The actor agent confirmed that he died on July 19 in the Netherlands after a brief illness and that the funeral ceremony took place on Wednesday, Variety writes.
This year, in April, Hauer received the award for the entire work at the Lucca Film Festival.
Discovered by director Paul Verhoeven, who launched his career internationally with “Turkish Delight” (1973) and “Soldier of Orange” (1977), Rutger Hauer strengthened his position in cinematography with the Blade Runner monologue (1982 ) by Ridley Scott.
Hollywood starred in “Nighthawks” (1981), starring opposite Sylvester Stallone.
Born on January 23, 1944, in the Netherlands, Rutger Hauer starred in over 150 artistic and television films and won a Golden Globe in 1988 for the TV series “Escape from Sobibor” (1987). He has worked with some of the most respected directors such as Paul Verhoeven, Ridley Scott, Wim Verstappen, and Christopher Nolan.
In 2018, he was in Berlin to present the film “Samson”. In an interview, he states that, at the age of 74, he wishes most to direct. “It’s what I wanted to be, a director, not an actor. We had about 12 projects, but they all went for different reasons. Now I have a script, Rain Dogs. I think it’s a good one. ” This project has not been accomplished.
Still, he spoke of the huge productions of our day. “Great movies are industry today, and money has to go back as fast as possible. With a small movie, you have little space to move around. In the last decades, the director’s vision has suffered in big movies. I look for courage and do not see much in most of today’s films. ”
He was also active in social causes and a supporter of Greenpeace, the founder of the Starfish Association, a nonprofit organization for AIDS awareness.
Rutger Hauer had a daughter, actress Aysha Hauer, married to Heidi Merz.