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Director of 'Das Boot' and 'Air Force One,' dead at 81

Wolfgang Petersen

Wolfgang Petersen

German director who made films such as Das Boot, Air Force One and Outbreak, has died aged 81. 

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Wolfgang Petersen

Wolfgang Petersen

“Das Boot,” was nominated for six Academy Awards and became one of Germany’s top-grossing films, died on Friday at his home in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles. He was 81. 

Wolfgang Petersen

“There’ll never be another like him”

“The Das Boot bloke dies” — there’s a good chance that this will be the gist of many a Wolfgang Petersen obituary.

Petersen died Friday at his home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Brentwood after a battle with pancreatic cancer, said representative Michelle Bega. 

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Actors and actresses from Brad Pitt, Diane Lane, Dustin Hoffman Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, and George Clooney have all acted in films helmed by him.

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Spokesperson for the Petersen family, Michelle Bega, told The Post that Petersen died of pancreatic cancer in the arms of his wife of nearly 50 years, Maria-Antoinette, on Friday at his home in Brentwood, Los Angeles. 

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Academy Award-nominated director Wolfgang Petersen who rose to prominence for his German-language film “Das Boot” has passed away aged 81.