He passed away due to pancreatic cancer at the age of 81.

He passed away in Los Angeles on Friday.

Films "Das Boot," "Outbreak," and "Air Force One," among many others, helped German director Wolfgang Petersen gain international recognition.

Over the course of a career spanning five decades, Petersen worked with stars including Clint Eastwood, Dustin Hoffman, George Clooney, Harrison Ford, and Brad Pitt. 

Life Story

He was born in Emden (Germany) in 1941.

In the 1960s, Petersen started his directing career.

He first gained notoriety in 1981 with "Das Boot," a World War II-themed movie that received six Oscar nominations overall, two of which were for Petersen's directing and authoring.

Petersen also produced other action thrillers during that time, such as "Enemy Mine," "Shattered," "Outbreak," "Poseidon," and "Troy."

He has helmed films starring well-known actors including Clint Eastwood in "In the Line of Fire" from 1993, Harrison Ford in "Air Force One" from 1997, and George Clooney in "The Perfect Storm" from 2000.

Petersen also collaborated with other A-list actors like Morgan Freeman, Glenn Close, Rene Russo, Brad Pitt, and Dustin Hoffman.

The widow, son Daniel, and two grandkids of Petersen are still alive.