Wolfgang Petersen has died at the age of 81 at his home Los Angeles. As filmmaker he directed classics such as Troy and Air Force One.

Wolfgang Petersen set a new standard for claustrophobia in cinema with his international breakthrough movie Das Boot (1981).

His 1981 German WWII submarine epic Das Boot (nominated for six Oscars, highly unusual for a foreign-language film.

Over a career spanning five decades, Wolfgang Petersen worked with Hollywood superstars likes Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, and Brad Pitt.

His first English language film, The NeverEnding Story, debuted in 1984 to critical acclaim and is still a beloved children’s classic to this day.

He is survived by his second wife, Maria-Antoinette Borgel, and by a son, Daniel, from his first marriage, which ended in divorce in 1978, and two grandchildren.

Wolfgang Petersen, film director, born 14 March 1941 in Germany; died 12 August 2022 in Los Angeles. United States.

“America was something like a paradise,” Petersen said in an interview. “They have so much that they can throw, but they give it to you, even you were the enemy.”