The sad news of the demise of Wolfgang Petersen came as a great shock to the film fraternity. He passed away at the age of 81 He was one of the most respected and celebrated directors of our time. His films were known for their gripping story-telling, technical perfection and brilliant direction. Petersen was born in 1941 in Emden, Germany
How did Wolfgang Petersen die?
He started his directing career with television films and series such as Das Boot and Bloomers. His first Hollywood film was Enemy Mine, which was followed by The Neverending Story, In the Line of Fire, Air Force One and Troy.
He won several awards for his work, including an Oscar nomination for Das Boot. Petersen will be remembered as a master story-teller and a great human being. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
What was his cause of death?
Wolfgang Petersen, the director of Air Force One and The NeverEnding Story, died on August 12, 2022, at his home in Brentwood, Los Angeles. He was 81 years old.
Petersen’s representatives said he passed away peacefully after a battle with pancreatic cancer, surrounded by his wife of 50 years and their children.
Early life and career
Petersen was born in 1941 in Emden, Germany. He began his career as a television director in the 1960s, before moving to Hollywood in the 1980s. He directed some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters, including Air Force One, The Perfect Storm and Troy.
Petersen was a master of suspense and action, and his films will be remembered for their excitement and entertainment value. His fans and the film industry will greatly miss him. Rest in peace, Wolfgang Petersen.
He is best known for directing the 1981 World War II submarine drama Das Boot, nominated for six Academy Awards, and the disaster film The Perfect Storm.
He has also directed several other well-received films, including Enemy Mine, The Neverending Story, In the Line of Fire, Outbreak, and Air Force One. Petersen began his career as a television director in his native Germany before transitioning to feature films in the 1970s.
He has since become one of Hollywood’s most successful directors, renowned for crafting efficient and suspenseful thrillers. Outside of his work in film, Petersen is also an accomplished yachtsman and has competed in several transatlantic races.
Tribute to Wolfgang peterson death
people paid tribute on social media
Wolfgang Petersen innately knew how to craft tension, thrills, character, creativity and imagination in his films. Das Boot, The NeverEnding Story, Enemy Mine, In the Line of Fire, Air Force One, Outbreak & The Perfect Storm are all Big Screen Entertainment. #RIPWolfgangPetersen pic.twitter.com/qhac1ATcAt— Courtney Howard (@Lulamaybelle) August 16, 2022
Wolfgang Petersen … Probably one of Germany's most famous and talented director's of all time. NEVERENDING STORY made me dream, I stood on the sets of ENEMY MINE and DAS BOOT. OUTBREAK, IN THE LINE OF FIRE … C'mon. He's a true master. Gone at 81. #RIPWolfgangPetersen. pic.twitter.com/w8owNJ35Lf— Dominik Starck (@starck_dominik) August 17, 2022
one user wrote
#RIPWolfgangPetersen I worked on Poseidon and have fond memories of that, despite the film being average. Petersen mastered sea based adventure though, and Das Boot and The Perfect Storm are brilliant films