“Das Boot” director Wolfgang Petersen is dead


Wolfgang Petersen died of cancer on Friday at the age of 81.

Wolfgang Petersen, star director of films such as “Das Boot”, “Outbreak”, “Air Force One” and “Der Sturm”, is dead. He died of pancreatic cancer on Friday at the age of 81, as his assistant said on Tuesday German press agency announced. He died peacefully surrounded by his family at his home in Brentwood, a part of Los Angeles. His wife Maria was by his side.

Born in Emden and raised in Hamburg, the director learned his craft at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. In 1971, he was immediately successful with the “Tatort” thriller “Blech Schaden”. The episode “Maturity Certificate” with Nastassja Kinski made him and the very young actress famous overnight. Petersen became a taboo breaker in 1977 with the film “The Consequence”, which is about homosexual love.