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'Blade Runner' Star Rutger Hauer Dead at 75

By Daniel Goldblatt

Rutger Hauer — best known for his role opposite Harrison Ford in the 1982 film "Blade Runner" -- passed away on Friday. He was 75.

Hauer's official website said that he died after "a very short illness." He died at his home in the Netherlands and his funeral took place on Wednesday. He is survived by his wife Ineke and the couple had one child together.

The actor's charity, Rutger Hauer Starfish Association, released a statement on his official website saying, "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."


In addition to his role in "Blade Runner," Hauer appeared in films like, "Batman Begins," "Sin City," and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."

Hauer won one Golden Globe, in 1988, for his role in "Escape from Sobibor."

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Director Guillermo del Toro paid tribute to Hauer upon the news of his passing, tweeting, "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."

Actor Clancy Brown also fondly remembered Hauer, writing, "Giant Dutch hands. Giant Dutch heart. Rutger is one of the best actors I've ever known. Rest In Peace."

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