Daniel Petrie


About

Birth Place
Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, CA
Born
November 26, 1920
Died
August 22, 2004
Cause of Death
Died Of Cancer

Biography

The prolific directorial career of Daniel Petrie does not end simply with his oeuvre but continues on with a new generation of actors, producers, directors, and writers in the form of his two sons, Daniel Jr. and Donald, and his twin daughters, Mary and June. Petrie began his career, like many up-and-coming directors of the 1950s, cutting his teeth on the corporate sponsor-produced drama...

Biography

The prolific directorial career of Daniel Petrie does not end simply with his oeuvre but continues on with a new generation of actors, producers, directors, and writers in the form of his two sons, Daniel Jr. and Donald, and his twin daughters, Mary and June. Petrie began his career, like many up-and-coming directors of the 1950s, cutting his teeth on the corporate sponsor-produced dramas of early television: "The Motorola Television Hour," "Goodyear Playhouse," "Kraft Theatre," and "The DuPont Show of the Month," to name a few. He branched into features in a big way with the 1961 adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun," a film that not only solidified Sidney Poitier's standing in Hollywood as a major star but also brought Petrie a Golden Palm nomination at the Cannes Film Festival. He would continue this practice--working extensively on episodic television while peppering his resume with the occasional feature film--until the 1970s, when he turned to made-for-TV films and big-screen productions for the remainder of his career. His most productive and artistically successful flourish came in the 1980s, beginning with the remarkable sleeper "Resurrection," the heady crime drama "Fort Apache the Bronx," the Jane Fonda TV vehicle "The Dollmaker," and the movie with one of Burt Lancaster's last starring roles, "Rocket Gibraltar," in 1988. Petrie turned to TV movies exclusively in the 1990s and succumbed to cancer in 2004.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Walter and Henry (2001)
Director
Wild Iris (2001)
Director
Inherit the Wind (1999)
Director
Monday After the Miracle (1998)
Director
The Assistant (1997)
Director
Calm at Sunset (1996)
Director
Kissinger and Nixon (1995)
Director
Lassie (1994)
Director
A Town Torn Apart (1992)
Director
My Name Is Bill W. (1989)
Director
Cocoon: the Return (1988)
Director
Rocket Gibraltar (1988)
Director
Square Dance (1987)
Director
The Dollmaker (1984)
Director
The Bay Boy (1984)
Director
The Execution of Raymond Graham (1984)
Director
Six Pack (1982)
Director
Fort Apache, The Bronx (1981)
Director
Resurrection (1980)
Director
The Betsy (1978)
Director
The Quinns (1977)
Director
Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (1977)
Director
Lifeguard (1976)
Director
Returning Home (1975)
Director
Mousey (1974)
Director
The Gun and the Pulpit (1974)
Director
The Neptune Factor (1973)
Director
Trouble Comes to Town (1973)
Director
Buster and Billie (1973)
Director
Moon Of The Wolf (1972)
Director
Hec Ramsey (1972)
Director
The City (1971)
Director
A Howling in the Woods (1971)
Director
The Spy With a Cold Nose (1966)
Director
The Idol (1966)
Director
The Main Attraction (1963)
Director
Stolen Hours (1963)
Director
A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
Director
The Bramble Bush (1960)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

The Story of Lassie (1994)
Into The Night (1985)

Writer (Feature Film)

The Assistant (1997)
Screenwriter
The Bay Boy (1984)
Screenwriter

Producer (Feature Film)

The Assistant (1997)
Producer
Calm at Sunset (1996)
Producer
A Town Torn Apart (1992)
Producer
My Name Is Bill W. (1989)
Producer
Square Dance (1987)
Co-Producer

Special Thanks (Feature Film)

Far From Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog (1995)
Special Thanks To

Director (Special)

Half a Lifetime (1986)
Director
Victory (1960)
Director
The Prince and the Pauper (1957)
Director
Bang the Drum Slowly (1956)
Director

Director (TV Mini-Series)

Mark Twain & Me (1991)
Director

Producer (TV Mini-Series)

Mark Twain & Me (1991)
Producer

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

Raisin In The Sun, A (1961) -- (Movie Clip) I Wasn't No Rich White Woman We’ve just met Claudia McNeil, in the role she played on Broadway, as mother Lena, conferring with her daughter-in-law Ruth (Ruby Dee), returning to her Chicago apartment, discussing her grandson, her son, and the $10,000 insurance check she’s expecting following her husband’s death, in A Raisin In The Sun, 1961.
Raisin In The Sun, A (1961) -- (Movie Clip) That Check Coming Today? Opening, Daniel Petrie directing from Lorraine Hansberry’s screenplay based on her New York Drama Critics’ Circle Best-Play winner, Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee as Walter and Ruth, in their Broadway roles, Stephen Perry their son Travis, in A Raisin In The Sun, 1961, also starring Claudia McNeil and Diana Sands.
Raisin In The Sun, A (1961) -- (Movie Clip) That Was My Biggest Mistake Having committed to invest in a liquor store, frustrated Chicago chauffeur Walter (Sidney Poitier) returns home, interested only in the insurance check his mother (Claudia McNeil) just received for his father’s death, unaware that his wife (Ruby Dee) is pregnant, and has visited an abortionist, in A Raisin In The Sun, 1961.
Raisin In The Sun, A (1961) -- (Movie Clip) Get Married And Shut Up! Scrapping with neighbors over the bathroom, Diana Sands is introduced as Beneatha, sister of frustrated Walter (Sidney Poitier), who’s been fighting with his wife Ruth (Ruby Dee) about the insurance check their mother is about to receive after their father’s death, in playwright Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin In The Sun, 1961.

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