German film director Wolfgang Petersen, known for films such as The Submarine (Das Boot) Y The Perfect Stormdied last Friday at the age of 81 at his home in Brentwood (Los Angeles, California) due to pancreatic cancer, specialized media in Hollywood reported on Tuesday.
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Petersen (Emden, Germany, 1941) leaves an important legacy linked to the Hollywood industry that began with The Submarine (Das Boot), in 1981.
With this film about submarines during World War II, starring Jürgen Prochnow, he got a BAFTA nomination and six Oscar nominations, including for best direction and best adapted screenplay.
Since then, the filmmaker has been a regular in Hollywood with films that were widely accepted, such as The endless story (1984). Directed and co-written by Petersen, this film follows the adventures of little Bastian (Barrett Oliver) between reality and a world of fantasy.
Before, his career had started with short films and movies that were shown on German television during the 1960s and 1970s.
Halfway between action, thriller, and fantastic film productions, Petersen was behind such recognizable titles as my enemy (1985), shattered (1991), In the Line of Fire (1993), Outbreak (nineteen ninety five), Air Force One (1997), TI have Perfect Storm (2001), Troy (2004) and Poseidon (2006).
Studio shoots of action movies, which at the time required complex technique, were one of Petersen’s strengths, and he became a sought-after filmmaker even by elite actors who wanted to work with him.
George Clooney, Morgan Freeman, Clint Eastwood, Glenn Close, Harrison Ford, Renee Russo, Brad Pitt, Diane Lane and Dustin Hoffman head the long list of famous performers who were placed under the orders of the German director.
Funeral services following Petersen’s death will be held privately at the decision of his wife, Maria Antoinette, and their son, Daniel.