Rutger Hauer, who won a Golden Globe in 1988 and had a memorable role in “Blade Runner” as antihero Roy Batty in 1982, has died.
The Dutch-born actor died July 19 in the Netherlands after a short illness, according to media reports. He was 75.
“An AIDS charity with which the actor was involved, the Rutger Hauer Starfish Foundation, said he died peacefully at his Dutch home,” CNN reports. “The charity said his wife, Ineke, will carry on its work.”
Hauer, who stood out in bad-guy roles, won a Golden Globe in 1988 for the TV movie “Escape From Sobibor,” which aired in the U.S. on CBS. His many film credits include “The Hitcher,” “Blind Fury,” “Flesh + Blood,” “Nighthawks,” “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” “Ladyhawke” and “Sin City.”
Hauer also kept busy with television roles, including appearances in recent years on “True Blood” and “The Last Kingdom.”
Here’s a clip of Hauer as the terrifying hitchhiker John Ryder in “The Hitcher,” from 1986 ….