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Overview (3)

Born in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA
Birth NamePeter John Farrelly
Height 5' 11¾" (1.82 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Peter Farrelly was born on December 17, 1956 in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA as Peter John Farrelly. He is a producer and writer, known for Green Book (2018), There's Something About Mary (1998) and Dumb and Dumber (1994). He has been married to Melinda Farrelly since December 31, 1996. They have two children.

Spouse (1)

Melinda Farrelly (31 December 1996 - present) ( 2 children)

Trade Mark (6)

Films often contain flashback scenes that show how a character was affected by a traumatic event
Frequently casts Rob Moran, Jackie Flynn and Lin Shaye.
Usually includes hit songs from the 1970s in his films
Almost all of his films feature at least one character who suffers froma mental or physical disability, (e.g. "Warren" from There's Something About Mary (1998), "Charlie/Hank" from Me, Myself & Irene (2000), "Walt" from Shallow Hal (2001), "Rocket" from Stuck on You (2003).
Irreverent and politically incorrect humor. Often using extreme, risque gross-out gags, and broad stereotypes.
Films more than often include a road trip for the main characters.

Trivia (16)

Graduated from Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island.
Frequently casts sports athletes (Cam Neely, Roger Clemens, Brett Favre) in his films.
Frequently cast Herbie Flynn, Richard Jenkins, and friends and family as well as residents from Rhode Island.
Brother-in-law of actor Zen Gesner and Nancy Farrelly.
In most of the films he and his brother directed, they often show normal people as stupid morons (Dumb and Dumber (1994)) while they show handicapped people as normal and gifted (Stuck on You (2003), Shallow Hal (2001), Me, Myself & Irene (2000).
Originally studied to get his master's degree at UMass-Amherst, but soon transferred to Columbia University where he graduated with a master's in creative writing.
Worked as a waiter in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Book: Outside Providence.
Has a daughter named Apple.
Graduated from Kent School, the same school Seth MacFarlane, Treat Williams, Sebastian Siegel and Ted Danson graduated from.
Worked as a salesman. He hated it, so he moved to a new city and worked as a waiter for a while until he decided to get his Masters in Creative Writing.
He is of three quarters Irish and one quarter Polish descent.
An ardent lover of the open road, he has driven across the US 22 times, 16 of those trips alone (as of 2019). Though he doesn't consciously set out to make road movies, the Farrelly films are often referred to as such.
Directed 2 actors in Oscar nominated performances: Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. Ali won for his performance in Green Book (2018).

Personal Quotes (4)

"I was particularly pissed off about some of the articles written about Shallow Hal (2001) because I felt they were missing the point of the whole movie. We're saying it doesn't matter. I'm attracted to my wife, but eventually my wife isn't going to look like she looks now. But I'm still gonna love her and it's not because of how she looks. Also zero letters - lots of articles in the paper about this, but not once did I get a letter from a heavy person saying 'I saw your movie and I think it sucked because you picked on heavy people'. None. In my heart I knew that we weren't doing what they claimed we were doing in the press'".
"I think Me, Myself & Irene (2000) is our worst film, but the first 30 minutes are as good as anything we've ever done. The problem is with that story is, after those first 30 minutes, it turns into a chase scene. But I don't think the problem is that we went too far, I just think the story wasn't any good".
"I love Kingpin (1996). That movie was the biggest disappointment we ever had in our career. They opened it up in the middle of the 1996 Olympics, had zero ads during the Olympics and the box office in the States was a fifth of what Dumb and Dumber (1994) did. It was crushing. And then you also start feeling, shit, maybe it's not that funny. It was a bummer. It wasn't until about six to eight months later when it came out on video that it became a huge hit. I have more people approach me about Kingpin (1996) now than any other movie".
We're the anti-Coens. Nobody analyzes our filmmaking, and we don't want them to. [on he and his brother]

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