Vale: Rutger Hauer
Dutch actor best known for Blade Runner and Sin City, has died.
Veteran Dutch actor Rutger Hauer, best known for Blade Runner and Sin City, has died aged 75.
He died in the Netherlands on Friday after a short illness, his agent confirmed.
Hauer played the murderous replicant Roy Batty in Blade Runner, giving a famous speech during a face-off with Harrison Ford which he helped write himself.
“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe,” he is seen telling Ford. “Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.”
Hauer was also well known for horror and vampire roles, starring as Van Helsing in Dracula 3D, and as the vampire Barlow in Salem’s Lot, filmed in Australia in 2004.
He had a prolific screen career with credits including Sin City, Batman Begins, Ladyhawke, Flesh + Blood, Blind Fury, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Armageddon, True Blood, Merlin, The 10th Kingdom, Alias, Smallville, Galavant, The Last Kingdom and Channel Zero.
Hauer was working to the end with 5 projects still to be released. He was currently filming A Christmas Carol with Guy Pearce for Netflix.