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Otto Sander dies aged 72.

Article about: The actor who played Kapitänleutnant Philipp Thomsen in the famous 1981 film 'Das Boot' died last week at the age of 72. Otto Sander was best known for his portrayal in the film of the drunk

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    He played a brilliant character in Das Boot, RIP!.....
    It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.

    I'm Spartacus, not really i'm Paul!...

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    A fine actor who will be missed. RIP.

    Let me add just one bit of interesting trivia I found in a recent magazine article summarizing his life and career:

    Otto Sander was actually supposed to play the main role in Das Boot, but he was bound by a long-term stage contract at the time and the theater would not let him out of the engagement for such a long period of shooting.

    Instead, the part of the Kaleu went to Jürgen Prochnow, and Sander got the small (but memorable) role of Thomsen.

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