Dutch actor Rutger Hauer, of Blade Runner fame, dies at 75
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Hollywood star Rutger Hauer, best known for his role in Blade Runner, has died after a brief illness, Dutch media reported Wednesday, quoting family sources.
"Rutger Hauer has died at the age 75. He is regarded as one of the Netherlands' greatest actors," the ANP news wire said.
His agent Steve Kenis said the actor died on July 19 at his home in the Netherlands.
RIP the great Rutger Hauer: an intense, deep, genuine and magnetic actor that brought truth, power and beauty to his films. My personal favorites: Flesh + Blood, Eureka, The Hitcher, Blade Runner, Ladyhawke and Blind Fury. pic.twitter.com/1F2Via3mLYGuillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) July 24, 2019
Hauer played the murderous replicant Roy Batty in Blade Runner, which was directed by Ridley Scott and also starred Harrison Ford.
He appeared in a total of over 100 Dutch and international movies, winning a Golden Globe in 1988 for his role in Escape from Sobibor.
Other roles included a terrorist in "Nighthawks" with Sylvester Stallone, a former CEO of Wayne Enterprises in "Batman Begins", and a medieval knight in the big-budget 1985 fantasy "Ladyhawke", alongside Michelle Pfeiffer.
R.I.P. Rutger Hauer, who has passed away at the age of 75. pic.twitter.com/Lzkxymp9UFThe Film Stage 📽 (@TheFilmStage) July 24, 2019
(FRANCE 24 with AFP, REUTERS)