Daniel Petrie

26 Nov 1920
22 Aug 2004
Film Industry
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Daniel Mannix Petrie (November 26, 1920 – August 22, 2004) was a Canadian television and film director.

Petrie was born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada, the son of Mary Anne (née Campbell) and William Mark Petrie, a soft-drink manufacturer. He moved to the United States in 1945.

His signature film A Raisin in the Sun (1961), was nominated for the Palme d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival.

He also 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 screen appearances by such stars as Winona Ryder (Square Dance) and Kiefer Sutherland (The Bay Boy).

As a television director he won multiple Emmy and Directors Guild of America Awards.

Petrie died of cancer in 2004 in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 83. He is survived by his sons, Daniel and Donald, who are both writers/directors.

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