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Wolfgang Petersen

Wolfgang Petersen was born on March 14, 1941 in Emden, Germany. He is a director and writer, known for Troy (2004), Das Boot (1981) and The NeverEnding Story (1984). He has been married to Maria-Antoinette Borgel since 1978. He was previously married to Ursula Sieg. See full bio »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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 2006 Poseidon
 2004 Troy
 1997 Air Force One
 1995 Outbreak
 1991 Shattered
 1985 Enemy Mine
 1985 Das Boot (TV Mini-Series) (6 episodes)
- Episode #1.6 (1985)
- Episode #1.5 (1985)
- Episode #1.4 (1985)
- Episode #1.3 (1985)
- Episode #1.2 (1985)
 1981 Das Boot
 1977 Planübung (TV Movie)
 1971-1977 Tatort (TV Series) (6 episodes)
- Reifezeugnis (1977)
- Kurzschluß (1975)
- Nachtfrost (1974)
- Jagdrevier (1973)
- Strandgut (1972)
 1976 Vier gegen die Bank (TV Movie)
 1976 Hans im Glück (TV Movie)
 1975 Die Stadt im Tal (TV Mini-Series)
 1975 Stellenweise Glatteis (TV Movie)
 1974 Aufs Kreuz gelegt (TV Movie)
 1973 Van der Valk und die Reichen (TV Movie)
 1973 Smog (TV Movie)
 1972 Anna und Totò (TV Movie)
 1969 Der Eine - der Andere (Short)
 1969 Ich nicht (Short)
 1968 Die rote Fahne (Documentary short)
 1965 Stadt auf Stelzen (TV Movie)
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Theaters are always going to be around, and doing fine. With computers and technology, we're becoming more and more secluded from each other. And the movie theater is one of the last places where we can still gather and experience something together. I don't think the desire for that magic will ever go away.


Broke into the entertainment industry in 1960 with the Hamburg Ernest Deutsch Theater as an assistant director. See more »


When adapting a film from a novel, he often changes details from how they were described in the source material (e.g. character appearances, order of events, colors of objects). See more »



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