Rutger Oelsen Hauer (Dutch pronunciation: ; English pronunciation: /ˈrʌtɡər ˈhaʊər/; born 23 January 1944) is a Dutch stage, television and film actor. 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, Sin City, Ladyhawke, The Blood of Heroes, and Batman Begins.
Hauer is a dedicated environmentalist and has founded an AIDS awareness organization, the Rutger Hauer Starfish Foundation.
He is the father of actress Aysha Hauer and the grandfather of fashion model Leandro Maeder.