Fast Facts

  • Parents were actors.
  • The grandson of a sea captain, he ran away at age 15 to work on a freighter.
  • Served in the Dutch army, but pretended to be mentally unfit for military service and was discharged.
  • Was the spokesperson for Guinness stout for six years.
  • In 1995, a Dutch stamp was issued portraying his role as Eric Vonk in Turkish Delight (1973).
  • In 2000, founded the Starfish Association, which helps children and pregnant women with HIV/AIDS.
  • Favorite film role is Roy Batty in 1982's Blade Runner.
  • The title of his 2007 memoir, All Those Moments: Stories of Heroes, Villains, Replicants, and Blade Runners, is taken from part of a speech made by his character in Blade Runner.
  • Founded the I've Seen Films International Film Festival in 2007.
  • Is an environmental activist.
  • Fluent in English, German, French, Italian, Dutch and Frisian languages.
  • Enjoys riding motorcycles.


  • 1988, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner
  • 1995, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee


  • Heidi Merz — Ex-wife
  • Teunke Hauer — Mother
  • Ineke ten Kate — Wife
  • Arend Hauer — Father
  • Aysha Hauer — Daughter

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  • Birth Name: Rutger Oelsen Hauer
  • Birth Place: Breukelen, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Profession: Actor, Producer, Director, Author

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