Film director Wolfgang Petersen died on Friday of pancreatic cancer at the age of 81, a representative confirmed news week.
Born in Germany, Petersen first gained critical acclaim with his 1981 film The boat (The boat), which received six Oscar nominations. He turned the success of that film into a long Hollywood career that began with the children’s fantasy film the never ending Storywhich he also co-wrote.
Petersen’s eclectic career continued with science fiction films such as Enemy mine (starring Dennis Quaid and Louis Gossett Jr.) and the political action thriller In the line of fire (1993) starring Clint Eastwood and John Malkovich.
One of his most famous films Air Force One, was released in 1997. The plot revolved around the attempted rescue of the US President’s plane after a group of terrorists hijacked it. The box office hit starred Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close, Dean Stockwell and William H. Macy.
Petersen directed popular films into the 2000s The perfect storm (2000), a high-seas disaster film starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Diane Lane. 2004 his period piece Troy starring Brad Pitt, Eric Bana and Orlando Bloom became one of the biggest hits of the year. Poseidon 2006 had a well-known cast of Kurt Russell and Richard Dreyfuss, but didn’t reach the blockbuster heights of some of Petersen’s other releases.
The last film Petersen directed before his death was the 2016 crime comedy Four against the bank (Four against the bank). The film was a remake of a film he made for German television in 1976.
Petersen’s first feature film was in 1974 One of us twowhich he was pursuing The consequence in 1977. The latter dealt with homosexual issues and was met with controversy upon its release.
News of his death was announced on Tuesday, and fans soon began posting tributes to Petersen on social media.
“Wolfgang Petersen has made some great thrillers, including In the line of fire and The boatbut I will always associate him most with him the never ending Story. No children’s film has ever hit harder. Rest in Power,” film and theater critic Alan Zilberman wrote on twitter.
Another film critic, Courtney Howard, wrote that Petersen “knew innately how to create suspense, thrill, character, creativity and imagination in his films”.
“RIP Wolfgang Petersen. SO many brilliant films but I will always remember him because he gave us the most the never ending Story … A true work of art … & no children’s film will ever hit as hard as this one,” said author Mikey Walsh tweeted.
Petersen is survived by his wife Maria-Antoinette Borgel, who was by his side in his peaceful passing, Petersen’s representative said news weekas well as a son, Daniel Petersen, and two grandchildren.
https://www.newsweek.com/wolfgang-petersen-director-air-force-one-dies-after-cancer-battle-1734240 Wolfgang Petersen, director of “Air Force One”, dies after battling cancer