Actor Rutger Hauer passed away on July 19 at the age of 75.
Though he had starred in several films thoughout his career, the film he's most famous for is his role in the classic sci-fi film Blade Runner alongside Harrison Ford.
Other films he was most noted for included Ladyhawke with Michelle Pfeiffer and the cinematic version of Buffy The Vampire Slayer which served as the "basis" for the TV show.
Rutger Hauer was one of my all-time favorite actors and was one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood in my view.
Here is a list of some of Rutger Hauer other notable films. (And, for anyone who has never seen a Rutger Hauer film, I suggest waching any of the following films.)
In this horror film, Rutger Hauer plays a homicidal hitchhiker who terrorizes the young man who picks him up. This was actually the film that got me started watching horror flims.
In this film, Rutger Hauer plays a ruthless terrorist who is hunted down by policeman Sylvester Stallone (which Sly did post-Rocky).
In this film, Rutger Hauer plays a blind swordsman who fights mobsters in Las Vegas. It has since gone on to become a cult classic (and is one of my all-time favorite Rutger Hauer films).
THE OSTERMAN WEEKEND
This was film director Sam Peckinpah's final film and, besides Rutger Hauer, the film also stars Dennis Hopper, Craig T. Nelson and Burt Lancaster and was based on the novel by author Robert Ludlum.
SURVIVING THE GAME
In this film, Rutger Hauer plays a member of a group of wealthy "hunters" who hunt down a homeless man in the woods. The film also stars Gary Busey (yes, THAT Gary Busey!) and rapper/actor Ice T as the "hunted" homeless guy.
FLESH & BLOOD
This film is described by Wikipedia as a "romantic erotic historical adventure drama" written & directed by the guy who also directed films such as Robocop AND Showgirls (if THAT should tell you something!).
WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE
In this film, Rutger Hauer plays a bounter hunter who tracks down a terrorist (played by none other than KISS frontman Gene "Mr. Tongue" Simmons).
In this film, Rutger Hauer plays a futuristic cop and co-stars Kim "Sex & The City" Cattrall (who, like she did quite often in the "Sex" show, has a topless scene in the film!).
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER
In this film, Rutger Hauer plays a head vampire who is hunted by vampire slayer Buffy (played in the film by actress Kristy Swanson). This film, of course, served as the "basis" for the TV show (which I wasn't the biggest fan of, BTW).
HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN
In this film, Rutget Hauer plays, well, a hobo with a shotgun. This film started off as a "fake" movie trailer first seen in director Quentin Tarantino's Grindhouse movie (and is JUST as effed-up as one of Quentin's movies!).
Besides his acting capabilities, another thing I liked about Rutget Hauer is that, unlike many actors in Hollywoke today, he wasn't one to shove his "political" viewpoints down your throat, though he was an ardent environmentalist who started his own AIDS charity.