|Birth: ||Nov. 26, 1920|
Nova Scotia, Canada
|Death: ||Aug. 22, 2004|
Los Angeles County
Daniel Petrie was born in Glace Bay, Nova Scots, After serving In Canada's Armed Forces during WWII, he took advantage of Canada's version of the GI Bill and traveled to New York to get an M.A. from Columbia University. While at Columbia, he (by a bizarre set of circumstances) was in the Broadway play, KISS THEM FOR ME. An off-Broadway acting role followed as did the road tour of I REMEMBER MAMA. The tour ended in Chicago where Dan enrolled at Northwestern University as a doctoral candidate. He ended his academic career as an ABD (all but dissertation).
In 1960 he was hired at NBC-TV and was soon directIng a popular half hour series "Studs' Place" starring Studs Terkel. This led to Now York calling him to direct "The Billy Rose Show" which was a half hour drama anthology produced by the impresario himself. Most of this decade was taken up with live dramas. In 1958 Dan directed his first feature THE BRAMBLE BUSH starring Richard Burton. His second feature was A RAISIN IN THE SUN with Sidney Poitier.
During this period and through the sixties he continued to direct for television Including "Omnibus", "The Defenders", "East Side - West Side" and the "Dupont Show of the Month". Along with feature and television work there were occasional forays into the theatre. His version of Frank Gilroy's play WHO'LL SAVE THE PLOWBOY won the Obie Award for best play In 1961.
In 1970, the Petries (wife Dorothea and four children) moved to Los Angeles. The move and the decade proved rewarding. Dan directed for television SILENT NIGHT, LONELY NIGHT; ELEANOR AND FRANKLIN; ELEANOR AND FRANKLIN - THE WHITE HOUSE YEARS; SYBIL and HARRY TRUMAN, PLAIN SPEAKING to name a few. All received Emmy nominations and Awards. There were feature films, too, including BUSTER & BILLIE; LIFEGUARD; and THE BETSY. Pilots for TV like "Hec Ramsey" starring Richard Boone, and "The Man and the City" starring Anthony Quinn were made into series.
Dan has a special affinity for his 1980 film RESURRECTION, which starred Ellen Burstyn. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance. There followed FORT APACHE, THE BRONX with Paul Newman heading a great cast and the autobiographical THE BAY BOY written and directed by Dan, with Kiefer Sutherland and Liv Ullman. This won six Genie Awards. Also during this period, there was the reward of working with Jane Fonda on THE DOLLMAKER which garnered an Emmy Award for her and a DGA Award for Dan.
Coming into the nineties, Dan has gone back and forth between features and TV Specials. He directed COCOON, THE RETURN; ROCKET GIBRALTER with Burt Lancaster; SQUARE DANCE with Jane Alexander, Jason Robards, and Wynona Ryder; and LASSIE. For television, MY NAME IS BILL W. Starring James Woods (Emmy Award) and James Garner; MARK TWAIN AND ME (Emmy Award and Cable Ace for children's programming); KISSINGER AND NIXON (Emmy nominated); and in 1996 CALM AT SUNSET for Hallmark Hall of Fame. In 1997 he completed THE ASSISTANT, a feature he directed as well as adapted from the Bernard Malamud novel of the same name, and the CBS min-series SEASONS OF LOVE broadcast in the Fall of 1998.
Cause of death- Lung Cancer
Specifically: Los Angeles County, California
Created by: Helen Rowe
Record added: Aug 25, 2004
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