Anyone who’s seen Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner will certainly remember its iconic ending speech given by the character Roy Batty. The sequence was about him losing all of the memories as he faces death, describing these moments as being “lost in time, like tears in the rain.” The speech worked so well due to actor Rutger Hauer‘s performance of the character, having improvised those words in a moment that changed the monologue for the better. On July 19th 2019, Hauer passed away at the age of 75.
Hauer died due to a short illness while home in the Netherlands. His death was announced to the public on the 24th as his funeral took place. The actor started working in 1969, appearing in various Dutch films and proved incredibly popular in home country. After starring in Katie Tippel, Spetters and various other films, the actor made a huge debut in American cinema with his role as the previously mentioned Roy Batty in Blade Runner.
Since then, Hauer had appeared in various foreign films, TV and small roles in other big films. Amongst these roles include Batman Begins, Sin City, and the hit series True Blood where he had made another big impression. One of his final roles actually came earlier this year in the video game Kingdom Hearts 3 as main antagonist Master Xehanort, a role initially played by the late Leonard Nimoy. His final role will be in an upcoming miniseries adaption of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol as the Ghost of Christmas Future.