Daniel Petrie

Daniel Mannix Petrie[1] (November 26, 1920 – August 22, 2004) was a Canadian television and film director.

Daniel Petrie
Daniel Mannix Petrie

(1920-11-26)November 26, 1920
DiedAugust 22, 2004(2004-08-22) (aged 83)
Los Angeles, California, United States
OccupationFilm director
Film producer
Years active1949–2001
Dorothea Grundy Petrie (m. 19462004)

Life and career

Petrie was born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada, the son of Mary Anne (née Campbell) and William Mark Petrie, a soft-drink manufacturer.[1] He moved to the United States in 1945.[1] His signature film A Raisin in the Sun (1961) was assigned to him after it was refused to its original director on Broadway, future National Medal of Arts honoree Lloyd Richards, because Richards was black. The movie maintained the award-winning cast and performances it had had on Broadway during its two-year successful run under Richards' direction, and the film version was nominated for the Palme d'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival. Petrie went on to have a fulfilling movie directing career because of the success of this movie; Richards did not get an opportunity to direct a movie again until 1995.[2]

Petrie directed Buster and Billie (1974); the Academy Award-nominated Resurrection (1980); Fort Apache, The Bronx (1981); and Cocoon: The Return (1988).

Petrie also directed television movies, such as Sybil, Eleanor and Franklin, Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years, The Dollmaker, My Name Is Bill W., Mark Twain and Me, Kissinger and Nixon, Inherit the Wind, and Wild Iris.

Petrie's theatrical films were rarely box-office successes, but they often featured large, well-known casts, such as The Betsy (1978), starring Laurence Olivier, Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Duvall. His films feature the earliest starring screen appearances by such stars as Winona Ryder (Square Dance - she first appeared in a supporting role in Lucas) and Kiefer Sutherland (The Bay Boy). As a television director he won multiple Emmy and Directors Guild of America Awards.

He died of cancer in 2004 in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 83.[3]

The Petrie Family

Petrie was married for 57 years to Dorothea Grundy Petrie, an Emmy-winning film and television producer. Their sons were Daniel and Donald, both successful directors and screenwriters. Their twin daughters were former MGM executive June and actor/writer Mary. In 2002, the family as a whole was awarded the American Film Institute's Platinum Circle Award to recognise their collective creative contributions.[4][5][6]


  1. "Daniel Petrie Biography (1920-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2017-02-06.
  2. "Lloyd Richards A Remembrance". moviecitynews.com. Retrieved 2018-10-07.
  3. Oliver, Myrna (2004-08-24). "Daniel Petrie Sr., 83; Award-Winning Director". LA Times. Retrieved 2016-11-26.
  4. "AFI ASSOCIATES TO HONOR HOLLYWOOD'S PETRIE FAMILY WITH FOURTH ANNUAL 'PLATINUM CIRCLE AWARD'" (PDF) (Press release). American Film Institute. 2002-08-26. Retrieved 2016-11-26.
  5. Adams, James (2004-08-25). "Petrie put mark on Hollywood". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2016-11-26.
  6. Caulfield, Deborah (1985-08-12). "The Petrie Family: A Life In Show Business". LA Times. Retrieved 2016-11-26.
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