Famous German director, producer, and screenwriter Wolfgang Petersen received two Academy Award nominations for his work on the World War II submarine warfare movie Das Boot. On August 12, 2022, in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, in the United States of America, Wolfgang Petersen’s demise was officially declared.
Wolfgang Petersen was born in Emden, Germany, on March 14, 1941. On August 12, 2022, Wolfgang Petersen passed away from pancreatic cancer at the age of 81 years. He endured cancer for a long time.
He studied at Hamburg’s Gelehrtenschule des Johanneums from 1953 to 1960. He directed plays at Hamburg’s Ernst Deutsch Theater in the 1960s. He attended the Berlin Film and Television Academy after studying theater in Berlin and Hamburg (1966-70).
The director began his career in Germany by producing TV movies, receiving his first credit for one in 1965 and continuing to do so continuously from 1971 to 1978. He first met and collaborated with actor Jurgen Prochnow on the hit German TV show “Tatort” (Crime Scene), who would go on to appear in several of his films, including “Das Boot” as the U-boat captain.
The 1974 psychological suspense thriller “One or the Other of Us,” starring Prochnow, was Petersen’s debut feature. The following was “Die Konsequenz,” a black-and-white movie released in 1977 that was based on the homosexual love autobiography of Alexander Ziegler. When the movie first aired on German television, the Bavarian network refused to air it because it was viewed as being so radical at the time.
Wolfgang Petersen Wife
Petersen was married to German actress Ursula Sieg until their divorce in 1978. He is survived by his son Daniel Petersen, a writer and director, and by his second wife Maria-Antoinette Borgel, a German script supervisor and assistant director. The couple got married in 1978.