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'Das Boots', 'Air Force One' director Wolfgang Petersen dies at 81

(CNN)Academy Award-nominated director Wolfgang Petersen, whose films include Das Boot and Air Force One, Died August 12th. , his spokesperson, Rogers& Cowan/PMK's Michelle Vega, told CNN. he was 81 years old.

German filmmaker Petersen won the most awards of his career with the 1981 World War II epic Das Boot, but his career There are many films that occupy a special place. In the hearts of cult action movie lovers.

After writing and directing the 1984 children's fantasy film The NeverEnding Story, he wrote In the Line of Fire (starring Clint Eastwood and Rene Russo), Outbreak” (Dustin Hoffman, Morgan Freeman, Russo), “Air Force One” (Harrison Ford, Glenn Close).

In the 2000s, he continued the trend, directing "Perfect Storm" with George Clooney, "Troy" and "Poseidon" with Brad Pitt.

"Directing Wolfgang on 'Air Force One' still remains a special memory," actress Glenn Close said in a statement provided to her CNN. "The script was thrilling and incredibly intense, but I remember laughing a lot, especially in the scenes around the giant table in the war room."

According to her, Petersen would set up a remotely controlled camera that could rotate on the spot, allowing all actors to be filmed, and Petersen would provide clues during filming. While I knew the camera would pause on you in his hilarious direction... acting... acting... oh acting!A man who was full of joie de vivreand was doing what he loved most.”

According to his publicist, Petersen had his wife, Maria Antoinette, They have a son Daniel and two grandchildren.