Few stars can boast the lasting power of Rutger Hauer. A veteran actor, he has appeared in nearly 100 films, as well as 11 television series. An international star who speaks six languages, he has a worldwide reputation for playing everything from romantic leads (Ladyhawke) to action heroes (Blade Runner) to sinister villains (The Hitcher). And nearly 40 years of filmmaking later, he is as popular as ever, having made four new films for release in 2005, including a starring role in a major remake of THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE, as well as roles in the hit SIN CITY and the mega-hit BATMAN BEGINS. He also continues to grow and evolve as an artist, taking on challenging roles in independent films, endearing him to fans and critics alike. Like Clint Eastwood and other veteran actors of his generation, he has also turned a hand to directing films himself, opening a new door on his prolific career.
Throughout the United States, Europe and across the world, tens of millions of movie fans know and love Rutger Hauer’s work. From Nighthawks (with Sylvester Stallone and Billy Dee Williams) to Blade Runner (with Harrison Ford) to The Hitcher (with Jennifer Jason Leigh) to the original Buffy: the Vampire Slayer and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (directed by long-time fan George Clooney), Rutger has worked with some of the most famous actors in the world. He has also worked with some of the best-known and greatest directors of our times, including Ridley Scott, Paul Verhoeven (he was Verhoeven’s favorite actor), and Sam Peckinpah.
He has received a plethora of awards and honors during his long career. According to the Hollywood Reporter, at one time he was one of Hollywood’s most “bankable” stars. He won a Golden Globe award in 1988 for Escape from Sobibor, and a Best Actor award from the Seattle International Film Festival for his role as a homeless man in The Legend of the Holy Drinker. He has been written about in hundreds of print articles, and has made more than 100 television interview and award show appearances. In 1992, a People magazine reader’s poll chose him as one of the 50 sexiest men alive.
In the Netherlands, his native country, Rutger is more than a celebrity – he is a national icon and perhaps their greatest star. In 1995, the Dutch Mail Service issued a postage stamp portraying him in one of his most-beloved movies, Turkish Delight. He has received numerous Dutch acting awards, including the Gouden Kalf (Golden Calf) award for best actor and the Rembrandt award for artistic contribution. In 1999, he received that country’s Best Actor of the Century award, and two of his films, Turkish Delight and Soldier of Orange, won Best and Second Best Films of the Century, respectively. In recognition of the awards, a Dutch television station played Rutger Hauer movies non-stop for 24 hours. There are approximately 16 million people in the Netherlands—and many more Dutch people living around the world.
In his first book, ALL THOSE MOMENTS (HarperCollins, 2007), Rutger offers a retrospective of his career, and shares his experiences and lessons learned from a lifetime in theater, film and television. He will donate 100% of his proceeds of the book to Starfish, the foundation he established to help those suffering with AIDS.
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