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Donald Petrie - Biography, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Filmography

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Born on April 2, 1954.
American film actor and filmmaker who directed the popular comedies "Mystic Pizza", "Rich Richie", "Miss Congeniality", "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days", "Kiss for Good Luck". Donald Petrie comes from the large Petrie dynasty.
His father, Daniel Petrie (1920-2004), is a renowned director who has shot over 50 films, including The Gang of Six, Cocoon-2 (The Return), and Lassie. Palme d'Or nominee and winner of the 1961 Gary Cooper Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for Raisins in the Sun.
Mother - TV producer, Dorothy J. Petrie, worked on the creation of television productions "License to Kill", "A Thousand Heroes", "Song of the Lark", unfortunately, little known to the Russian audience.
Donald's older brother, Daniel Petrie (Jr.), is best known as the writer of the acclaimed Beverly Hills Cop trilogy, as well as the writer and producer of the action comedy Turner and Hooch. Sister June has co-produced The Lark Song and The Hijackers. Sister Mary starred in small roles in such films as "Betsy", "Little M", "Hidden Enemy".
Donald himself began his career at the age of 18 with cameo roles in various TV series and television films. His first role is considered to be that of Pete in the television series One Day at a Time.
At the insistence of his father, Donald entered the American Film Institute and finished it with good results. Petrie's diploma work - the short film "Expert" - is awarded a special prize. In the 80s, Donald Petrie shot a lot and successfully as a director. He directs episodes of high-rated series. For some time he has been with Steven Spielberg's team, filming an episode of Mr. Magic for the famous science fiction series Amazing Stories. He is best known for the films The Equalizer and Los Angeles Law. The director is twice nominated for an Emmy award, but luck passes him by. In 1988, he decided to turn to "big" cinema and shot the romantic comedy "Mystic Pizza" / "Fantastic Pizza" / Mystic Pizza. At that time little-known Julia Roberts got one of the main roles in the film, who had to specially repaint herself in red, which later became part of her image. "Mystic Pizza" was the beginning of a great career as an actress, and also brought fame to Donald Petrie as a comedic filmmaker. In 1989, Petrie received the Independent Spirit Adwards for Best Film Debut.
This was followed by less successful films "Random shocks" / Opportunity Knocks (1990), "Turner & Hooch" / Turner & Hooch (TV, 1990), "Grumpy Old Men" / Grumpy Old Men (1993).
The audience greeted Petrie's new works with interest, but film critics spoke coolly about them. Even Ri ? hie Ri h (1994) with Macaulay Culkin at the peak of his popularity and The Associate (1996) with Whoopi Goldberg and Tim Daly did not bring the director any prestigious awards. For a while, Donald Petrie returns to television, where he continues to shoot series. Only in 1999 did the director make a new attempt to gain a foothold in the film industry by filming the film My Favorite Martian, which also did not bring big box office receipts.
The real breakthrough was the film Miss Congeniality (2000) starring Sandra Bullock. The film, with a budget of $ 45 million, brought the creators $ 100 million in its fourth week of release. It was a real triumph. In the wake of his success, Petrie directed How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days in 2003, with Kate Hudson and Matthew McHoney. The director finds his own genre - romantic "female" comedies, films that are most popular with a female audience. Without betraying himself, he continues to work in this direction, with Just My Luck / Just My Luck (2006) and My Life in Ruins (2009).

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