Wolfgang Petersen, the writer and director known for "Das Boot" and "Air Force One" died Friday at 81.
According to a representative, Petersen died from pancreatic cancer at his Brentwood home in the arms of his wife of 50 years, Maria Antoinette.
The German-born director was also known for his Hollywood films, beginning with "The NeverEnding Story" in 1984, followed a year later by "Enemy Mine," which faltered at the box office and among critics.
The filmmaker had a string of hits including the 1995 contagion drama "Outbreak," the 1997 Harrison Ford thriller "Air Force One," the 2000 George Clooney lost-at-sea adventure "The Perfect Storm" and the 2004 Brad Pitt mythology blockbuster "Troy."
In addition to his wife, Petersen is survived by his son Daniel, daughter-in-law Berit and grandchildren Maja and Julien.
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