Actor Rutger Hauer, best known for playing role of Roy Batty in the 1982 “Blade Runner”, died on July 19 at the age of 75 in the Netherlands after a short illness.
The Rutger Hauer Starfish Association announced that the actor died on July 19 at his home after a short illness.
Hauer’s agent, Steve Kenis, confirmed the news and said the Hauer’s funeral was held Wednesday.
The legendary Dutch actor, most cherished performance came in a film that was throbbing flop on it original release. He portrayed the role of Roy Batty, the murderous leader of a gang of outlaw replicants, opposite Harrison Ford in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi movies “Blade Runner”.
The movies later became mostly influential cult favorite, and Batty proved to be Hauer’s most indelible role.
Most recently, he casted in a pair of 2005 films, “Sin City” as Cardinal Roark and as the corporate villain in Christopher Nolan’s “Batman Begins”.
Hauer’s roles included a terrorist in “Nighthawks” with Sylvester Stallone and portrated a menacing hitchhiker in the movie “The Hitcher”.
He has won a Golden Globe Award for best supporting-actor in 1988 for movie “Escape from Sobibor”.
His dedication to the work was appreciated by make filmmakers.
Guillermo del Toro, a filmmaker tweeted “an intense, deep, genuine and magnetic actor that brought truth, power and beauty to his films.” About Hauer.
Gene Simmons, a former co-star who started opposite to Hauer in “Wanted: Dead or Alive” described as a gentleman, kind and compassionate person.