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Rutger Oelsen Hauer (born 23 January 1944) is a Dutch film actor. He is 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 Hollywood, and he returned to Dutch films for several years. During this period, he made Katie Tippel (1975) and worked again with Verhoeven on Soldier of Orange (1977), and Spetters (1980). These two films paired Hauer with fellow Dutch actor Jeroen Krabbé.

Hauer made his American debut in the Sylvester Stallone vehicle Nighthawks (1981), cast as a psychopathic and cold-blooded terrorist named "Wolfgar" (after a character in the Old English poem Beowulf). The following year, he appeared in arguably his most famous and acclaimed role as the eccentric, violent, yet sympathetic replicant Roy Batty in Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi thriller, Blade Runner.


Turkish Delight (1973) 
The Wilby Conspiracy (1975) 
Katie Tippel (1975) 
Soldier of Orange (1979) 
Spetters (1980) 
Nighthawks (1981) 
Blade Runner (1982) 
The Osterman Weekend (1983) 
Eureka (1984) 
A Breed Apart (1984) 
Terror in the Aisles (1984) 
Ladyhawke (1985) 
Flesh + Blood (1985) 
The Hitcher (1986) 
Wanted: Dead or Alive (1987) 
Escape from Sobibor (1987) (TV) 
The Sword and The Rose (1988) 
Blind Fury (1989) 
Salute of the Jugger (1989) 
Wedlock (1991) 
Split Second (1992) 
Beyond Justice (1992) 
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) 
Blind Side (1993) (HBO) 
Voyage (1993) 
Surviving the Game (1994) 
Fatherland (1994) (TV) 
Bone Daddy (1997) 
The Call of the Wild: Dog of the Yukon (1997) 
Deathline (1997) 
Omega Doom (1997) 
Crossworlds (1997) (Brazil) 
Bleeders (1997) 
Knockin' on Heaven's Door (1997) (Germany) 
Tactical Assault (1998) 
Merlin (1998) (TV) 
Simon Magus (1999) 
New World Disorder (1999) 
Lying in Wait (2000) 
The 10th Kingdom (2000) (TV) 
The Last Words of Dutch Schultz (2002) 
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) 
Scorcher (2002) 
'Salem's Lot (2004) (TV) 
Sin City (2005) 
Batman Begins (2005) 
Dracula III: Legacy (2005) 
The Poseidon Adventure (2005) (TV) 
7eventy 5ive (2006) 
The Hunt for Eagle One (2006) 
Minotaur (2006) 
Mentor (2006) 
Moving McAllister (2007) 
Goal! 2: Living the Dream... (2007) 
Tonight at Noon (2008) 
Magic Flute Diaries (2008) 
Oogverblindend Dazzle dir. Cyrus Frisch (2009) 
Hobo with a Shotgun (TBA)


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