Dutch actor Rutger Hauer, best known for his role in Blade Runner, died July 19 at his home in the Netherlands after a short illness at the age of 75.
Hauer’s agent, Steve Kenis, confirmed the news and shared that a funeral was held Wednesday.
The actor specialized in playing villainous roles, including murderous android Roy Batty in Blade Runner opposite Harrison Ford, a terrorist in Nighthawks with Sylvester Stallone and a former CEO of Wayne Enterprises in Batman Begins. In 1988, Hauer won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal as Alexander Sasha Pechersky in Escape from Sobibor.
Hauer’s Blade Runner character gave a famous speech during a face-off with Ford’s Rick Deckard at the end of the film that he’s credited with helping to write, that made him a favourite of many actors looking to replicate his moody performance and gripping delivery: “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.”
Director Guillermo del Toro, who helmed the Oscar-winner The Shape of Water and Pan’s Labyrinth, shared a tribute on Twitter.
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
Other celebs, like actor Garret Dillahunt (No Country for Old Men), also took to social media to mourn the loss of the singular force of nature.
Goddammit. I recently met #RutgerHauer in Dortmund, Germany. We rode our electric scooters together and I bored him with my fangirling story about doing Roy’s monologue in acting school, much to the confusion of my classmates. I wish I knew him better. RIP pic.twitter.com/ED5YtWLV8H
— Garret Dillahunt (@garretdillahunt) July 24, 2019
With files from The Associated Press.