Blade Runner star Rutger Hauer dies aged 75

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The next year, Hauer gave what would become his most famous performance, as replicant Roy Batty in Ridley Scott's Blade Runner. It was an inspired casting, and Fogelman today remembered fondly the beloved genre actor who died July 19 at age 75 after a long illness. An ardent environmentalist, he also worked to raise awareness about AIDS for his organization the Rutger Hauer Starfish Association; proceeds from his 2007 autobiography, All Those Moments: Stories of Heroes, Villains, Replicants, and Blade Runners, go to support the organization's goals.

Hauer was born in Breukelen, Netherlands on January 23, 1944, and began his acting career when Paul Verhoeven cast him in a 1969 television series called Floris.

Hauer was born in Breukelen in the Netherlands and did stints in both the merchant navy and army before he became an actor. Batty's death scene, partly written by Hauer himself, features one of the most famous monologues in movie history as he laments that all the wonders he has seen "will be lost in time, like tears in rain". On Twitter, director Guillermo del Toro described him as, "an intense, deep, genuine and magnetic actor that brought truth, power and beauty to his films".

I'm gutted to hear about Rutger Hauer passing away aged 75.

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During the '90s, Hauer gravitated to more routine roles in American and global productions and played the vampire lord Lothos in the original film version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

He told Radio Times he "took a knife to" the original script, keeping only the "C-beams" and "attack ships" lines. He made his American debut in the Sylvester Stallone film Nighthawks, which would then follow his most notable role in Blade Runner. He got his big break in 1969, where he played the title role in the series "Floris", about a knight returning home from the crusades.

He started landing jobs in the late 1960s and worked throughout the 1970s before being catapulted to stardom win Blade Runner in 1982. "Much like him. He will be missed".

Hauer is survived by his wife of several decades, Ineke ten Cate, and actress Aysha Hauer, his 52-year-old daughter from his first marriage to pianist Heidi Merz.

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