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The actor Rutger Hauer died after a short illness at his home in the Netherlands. The 75-year-old was best known for his villainous role in Ridley Scott's classic 1982 science-fiction film Blade Runner . Hauer played Roy Batty, a murderous and contemplative android chased by a policeman played by Harrison Ford. I saw things that people would not believe. Attack ships fired from the shoulder of Orion. I saw C-rays glistening in the darkness near Tannhauser Tor. All these moments will be lost in time like tears in rain. Time to die.
In an interview with The Radio Times in 2017, Hauer wrote the last "Tears in the Rain" lines, in which crewmembers reportedly applauded and cried on the set. "I was hoping to find a line where Roy, because he knows he has very little time, a bit of the DNA of life that he felt, "said Hauer," how much he liked it. Only one life. "
It was the most famous scene in Hauer's seven-year acting career.
Hauer was born in 1944 in a small town in the Netherlands that was occupied during the Second World War and grew up in Amsterdam as the son of actors Hauer made his stage debut at the age of five and toured the world as a teenager with the Dutch Merchant Marine and later the Army.
RIP the great Rutger Hauer: an intense, deep, sincere and magnetic actor who My personal favorites: Meat + Blood, Eureka, The Hitcher, Blade Runner, Ladyhawke and Blind Fury. pic.twitter.com/1F2Via3mLY
– Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) July 24, 2019
But he returned to drama and joined an experimental troupe before appearing as an exile knight in the Middle Ages German TV Series Floris . Director Paul Verhoeven cast him in several other films, including Turkish Delight (1973), in which he appeared as a sculptor. The erotic love story was the nomination of the Netherlands for an Oscar.
He made his Hollywood debut as a terrorist in 1981 in Sylvester Stallone's film Nighthawks before becoming famous in Blade Runner . Over the years, he became known for his humourous commercials for Guinness beer as well as for his movie roles as a villain, romantic lead actor and action hero.
He was paired with Michelle Pfeiffer in the film Ladyhawke in 1985 and played the following year a psychotic hitchhiker in the thriller The Hitcher . He played vampires and vampire hunters in films and television programs such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and in 2005 was a nasty corporate executive in Batman Begins .
According to IMDB, Hauer has yet to release five projects. He published an autobiography, was an environmentalist and founded the Rutger Hauer Starfish Association, an AIDS education organization.
Following the announcement of his death, his friends and fans exchanged photos and citations in the social media. Some noted that he died in the same year as his character in Blade Runner in 2019, when the film was to be filmed. On Twitter, director Guillermo del Toro described him as "an intense, deep, sincere and magnetic actor who gave his films truth, power and beauty." Cinema franchise company Alamo Drafthouse tweeted, "All those moments, and Daryl Hannah, who tweeted in Blade Runner simply tweeted:" Tears in the rain ".