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Daniel Petrie


B: November 26, 1920 in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia
D: August 22, 2004 in Los Angeles, California

After serving In Canada’s Armed Forces during WWII, Daniel Petrie traveled to New York to get an M.A. from Columbia University. While at Columbia, he ended up being cast for the Broadway play, Kiss Them For Me. An off-Broadway acting role followed as did the road tour of the play I Remember Mama. The tour ended in Chicago where he enrolled at Northwestern University as a doctoral candidate. But the 1950s brought a surge in television production and Daniel moved away from acting. He learned his craft as a director on live shows and prestigious productions of such classics as Mark Twain’s The Prince And The Pauper, Wuthering Heights which starred Richard Burton as Heathcliff, Oliver Twist with Eric Portman as Fagin, and Treasure Island in 1960. In that year he made his movie debut with The Bramble Bush, starring Richard Burton as a villainous doctor. But it was his second feature, A Raisin In The Sun that established his reputation. Based on a Broadway hit about a black family living in a predominantly white neighbourhood, the movie, starring Ruby Dee and Sidney Poitier, was a pioneering work for its time, and it won Daniel Petrie the Gary Cooper Award for best direction. His career spanned more than 50 years earning him eight Emmy Awards. His very personal story, The Bay Boy, which he wrote and directed, won six Genie Awards. For The Dollmaker, Jane Fonda picked up an Emmy and he was given a Directors Guild of America Award. Watch an interview with Daniel Petrie on the Directors Guild of America website. Daniel Petrie died of cancer at his home in Los Angeles.

Features & TV Movies:
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The Prince and The Pauper (TV-1957)
Wuthering Heights (TV-1958)
Oliver Twist (TV-1959)

Treasure Island (TV-1960)
The Bramble Bush (1960)
A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
The Main Attraction (1962)
Stolen Hours (1963)
The Spy with the Cold Nose (1966)
The Idol (1966)
Silent Night, Lonely Night (TV-1969)

The City (TV-1971)
A Howling in the Woods (TV-1971)
Moon of the Wolf (TV-1972)
Hec Ramsey (TV-1972)
Trouble Comes to Town (TV-1972)
The Neptune Factor (1973)
Mousey (TV-1974)
The Gun and the Pulpit (TV-1974)
Buster and Billie (1974)
Returning Home (TV-1975)
Eleanor and Franklin (TV-1976)
Sybil (TV-1976)
Lifeguard (1976)
Harry S. Truman: Plain Speaking (TV-1976)
Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (TV-1977)
The Quinns (TV-1977)
The Betsy (1978)

Resurrection (1980)
Fort Apache, the Bronx (1981)
Six Pack (1982)
The Dollmaker (TV-1984)
The Bay Boy (1984)
The Execution of Raymond Graham (TV-1985)
Half a Lifetime (TV-1986)
Square Dance (1987)
Cocoon: The Return (1988)
Rocket Gibralter (1988)
My Name is Bill W. (TV-1989)

Mark Twain and Me (TV-1991)
A Town Torn Apart (TV-1992)
Lassie (1994)
Kissinger and Nixon (TV-1995)
Calm at Sunset (TV-1996)
The Assistant (1997)
Monday after the Miracle (TV-1998)
Seasons of Love (TV-1998)
Inherit the Wind (TV-1999)

Walter and Henry (TV-2001)
Wild Iris (TV-2001)

TV Series – at least 1 episode of:
Pursuit (1958)

Way Out (1961)
Great Ghost Tales (1961)
Ironside (1967-)

Hec Ramsey (1972)

The Hidden Room (1991)
Seasons of Love (1998, mini-series)

Poster for the movie The Bay Boy
Poster for the movie The Bay Boy