Sad News: Amazing Actor Rutger Hauer Passes Away at 75

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Sad News: Amazing Actor Rutger Hauer Passes Away at 75

AMAZING, WONDERFUL ACTOR RUTGER HAUER PASSES AWAY AT 75 YEARS

So this has left me in a little bit of a funk.  I love Rutger Hauer.  He’s passed away at 75 years.   I think his body of work has so much variety that it still surprises me to consider it.  The first time I ever saw him was when he played the replicant’s leader in the now cult-classic, Blade Runner.  My first impression of him was as a totally spooky and frightening creature that deserved respect and unreserved sympathy.  I suppose that carried over into how I perceived many of his other roles.  But also, I’m a little shocked to now know that he was Dutch and not German!  Sure, many of his movies had a huge impact when I was coming of age.  But this guy spoke several languages fluently.  So I had no idea that he was speaking a second (or third, or fourth) language in the movie, Das Boot.

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But Hauer passed away in his Dutch home at age 75 after a sudden illness which I haven’t seen anyone identify yet.  Many younger people will only really know him from his recent TV roles, or maybe from Batman Begins.  Sigh, maybe even Hobo With a Shotgun….  But consider that last.  A major star playing the title role in a blood spatter film?  But with Rutger Hauer, the unusual was always fun.  If he wanted to do a fun project, well, he went and did it.  I still wonder at his role in the film Ladyhawke, with Michelle Pfeiffer and Matthew Broderick!  That was perfect fun, way back in the 1980’s.

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But there are some other films that you won’t see mentioned in any celebratory obits.  Two of my personal favorites are Blood of Heroes and Blind Fury.  The first was a post-apocalyptic piece with Joan Chen.  They played juggers, who were wandering gladiators, fighting each other for the honor of placing a dog skull on a stick.  The movie stands up today, a testament to meaning in a life of meaninglessness.  The second film you won’t hear about is about an MIA Viet Nam vet who returns home, blind from a grenade explosion.  Blind, yes.  But also a sword master who sees justice in a crime-ridden America all too clearly.  If you loved Rutger Hauer too and don’t know these movies, find them.  Watch them.  And offer a salute to a great 75-year-old artist who painted on any canvas he found to be worthwhile.

He’ll be missed.

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