Director of the film Paris, Texas, who became President of the European Film Academy.
He was honored with the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1982 for his film The State of Things. His film Paris, Texas won the Palme d'Or at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival.
He worked with Bono and the rest of U2 to make music videos.
He originally went into the medical field, but left to study painting.
He was born into a traditional Catholic family and he married German photographer Donata Wenders, whom he met on the set of Faraway, So Close!