'Blade Runner' Co-Star Rutger Hauer Dead at 75

The Dutch actor had over 170 roles to his name.

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Born in 1944 to two Drama teachers in the Netherlands, actor Rutger Hauer clocked over 170 roles in his lifetime, appearing in such films as Batman Begins and Sin City as a diabolically charming antagonist. However, the actor’s agent, Steve Kenos, recently confirmed that Hauer passed away on July 19 at the age of 75.

Hauer’s first on-screen appearance came in 1969 via a role on Paul Verhoeven’s TV series Floris, though his Hollywood breakthrough came 13 years later in Sylvester Stallone’s explosive Nighthawks. Hauer’s second American film, Blade Runner, yielded arguably his best-known role as villain Roy Batty — the iconic “tears in the rain” monologue delivered at the end of the film remains a seminal cinema moment.

Other notable performances included a starring role in Jason Eisener’s Rodriguez- and Tarantino-inspired Hobo With a Shotgun, a knight in Ladyhawke, his Golden Globe-winning performance as Xavier March in Fatherland and a host of ’90s Guinness commercials. Hauer was eventually knighted into the Order of the Netherlands Lion in 2013.

Watch Hauer’s inimitable Blade Runner moment below, which was a thematic focus for our editorial shoot with Prada’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection.

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