Dutch actor Rutger Hauer has passed away at the age of 75.
Rutger Hauer was best-known for his role as Roy Batty in 'Blade Runner'. The leader of a gang of rebel outlaw replicants delivers one of cinema's most beautiful monologues in the finale.
The actor actually altered the scripted lines the night before filming. The 'Tears in rain' monologue reads:
"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die."
Hauer's more recent roles included 'The Sisters Brothers' and TV series 'Porters'.
He also showed up in 'True Blood' and played Earle, the corporate villain who Bruce Wayne discovers is running his company, in 'Batman Begins.'
Rutger Hauer was renowned for his horror and vampire roles, playing Van Helsing in Dario Argento’s 'Dracula 3D' and the vampire Barlow in the 2004 miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s 'Salem’s Lot'. He also played vampire lord Lothos in the original film version of 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer.'
Hauer earned a Golden Globe for his role in the 1987 TV movie 'Escape from Sobibor' and had over 150 movie and TV credits to his name.
He was also a writer and environmentalist.
Hauer died on July 19 at his home in the Netherlands after a short illness.
He is survived by his second wife of 50 years, Ineke ten Cate, and a daughter, actress Aysha Hauer, from his marriage to Heidi Merz.