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Rutger Hauer

Lowest Rated:   9% Happiness Runs (2010)
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Birthplace:   Breukelen, Utrecht, Netherlands
Blonde, blue-eyed, tall, and very handsome Dutch actor Rutger Hauer has an international reputation for playing everything from romantic leads to action heroes to sinister villains. The son of actors, Hauer was born in Breukelen, Holland. Because his parents were often touring, Hauer and his three sisters were raised by a nanny. A bit of a rebel during his childhood, he chafed at the rules and rigors of school and was often getting into mischief. His grandfather had been the captain of a schooner, and at age 15, Hauer ran away to work on a freighter for a year. Like his great-grandfather, Hauer is colorblind, which prevented him from furthering his career as a sailor. Upon his return, he attended night school and started working in the construction industry. When he again bombed at school, his parents enrolled him in drama classes. Fancying himself a poet, Hauer spent most of his time writing poetry and hanging out in Amsterdam coffee houses instead of studying. He got expelled for poor attendance and afterward spent a brief time in the Dutch Navy. Deciding he didn't like military life, Hauer convinced his superiors that he was mentally unfit and was sent to a special home for psych patients. It was an unpleasant place, but Hauer remained there until he convinced his ranking officers that the military really did not need him. Upon his return to Amsterdam, Hauer again enrolled in acting school; he graduated three years later and joined a traveling experimental theater troupe. Five years later he was cast as a dashing swashbuckler in a Dutch television series. He made his film debut in Monsieur Hawarden (1969), but did not make a name for himself until director Paul Verhoeven cast him as a bohemian sculptor in the erotic drama Turks Fruit (Turkish Delight) in 1973. At one point in the story, Hauer faced the camera fully nude. It would not be the last time in which he would do full frontal nudity in his early career. In 1975, the actor made his English-language debut playing a womanizing Afrikaner opposite Sidney Poitier and Michael Caine in Ralph Nelson's The Wilby Conspiracy.Hauer did not make an impression in Hollywood until he was cast as a psychopathic terrorist opposite Sylvester Stallone in Nighthawks (1981). Always excelling in villainous roles, his next major American appearance is also one of his most famous, that of Roy Batty, one of the rebellious Nexus 6 replicants in Blade Runner (1982). He received kudos for his work in the romantic medieval fantasy Ladyhawke (1985) and in Italian director Ermanno Olmi's drama La Leggenda Del Santo Bevitore (The Legend of the Holy Drinker) (1988). In the latter film, Hauer showed that he was more than a pretty boy-action hero by letting his sensitive, gentle side appear. During the '90s, Hauer regularly appeared in lower-budget films and occasionally in such made-for-TV movies as the well-wrought Call of the Wild (1997). In the early '90s, Hauer tickled and puzzled audiences by appearing in a series of commercials for Guinness. He continued to work steadily in projects as diverse as Merlin, The 10th Kingdom, and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. He appeared in the blockbuster Batman Begins in 2005, and that same year he had a role in the remake of The Poseidon Adventure, as well as a small part in Sin City. 2011 turned out to be one of his busiest years that was highlighted by a major part in The Mill & the Cross, his playing the lead in the feature-length version of Hobo With a Shotgun, and appearing in the horror film The Rite.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Samson
  • Manoah
2018
No Score Yet Drawing Home
  • Carl Rungius
2017
38% 24 Hours to Live
  • Frank
2017
49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
  • President of the World State Fed.
$40.5M 2017
No Score Yet Beyond Valkyrie: Dawn of the Fourth Reich
  • Oskar Halminski
2016
57% Behind the White Glasses
  • Actor
$2.7k 2016
60% Admiral (Michiel de Ruyter)
  • Maarten Tromp
2016
28% The Letters
  • Benjamin Praagh
$1.1M 2015
No Score Yet The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power
  • King Zakkour
2015
No Score Yet Le Vol Des Cigognes
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Il villaggio di cartone (The Cardboard Village)
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet 2047 - Sights of Death
  • Actor
2014
14% Dracula 3D
  • Van Helsing
$3.6k 2013
86% Il Futuro
  • Maciste
$9.7k 2013
No Score Yet Real Playing Game
  • Steve Battier
2013
69% Black Butterflies
  • Abraham Jonker
2012
No Score Yet Agent Ranjid rettet die Welt
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet The Reverend
  • Withstander
2012
78% The Mill and the Cross
  • Pieter Bruegel
$0.2M 2011
69% Bride Flight
  • Frank (older)
$0.5M 2011
64% Hobo With a Shotgun
  • Hobo
$0.2M 2011
21% The Rite
  • Istvan Kovak
$33.1M 2011
No Score Yet The 5th Execution (Pyataya kazn)
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet The Heineken Kidnapping (De Heineken ontvoering)
  • Alfred Heineken
2011
No Score Yet Portable Life
  • Antonio
2011
9% Happiness Runs
  • Insley
2010
No Score Yet Life's a Beach
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet The Precious One
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Sword of War (Barbarossa)
  • Federico Barbarossa
2009
No Score Yet Dazzle (Oogverblindend)
  • Actor
  • Executive Producer
2009
No Score Yet Mentor
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet The Magic Flute Diaries
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Mozart's Magic Flute Diaries
  • Actor
2008
10% Moving McAllister
  • McAllister
2007
No Score Yet 7eventy 5ive (Dead Tone)
  • Det. John Criton
2007
39% Goal II: Living the Dream
  • Rudi Van der Merwe
2007
No Score Yet Tonight at Noon
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet The Hunt for Eagle One: Crash Point
  • Gen. Frank Lewis
2006
No Score Yet Mentor
  • Sanford Pollard
2006
No Score Yet Minotaur
  • Cyrman
2006
No Score Yet Warrior Angels
  • Grekkor
2006
No Score Yet The Hunt for Eagle One
  • Gen. Frank Lewis
2006
No Score Yet Tempesta
  • Van Beuningen
2006
No Score Yet The Poseidon Adventure
  • Bishop Schmitt
2005
No Score Yet Mirror Wars: Reflection One
  • Actor
2005
84% Batman Begins
  • Earle
$204.2M 2005
78% Sin City
  • Cardinal Roark
2005
57% Wes Craven Presents Dracula III: Legacy
  • Dracula
2004
No Score Yet Salem's Lot
  • Kurt Barlow
2004
No Score Yet Slow Burn
  • Dr. Sam Dennis Charney
2003
79% Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
  • Keeler
2003
No Score Yet Lying In Wait
  • Keith Miller
2002
No Score Yet Scorcher
  • President Nelson
2002
No Score Yet The Bankers of God: The Calvi Affair (I banchieri di Dio) (The God's Bankers)
  • Paul Marcinkus
2002
No Score Yet Flying Virus
  • Ezekial
2001
No Score Yet Turbulence 3: Heavy Metal
  • Co-Pilot
2001
63% Simon Magus
  • Count Albrecht, the Squire
2001
No Score Yet Partners in Crime
  • Gene Reardon
2000
No Score Yet Knockin' on Heaven's Door
  • Curtiz
2000
No Score Yet New World Disorder
  • Coroner
1999
No Score Yet Bone Daddy
  • Bill Palmer
1998
No Score Yet Hemoglobin
  • Actor
1998
80% Merlin
  • Lord Vortigern
1998
No Score Yet Tactical Assault
  • Capt. `Doc' Holiday
1998
No Score Yet The Ruby Ring
  • Patrick Collins
1997
No Score Yet Bleeders
  • Dr. Marlow
1997
No Score Yet Hostile Waters
  • Capt. Britanov
1997
No Score Yet Omega Doom
  • Omega Doom
1997
No Score Yet Jack London's 'The Call of the Wild'
  • John Thornton
1997
No Score Yet Redline
  • John Anderson Wade
1997
No Score Yet Precious Find
  • Armond Crille
1996
20% Crossworlds
  • A.T.
1996
No Score Yet Blast
  • Leo
1996
No Score Yet Mr. Stitch
  • Dr. Rue Wakeman
  • Executive Producer
1995
No Score Yet Beyond Forgiveness
  • Actor
1995
50% Fatherland
  • Xavier March
1994
No Score Yet Forbidden Choices
  • Reuben Bean
1994
27% Surviving the Game
  • Burns
1994
No Score Yet Amelia Earhart: The Final Flight
  • Fred Noonan
1994
43% Nostradamus
  • Monk
1993
No Score Yet Voyage
  • Morgan
1993
No Score Yet Blind Side
  • Jake Shell
1993
No Score Yet Arctic Blue
  • Ben Corbett
  • Producer
1993
34% Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Lothos
1992
No Score Yet Split Second
  • Harley
1992
No Score Yet Beyond Justice
  • Tom Burton
1992
No Score Yet Past Midnight
  • Ben Jordan
1991
No Score Yet Wedlock (Deadlock)
  • Frank Warren
1991
No Score Yet Breed Apart
  • Actor
1991
58% Blind Fury
  • Nick Parker
1990
13% The Blood of Heroes
  • Sallow
1990
No Score Yet Bloodhounds of Broadway
  • The Brain
1989
No Score Yet In una notte di chiaro di luna (As Long as It's Love) (On a Moonlit Night)
  • John Knot
1989
No Score Yet La leggenda del santo bevitore
  • Andreas
1988
No Score Yet Escape from Sobibor
  • Alexander Percherski
1987
25% Wanted: Dead or Alive
  • Nick Randall
1987
No Score Yet Outsider
  • Actor
1987
61% The Hitcher
  • John Ryder
1986
79% Flesh & Blood (Flesh+Blood) (The Rose and the Sword)
  • Martin
1985
65% Ladyhawke
  • Captain Etienne Navarre
1985
No Score Yet Eureka
  • Claude Maillot
1984
No Score Yet A Breed Apart
  • Jim Malden
1984
43% The Osterman Weekend
  • John Tanner
1983
No Score Yet Grijpstra en de Gier
  • Brigadier Rinus de Gier
1983
90% Blade Runner
  • Batty
1982
90% Blade Runner (The Final Cut)
  • Batty
$0.3M 1982
No Score Yet Inside the Third Reich
  • Albert Speer
1982
No Score Yet Chanel Solitaire
  • Etienne de Balsan
1981
72% Nighthawks
  • Wulfgar
1981
78% Spetters
  • Witkamp
1980
No Score Yet Een vrouw tussen hond en wolf (Woman in a Twilight Garden) (Woman Between Wolf and Dog)
  • Driann
1979
No Score Yet Mysteries
  • Johan Nagel
1978
100% Soldaat van Oranje (Soldier of Orange) (Survival Run)
  • Erik Lanshof
1977
No Score Yet Katie Tippel
  • Hugo
1976
No Score Yet Max Havelaar of de koffieveilingen der Nederlandsche handelsmaatschappij
  • Duclari
1976
No Score Yet The Fruit Is Ripe (Griechische Feige)
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet The Wilby Conspiracy
  • Blaine Van Niekirk
1975
No Score Yet Cold Blood (Das Amulett des Todes)
  • Director
  • Actor
1974
No Score Yet Dandelions
  • Actor
1974
80% Turks Fruit (Turkish Delight) (The Sensualist) (Wild Intent)
  • Eric
1973
No Score Yet Mysteries
  • Actor
1966

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
90% Galavant
2015-2016
  • Kingsley
  • 2015
92% The Last Kingdom
2015
  • Ravn
  • 2015
No Score Yet Metal Hurlant Chronicles
2012-2014
  • Kern
  • 2014
69% True Blood
2008-2014
  • Niall
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Alias
2001-2006
  • Geiger
  • 2003
90% Smallville
2001-2011
  • Morgan Edge
  • 2003
No Score Yet The 10th Kingdom
2000
  • Huntsman
  • 2000
96% Channel Zero
2016
  • Joseph Peach

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