Daniel Mannix Petrie (November 26, 1920 – August 22, 2004) was a Canadian television and movie director.
Petrie was born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada, the son of Mary Anne (née Campbell) and William Mark Petrie, a soft-drink manufacturer. He moved to the United States in 1945. One of his most famous credits was 1961’s A Raisin in the Sun, which was nominated for the Golden Palm award at the Cannes Film Festival. He also directed Buster and Billie (1974), the Academy Award-nominated Resurrection (1980), Fort Apache, The Bronx (1981) and Cocoon: The Return (1988). He directed well-known television movies such as Sybil, Eleanor and Franklin, The Dollmaker and My Name is Bill W., and produced a 1999 remake of Inherit the Wind. His feature films were rarely box office successes, but they often feature large well-known casts (such as 1978’s The Betsy, starring Laurence Olivier and Robert Duvall), and his films are among the earliest screen appearances by such stars as Winona Ryder… read more