At age 15, he ran away from home and scrubbed the decks of freight ships.
He was a dedicated environmentalist and created his own AIDS awareness organization.
He married Heidi Marz Ineke ten Cate in 1985. His granddaughter is model Leandro Maeder.
Harrison Ford played the protagonist Rick Deckard, Hauer's adversary, in the 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner.