Rutger Hauer Dies; Veteran Actor Was 75

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Rutger Hauer, a veteran actor probably best known for his leading role in the 1982 blockbuster Blade Runner, died on July 19 at his home in the Netherlands.

He was 75 years old.

Rutger Hauer

Hauer’s agent, Steve Kenis, made the news today and added that Hauer’s funeral was held Wednesday.

The Dutch actor starred in the aforementioned movie as Harrison Ford's nemesis, truly putting himself on the Hollywood map with that legendary performance.

Hauer's character delivered a famous speech during a climatic face-off with Ford at the conclusion of Blade Runner, dialogue which he helped write himself, many outlets have since confirmed.

"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe," he tells Ford, adding in this iconic scene:

"Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die."

He will also be fondly remembered for having major parts in Batman Begins and Sin City -- and he also won a Golden Globe Award for his role in the 1987 TV film Escape from Sobibor.

Hauer's exact cause of death is unknown at the moment, but his agent says the actor passed away after having been diagnosed with some kind of illness.

Rutger Hauer Picture

"This is not news, but he was a great guy and a great actor," Kenis told Fox News this afternoon.

On the small screen, Hauer portrayed Niall Brigant on HBO's True Blood, the king of the tribe from which the Stackhouse family is descended and the faerie grandfather to Sookie, Jason Stackhouse and Hunter Savoy. 

He also recurred on ABC’s medieval musical comedy Galavant as Kingsley in 2015.

Aside from his acting career, Hauer was very active in social causes as an outspoken sponsor of the environmental organization Greenpeace and the founder the Starfish Association, a non-profit devoted to AIDS awareness.

In the wake of his passing, there's been an outpouring of sadness on social media.

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Tweeted Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro, for example:

"RIP the great Rutger Hauer: an intense, deep, genuine and magnetic actor that brought truth, power and beauty to his films."

And Robert Patrick added:

“I am so sad to hear this, Rutger was such a sweet human being, and amazing actor! R.I.P. Rutger Hauer."

And Clancy Brown:

"Giant Dutch hands. Giant Dutch heart. Rutger is one of the best actors I've ever known. Rest In Peace."

And Jack Osbourne:

"RIP Rutger Hauer. Your work shaped my youth. Thank you. You will not be lost in time, like tears in the rain."

Rutger Hauer Dead

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

We send our condolences to his friends, family members and loved ones.

May Rutger Hauer rest in peace.

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