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Born: March 14, 1941 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Germany Profession: Director ...
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Began career as assistant director at Ernst Deutsch Theater, Hamburg; also acted
1991:
Directed, wrote and produced the stylish thriller "Shattered", adapted from Richard Neely's novel "The Plastic Warriors"; first association with producing partner Gail Katz (who co-produced); had planned to film this story prior to "Das Boot"
2000:
Helmed the film adaptation of the nonfiction best-seller "The Perfect Storm"; seventh producing collaboration with Katz
1997:
Supervised the director's cut of "Das Boot", re-released theatrically to enormous acclaim; enhancement included redesigned and re-recorded sound bringing it up to digital standards of the day, as well as a restored negative, reprinted onto the improved color-rich film stock available
1961:
Directed first play
1997:
Executive produced Jon Avnet's "Red Corner"
1977:
First feature as a screenwriter (also director), "The Consequence", a controversial homosexual love story starring Prochnow; banned in parts of Germany
1970:
German TV directorial debut, "I Will Kill You, Wolf"
1997:
Had huge box-office success with the summer thriller "Air Force One"; served as one of the film's producers (as did Katz) and also directed; picture reunited him with Prochnow; second film with Ballhaus
2004:
Helmed the epic "Troy," starring Brad Pitt and Orlando Bloom
1987:
Moved to California
2001:
Served as one of the executive producers of the CBS fall drama "The Agency"
:
Worked on a project with Kathleen Turner that dissolved when the actress became pregnant
1985:
American directorial debut, "Enemy Mine" (also filmed at Bavarian Studios)
1971:
Directed six episodes of German series "Tatort/Crime Scene"; first met and worked with actor Jurgen Prochnow on this series
1999:
Executive produced Jon Turteltaub's "Instinct" and produced Chris Columbus' "Bicentennial Man"
1984:
Helmed and co-scripted "The Neverending Story", a partly American-financed project filmed in Munich's Bavarian Studios; first English-language film
1995:
Directed "Outbreak", a thriller about a deadly virus running amok; despite the Ebola hysteria of that year, the picture stumbled at the box office compared with "In the Line of Fire", though it did more than make back its money; with Katz served as one of film's producers; first collaboration with German cinematographer Michael Ballhaus
1993:
Enjoyed hit with American debut as an executive producer, "In the Line of Fire", starring Clint Eastwood; also directed; first film made with the full cooperation of the Secret Service
1973:
Feature directorial debut, "Einer von uns Beiden/One or the Other", the story of a student who blackmails one of his professors; won the German National Film Prize as Best New Director; Prochnow acted in picture, re-released in 1979 and picked up by Lufthansa airlines to show on its cross-Atlantic flights
2000:
Formed Red Cliff Prods.
1978:
Helmed "Black and White Like Night and Days", a thriller set in the world of championship chess starring Bruno Ganz
2006:
Helmed the remake of the "The Poseidon Adventure" which centers on a passenger ship that is capsized by a tidal wave
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Returned to TV as executive producer of two-part, $12 million adaptation of "The Ring", based on Wagner's "Das Niebelungenlied"
1981:
Won international acclaim with "Das Boot", at the time the most expensive German film ever made (about $12 million); received Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar nominations, giving him the distinction of being the first director of a German film to receive a directing nod; scripted from the haunting memoirs of war correspondent Lothar-Gunther Buchheim; simultaneously created a five-hour epic for German TV

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