Rutger Hauer Biography – Rutger Hauer Wiki
Rutger Hauer born Rutger Oelsen Hauer, was a Dutch actor, writer, and environmentalist. In his youth, he joined the Dutch merchant navy but returned to Amsterdam in 1962. He briefly studied acting but then quit to join the army. He later returned to acting and got his major break in 1969 when he was cast in the title role of TV series Floris.
According to Rutger Hauer’s Wikipedia page, his film credits include Flesh+Blood, Blind Fury, Blade Runner, The Hitcher, Escape from Sobibor (for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor), Nighthawks, Wedlock, Sin City, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Ladyhawke, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Osterman Weekend, The Blood of Heroes, Batman Begins, Hobo with a Shotgun, and The Rite.
Rutger Hauer was known for his passionate activism in regards to fighting AIDS and protecting the environment. He ran a non-profit organization called the Rutger Hauer Starfish Association, which is dedicated to raising awareness of HIV and AIDS, and raising funds to support pregnant women and children with the disease.
Rutger Hauer Age
He was born on 23 January 1944 in Breukelen, Netherlands. He died on 19 July 2019 in Beetsterzwaag, Netherlands. He was 75 years old.
Rutger Hauer Wife
Hauer was married twice. His marriage to his first wife Heidi Merz ended in divorce. He married his second wife Ineke ten Cate in 1985 but the pair had been together since 1968.
Rutger Hauer Children – Rutger Hauer Daughter
He had one child, actress Aysha Hauer, from his marriage to Heidi Merz. Rutger Hauer’s daughter, Aysha Hauer, was born in 1966 made him a grandfather in 1987.
Rutger Hauer Family
Hauer was born to drama teachers Teunke (née Mellema) and Arend Hauer. He had three sisters, one older and two younger.
Rutger Hauer Death
Hauer died on 19 July 2019 at his home in the Netherlands following a short illness. His death was announced in a statement on his website:
“The Rutger Hauer Starfish Association announces with infinite sadness that after a very short illness, on Friday, July 19, 2019, Rutger Hauer passed away peacefully at his Dutch home.
“He leaves his beloved wife Ineke, after they have been together for fifty years.
“We at Starfish will always cherish the many unforgettable memories we have of Rutger and his dedication to the Rutger Hauer Starfish Association.
“One of Rutger’s last wishes was that Starfish should continue its charity activity and its fight against the AIDS disease, and with Ineke’s precious help, involvement and direction we will follow Rutger’s wish and will do our best to carry on Rutger’s inestimable legacy.”
He is survived by his second wife of 50 years, Ineke ten Cate, and a daughter, actress Aysha Hauer, from his first marriage to Heidi Merz.
Director Guillermo del Toro took to social media to pay tribute to Hauer. He tweeted, “RIP the great Rutger Hauer: an intense, deep, genuine and magnetic actor that brought truth, power and beauty to his films. My personal favorites: Flesh + Blood, Eureka, The Hitcher, Blade Runner, Ladyhawke and Blind Fury.”
RIP the great Rutger Hauer: an intense, deep, genuine and magnetic actor that brought truth, power and beauty to his films. My personal favorites: Flesh + Blood, Eureka, The Hitcher, Blade Runner, Ladyhawke and Blind Fury. pic.twitter.com/1F2Via3mLY
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) July 24, 2019
Charles de Lauzirika, a Blu-ray producer and filmmaker, wrote on Twitter: “Deeply saddened by the passing of the great Rutger Hauer. I have many fond memories of him, both on screen and in person.”
Deeply saddened by the passing of the great Rutger Hauer. I have many fond memories of him, both on screen and in person. When he wanted to take a smoke break during our BLADE RUNNER interview, he took me outside by the hand. His very large hand. The hand of a giant. #TearsInRain pic.twitter.com/o5wEZnqiNy
— Charles de Lauzirika (@Lauzirika) July 24, 2019
Rutger Hauer Cause of Death
Rutger Hauer’s cause of death was not revealed.
Rutger Hauer Net Worth
Rutger Hauer’s net worth was estimated to be $16 million.