Acclaimed actor of stage and screen Rutger Hauer passed away on July 19, 2019 at the age of 75. The death was confirmed by his agent on July 24, the day of his funeral. The actor died in the Netherlands after a short bout of illness, though the exact cause has not been released yet.

Hauer was known best for this role of Roy Batty in the iconic Bladerunner, playing the film’s main antagonist with that fantastic monologue, now entitled “Tears in Rain”. But perhaps even more impressive is that Hauer rewrote the lines himself.


But Hauer had a long and prolific career outside of the sci-fi classic. The Dutch actor was in films like Hobo with a Shotgun, Batman Begins, Sin City, Ladyhawke, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and The Hitcher. He is also known for his TV roles on Galavant, True Blood, and Channel Zero. And, believe it or not, he played Master Xehanort in Kingdom Hearts III, picking up the role after Leonard Nimoy passed away.

Colleagues and fans mourn the passing of this intense and dedicated actor:


Hauer is survived by his wife Ineke ten Cate, and daughter Aysha Hauer.

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A reporter by trade, Sara is a lover of horror, sci-fi, and all things pop culture. From indies to classics to even the strangest schlock, all movies and TV shows are fair game. She believes Batman is the most fascinating superhero, and that Silent Hill is one of the best horror franchises ever made (as long as you don't count the movies). Fun Fact: The only movie Sara will not rewatch is The Room -- once was more than enough.