Classically handsome, physically impressive, and emotionally intense, Dutch actor Rutger Hauer first achieved fame in his homeland of the Netherlands before exploding on U. S. screens as some of cinema's most memorable villains. Determined to not fall victim to Hollywood typecasting, he went on to portray heroes, misfits and scoundrels in an incredibly prolific career that spanned decades. After gaining recognition in several films with Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven in the 1970s, he debuted on American screens as a psychotic terrorist in "Nighthawks" (1981). As impressive as that performance was, Hauer was unforgettable as the homicidal android Roy Batty opposite Harrison Ford in Ridley Scott's influential science fiction thriller "Blade Runner" (1982). Major film roles followed, with memorable turns in films like "Ladyhawke" (1985) and "The Hitcher" (1986). Although Hauer continued to work relentlessly in the years that followed, many of his choices seemed questionable, such as the blind swordsman comedy "Blind Fury" (1989). There would, however, be small gems of performances amongst the subpar efforts, with cameo roles in films like "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" (2002) and "Sin City" (2005), proving that he still had much to bring to the table as an actor. As uneven as Hauer's body of work had become, it was, nonetheless, admirable, not only for its sheer volume, but for the diversity of the characters he played and the commitment that he brought to every role.