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Biography #2 (for Confessions of a Dangerous Mind)

Rutger Hauer continues to create a broad range of memorable characters, starring in over fifty films to date. As the intelligent yet brutal replicant in Ridley Scott' s Blade Runner, the brave underground fighter in Soldier of Orange or the dark-hearted menace in The Hitcher, Hauer is a powerful actor who reveals beauty and tragedy in all of the characters he portrays.

In 1973, Hauer burst onto the European film scene in Paul Verhoeven' s Turkish Delight. Based on a controversial novel by Dutch writer Jan Wolkers, the film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film in 1979. Hauer starred in Spetters, Keetje Tippel, Flesh and Blood and Soldier of Orange, which brought the actor international recognition. In 1980, Hauer starred opposite Sylvester Stallone in Nighthawks. It was this film that brought him to the attention of American audiences. A year later he starred in the critically acclaimed role of a deadly but tragically touching android in Ridley Scott' s Blade Runner. This film became a science fiction classic and the younger film added to the National Film Archives maintained by the U.S. Library of Congress. In 1982, he turned a stunning performance as Albert Speer in Inside the Third Reich.

Hauer is one of the few internationally successful actors whose body of work is appreciated by fans of blockbuster action films as well as devotees of the art-house circuit throughout the world. In 1985, he starred in the Warner Bros. film Ladyhawke opposite Michelle Pfeiffer, and his performance as a homeless man in Ermanno Olmi' s The Legend of Holy Drinker won him the Best Actor Award at the 1988 Seattle International Film Festival. The film was awarded the prestigious Golden Lion at the Venice Film Fesitival.

Hauer received a Golden Globe award for his role as a compassionate Russian officer in the CBS miniseries Escape from Sobibor. He starred in the HBO production of Deadlock and Blind Side, which were also released theatrically worldwide.

Hauer has also produced several documentaries: Prosit Ermanno, a film based on Ermanno Olmi, the making of The Legend of the Holy Drinker, Who Are They?, a view of the life of a homeless man, and Kill the Camera, a look behind the making of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Other film credits include Simon Magus, Blind Fury, The Blood of Heroes, Wanted: Dead of Alive, A Breed Apart, Surviving the Game, Beans of Egypt, Maine, Mariette in Ecstacy, and TNT' s Amelia opposite Diane Keaton. He received a Golden Globe nomination for his role in the HBO film Fatherland, and co-starred in the Jack London classic Call of the Wild, HBO' s Hostile Waters and NBC' s Hallmark presentation of Merlin" opposite Sam Neill, Isabella Rossellini and Helena Bonham Carter. He also re-teamed with Hallmark producer Robert Halmi Sr., for the NBC miniseries The Tenth Kingdom.

Bio courtesy Miramax for "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" (01-Jan-2003)