Wolfgang Petersen, director of Air Force One and Das Boot, has died at the age of 81

Oscar-nominated director Wolfgang Petersen, who became famous with his German-language film Das Boot, has died. He was 81.

Petersen died of pancreatic cancer on Friday at his home in Brentwood, Los Angeles, in the arms of his wife Maria-Antoinette, nearly 50, a spokeswoman for the Petersen family, Michelle Bega, told The Post.

Born in Emden, Germany, Petersen began his directing career in the 1960s but broke through in 1981 with Das Boot, a World War II film that received six Academy Award nominations, two specifically for directing and screenplay for Petersen.

He later directed numerous action thrillers including Enemy Mine, Shattered, Outbreak, Poseidon and Troy, and directed big names like Clint Eastwood in In the Line (1993). of Fire, Harrison Ford in Air Force One (1997) and George Clooney in 2000’s The Perfect Storm. Other A-listers he has worked with have included Brad Pitt, Rene Russo, Glenn Close, Dustin Hoffman and Morgan Freeman.

Wolfgang Petersen is seen with Clint Eastwood on the set of the 1993 film "In the line of fire."
Wolfgang Petersen is shown with Clint Eastwood on the set of the 1993 film In the Line of Fire.
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Wolfgang Petersen and the writer Lothar-Günther Buchheim are sitting in the original replica submarine "The boat" on October 17, 1979.
Wolfgang Petersen and the writer Lothar-Günther Buchheim sit in the original submarine replica for “Das Boot” on October 17, 1979.
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Wolfgang Petersen on the set of "Poseidon."
Wolfgang Petersen on the set of “Poseidon”.
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Petersen credited the 1952 gunslinger westerns High Noon — as well as its star, screen legend Gary Cooper — with influencing his career choices. “I think ‘High Noon’ made me want to be a director,” he told The Hollywood Reporter in 2011.

In addition to his wife, Petersen leaves behind his son Daniel and his daughter-in-law Berit, as well as two grandchildren, Maja and Julien.

https://nypost.com/2022/08/16/wolfgang-petersen-air-force-one-and-das-boot-director-dead-at-81/ Wolfgang Petersen, director of Air Force One and Das Boot, has died at the age of 81

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