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Birth information

23 January 1944 Breukelen, Utrecht, Netherlands

Death information

19 July 2019 Beetsterzwaag, Friesland, Netherlands

Given Name

Rutger Oelsen Hauer

Nickname

The Dutch Paul Newman

How tall is Rutger Hauer?

1.87 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Ineke Ten Kate
Heidi Merz

Life Story of Rutger Hauer

Blond, blue-eyed, tall and handsome Dutch actor Rutger Hauer has an international reputation for playing everything from romantic leads to action heroes to sinister villains. Hauer was born in Breukelen, a town in the province of Utrecht, the Netherlands. He was the son of Teunke (Mellema) and Arend Hauer, actors who operated an acting school. Because his parents were often touring, he and his three sisters were raised by a nanny. A bit of a rebel during his childhood, he chafed at the rules and rigors of school and was often getting into mischief. His grandfather had been the captain of a schooner and at age fifteen, Hauer ran away to work on a freighter for a year. Like his great-grandfather, Hauer was color-blind, which prevented him from furthering his career as a sailor. Upon his return he attended night school and started working in the construction industry. When he again bombed at school, his parents enrolled him in drama classes. An amateur poet, he spent most of his time writing poetry and hanging out in Amsterdam coffee houses instead of studying. He was expelled for poor attendance and afterward spent a brief period in the Dutch navy. Deciding he didn't like...

Significant features of Rutger Hauer

Frequently plays sinister villains
Clear baritone voice
Blond hair and blue eyes
Frequently worked with Paul Verhoeven
His intense depiction of psychopaths
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Publications and Magazines about Rutger Hauer

Rutger Hauer with Patrick Quinlan All Those Moments: Stories of Heroes, Villains, Replicants, and Blade Runners. 2007

What movies did Rutger Hauer play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Dazzle (2009) , Mr. Stitch (1995) , Arctic Blue (1993) , Submitting (1989) ,
Directors Filmography
Requiem 2019 (2011) , Starfish Tango (2006) , The Room (2001) ,
Actors Filmography
Break Ray, Emperor John The Constant, Tonight at Noon Diego, Journey to China: The Mystery of Iron Mask (2019) Ambassador, Porters (2019) Tillman, Kingdom Hearts III (2019) Master Xehanort, The Sonata (2018) Richard Marlowe, The Sisters Brothers (2018) The Commodore, Corbin Nash (2018) Stranger, Channel Zero (2018)...

Birth information

23 January 1944 Breukelen, Utrecht, Netherlands

Death information

19 July 2019 Beetsterzwaag, Friesland, Netherlands

Given Name

Rutger Oelsen Hauer

Nickname

The Dutch Paul Newman

How tall is Rutger Hauer?

1.87 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Ineke Ten Kate
Heidi Merz

Life Story of Rutger Hauer

Blond, blue-eyed, tall and handsome Dutch actor Rutger Hauer has an international reputation for playing everything from romantic leads to action heroes to sinister villains. Hauer was born in Breukelen, a town in the province of Utrecht, the Netherlands. He was the son of Teunke (Mellema) and Arend Hauer, actors who operated an acting school. Because his parents were often touring, he and his three sisters were raised by a nanny. A bit of a rebel during his childhood, he chafed at the rules and rigors of school and was often getting into mischief. His grandfather had been the captain of a schooner and at age fifteen, Hauer ran away to work on a freighter for a year. Like his great-grandfather, Hauer was color-blind, which prevented him from furthering his career as a sailor. Upon his return he attended night school and started working in the construction industry. When he again bombed at school, his parents enrolled him in drama classes. An amateur poet, he spent most of his time writing poetry and hanging out in Amsterdam coffee houses instead of studying. He was expelled for poor attendance and afterward spent a brief period in the Dutch navy. Deciding he didn't like...

Significant features of Rutger Hauer

Frequently plays sinister villains
Clear baritone voice
Blond hair and blue eyes
Frequently worked with Paul Verhoeven
His intense depiction of psychopaths
A...

Publications and Magazines about Rutger Hauer

Rutger Hauer with Patrick Quinlan All Those Moments: Stories of Heroes, Villains, Replicants, and Blade Runners. 2007

What movies did Rutger Hauer play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Dazzle (2009) , Mr. Stitch (1995) , Arctic Blue (1993) , Submitting (1989) ,
Directors Filmography
Requiem 2019 (2011) , Starfish Tango (2006) , The Room (2001) ,
Actors Filmography
Break Ray, Emperor John The Constant, Tonight at Noon Diego, Journey to China: The Mystery of Iron Mask (2019) Ambassador, Porters (2019) Tillman, Kingdom Hearts III (2019) Master Xehanort, The Sonata (2018) Richard Marlowe, The Sisters Brothers (2018) The Commodore, Corbin Nash (2018) Stranger, Channel Zero (2018)...

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Father of Ayesha Hauer, grandfather of Leandro Maeder.

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Daryl Hannah and Rutger Hauer in Der Blade Runner (1982)

According to an interview she gave when Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) was first published, Rutger Hauer was Anne Rice's original vision for Lestat when the book was being written. Despite a popular rumor that Julian Sands was her first choice, he did not even begin to show up in films or television until 1982, so Rice could not have been aware of him in 1976 when she was writing the book; Rutger has been acting since 1968. Rice may have said Sands would be great for the part when they were casting the film, because she has said that by the time the film was being made Hauer was too old to play Lestat.

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Michelle Pfeiffer and Rutger Hauer in Der Tag des Falken (1985)

Was Paul Verhoeven's first choice to play RoboCop (1987), before Peter Weller was cast.

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Rutger Hauer in Der Tag des Falken (1985)

Both his first and last name end with the letters "er". He has appeared in 13 movies/television-series whose title or alternative title end with "er" or "ers". He has played 8 characters whose names end with "er".

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Spoke German fluently (more or less accent-free).

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Wife, Ineke ten Kate, who he married in 1985, was a painter and sculptor.

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Was an environmentalist. Fought for the release of Greenpeace's co-founder, Paul Watson, who was convicted in 1994 for sinking an illegal Norwegian whaling vessel. According to the Official Rutger Hauer website, the vessel was sunk in 1992 as a protest to Norway's announced intention to return to the commercial slaughter of whales, which was to be done in violation of the International Whaling Commission's global ban on whaling.

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Matthew Broderick and Rutger Hauer in Der Tag des Falken (1985)

The Dutch Mail Service issued a stamp in 1995 with Rutger on it, taken from a scene in Turkish Delight (1973).

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Had set up an AIDS research foundation called the Rutger Hauer Starfish Foundation.

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Parents, Teunke Hauer and Arend Hauer, operated an acting school in Amsterdam.

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Rutger Hauer, Bryan Brown, C. Thomas Howell, Alexa Hamilton, etc.

Has appeared in two vampire movies with Donald Sutherland: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) and Salem's Lot (2004).

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Director Richard Donner originally wanted to use him as the villain Marquet in Ladyhawke (1985), but Hauer turned that role down and expressed more interest in playing the film's hero Etienne Navarre.

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Rutger Hauer and Sylvia Syms in Der Poseidon-Anschlag (2005)

Former father-in-law of his Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) co-star Thomas Jane.

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Rutger Hauer in Der Poseidon-Anschlag (2005)

Spent five years in a pantomime company prior to seriously pursuing an acting career.

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Rutger Hauer in Arctic Blue (1993)

Had made a television series and five movies directed by Paul Verhoeven. However, they had a falling-out on their last combined effort, the much-troubled Flesh+Blood (1985), and the two have not worked again since.

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Rutger Hauer and Sacha Moiseiwitsch in Arctic Blue (1993)

When making his debut in the United States, he was advised to use a more English-sounding name in order to better appeal to the US public. He refused, assuming that his US career would be short-lived anyway.

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Rutger Hauer in Split Second (1992)

Loved to ride motorcycles. While on a break from filming The Blood of Heroes (1989), he made a tour and subsequently got lost in the Australian desert. It was by chance that he found the setback on his own.

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Rutger Hauer and Pete Postlethwaite in Split Second (1992)

Played a vampire named Kurt Barlow in Salem's Lot (2004) and a fairy named Niall Brigant on the television series True Blood (2008).

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Played Dracula in Dracula III: Legacy (2005), and the arch-nemesis of Dracula, Van Helsing in Dario Argentos Dracula (2012) where Thomas Kretschmann was Dracula. Ironically, Kretschmann went on to play the role of Van Helsing on the television series Dracula (2013) a year after.

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Was considered for the role of Dr. Bukovsky in Lifeforce (1985).

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Rutger Hauer and Alastair Duncan in Split Second (1992)

Was offered the lead role in Das Boot (1981). He turned it down in favour of Blade Runner (1982).

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Rutger Hauer and Alastair Duncan in Split Second (1992)

He did his own stunt driving on The Hitcher (1986).

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In 2016, Hauer joined the film jury for ShortCutz Amsterdam, an annual film festival promoting short films in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Fellow Dutch jury members include Roel Reiné, Willeke van Ammelrooy, Vincent van Ommen, Pieter Kuijpers and Tygo Gernandt.

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Was considered for the role of Martin Riggs in Lethal Weapon (1987) but the role was given to Mel Gibson.

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During the initial release of The Hitcher (1986), he stated that he would not be seeking antagonist roles. In 1986, a periodical in Spokane, Washington, The Spokesman Review, ran the headline "He plays villains without a 'Hitch'". He was concerned about being typecast.

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Rutger Hauer and Brandon Call in Blinde Wut (1989)

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Rutger Hauer, Shô Kosugi, and Noble Willingham in Blinde Wut (1989)

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Rutger Hauer and Brandon Call in Blinde Wut (1989)

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