Rutger Hauer is dead.
According to Guardian, the Dutch actor who is best known for his role as cyborg Roy Batty in seminal sci-fi film Blade Runner, died on Friday “after a very short illness… Rutger passed away peacefully at his Dutch home”.
He was born in 1944 in Breukelen and served a short stint as a medic in the army before finishing his training as an actor. He was cast for a screen role in the 1969 TV series Floris, before going on to star in 1973 feature Turkish Delight. Later, he gained attention in Hollywood playing a brutal terrorist in the 1981 Sylvester Stallone picture Nighthawks.
Blade Runner, though a commercial flop on its release, swiftly became a much-admired film, and Hauer became a fixture in both Hollywood and European cinema.
Other films he starred in The Hitcher, The Legend of the Holy Drinker, and many more others.
He was 75.