The world of acting and entertainment has lost a great legend and an actor known throughout the globe for his seemingly-endless projects and ability to portray a villain as nobody else could.
His name was Rutger Hauer – and he was a specialist at perfecting a menacing character or evil entity. One of his most notable works is for his role in Blade Runner opposite Harrison Ford. Sadly, Hauer passed away on July 19th, 2019 at his home in The Netherlands.
A beloved co-star in one of the biggest television mini-series of the 2000s, Kimberly Williams-Paisley has expressed her own sense of loss at the news of his untimely passing with a tribute that’s very fitting for him.
Both Hauer and Williams-Paisley starred in the Emmy-winning mini-series “The 10th Kingdom” which was broadcast on NBC in February and March 2000. The show was aired in five two-hour episodes that told the story of a young woman and her father who found themselves in a parallel world of fairy tales.
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Now, I know. The 10th Kingdom is a cheesy show, but I loved this show when I was a kid! Magic mirrors, fairytales, and an awesome half-wolf character! I still love this show, and I always will. – I have a few shows (and movies) that have a special place in my heart. This is one of them. The subtle foreshadowing, the whole traveling through magic mirrors, and an interesting take on fairytales. All of these things made this show great! The characters were pretty awesome, too! And this show had the best openning sequence, ever! You can easily look it up on YouTube, I personally think you should. Everytime I watch this show I feel inspired to write! Even though, #townofpottersfield and most of my stories aren't really like this. – Happy reading/writing! What random thing inspires you? – #10thkingdom #writinginspiration #writerforlife #writerslife #authorslife #hopefulwriter #amwriting #fantasy #fairytales #magicmirrors #bigbadwolf #wickedstepmothers #childhoodmemories
Williams-Paisley played the main character, the young waitress named Virginia Lewis who finds herself in a fairy tale world on accident…and is taken hostage by Hauer’s character “The Huntsman.”
He was working for The Evil Queen and had been sent to kill Virginia and her father (played by John Larroquette).
Williams-Paisley shared a photo of a scene they shared in the series with a caption to honor the late actor and all of the fun and special moments they had shared while working together.
“In honor of the late great Rutger Hauer, here is a throwback to The Tenth Kingdom and the days I played his prisoner in this mini-series. He was a genuinely kind man and a great villain! Sending love to his family. ????”
See Williams-Paisley’s full post below and watch the trailer for the show, too.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Hauer’s loved ones during this very difficult time.