Wolfgang Petersen.
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Wolfgang Petersen — the German director behind The Good Storm, Air Power One, and Das Boot — is lifeless at 81 years previous. “Petersen died peacefully Friday at his Brentwood residence from pancreatic cancer, in the arms of his wife of 50 years, Maria Antoinette,” reads a press release obtained by Vulture. Petersen started his profession in Germany earlier than his breakout hit, the 1981 WWII epic Das Boot, whisked him off to Hollywood. The six-time Academy Award–nominated movie gave him the chance to helm a lot of high-budget movies, together with now-classics similar to The NeverEnding Story, Enemy Mine, Outbreak, Air Power One, The Good Storm, and Troy. Born in 1941 in Emden, a coastal city in northern Germany, Petersen started his profession directing quick movies and TV films all through the ’60s and ’70s, earlier than making his function debut in 1974 (Einer von uns beiden, or One or the Different). His first movie earned him a German Nationwide Movie Award for greatest new director earlier than his 1977 follow-up function — Die Konsequenz (The Consequence), a homosexual love story between a prisoner and the warden’s son — was initially banned from theaters as a consequence of its content material. Petersen is survived by his spouse, son Daniel, daughter-in-law Berit, and two grandchildren, Maja and Julien.

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