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Wolfgang Petersen (1941–2022)


A controversial film maker, Wolfgang Petersen has at once been lauded for his professionalism and attention to detail and decried for turning out a string of standard commercial Hollywood blockbusters. The son of a naval officer, Petersen held a lifelong fascination with the sea and naval subjects. He was born in Emden and attended drama school in... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Known For

The Boat Director
(1981)
Enemy Mine Director
(1985)
Outbreak Director
(1995)
Air Force One Director
(1997)

Filmography

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 2006 Poseidon
 2004 Troy (directed by)
 1997 Air Force One (directed by)
 1995 Outbreak
 1991 Shattered
 1985 Enemy Mine
 1985 Das Boot (TV Mini Series) (3 episodes)
- Part 3 (1985)
- Part 2 (1985)
- Part 1 (1985)
 1984 The NeverEnding Story (directed by)
 1981 The Boat
 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) (2 episodes)
- Episode #1.2 (1975)
- Episode #1.1 (1975)
 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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Personal Details

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 9 Interviews | 2 Articles | See more »

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)

Spouse:

Maria-Antoinette Borgel  (his death) | See more »

Children:

Daniel Petersen
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

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.

Trivia:

Wolfgang Peters made his first films with an 8 mm camera while still at school. See more »

Trademark:

Frequently casts Jürgen Prochnow. See more »

Nickname:

Wolfie

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