Wolfgang Petersen († 81): the director of “Das Boot” is dead


His international breakthrough came in 1981 with the film “Das Boot” about the crew of a German submarine during World War II, starring Jürgen Prochnow and Herbert Grönemeyer. The film was nominated for six Oscars, winning two of the trophies for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director. Then Petersen took off in Hollywood, bringing in stars like Clint Eastwood (“In the Line of Fire”), Dustin Hoffman (“Outbreak”), Harrison Ford (“Air Force One”), George Clooney (“The Tempest”) and Brad Pitt (“Troy”) on camera. Since 1987, the director has lived with his family in Los Angeles. Besides his wife Maria, to whom he was married for 50 years, Petersen is survived by his son Daniel and two grandchildren.

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