Wolfgang Petersen: Director of Action Films Like “Das Boot” and “Air Force One”

From a New York Times obit by A. J. Goldman headlined “Wolfgang Petersen, Director of ‘Das Boot,’ Is Dead at 81”:

Wolfgang Petersen, one of a handful of foreign directors to make it big in Hollywood, whose harrowing 1981 war film, “Das Boot,” was nominated for six Academy Awards and became one of Germany’s top-grossing films, died at his home in Los Angeles.

Mr. Petersen was the most commercially successful member of a generation of filmmakers active in West Germany from the 1960s to the ’80s, whose leading lights included Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog. But he was equally known in Hollywood.