Bernhard Wicki

Swiss film director and actor Bernhard Wicki, one of the most acclaimed filmmakers in the German language and co-director of the Hollywood war epic “The Longest Day,” died Wednesday in Munich. He was 80.

A spokeswoman for his agent said he died in his flat in Munich after a long illness.

Wicki started out as an actor but is best remembered for his career as a director, which began in 1959 with the highly regarded antiwar film “Die Bruecke” (The Bridge).

The success of that film brought him to Hollywood, where his credits included “The Longest Day” in 1962.

He also directed “The Visit” with Ingrid Bergman and Anthony Quinn in 1964 and “Morituri” with Marlon Brando in 1965.

As an actor his achievements included portraying a dying writer in Mielangelo Aonioni’s “La Notte” in 1960.

Born in Austria in 1919, Wicki studied theater under the legendary German actor Gustav Gruendgens.

In 1938 he spent 10 months in the Nazi concentration camp at Sachsenhausen because of his communist views and his membership in the radical Bauhaus school of architecture.

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