Died Rutger Hauer
The famous actor Rutger Hauer died at home in the Netherlands last Friday, July 19, as a result of a short illness. According to his agent, the funeral was held on Wednesday, July 24.
The sad news was confirmed by Rutger Hauer Starfish organization, adding that “it will always cherish the incredible memories of Rutger and his commitment” to the organization engaged in the fight against AIDS.
“Rest in peace, Rutger Hauer. — wrote in his Twitter Director Guillermo del Toro — He was a strong, deep, sincere and attractive actor who brought in every role incredible <…> power and beauty.”
Rutger Hauer born January 23, 1944 in Breukelen (the Netherlands). The boy’s parents worked as acting teachers — and although the love of the stage, it would seem, was to be in his blood, the path of the future star to fame came out quite thorny.
Rutger Hauer at the film festival
At first, Hauer did not think about acting career. At the age of 15, he ran away from home to join the Dutch merchant Navy. In 1962, Rutger returned home and still began to study acting — but soon gave up classes to join the army.
In the end, he decided to try his hand on the stage again, joining an experimental troupe called Noorder Compagnie — where he was an actor, costume designer, translator and Director for several years.
In 1969, the young actor drew the attention of Dutch Director Paul Verhoeven, giving him a leading role in the mini-series “Floris”. The show was a huge success, but the real world fame came to Hauer after their next collaboration with Verhoeven: nominated for Oscar “Turkish delights”.
The projects marked not only the rise of the actor’s career, but also the beginning of many years of cooperation with Verhoeven. Among their most famous films — “soldier of Orange” and “Flesh and blood”.
The star role of Hauer in the United States was the leader of the rebel Replicants Roy Betty from the cult “blade Runner” Ridley Scott.