Rutger Oelsen Hauer is a Dutch stage, television and film actor. Hauer is a dedicated environmentalist and has founded an AIDS awareness organization, the Rutger Hauer Starfish Association.
He is the father of actress Aysha Hauer and the grandfather of fashion model Leandro Maeder.
Hauer was born in Breukelen, The Netherlands, the town lending its name to New York City's Borough Brooklyn.He worked as an electrician and a carpenter for three years while attending acting classes at night school.
His career began in 1969 with the title role in the popular Dutch television series Floris, directed by Paul Verhoeven. His film credits include Flesh + Blood, Blind Fury, Blade Runner, The Hitcher, Nighthawks, Wedlock, Sin City, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Ladyhawke, Escape from Sobibor, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Osterman Weekend, The Blood of Heroes, Batman Begins, Hobo with a Shotgun and The Rite.
Hauer played an assassin in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2003), a villainous cardinal with influential power in Sin City (2005) and a devious corporate executive running Wayne Enterprises in Batman Begins (2005). He also acted as the host in the British reality television documentary Shock Treatment (2005). He recently starred in Goal! 2: Living the Dream... as Real Madrid coach Rudi Van Der Merwe.
On March 4, 2011, it was announced that Hauer would play vampire hunter, Van Helsing in legendary horror director Dario Argento's Dracula 3D.
Hauer is a dedicated environmentalist. He married his second wife, Ineke, in 1985; and he has one child, actress Aysha Hauer, who was born in 1966 and who made him a grandfather in 1988.His grandson Leandro Maeder is a fashion model.