Rutger Hauer

Rutger Hauer


1/23/1944, Breukelen, Utrecht, Netherlands

Birth Name

Rutger Oelsen Hauer


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Rutger was raised in Amsterdam, but ran off at age 15 in order to work on a freighter ship. He returned home and worked as an electrician and carpenter while attending night classes for drama. He then joined an experimental acting troupe for five years before making his…more


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  • It ain't easy being a dolphin.

    Dutch actor Rutger Hauer has the uncanny ability to totally take over any movie he's in, building larger than life characters. Sometimes there is humour and a spiritual aspect (Blind Fury). In other movies Rutger is violent, and eccentric (Bladerunner). My favourite Rutger Hauer role was as John Ryder in the original 'Hitcher' movie. He played an unassuming hitch-hiker, softly-spoken, picked up by a passing driver (C. Thomas Howell) in the pouring rain.

    They pass a stranded car, and Ryder explains that the driver wasn't going to go very far because he'd cut off his legs, and arms and head!! And that he was going to do the same to him. Very very dark movie, this one. But very atmospheric. The cast are excellent, supported by Jennifer Jason Leigh.

    In my opinion, Rutger's best movie ever. Great actor.

    In the UK he also appeared in a series of humorous and surreal ads for Guinness, 'It ain't easy being a dolphin' the selling-line of one of them!moreless
  • A talented actor.

    Rutger Hauer is considered to be one of Holland\'s greatest acting exports. He has appeared in over 80 films, including Blade Runner, Batman Begins, and Sin City. Hauer is a talented actor who will continue to impress with his powerful performances. His first film, Turkish Delight, is considered to be a masterpiece in Holland, and he was voted \"Actor of the Century.\" He has guest starred in several American television shows, such as Smallville, where he appeared as the crime lord, Morgan Edge. He is a great character actor, and he can also carry an entire film or television show.moreless