Peter Farrelly

Peter John Farrelly (born December 17, 1956) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer and novelist. Along with his brother Bobby, the Farrelly brothers are mostly famous for directing and producing quirky comedy and romantic comedy films such as Dumb and Dumber; Shallow Hal; Me, Myself and Irene; There's Something About Mary; and the 2007 remake of The Heartbreak Kid.[1] On his own in 2018 Farrelly co-wrote and directed the comedy-drama Green Book, which won the Audience Award at the Toronto Film Festival in 2018.[2] For his work on the film, he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay and earned the Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.

Peter Farrelly
Farrelly in 2009
Peter John Farrelly

(1956-12-17) December 17, 1956
Alma materProvidence College
Years active1994–present
RelativesBobby Farrelly (brother)

Early life and education

Farrelly was born in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, to Mariann (Neary), a nurse practitioner, and Robert Leo Farrelly, a doctor.[3][4] His grandparents were Irish immigrants.[5] He was raised in Cumberland, Rhode Island. He graduated from Kent School in 1975 and from Providence College.


As a writer

Farrelly decided to pursue writing full-time, which prompted him to quit his job and relocate to Cape Cod, Massachusetts where he got a job as a waiter. On one of the tables he was waiting, Farrelly struck up a conversation with a writing professor from UMass Amherst, who encouraged Farrelly to apply to graduate school. Farrelly said he did not think his chances were good, considering he did poorly in college but the professor said not everything is judged by grades. With what would later be Outside Providence, Farrelly submitted the work and was pleasantly surprised that he was accepted. He studied writing for a time at UMass Amherst, but was ultimately dissatisfied with the program, and transferred to Columbia University in New York City, which Farrelly said he found very satisfying. He later became interested in screenwriting, which led him to directing. He made this career decision after many of his screenplays sold, but were not produced.

As a director

Together with his brother, Bobby Farrelly, he has written, directed, and produced several comedy films including There's Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber, Kingpin, Shallow Hal, Me, Myself & Irene, Stuck on You, and Fever Pitch. They also conceived the Seinfeld episode "The Virgin" (4.10).

In 2006, Farrelly directed the Man Laws series of television commercials for the Miller Lite beer brand, which featured actor Burt Reynolds, American football player Jerome Bettis, climber Aron Ralston, and professional wrestler Triple H.[6]

Peter worked on a film entitled, Movie 43, which was released in 2013 and produced by the siblings' long-time producer Charles B. Wessler. He produced the anthology film and directed two of its segments.[7]

In 2012, Peter and his brother announced that the filming of Dumb and Dumber To would begin in 2013.[8] The film was released on November 14, 2014 to negative reviews.

In 2016, Audience announced that Loudermilk, a new half-hour scripted comedy co-created by Farrelly and Bobby Mort, would receive a straight-to-series order.[9] In 2018, the show was renewed for season 2.[10]

In 2018, Farrelly directed Green Book, which won the Toronto International Film Festival's People Choice Award .[11] At the 91st Academy Awards, he won the Oscars for Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture.

Other pursuits

He is a published novelist, with works including Outside Providence and The Comedy Writer.

Farrelly is a board member of Direct Sports Network (formerly DeskSite).[12] He lives in Los Angeles, while Bobby remains in Massachusetts.[7]

Farrelly has frequently flashed his penis to colleagues. He showed his penis to Cameron Diaz the first time he met her and more than 500 times to others, according to his estimates. Farrelly claims the act was received comically, and not as an act of sexual aggression.[13][14]



Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
1994 Dumb and Dumber Yes Yes No
1996 Kingpin Yes No No
1998 There's Something About Mary Yes Yes Yes
Behind the Zipper with Magda Yes No No Short film
2000 Me, Myself & Irene Yes Yes Yes
2001 Osmosis Jones Yes No Yes Live-action scenes
Shallow Hal Yes Yes Yes
2003 Stuck on You Yes Yes Yes
2005 Fever Pitch Yes No No
2007 The Heartbreak Kid Yes Yes No
2011 Hall Pass Yes Yes Yes
2012 The Three Stooges Yes Yes Yes
2013 Movie 43 Yes No Yes Segments: "The Pitch", "The Catch", "Truth or Dare";
Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Director
Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture
2014 Dumb and Dumber To Yes No Yes
2015 Dodge Law: Speak No Evil Yes No No Short film
2018 Green Book Yes Yes Yes Academy Award for Best Picture
Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Film
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Director
Nominated—The Razzie Redeemer Award


Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
2003 Blitt Happens Yes Yes No TV movie
2008 Unhitched Yes No No Episode: "Pilot"
2015 Cuckoo Yes No No TV Movie
2017–2018 Loudermilk Yes Yes Yes 13 episodes

Awards and nominations


  1. "Interview: The Farrelly Brothers". CINEMABLEND. September 27, 2007. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  2. "Peter Farrelly's new movie wins People's Choice Award at Toronto film festival – The Boston Globe". Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  3. "Bobby Farrelly Biography (1958?-)". Retrieved August 1, 2011.
  4. Dear, Pamela (June 1, 2000). Contemporary Authors New Revision Series: A Bio-Bibliographical Guide to Current Writers in Fiction, General Non-Fiction, Poetry, Journalism, Drama, M. ISBN 9780787632120.
  5. Moon, Aileen (June 15, 2010). "Q&A with Writer/Director Bobby Farrelly". The Irish Film & Television Network.
  6. "Burt Reynolds may star in Miller Lite ad". The Business Journal. Accessed on July 2, 2006
  7. "Exclusive Interview: Peter Farrelly on Movie 43". January 22, 2013.
  8. Barubto, Dana, "Peter Farrelly announces 'Dumb and Dumber' sequel" Archived September 28, 2013, at the Wayback Machine, The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, Massachusetts, April 3, 2012
  9. Hipes, Patrick (July 20, 2016). "Peter Farrelly-Bobby Mort Comedy 'Loudermilk' Gets Straight-To-Series Order At Audience Network". Deadline. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  10. "'Loudermilk' Renewed for Season 2 at Audience Network". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  11. Hammond, Pete; Hammond, Pete (September 16, 2018). "'Green Book' Wins 2018 Toronto Film Festival People's Choice Award".
  12. "DeskSite... A Video Ad Network". Retrieved August 1, 2011.
  13. Slane, Kevin (January 10, 2019). "Peter Farrelly apologizes for exposing genitals to Cameron Diaz, others". Boston. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  14. Silman, Anna (January 9, 2019). "Green Book Director Used to Flash His Penis As a Joke". The Cut. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
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