Daniel Petrie Jr. is best known as the one of the screenwriters of the mid-1980s hit movie, Beverly Hills Cop and The Big Easy as well as the director of Toy Soldiers and was also president of the WGA (Writers Guild of America) from 2004 to 2005.
Daniel Petrie Jr.
Enderby Entertainment co-founder and partner Daniel Petrie, Jr. oversees creative affairs for the company. A veteran film and television industry writer, producer and director, Petrie served as executive producer on Enderby Entertainment’s film Go With Me, and as director of Enderby’s Rosemont and Dawn Patrol.
Petrie was nominated for an Academy Award for his first produced screenplay, the box-office hit Beverly Hills Cop, starring Eddie Murphy. Next came Petrie’s original screenplay of the romantic thriller The Big Easy, starring Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin. Petrie then served as producer of the thriller Shoot to Kill, starring Sidney Poitier and Tom Berenger, and as executive producer of the comedy Turner & Hooch, starring Tom Hanks; Petrie co-wrote both films. Petrie also served as executive producer of The 6th Day, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Petrie’s directorial debut was the film Toy Soldiers, starring Sean Astin, Wil Wheaton, and Louis Gossett, Jr., which he also co-wrote. Petrie also directed the HBO film Dead Silence, starring James Garner and Marlee Matlin, and adapted and directed the TNT movie Framed, starring Rob Lowe and Sam Neill. Petrie was also executive producer, showrunner and co-creator of the 13 episode TV series Combat Hospital, simulcast on ABC and Canada’s Global TV in the summer of 2011. A two-time past President of the Writers Guild of America, West, Inc., Petrie is also a former board member of both the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the American Film Institute. Petrie has been an active volunteer for the Austin Film Festival since 1997.