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Also Known As: Donald Mark Petrie, Donald Petrie Jr. Died:
Born: April 2, 1954 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: director, actor

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This actor switched careers mid-stream and became a director of film and TV in the mid-1980s. The son of TV producer Dorothea Petrie and director Daniel Petrie (and brother of screenwriter/director/producer Daniel Petrie Jr), he began his entertainment career playing small roles on "Quincy," "The Waltons" and "Three's Company" and in features such as in "The Turning Point" (1978), "H.O.T.S." (1979) and "Fort Apache, the Bronx" (1981).

This actor switched careers mid-stream and became a director of film and TV in the mid-1980s. The son of TV producer Dorothea Petrie and director Daniel Petrie (and brother of screenwriter/director/producer Daniel Petrie Jr), he began his entertainment career playing small roles on "Quincy," "The Waltons" and "Three's Company" and in features such as in "The Turning Point" (1978), "H.O.T.S." (1979) and "Fort Apache, the Bronx" (1981).

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DIRECTOR:

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  Welcome to Mooseport (2004) Director
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  Miss Congeniality (2000) Director
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  My Favorite Martian (1999) Director
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  Associate, The (1996) Director
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  Richie Rich (1994) Director
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  Favor, The (1994) Director
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  Grumpy Old Men (1993) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Why Me? (1984)
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 Fort Apache, The Bronx (1981) White Rookie
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 Haywire (1980) 2nd Guest
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 H.O.T.S. (1979) Doug
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 Turning Point, The (1977) Barney
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 416th, The (1979) Private Billy Henderson
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1969:
Moved to Los Angeles
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Appeared on such shows as "Quincy" and "The Waltons"
1977:
Made feature acting debut in "The Turning Point"
1978:
TV movie debut, "Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery" (NBC)
1981:
Last feature appearance, "Fort Apache, the Bronx"
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Directed first short, "The Expert," while attending the American Film Institute
1985:
Made TV directorial debut with "MacGyver" (ABC)
1988:
Helmed first feature film, "Mystic Pizza"
1990:
Directed Dana Carvey in his film debut, "Opportunity Knocks"
1993:
Had a major box office hit with "Grumpy Old Men," starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau
1994:
Helmed the big screen adaptation of "Richie Rich," starring Macauley Culkin in the title role
1996:
Directed Whoopi Goldberg in the gender-switching comedy, "The Associate"
1997:
Directed an episode of the short-lived NBC series, "Players"
1999:
Helmed the big-screen adaptation of the 1960s TV sitcom, "My Favorite Martian"
1999:
Directed episodes of the short-lived FOX series, "The Opposite Sex"
2000:
Teamed with star Sandra Bullock for the hit beauty pageant comedy, "Miss Congeniality"
2003:
Directed Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey in the romantic comedy "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days"
2004:
Helmed the comedy, "Welcome to Mooseport," starring Gene Hackman and Ray Romano
2006:
Directed Lindsay Lohan in the comedy, "Just My Luck"
2009:
Directed the romantic comedy, "My Life in Ruins"; starring and co-scripted by Nia Vardalos
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Education

AFI Conservatory: Los Angeles , California - 1981
Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute: - 1981 - 1983

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grandfather:
William M Petrie. Businessman.
grandmother:
Mary Anne Petrie.
father:
Daniel Petrie, Sr. Director.
mother:
Dorothea Petrie. TV producer.
brother:
Daniel Petrie Jr. Screenwriter, producer, director.
sister:
Mary Susan Petrie Lowen. Screenwriter, actor. Twin of June Anne Petrie Battersby.
sister:
June Anne Petrie Battersby. Filmmaker, former studio executive. Former VP for MGM/UA; twin of Mary Susan Petrie Lowen.
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