The actor Dutch Rutger Hauer, revealed in 1982 by the science fiction film Blade Runner ” has died at the age of 75 years, announced on Wednesday that several media Dutch, citing members of his family. “Rutger Hauer’s death at the age of 75 years. He was considered one of the greatest actors of the netherlands,” wrote the news agency, the Dutch ANP, adding that he died Friday and was buried in a private ceremony.

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Rutger Hauer has made his first appearance as an actor in 1969 in a tv series of cloak-and-sword called Floris, directed by Paul Verhoeven, then little known. This is Verhoeven, who offered him his first big role in Turkish Delight in 1973.

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But it was in 1981 that he drew the attention of the world of cinema in the United States playing alongside the american star Sylvester Stallone in the thriller Nighthawks . The following year came out Blade Runner, signed Ridley Scott, who was to consecrate him as one of the stars of Hollywood at the time. He played the role of Roy Batty, the replicants hunted down by Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) throughout the film. The Dutch was particularly noted for the monologue to the final scene. Completely improvised by the actor, the speech remains today in the memory of moviegoers as one of the most iconic in film history.

Commenting on the death of the one he had revealed to Paul Verhoeven told the ANP have lost his “alter-ego”. “I am extremely sad that he is no longer among us, he will terribly miss you”.