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Wolfgang Petersen


This director seems to shine most when making movies that can best be described as part action movies/part disaster movies. Beginning with Outbreak (1995) about the outbreak of a killer virus. This film had shades of an Irwin Allen disaster movie, The Swarm (1978), about the outbreak of killer bees. Both films had the military and scientists clash,... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Das Boot Director
(1981)
Enemy Mine Director
(1985)
Outbreak Director
(1995)
(1984)

Filmography

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 2006 Poseidon
 2004 Troy (directed by)
 1997 Air Force One (directed by)
 1995 Outbreak
 1991 Shattered
 1985-1987 Das Boot (TV Mini-Series) (3 episodes)
- Part 3 (1987)
- Part 2 (1986)
- Part 1 (1985)
 1985 Enemy Mine
 1984 The NeverEnding Story (directed by)
 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) (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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1 Biographical Movie | 9 Interviews | 1 Article | See more »

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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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:

Got to know his second wife, Maria-Antoinette Borgel, during the shooting of Smog (1973), where she worked as a script girl. See more »

Trademark:

Always convinces actors to perform their own stunts. See more »

Nickname:

Wolfie

Star Sign:

Pisces

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