The successful German film-maker Wolfgang Petersen died at his home in Los Angeles after losing a battle with cancer, his assistant said, APA reports citing The Guardian.
His World War II submarine epic "Das Boot" was a worldwide success.
Born in the northwestern German town of Emden in 1941, Petersen moved with his family to Hamburg in 1950 where he studied theater. After moving to Berlin as a young man, Petersen got his first stint in the director's chair by helming episodes of the long-running German crime series Tatort.
After directing several films in Germany, Petersen garnered international acclaim in 1982 with Das Boot,a anti-war tale of sailors in a German submarine during the Battle of the Atlantic. The film received multiple Academy Award nominations, with Petersen himself being nominated for his directing and his screenplay.
He followed up "Das Boot" with an English-language adaption of the German young adult novel "The NeverEnding Story," which was a box office success and widely beloved by its young audience.
Petersen moved permanently to the United States with his wife Maria in 1987, and embarked on numerous successful action movies featuring many of Hollywood's leading stars, including "Outbreak" with Dustin Hoffmann, "Air Force One" with Harrison Ford and "The Perfect Storm" with George Clooney.