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Golden Globe Winner and 'Blade Runner' Star Rutger Hauer Dead at 75

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Rutger Hauer, Golden Globe winner and star of the 1982 film “Blade Runner,” has died at age 75.

Hauer passed away on July 19 at his home in the Netherlands after a short illness, Variety reported.

Hauer’s representative, Steve Kenis, confirmed the actor’s death and announced that his family wished to keep the news private until after the funeral, which was held on July 24.

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“He was a wonderful man and terrific actor,” Kenis told The Hollywood Reporter.

The Dutch actor was born Jan. 23, 1944, in Breukelen, the Netherlands, near Amsterdam.

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After rising to fame as an actor in the Netherlands, Hauer made his Hollywood debut in 1981, when he starred opposite Sylvester Stallone in “Nighthawks.”

He continued to appear in major films throughout his career, including “The Osterman Weekend” (1983), “Ladyhawke” (1985), “The Hitcher” (1986), “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (1992), “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” (2002), “Batman Begins” (2005), “Sin City” (2005), “Hobo With a Shotgun” (2011), “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” (2017) and “The Sisters Brothers” (2018).

Hauer cemented his Hollywood legacy with his performance as Roy Batty in the 1982 cult classic “Blade Runner.”

Hauer starred opposite Harrison Ford in the film, and went off-script during his climactic death speech famously known as the “Tears in the Rain Monologue.”

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“I’ve seen things, you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I’ve watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments, will be lost in time like tears in rain,” the actor famously stated, as rain poured down his blood-streaked face.

In addition to his prolific and influential acting career, Hauer was known as an AIDS awareness activist and an environmentalist.

He is survived by his second wife Ineke ten Cate, who has known him for 50 years and been married to him for over 30, and daughter Aysha Hauer from his first marriage.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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