2007 - 2019
The 2007 Masterclass of his 'Rutger Hauer Film Factory', held in January, proved to meet a strikingly positive response: seven short films (realized in 8 days by 30 young artists) premiered successfully during the Rotterdam Film Festival.
As if he wasn't busy enough, in 2007 a book of 'memoirs' entitled 'All Those Moments: Stories of Heroes, Villains, Replicants, and Blade Runners' was published. This unprecedented and long-awaited autobiography was published by Harper Entertainment and soon became a Los Angeles Times best-seller.
In September 2008, Rutger was honoured in the Netherlands with the prestigious 'Golden Calf' Culture Award. The award has been presented by Minister Ronald Plasterk. The Golden Calf Culture Award is granted by the Board of the Netherlands Film Festival Foundation to a person or organization that brought important contributions to the film culture, and for Rutger this also refers to his Rutger Hauer Film Factory initiative, as well as to his newly launched 'I've Seen Films - International Film Festival'.
In 2009, amongst other productions, Hauer starred in Lech Majewski’s “The Mill and the Cross”, inspired by the famous Pieter Breugel's painting ''The Procession to Calvary''. In the same year, he received the Dutch “Gratama” Culture Award, named after the Frisian artist Rients Gratama.
2010 sees him involved in a number of independent international productions, including ‘Portable Life’, ‘Black Butterflies’, ‘Hobo With a Shotgun’, ‘The Rite’ (this latter also starring Sir Anthony Hopkins), as well as a comeback on set with a director he is very fond of: Ermanno Olmi with his latest production ‘Il Villaggio di Cartone’ (‘The Cardboard Village’).
At the end of 2010, the third - and extremely successful! - edition of 'I've Seen Films - International Film Festival' took place in Milan from September 30 to October 9. Rutger welcomed on stage, in the Royal Palace's full-house Award Evening, many emerging authors coming from all over the world, as well as many renowned artists such as Anton Corbijn, Francesco Baccini, Mimmo Calopresti, and so on.
During 2011, Rutger’s hectic schedule included work on more than 10 films which was another record year! The films included ‘The Heineken Kidnapping’, Argento's 'Dracula 3D' and 'Flight of the Storks' from the best-selling novel by Jean-Christophe Grangé. He also co-directed (with Sil van der Woerd), 'Requiem 2019', a short film / music video for which Lolly Jane Blue recorded a beautiful track, focusing on environmental problems.
Rutger hosted the 5th and successful 2012 ‘I’ve Seen Films Festival’ in Milan Italy, further expanding the scope and depth of the festival and its audience while increasing awareness of the AIDS pandemic.
2012 has been equally busy for Rutger. He has been involved in 4 films, including ‘Michaelangelo – The Dominant Passions’, ‘Drawing Home’, ‘Real Playing Game’ and ‘The Future’.
Continuing in 2012, in his home country, he received the 'Best Dutch Actor' Award for 'De Heineken ontvoering' during the Rembrandt Awards ceremony. The Film Committee, along with the Jury of the Rembrandt Awards Foundation nominates films and actors in various categories for the award and the Dutch public votes online to select the winners.
Rutger’s deep environmentalist spirit, propelled his continuing support for Paul Watson (Sea Shepherd Conservation Society) after Paul was arrested in Germany, based on a request from the government of Costa Rica. The charge stemmed from an altercation in 2002 in which Sea Shepherd contends that the other vessel was shark finning in Guatemalan waters. During the Zeitgeist Media Festival held in the US, Rutger dedicated his 'Requiem 2019' to Paul for his profound and steady dedication to nature and ocean life.
In March of 2012, Rutger ventured back into the world of his fans when he attended The Mad Monster Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina (USA). He spent a whole weekend autographing materials for thrilling fans who had only dreamed of meeting him. As usual, all proceeds from this convention/fundraising went to his Starfish Association in support of HIV/AIDS.
2013 sees him on the set of the hit TV series 'True Blood' as a regular, in the role of Niall Brigant. In September, Rutger was awarded with the 'Ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw' ('Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion'), which is a Dutch order of chivalry founded by King William I of the Netherlands in 1815. The Order of the Netherlands Lion was until recently awarded upon eminent individuals from all walks of life, including generals, ministers of the crown, mayors of large towns, professors and leading scientists, industrialists, high ranking civil servants, presiding judges and renowned artists. Since 1980 the Order has been primarily used to recognise merit in the arts, science, sport and literature.
In March of 2014, Rutger attended the Monsterpalooza Convention in Burbank, CA (USA), meeting his fans over a beautiful week-end and raising funds for his non-profit AIDS-fighting organization.
This is again a very busy year, with his participation in two Italian productions ('Francesco' directed by Liliana Cavani and '2047: Sights of Death'), a Dutch production ('The Admiral' aka 'Michiel de Ruyter'), and the evocative short film entitled 'The Flying Dutchman', where Rutger stepped into the shoes of the Frisian Captain Barend Fockesz from the 17th century and narrated the famous legend of the ghost ship that can never make port - doomed to sail the oceans forever. The unbeatable environmentalist spirit is always there: as a longtime supporter of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, he was the guest of honor at the official opening of the Sea Shepherd Global Headquarters and Store in Amsterdam.
This year he also joined the ABC fairytale comedy 'Galavant', in a recurring role as 'Kingsley', King Richard’s brother and the Russian miniseries 'Mata Hari'.
2015 saw him taking part in “The Broken Key” with Michael Madsen and Geraldine Chaplin, as well as “Beyond Valkyrie: Dawn of the 4th Reich” directed by Claudio Fäh. e also joined the cast of 'VIY 2 - The Journey to China', the first joint Russian-Chinese film production.
In 2016 Rutger joined the cast of the indie film 'Corbin Nash' with Dean S. Jagger, and Luc Besson’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets' (to be released in 2017). In June he flew to South Africa, on the set of Brian Smrz's '24 Hours to Live' opposite Ethan Hawke.
In 2017, Rutger joined two important TV works - first in the UK with 'Porters', a 3-part sitcom directed by Vadim Jean, where he plays 'Tillman', a hospital porter and former golfing prodigy who teaches a newbie about the ways of the hospital, manhood, karma, and most importantly, love; and then with the U.S. horror anthology television series created by Nick Antosca - 'Channel Zero' - where in the 6 episodes of the third series - 'Butcher's Block'- Rutger plays the role of 'Joseph Peach', a 1950's meatpacking magnate who grows increasingly reclusive and then disappears after his beloved daughters are murdered.
In addition, he also played 'Manoah' in Bruce Macdonald's 'Samsom', the biblical drama inspired by the story of Samson in the Book of Judges. In the same year, Rutger was also busy on the sets of 'The Sisters Brothers' directed by Jacques Audiard, also starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Joaquin Phoenix, and Andrew Desmond's 'The Sonata', both to be released in 2018.
In 2017, a special project he got involved in as narrating voice, is the Dutch virtual reality documentary 'The Last Chair' directed by Jessie van Vreden and Anke Teunissen - with a mix of 360º video, audio, and animation you step into the daily life of Annie, Fred and Egbert.
This very same year, Rutger also opened his 'Official Group' on the social media Facebook, to offer a gathering and discussion place for his fans, who also had the chance to meet him at two sci-fi/ comics conventions he attended at the end of the year - one in September ('Comic Con Russia' in Moscow), and one in December ('Wintercon' in New York, USA).
In April 2018, in Omsk (Russia), in Lenina Street, a monument by artist Alexander Kapralov has been dedicated to Rutger and his character Andreas Kartak from 'The Legend of the Holy Drinker', directed in 1988 by Ermanno Olmi.
The same month, Rutger shot in the Netherlands the short film 'The Old Man and the Bass' by Dutch director Lex Schmeetz.
Rutger has also taken part in the FishLove campaign, an internet initiative aiming at 'saving our oceans from overfishing, one photograph at a time'. Fishlove is a series of striking images which is now at the heart of a global movement to protect our seas from destructive fishing practices. The collapse of fish stocks is an environmental catastrophe that is seen by scientists as being as important as climate change.
But it doesn't end here! His love for nature, people and animals saw his participation, with his unmatched voice, in an awareness video by the Dutch 'Dog and Senior Foundation', a charity that works to keep seniors and their loyal buddies together or bring them together when not self-sufficient old people are compelled to live under hospice care. Rutger stated that 'The love between people and pets is strong - they need each other'.
After a very short illness, on Friday, July 19, 2019, Rutger passed away peacefully at his Dutch home. He leaves his beloved wife Ineke, after they have been together for fifty years. One of Rutger’s last wishes was that Starfish should continue its charity activity and its fight against the AIDS disease, and with Ineke’s precious help, involvement and direction Starfish will follow Rutger’s wish and will do its best to carry on Rutger’s inestimable legacy.
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