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Dutch Blade Runner star Rutger Hauer dies at 75

Dutch actor Rutger Hauer arriving at the premiere of "Sin City" in Los Angeles. [AP Photo]

Hollywood actor , best known for his role in , has died after a brief illness, various Dutch media reported Wednesday, quoting family sources. "Rutger Hauer has died at the age 75. He is regarded as one of the Netherlands' greatest actors," the ANP news wire said, adding that he passed away on Friday and was buried at a private ceremony.

Dutch actor Rutger Hauer, best known for his role in 1982 science fiction classic Blade Runner, died on July 19 after a short illness, Dutch news agency ANP reported on Wednesday, citing his family. He was 75.

Hauer appeared in a total of over 100 Dutch and international movies. He won a Golden Globe in 1988 for his role in Escape from Sobibor.

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