Chicago – Cult character actor Rutger Hauer
passed away late last month, but the mark he made with his array of performances carried through two generation of admirers, even receiving the honor of Best Dutch Actor of the (20th) Century in 1999. He died on July 19th, 2019, in his native Netherlands. He was 75.
He was born in Breukelen, the Netherlands, to actor parents. After a couple stints in the military, he graduated from the Academy for Theater and Dance in Amsterdam in 1967, and made his TV debut two years later when director Paul Verhoeven
cast him in the Dutch medieval action drama “Floris
.” His film debut came in 1973 with “Turkish Delight
,” and he performed mostly in Dutch films during the 1970s, including work with Verhoeven again on “Solider of Orange” (1977) and “Spetters
Although Hauer made one international English language film previously, his American debut came in 1981 with “Nighthawks
.” His was unforgettable one