Son of two actors, Hauer first stepped on stage at the age of five and has since starred in various Dutch and English-language films and television series. In 1982, he appeared in Ridley Scott’s science thriller “Blade Runner,” in his critically acclaimed role as anti-hero Roy Batty. He starred opposite of Alan Arkin as a Roman officer in the 1987 miniseries “Escape From Sobibor,” which won him a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. After his breakout roles, Hauer continued to appear in major Hollywood productions notably “Batman Begins,” “Alias,” “Smallville” and “True Blood.” Most recently, Hauer can be seen in director Luc Besson’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.”
Hauer considers himself not only an artist but also a humanitarian. He established an AIDS awareness organization in 2000, Rutger Hauer Starfish Association, aimed at AIDS awareness and prevention, funding researching, and educational endeavors. Hauer also serves on the Board of Advisors for Greenpeace and Sea Shepherd.