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Film Icon Rutger Hauer Deceased at 75

Rutger Hauer

It was a sad day in Hollywood today, following the announcement of the passing of actor, activist and Golden Globe winner Rutger Hauer. Hauer is remembered for his long and varied career. He brought some on cinema’s best loved villains and anti-hero’s to the silver and small screens.

Hauer began his career when he was cast in future Robocop director Paul Verhoeven’s television series Floris. The show became a hit in Hauer’s native Netherlands. American audiences though had to wait 12 years to be introduced to Hauer. He made his U.S. screen debut in 1981, opposite Sylvester Stallone in Nighthawks. Hauer plays a maniacal and cold blooded terrorist. Other noteworthy genre roles include Blade Runner, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hobo with a Shotgun, Blind Fury (pictured above), The Hitcher, and many more.

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In addition to having a noteworthy filmography under his belt that includes pretty much every genre, Hauer was also an AIDS and environmental activist. He founded the Rutger Hauer Starfish Association, a non-profit that works towards AIDS awareness and offers assistance and care to victims of the AIDS epidemic. The organization focuses especially on children and pregnant women.

In 2013, Hauer was knighted into the Order of the Netherlands Lion. The organization has existed in the Netherlands since 1815. Hauer has accomplished in his life, what most men can only dream of.

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Written by Aaron Posey
Hailing from the great state of Ohio, Aaron Posey was raised on a steady diet of Ghostbusters, Unsolved Mysteries, and classic slasher films. He possess a plethora of useless horror knowledge that he is dying to unleash on the world. He can carry on a conversation using nothing but movie quotes and can liken any situation to an episode of The Simpsons. He is always on the lookout for up-and-coming horror related bands and music. His crowning achievement in life is his brief appearance in the Halloween: 25 Years of Terror documentary.
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