he instead creates a new identity, a symbol of fear for the criminal underworld - The Batman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Nolan
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  Michael Caine  •  Liam Neeson  •  Katie Holmes

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)

Blonde, bouncy Buffy is your typical high school cheerleader. But all that changes when a strange man informs her she's been chosen by fate to kill vampires.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fran Rubel Kuzui
CAST:  Kristy Swanson  •  Donald Sutherland  •  Paul Reubens  •  Rutger Hauer

Blonde, bouncy Buffy is your typical high school cheerleader. But all that changes when a strange man informs her she's been chosen by fate to kill vampires.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fran Rubel Kuzui
CAST:  Kristy Swanson  •  Donald Sutherland  •  Paul Reubens  •  Rutger Hauer

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)

Television made him famous, but his biggest hits happened off screen. Television producer by day, CIA assassin by night, Chuck Barris was recruited by the CIA at the height of his TV career and trained to become a covert operative. Or so Barris said.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Clooney
CAST:  Sam Rockwell  •  Drew Barrymore  •  Julia Roberts  •  Rutger Hauer

Television made him famous, but his biggest hits happened off screen. Television producer by day, CIA assassin by night, Chuck Barris was recruited by the CIA at the height of his TV career and trained to become a covert operative. Or so Barris said.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Clooney
CAST:  Sam Rockwell  •  Drew Barrymore  •  Julia Roberts  •  Rutger Hauer

Flesh + Blood (1985)

A band of medieval mercenaries take revenge on a noble lord who decides not to pay them by kidnapping the betrothed of the noble's son. As the plague and warfare cut a swathe of destruction throughout the land, the mercenaries hole up in a castle and await their fate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Rutger Hauer  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Tom Burlinson  •  Jack Thompson

A band of medieval mercenaries take revenge on a noble lord who decides not to pay them by kidnapping the betrothed of the noble's son. As the plague and warfare cut a swathe of destruction throughout the land, the mercenaries hole up in a castle and await their fate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Rutger Hauer  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Tom Burlinson  •  Jack Thompson

Goal! II: Living the Dream (2007)

Tempted away from Newcastle United to join Real Madrid, rising star Santiago Munez finds this latest change of fortune the greatest challenge yet - personally as well as professionally. He is reunited with Gavin Harris, though they must compete to be on the team, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jaume Collet-Serra
CAST:  Kuno Becker  •  Stephen Dillane  •  Anna Friel  •  Leonor Varela

Tempted away from Newcastle United to join Real Madrid, rising star Santiago Munez finds this latest change of fortune the greatest challenge yet - personally as well as professionally. He is reunited with Gavin Harris, though they must compete to be on the team, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jaume Collet-Serra
CAST:  Kuno Becker  •  Stephen Dillane  •  Anna Friel  •  Leonor Varela

Katie Tippel (1975)

In the late 19th century, a young woman moves to Amsterdam with her family and tries to make a living. Preyed upon by various men, she nonetheless rises in society.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Monique van de Ven  •  Rutger Hauer  •  Andrea Domburg  •  Hannah de Leeuwe

In the late 19th century, a young woman moves to Amsterdam with her family and tries to make a living. Preyed upon by various men, she nonetheless rises in society.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Monique van de Ven  •  Rutger Hauer  •  Andrea Domburg  •  Hannah de Leeuwe

Ladyhawke (1985)

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Captain Etienne Navarre is a man on whose shoulders lies a cruel curse. Punished for loving each other, Navarre must become a wolf by night whilst his lover, Lady Isabeau, takes the form of a hawk by day. Together, with the thief Philippe Gaston, they must try to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Donner
CAST:  Matthew Broderick  •  Rutger Hauer  •  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Alfred Molina

Captain Etienne Navarre is a man on whose shoulders lies a cruel curse. Punished for loving each other, Navarre must become a wolf by night whilst his lover, Lady Isabeau, takes the form of a hawk by day. Together, with the thief Philippe Gaston, they must try to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Donner
CAST:  Matthew Broderick  •  Rutger Hauer  •  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Alfred Molina

Minotaur (2006)

Long ago in the Iron Age, a shadow loomed over a lonely village. For generations, the village youths are stolen from their families and delivered as sacrifice to a mythical beast - the Minotaur, that dwells beneath a great palace. Theo, haunted by the loss of his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan English
CAST:  Tom Hardy  •  Michelle Van Der Water  •  Tony Todd  •  Lex Shrapnel

Long ago in the Iron Age, a shadow loomed over a lonely village. For generations, the village youths are stolen from their families and delivered as sacrifice to a mythical beast - the Minotaur, that dwells beneath a great palace. Theo, haunted by the loss of his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan English
CAST:  Tom Hardy  •  Michelle Van Der Water  •  Tony Todd  •  Lex Shrapnel

Moving McAllister (2007)

Rick Robinson, a law intern, is scheduled to take the bar exam in just four days. Anxious to score points with his boss Mr. McAllister, Rick unwisely agrees to help the man move. The next day, Rick finds himself in a moving van from Miami to Los Angeles, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Black
CAST:  Ben Gourley  •  Mila Kunis  •  Jon Heder  •  Rutger Hauer

Rick Robinson, a law intern, is scheduled to take the bar exam in just four days. Anxious to score points with his boss Mr. McAllister, Rick unwisely agrees to help the man move. The next day, Rick finds himself in a moving van from Miami to Los Angeles, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Black
CAST:  Ben Gourley  •  Mila Kunis  •  Jon Heder  •  Rutger Hauer

Nighthawks (1981)

An international terrorist has New York in a grip of panic and it's up to Det. Sgt. Deke DaSilva to take him down.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bruce Malmuth
CAST:  Sylvester Stallone  •  Rutger Hauer  •  Billy Dee Williams  •  Lindsay Wagner

An international terrorist has New York in a grip of panic and it's up to Det. Sgt. Deke DaSilva to take him down.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bruce Malmuth
CAST:  Sylvester Stallone  •  Rutger Hauer  •  Billy Dee Williams  •  Lindsay Wagner

Omega Doom (1996)

After earth is taken over by an army of robots, the small number of humans left are forced into hiding. In the nuclear winter, only droids walk the face of the earth, in fear of the rumored human resurgence, and in search of a hidden cache of weapons. One robot, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Albert Pyun
CAST:  Rutger Hauer  •  Shannon Whirry  •  Norbert Weisser  •  Tina Cote

After earth is taken over by an army of robots, the small number of humans left are forced into hiding. In the nuclear winter, only droids walk the face of the earth, in fear of the rumored human resurgence, and in search of a hidden cache of weapons. One robot, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Albert Pyun
CAST:  Rutger Hauer  •  Shannon Whirry  •  Norbert Weisser  •  Tina Cote

Sin City (2005)

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Welcome to Sin City. This town beckons to the tough, the corrupt, the brokenhearted. Some call it dark… Hard-boiled. Then there are those who call it home — Crooked cops, sexy dames, desperate vigilantes. Some are seeking revenge, others lust after redemption, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Miller  •  Robert Rodriguez
CAST:  Bruce Willis  •  Mickey Rourke  •  Clive Owen  •  Jessica Alba

Welcome to Sin City. This town beckons to the tough, the corrupt, the brokenhearted. Some call it dark… Hard-boiled. Then there are those who call it home — Crooked cops, sexy dames, desperate vigilantes. Some are seeking revenge, others lust after redemption, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Miller  •  Robert Rodriguez
CAST:  Bruce Willis  •  Mickey Rourke  •  Clive Owen  •  Jessica Alba

Soldier of Orange (1977)

The lives of Erik Lanshof and five of his closest friends take different paths when the German army invades the Netherlands in 1940: fight and resistance, fear and resignation, collaboration and high treason.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Rutger Hauer  •  Jeroen Krabbé  •  Susan Penhaligon  •  Edward Fox

The lives of Erik Lanshof and five of his closest friends take different paths when the German army invades the Netherlands in 1940: fight and resistance, fear and resignation, collaboration and high treason.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Rutger Hauer  •  Jeroen Krabbé  •  Susan Penhaligon  •  Edward Fox

Spetters (1980)

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A Dutch film, post-Saturday Night Fever, which follows the lives of three young men who are amateur dirt-bike motorcycle racers. They each fall in love with a young woman who, with her brother, sells French fries and hot dogs at the races. Everyone is looking for a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Hans van Tongeren  •  Renée Soutendijk  •  Toon Agterberg  •  Maarten Spanjer

A Dutch film, post-Saturday Night Fever, which follows the lives of three young men who are amateur dirt-bike motorcycle racers. They each fall in love with a young woman who, with her brother, sells French fries and hot dogs at the races. Everyone is looking for a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Hans van Tongeren  •  Renée Soutendijk  •  Toon Agterberg  •  Maarten Spanjer

The Blood of Heroes (1989)

Set in a futuristic world where the only sport that has survived in a wasted society is the brutal game known as jugging. Sallow, the leader of a rag-tag team, has played in the main Leagues before, but was cast out because of indiscretions with a lady. However now ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Webb Peoples
CAST:  Rutger Hauer  •  Joan Chen  •  Delroy Lindo  •  Anna Katarina

Set in a futuristic world where the only sport that has survived in a wasted society is the brutal game known as jugging. Sallow, the leader of a rag-tag team, has played in the main Leagues before, but was cast out because of indiscretions with a lady. However now ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Webb Peoples
CAST:  Rutger Hauer  •  Joan Chen  •  Delroy Lindo  •  Anna Katarina

The Hitcher (1986)

On a stormy night, young Jim, who transports a luxury car from Chicago to California to deliver it to its owner, feeling tired and sleepy, picks up a mysterious hitchhiker, who has appeared out of nowhere, thinking that a good conversation will help him not to fall ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Harmon
CAST:  C. Thomas Howell  •  Rutger Hauer  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Jeffrey DeMunn

On a stormy night, young Jim, who transports a luxury car from Chicago to California to deliver it to its owner, feeling tired and sleepy, picks up a mysterious hitchhiker, who has appeared out of nowhere, thinking that a good conversation will help him not to fall ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Harmon
CAST:  C. Thomas Howell  •  Rutger Hauer  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Jeffrey DeMunn

Turkish Delight (1973)

Eric, a gifted sculptor has a stormy, erotic, and star-crossed romance with a beautiful young girl, Olga. The story follows the arc of their relationship and his interaction with her family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Monique van de Ven  •  Rutger Hauer  •  Tonny Huurdeman  •  Wim van den Brink

Eric, a gifted sculptor has a stormy, erotic, and star-crossed romance with a beautiful young girl, Olga. The story follows the arc of their relationship and his interaction with her family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Monique van de Ven  •  Rutger Hauer  •  Tonny Huurdeman  •  Wim van den Brink

24 Hours to Live (2017)

An assassin seeks redemption after being given a second chance at life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian Smrz
CAST:  Ethan Hawke  •  Xu Qing  •  Paul Anderson  •  Rutger Hauer

An assassin seeks redemption after being given a second chance at life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian Smrz
CAST:  Ethan Hawke  •  Xu Qing  •  Paul Anderson  •  Rutger Hauer
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