'Blade Runner,' 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' Star Rutger Hauer Passes Away

July 24, 2019Jul 24, 2019

Actor Rutger Hauer has sadly passed away. The Dutch leading man passed away on July 19 at his home in the Netherlands.

Hauer, who was best-known for playing Roy Batty in the 1982 “Blade Runner,” suffered from a short illness before his death. He was 75, reported Variety

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Hauer’s agent, Steve Kenis, confirmed the sad news. He also shared that Hauer’s funeral was held Wednesday.

His role as Roy Batty, the leader of a gang of outlaw replicants, opposite Harrison Ford in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi noir opus “Blade Runner" became his most enduring role. The film was initially a flop, but it became a cult favorite.

More recently, he appeared in “Sin City" and “Batman Begins.” He also acted in TV shows including "True Blood," "Galavant" 

He also had numerous vampire roles. He starred as Van Helsing in Dario Argento’s “Dracula 3D,” and as the vampire Barlow in the 2004 miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s “Salem’s Lot," the vampire lord Lothos in the original film version of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

Hauer was born on January 23, 1944, in Breukelen, the Netherlands, near Amsterdam. At the age of 15, he ran away to join the Dutch merchant navy. Years later, he followed the career path of his parents, who were acting teachers.  

He is survived by his second wife of 50 years, Ineke ten Cate, and a daughter, actress Aysha Hauer, from his marriage to Heidi Merz.

Please pray for them as they mourn his passing.