Wolfgang Petersen

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Wolfgang Petersen (born 14 March 1941) is a German film director, producer and screenwriter. He was nominated for two Academy Awards for the World War II submarine warfare film Das Boot (1981). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wolfgang Petersen has received more than 1,303,130 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Wolfgang Petersen is the 98th most popular film director (up from 102nd in 2019), the 556th most popular biography from Germany (up from 573rd in 2019) and the 8th most popular German Film Director.

Wolfgang Petersen is most famous for directing "The Perfect Storm" and "In the Line of Fire."

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Among film directors, Wolfgang Petersen ranks 98 out of 1,580Before him are Victor Fleming, Louis Malle, Manoel de Oliveira, Robert Bresson, René Clair, and Carlos Saura. After him are Sidney Lumet, Peter Brook, Andrzej Żuławski, Michael Curtiz, Kenji Mizoguchi, and Robert Altman.

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Among people born in 1941, Wolfgang Petersen ranks 37Before him are Ryan O'Neal, Charlie Watts, Flórián Albert, Laura Antonelli, Gheorghe Zamfir, and Vivienne Westwood. After him are Ali Hassan al-Majid, Ritchie Valens, Paul Anka, Pete Best, Mahmoud Darwish, and Ivan Gašparovič.

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Among people born in Germany, Wolfgang Petersen ranks 556 out of 5,289Before him are Norbert of Xanten (1080), Pope Damasus II (1000), Otto Günsche (1917), Dietrich Eckart (1868), Caroline Augusta of Bavaria (1792), and Hans-Joachim Marseille (1919). After him are Christopher Clavius (1538), Georg Elser (1903), Hans Spemann (1869), Adam of Bremen (null), Felix Hoffmann (1868), and Johann Adolph Hasse (1699).


Among film directors born in Germany, Wolfgang Petersen ranks 8Before him are Wim Wenders (1945), Michael Haneke (1942), Werner Herzog (1942), Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1945), F. W. Murnau (1888), and Ernst Lubitsch (1892). After him are Volker Schlöndorff (1939), Max Ophüls (1902), Roland Emmerich (1955), Robert Siodmak (1900), Thea von Harbou (1888), and Mike Nichols (1931).