Goodbye Rutger Hauer

I know I am a couple of days late, but as most of you probably know by now, Rutger Hauer passed away a few days ago, 75 years old.

Rutger Hauer is most well known for his role as the replicant Roy Batty in Blade Runner, which he played masterfully. One of his many great scenes in the movie, and perhaps the most famous, was his death scene.

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The most amazing part of that monologue at the end, is that Hauer wrote it himself, apparently not being happy with the scene as it was written in the script.

While his role as Roy Batty was incredible, and well worth remembering, I also remember him from many other movies:

The Hitcher, Escape from Sobibor, Ladyhawke, the Blood of Heroes, Wedlock, Split Second, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Fatherland, and Sin City. While most of these movies aren’t great movies (Ladyhawke very much the exception), Rutger Hauer gave his all, and made his roles memorable, and the movies entertaining.

Oh, as an aside, it should be mentioned, that Blade Runner was set in 2019, so Roy Batty died that year. Something fans obviously noticed straight away when Rutger Hauer died.


  1. lanir says

    Thanks for the post. I hadn’t heard about this yet.

    The embedded link doesn’t seem to have parsed quite right but here’s a link directly to the video.

  2. witm says

    I live under a rock, so I didn’t actually know this. Thanks for highlighting it, and giving me an excuse to rewatch two of my favorite movies Blade Runner and Ladyhawke.

    Thank you.

  3. Kevin Dugan says

    Sorry to see him go. Always enjoyed his performances. You missed “Flesh and Blood” 1985 medieval romp where he stared as a mercenary captain betrayed by his contracted lord. A bit gorey and morally questionable, but still a good story.
    Oh, and were supposed to have starships burning off the shoulder of Orion in 2019. I want my starships..