The Blade Runner co-star leaves behind a wonderful legacy
Rutger Hauer, the Dutch Hollywood icon who went on to star in the 1982 classic “Blade Runner” has sadly passed away at his home in the Netherlands after a short illness. He was 75.
Hauer’s agent Steve Kenis confirmed the news and said that Hauer’s funeral was held today.
Aside from appearing in Blade Runner, Hauer was known for his work on the classic action tale “Blind Fury” and for his supporting roles as cardinal Roark in Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City and William Earle, the CEO of Wayne Enterprises in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins.
Aside from a notable role alongside Sylvester Stallone in Nighthawks, Hauer’s most noteworthy role was that of sinister replicant Roy Batty in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, an adaptation of the novel from Philip K. Dick. The movie went on to become an unsung hero of the sci-fi genre and a cult classic among hardcore fans everywhere.
He is survived by his second wife of 50 years, Ineketen Cate, and a daughter from his previous marriage to Heidi Merz.
We at Future of the Force would like to extend our sincere condolences to Rutger’s family and friends. The actor was a true legend and Hollywood has lost one of its brightest stars.
Rest in peace Rutger…and thank you.
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